The owners want more games, the players want more pay, will the sides agree before the CBA expires at the end of the 2020 season?
Tennessee Titans cornerback Logan Ryan, like most NFL players, wants what’s best for his colleagues. That means not adding more games to the NFL season. As one of the biggest talking points surrounding the collective bargaining agreement for the NFL, Ryan doesn’t see the logic behind it for the players.
“We’re trying to do what’s best for the player, and we’re talking about player safety so I don’t see why playing more games makes sense,” Logan told FanSided’s Mark Carman. “I don’t think we want to play a longer season at all. I don’t think we want to play as many preseason games, but it’s the nature of the CBA and we’ll go back and bargain it in a year or two and try to make it safe and fair for the fans, players and owners.”
The NFL owners and NFLPA have met several times in the offseason to discuss a new deal, with the intention to come to an agreement on a new CBA before Week 1 of the 2019 season. However, after meeting in mid-July the consensus was a new deal would not be completed before the regular season started.
Adding more games to the schedule would benefit the owners, boosting revenue for them, however, for the players tacking on potentially two more games to the season only makes it worse.
“I don’t see why a player would want to [play more games], we have very short careers already so to add more games I don’t know about that,” Ryan, who is partnering with Mars Petcare to waive adoption fees across the country for pet adoption weekend, said.
It’s not just the regular season that’s an issue, the length of the preseason has long been a gripe for the players.
“The preseason comes out of our benefits, so we’re paying ourselves for a long pre-employment process for half the guys to not make the team anyway,” Ryan said. “It doesn’t make sense when you look at business around the country and how things are done. Let’s double everyone’s salary and cut the games in half, I’m good with that one.”