NFL Players Approve New CBA

(670 The Score) The NFL players' union voted to approve and ratify the new collective bargaining agreement, bringing labor peace and changes to the league Sunday. The vote passed 1,019 to 959, which represented a 51.5% majority. 

The new CBA, which concluded its vote Saturday just before midnight, runs through 2030. It will include a 17-game regular season and expanded postseason with seven playoff teams from each conference. 

​"We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety and give our fans more and better football," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."

The NFL's owners voted to approve the new CBA on Feb. 26 in Indianapolis, setting up the players' union to vote. The sentiments on the deal were mixed between players, with stars such as Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt among the strong opponents. Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan declined to reveal his vote when discussing the CBA on Friday night.

Bears receiver Allen Robinson voiced his opposition Sunday after the vote passed.

"Trash, freaking trash," Robinson tweeted.

The new CBA immediately goes into effect for the NFL and was finalized just one day before open negotiations can begin for free agents Monday. The NFL's new league year starts Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT and will include a new salary cap that's expected to be $198.2 million, according to reports. The cap was $188.2 million in 2019.

For the Bears, the elevated salary cap will provide greater financial flexibility as they look to restock their roster coming off a disappointing 8-8 campaign in 2019.

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