AP sources: NFLPA approves NFL offers, including opt-out guidelines for players
(AP) - NFL training camps are set to open after the league and the players’ union reached agreement on several issues.
They include future salary cap mechanisms and how players can opt out of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus. The NFL offered opt-out guidelines to players who do not want to participate in the upcoming season due to the coronavirus, two people with knowledge of the offer told The Associated Press on Friday.
The players’ union negotiators have agreed to the plan, with the NFLPA executive committee voting unanimously in favor. The NFL Players Association’s executive committee and 32 player representatives approved the offers Friday.
Players who decide they want to opt out have until Aug. 3 to do so,and they will receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend will be $350,000 for medical opt outs and $150,000 for voluntary opt outs, two people with knowledge of the decisions told The Associated Press.
The sides already agreed to cancel all preseason games, as well as to a reduction in the number of roster spots in training camp from 90 to 80. The league also offered an extended acclimation period of 18 days for players, given that the coronavirus caused the cancellation of all offseason on-field activities at team facilities.
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