NFLPA seeks opt-out clause for at-risk players, conditional stipends, sources say

The NFL and NFL Players Association continue to negotiate the conditions for returning to work, and the players are requesting financial support in the case when they decide to be out of the season.

According to a source, the league’s recent proposal requests for players:

  • An opt-out clause for at-risk players to receive a salary (but not a bonus) if they decide not to play.

  • An opt-out clause for players with at-risk families is an advantage if they decide to earn an earned season and not play.

  • An opt-out clause for players leaving the team after reporting (uncertain).

  • All players are guaranteed a stipend of $ 250,000 to be shown at the camp and everything is closed due to COVID-19 concerns. If the season starts, the amount increases to $ 500,000, only to close it.

The definition of “at-risk” is part of the discussion, and the procedures for applying for medical opt-outs have not yet been finalized.

If a player is under suspension and the season is canceled, unsold games will not go into the next season.

The league’s June 7 memo is listed as following for high-risk individuals:

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, the players want no salary in escrow for 2020 and no reduction in the 2021 salary cap, which they would prefer to stretch over several years, despite the projected revenue loss. The league’s initial demand is supposed to be a nonstarter to hold 35% of this year’s salary in escrow.

A source told Graziano that after the last two days of negotiations between the two sides, no further talks between the NFL and the NFLPA are scheduled for Wednesday.

Many issues are unresolved. Players want to test no more preseason games every day, while the league wants to test less frequently (such as every other day) and two preseason games. Upon returning to camp, players want a longer period before beginning full practice to avoid injuries and to get comfortable in the new working environment.

Both sides must decide that trimming the 90-man training camp roster is the right thing to avoid unnecessary contact. On the equipment front, the league has worked on a protective face shield with Oakley, but the players are lukewarm on it.

Both sides want to camp and want to play, so the goal is to get there, survive the potential initial wave of positive tests and manage expectations from there.

“Get 16 games on TV,” a source told ESPN. “That is the main goal.”

If there are fans in the stands, the league standard for all 32 teams would be for fans to wear face masks. The league is hoping the teams can have a fan days, with social disturbances inside the stadiums for training camp. With the camp booming, many players believe the NFL is far from being there.