Some pretty important news: enough NFL players voted to ratify the collective bargaining agreement proposal that owners approved last month. Here’s a look at what this means for the Philadelphia Eagles and the league.
- Thankfully, there will be no lockout in 2021. The new CBA is set to last through the 2030 season.
- The NFL playoffs will expand to seven teams per conference (previously six) in 2020.
- The NFL can expand the regular season to 17 games. That’s expected to be implemented starting in 2022. It can happen in 2021 at the soonest.
- The Eagles can now designate Alshon Jeffery as a post-June 1 cut, thus increasing the chances the team moves on from him this offseason. As previously explained:
Some have been reluctant to believe the Eagles will actually release Jeffery. Cutting him to create $26 million in dead money is no minor deal. In fact, it’d be the largest individual dead money charge in NFL history. But the Eagles might be able to cut Jeffery without being on the hook for all $26 million in 2020. If a new CBA comes together — and it’s worth noting NFL owners have approved the terms of such a deal — there could be an option to designate Jeffery as a post-June 1 release. The Eagles would be able to “only” incur a dead million charge of ~$16.7 million in 2020, preventing them from losing ~$10 million in cap space this offseason.
- The Dallas Cowboys can’t rely on using both the franchise tag and the transition tag now. As previously explained:
The Byron Jones angle isn’t the only reason why it’ll be interesting to see how the Cowboys handle the tagging window. It’d be most ideal for Dallas’s sake to work out long-term contract extensions with both Prescott and Cooper. But the fact that those deals haven’t been done yet suggests the players are asking the Cowboys for prices that are higher than what Dallas is super comfortable paying. The Eagles will be rooting for the Cowboys to end up having to tag Prescott so he accounts for a big chunk of cap space. And the longer Dallas waits to give Prescott a long-term extension, the more his price tag increases. The Cowboys are likely going to have to pay him more than what Carson Wentz got despite the fact that Philly’s quarterback is the better player. And the more the Cowboys pay to Prescott means the less they can spend on the team around him.
It still remains to be seen if the start of legal tampering and NFL free agency scheduled for this week will be delayed or not. In the meantime, at least we have clarity on the rules in place for whenever the new league years begins.