How the NFL’s $100 million salary cap is affecting the NFLPA and its players
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NFLPA President Eric Winston has a message for the players union.
The union, Winston said, “will be back stronger than ever” in 2018 and “we have some serious issues that need to be addressed.”
Winston said there are some “serious issues” for players.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Tuesday that he believes the salary cap “has got to go up,” but not until it has been “balanced” with “competitiveness.”
“It’s not going to happen,” Smith said.
“It has to go back to balance.
That’s the way it has to be.”
NFLPA executive director DeMaree Smith said he thinks the NFL salary cap should be raised.
AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File NFLPA president DeMAREE Smith says the salary caps for the NFL will need to go down.
He also said the salary-cap situation is “complex.”
Smith said in an interview Tuesday with ESPN’s Peter King that “we’re going to need to get some of the players and the owners back to a position where they’re competitive.”
Smith has been critical of the NFL, saying it should be paying players more, and that players have been left out of negotiations.
Smith, in a statement to ESPN, said the NFL is “trying to convince its owners to spend millions on a league-wide television contract, which would be a disaster for players and owners alike.”NFLPA has called on the NFL to come back with a comprehensive proposal that would address players’ concerns and would ensure that every player receives the fair compensation they deserve.
“He added: “We need to make sure that every team has the resources they need to compete and succeed.
The league should take ownership of this issue, which will not happen unless the players are compensated fairly.
“Smith is the first NFLPA official to speak publicly since the salary ceiling deal between the NFL and players was struck in October.
The salary cap has ballooned to $98.5 million.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said the cap is set to be raised again in 2021, but not without a deal.
The two sides have agreed to a four-year, $90 million deal.
NFL teams and owners will be able to increase their salary caps to as much as $100.5 billion, but they cannot exceed $105.5.
NFL owners also will be allowed to exceed the cap with the exception of $25 million per team.
The NFLPA says it will oppose any salary cap increase until Goodell’s plan for the cap comes to fruition.
The proposal would allow teams to bring in free agents who are under contract to be franchised and the franchise tags on the players.
Goodell says teams can only do that with permission from the owners.
He has said that the owners can decide to waive the franchise tag or to allow free agency.
The owners also have the right to re-sign their players, but it would take a vote of the owners to do so.
Smith has called for a moratorium on free agency until the owners and the players agree to a new deal.
NFLPA President Eric Winston has a message for the players union.The union, Winston said, “will be back stronger than ever”…