Malcolm Jenkins: NFL, NFLPA CBA Negotiations 'Won't Be as Simple' in 2020

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 2, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins watches during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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With just two seasons remaining under the current collective bargaining agreement, the NFL and NFL Players Association could be in for an extended negotiation when they start talking. 

Per ESPN.com's Tim McManus, Philadelphia Eagles player representative Malcolm Jenkins thinks these CBA talks could be more complex than they were in 2011:

"That's yet to be seen. But I've got a feeling it won't be as simple as it was last time just because you have more players like myself who have been through the lockout before, saw how the NFLPA leadership handled that into where we are now, which I don't think was a bad deal but there is a lot that I feel like we want to get back as players, or get as players."

The current CBA expires after the 2020 season, and rumblings about a potential work stoppage are getting louder. 

NFLPA president Eric Winston told reporters during Super Bowl week they have emphasized to players how essential it is to have "financial literacy" in the event of a strike or lockout. 

"I think every player will believe us when we tell them they're going to be locked out," Winston said.

It's unclear what both sides will be hoping to get out of the next CBA. Writing for CBS Sports, former NFL agent Joel Corry suggested five changes, including a better revenue split, overhauling the rookie wage scale and making language uniform for guaranteed money in contracts. 

New York Giants owner John Mara told reporters last week talks with the union about a new CBA are expected to begin later this month. 

Prior to striking a 10-year deal for the current CBA in 2011, the owners imposed a lockout that lasted four months from March 12 to July 25.

The NFL hasn't had a work stoppage that resulted in games being canceled since the 24-day players' strike in 1987. 

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