The NFLPA announced Thursday it sent out ballots to every NFL player who was a dues paying member in the 2019 season to case their vote on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
(If you're interested, the full 456-page CBA can be read online here.)
The proposed CBA has been made public for a while now, and we've already seen a few big names step up and say something. Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and J.J. Watt were among many who said the players should vote no on the deal. But with the vote now officially in motion, we'll try and keep track of what NFL players are saying about the deal.
A number of high-profile athletes have said to vote no, which you'll see below. But there's a mostly silent group of smaller players who may end up voting yes. Former NFL player and current analyst Geoff Schwartz says he believes the proposed CBA will pass.
Below, you'll find public player votes, with a few explaining why they decided to vote the way they did.
Voting for players will be open for a full week. This means voting ends on Thursday, March 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Although some players, such as the ones below, have opted to make their votes known, the NFLPA will ensure that every vote is private.
NFL CBA vote: What players are saying
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) March 9, 2020
Ryan Fitzpatrick: “I’m voting yes on CBA...The possible gains we could make from a work stoppage don’t justify the risk we would undertake in voting this proposal down.”
A thoughtful, reasoned explanation here: pic.twitter.com/SeSOf7OSz4
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 6, 2020
Coming from a person who has never smoked i can care less. Y’all running from the fact that it ain’t right with this new bs CBA. Focus on im a running back and 17 weeks is no joke. https://t.co/xIPOo6ilow
— ⚡️Primetime!!!⚡️ (@Joe_MainMixon) March 5, 2020
My fellow @NFLPA members,
Please vote because you believe in your stance. Get educated for yourself and don’t blindly vote because someone tweeted for you to vote a certain way. This process relies on us being informed. The implications both ways are huge.
— Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) March 6, 2020
Guys like @MaurkicePouncey who disagree with it are also correct in their own ways. They want the players to have better upsides because we actuallt earn the money.
I promise to educate myself to be able to negotiate one day the dreams you have about the future of the league!
— Zach Banner (@ZBNFL) March 6, 2020
I voted no on the proposed CBA. For a league that has preached player safety to add additional games is hypocritical. Although there are positive aspects to the deal, it does not go far enough to earn my support, especially as it relates to the off-season schedule.
— Corey M. Peters (@CoreyPeters91) March 5, 2020
I’ve been so impressed with the player representatives and the passion they’ve brought throughout these discussions. Thanks to the Executive Committee for all of the hard work they put into this proposal.
— Corey M. Peters (@CoreyPeters91) March 5, 2020
Hmmm... there’s been new heights met, I think there’s def some foundation elements that’s been met. I understand we’ve come a long way & if there was another amendment or 2 in terms of healthcare & another added roster spot or 2 get through wk17 I’d prob be a go...but I’ll pass.
— cameron jordan (@camjordan94) March 5, 2020
All this CBA talk, I wish with an additional game there would be an additional bye week. This game is extremely damaging to our bodies and could use the extra recovery since there potentially shortening our careers anyway.
— Texas Made (@EarlMitchell90) March 5, 2020
— SoaR Savage (@KennyVaccaro4) March 5, 2020
They want us to vote yes to smoke lol. We going to miss out on billions when the new TV deal comes and still have to play more games. Oh aight https://t.co/UbIsJd0DzS
— Casey Hayward (@show_case29) March 5, 2020
Vote NO! Simple.
— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 5, 2020
That’s crazy I don’t see how anyone can vote Yes https://t.co/OMvlX3WeaC
— Chris Baker (@cbakerswaggy) March 5, 2020
— Sam Acho (@TheSamAcho) March 5, 2020
YES! Couldn’t have explained it better myself! https://t.co/cZ6Ik8bFTD
— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) March 5, 2020
Yes I am aware and that’s why I will always vote no!! Please send this to the players that voted yes! https://t.co/QxhXoBXHU4
— Maurkice Pouncey (@MaurkicePouncey) March 5, 2020
Vote HELL NO
— AD_99 (@AaronDonald97) March 5, 2020
Gotta Vote No on that CBA
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) March 5, 2020
That’s an absolute NO from me on the new CBA. Shit deal.
— Derek Wolfe (@Derek_Wolfe95) March 5, 2020
— Akeem spence (@AkeemSpence) March 5, 2020
Damon "Snacks" Harrison
For all y’all “I voted yes” MFs smh https://t.co/e84fPteBvX
— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) March 5, 2020
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) February 26, 2020
Health and Wellness of our men is always the most important aspect. There is no price you can put on that and that is why I Voted No. I respect the Men that have been part of this discussion and stood up for their locker rooms. https://t.co/mL0Yj3E6d9
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) February 26, 2020
Hard no on that proposed CBA.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 21, 2020
Any deal that’s short of a 50/50 split and lifetime health insurance for players is a win for the owners. Especially when they asking for 17 games.
— George Iloka (@George_iloka) February 21, 2020
NFL promotes 'player safety' ...but players should risk brain & body for a max of $250K for a 17th game?
Ok... sure... owners should only make $250K as well, the rest of the profits should go toward lifetime health care for the players and the of funding post career benefits.
— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) February 21, 2020
Say it again for the people in the back!!! https://t.co/e7cCTtU5wC
— Demario Davis #56 (@demario__davis) February 21, 2020