The new CBA is in the hands of the players now to vote on, and several prominent multi-millionaires (Ooops, I mean players) are balking at it.
Vocal multi-millionaires such as Maurkice Pouncey, JJ Watt, and Russell Wilson are against it.
There are two main changes. First, the season would be 17 games long (4 or 5 games if you’re JJ Watt, who always gets hurt). Second, the playoffs would have 14 teams instead of twelve. Only the TOP seed (not top 2) in each conference would get a first-round bye. I’m not opposed to either of those provisions, although I prefer to keep the season at 16 games. A bye week for only the top team is a good idea.
The issue, as always, is salary. Watt and Pouncey and some others want a larger cut. Don’t we all? If your company makes a lot of money, do you automatically get to keep it yourself? If you have a deal, signed in writing, to earn $5 million per year, then you get that money. If your boss and the company go broke or if they earn 100 zillion dollars, then you still get your 5 million guaranteed. It’s simply a matter of looking at someone with more money than you, instead of looking at your own millions. Your own mansion. Your own sports cars.
Pouncey says he’s against the CBA because he’s looking out for younger players. Does anyone on earth believe that? He’s looking out for Pouncey.
The new CBA limits the international games, which is a gigantic blessing! The CBA will help the Dolphins in a situation where Stephen Ross hurts us. Yes, please!! Ross wants to drag us to Europe every year, but the union correctly nixes that.
A drawback of the CBA is it reduces the number of camp practices from 28 down to only 16. This is only good news for the experienced, well-established teams. Teams who do NOT have to gel and learn new playbooks, etc. Tom Brady has used the same playbook virtually his entire career, while Dolphin QBs have to learn a new one annually…and now they will get less practice time to do so.
ALSO—As I predicted months and months ago while the rest of the media didn’t think it was remotely possible…the Redskins are now in the market for a QB and are considering Tua and Herbert. I was the only person to declare that they would give up on Dwayne Haskins in a second if Tua was available. We might land Chase Young after all !!