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NFLPA President JC Tretter Says 'Not All Deals Are Perfect', 'We Now Must Unite'

Megan ArmstrongSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2020

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in the midst of some 2,500 union members voting on a CBA, Tretter was elected as the new NFL Players Association's president, replacing Eric Winston, who no longer is eligible for the position. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
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It was announced on Sunday morning that the NFL Players Association voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement.

Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter, voted as the new NFLPA president on March 10, released a statement on the decision:

JC Tretter @JCTretter

https://t.co/NC1eVue22U

"We understand that not all deals are perfect, and we don't take the gains we wanted, but couldn't get, lightly," Tretter wrote in part. "We now must unite and move forward as a union."

The vote tally was 1,019 to 959 in favor of the new CBA, per the NFLPA, which takes effect immediately and will run through 2030.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith also offered statements:

Brian McCarthy @NFLprguy

Here’s some good news. Agreement extends through 2030 season. https://t.co/2jrkTKvTAf

DeMaurice Smith @DeSmithNFLPA

An open letter. https://t.co/lBNmQ6ZMo7

There are several key changes:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Players have voted to approve the new NFL CBA. Changes: ➖ Two playoff teams added for 2020 ➖ 17-game season in 2021 ➖ Increase in min. salaries ➖ Increase in player revenue share It will run through 2030. https://t.co/EZazq07WoG

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

As part of the new approved CBA, the NFL will no longer suspend players for positive marijuana tests 👀 @brgridiron https://t.co/lIkETTTtmH

Prominent players such as Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson publicly voiced their disagreement with the proposed CBA. A sticking point seemed to be the added 17th regular-season game. 

ESPN's Dan Graziano and Cameron Wolfe reported on March 9 that players who had already cast their vote would not be allowed to change their minds despite many requesting to do so. Given how close the vote tally was, that could have made a difference in the outcome.

The new league year is scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

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