A Tuesday NFL media report on player salaries caught the attention of several NFL stars, including league MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Tom Pelissero’s report says the league is considering a proposal that “35% of player salaries be held in a trust account”.
The NFLPA announced today to its Council of Representatives that the NFL proposed keeping 35% of player salaries in an escrow account to manage costs per source during the 2020 season.
It is an option on the table when sales are generally affected by COVID-19.
– Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero), July 7, 2020
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Pelissero added that NFLPA manager Don Davis told the players in a conference call, “Basically, we told them to kick stones.” The NFLPA believes that a trust agreement must be negotiated collectively. But judging by the reactions of the players, there is no way that this will happen.
The saint’s recipient, Michael Thomas, was perhaps the loudest, saying that players would skip the year if this happened.
Mahomes replied to Thomas’ tweet, apparently in accordance with him, and added, “Bro what?” Thomas added some additional thoughts to Mahomes’ answer.
Must be a joke lol 😂😭😭. Roger and these owners make better use of their billions and place them in an escrow account or plan accordingly. Our health is much more important. This is about as backward as it gets 😭😂😂🥴 https://t.co/Egq2RaYsuO
– Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike), July 8, 2020
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Thomas and Mahomes were not alone.
Several other NFL players, including Bears Wideout Allen Robinson, Chargers Safety Derwin James and Packers Offensive Lineman T.J. Lang, added their opinions.
Here’s 2/3 of your salary to do the same dangerous job in even more dangerous conditions. Not to mention restrictions on our personal lives that do not apply to the owners. Sounds about right …… https://t.co/f84KyblLsR
– Vince Biegel (@VinceBiegel), July 8, 2020
While Coronavirus is sure to hit NFL earnings this year, players have the right to be upset. In the current situation, the NFL season is played in full. Football is inherently risky and you are asking players to play an entire season in the middle of a pandemic. Asking them to cut their wages down massively for the same number of games will never work.
Also, don’t expect this to be the last drama between the NFL and the NFLPA. Pelissero reports that the two sides “remain at odds” regarding tests and the number of pre-season games.