The NFL and the NFL Players Association are still negotiating conditions for returning to work, and players will seek financial support if they choose to suspend the season.
Among the requests in the recent player proposal to the league, according to a source involved:
An opt-out clause for vulnerable players who receive a salary (but no bonuses) if they choose not to play.
An opt-out clause for players with vulnerable families to earn an accrued season and benefits if they choose not to play.
An opt-out clause for players who leave the team after reporting (conditions uncertain).
A $ 250,000 grant that is guaranteed to all players when they arrive at the camp and everything is closed due to COVID-1
The definition of “at risk” is part of the discussion and the process for applying for medical opt-outs is ongoing.
If a player serves a suspension and the season is canceled, the games not earned will not be carried over to the next season.
In the league memo of June 7, the following points were made as considerations for high-risk individuals:
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the players do not want a trustee salary for 2020 or a reduction in the upper salary limit for 2021, despite the forecast loss in sales that they would rather spread over several years. The league’s initial request to add 35% of this year’s salaries to a trust account is considered a non-starter.
A source told Graziano that no further talks between the NFL and the NFLPA are scheduled for Wednesday after the two sides have spoken to each other in the past two days.
Some problems remain unsolved. Players want to test every day and not pre-season games, while the league wants to test less frequently (like every other day) and two pre-season games. Upon returning to the camp, players want a long settling-in period before starting full training to avoid injury and feel comfortable in the new work environment.
Both sides have to decide whether it is right to cut the 90-man training camp roster to avoid unnecessary contact. On the equipment front, the league worked with Oakley on a face shield, but the players are lukewarm.
Both sides want to camp and play, so the goal is to get there, get through the likely initial wave of positive tests, and manage expectations from there.
“Get the 16 games on TV,” a source told ESPN. “That is the main goal.”
When there are fans in the stands, the league standard for all 32 teams is that fans wear face masks. The league hopes that the teams can have fan days with social distance in the stadiums for the training camp. Given the rapidly approaching camp, many players believe that the NFL is far from getting there.