The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans have had Monday, July 20th circled as the date for rookies and quarterbacks to report to training camp. Although negotiations continue between the owners and players over working conditions, both teams are still telling players to report, according to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport.
The NFL’s owners and players appear to be far apart on salaries, preseason schedule, Covid-19 testing, and a host of other topics. However, according to NFL Network, each team has a right under the CBA to tell players to report. The teams still have to be in compliance with health and safety protocols outlined in March, and if they are not, the union can file an expedited grievance, according to Pelissero.
The owners have a conference call on Friday to discuss the situation following their recent proposal. They removed the 35 percent salary escrow provision, but Pelissero is reporting they would reduce team player costs by $40 million in 2020. Naturally, the players are strongly opposed to the hit and still prefer 2020 losses be spread over 2022 through 2030.
It’s notable the players have some leverage over the owners due to the collective bargaining agreement not including force majeuere language. It provides the players with some power over how much they might choose to negotiate away over the coming days and weeks. We’ll see how much of that leverage they’re prepared to use.