The NFL Players Association announced on Sunday morning that the collective bargaining agreement had passed a vote of its membership, but just barely. The final tally was 1,019 to 959, meaning that the new CBA passed by a margin of just 60 votes. A total of 1,978 players voted out of approximately 2,500.
The voting period featured numerous high-profile players publicly declaring their position on the CBA. Greg Olsen came out in favor. Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers came out against it.
How did players feel once word came that the CBA passed? Reactions definitely ran the gamut.
Some, like Malcom Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, weren’t happy with it.
The democratic process has played itself out. We must be committed to unifying our current and former members. While I don’t agree with the decision because of its negative impacts on some current and former players, I do respect our process and will push forward accordingly. pic.twitter.com/O0Pe1dg0L2— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) March 15, 2020
🔴🤕wow yall really let me down— Damien Wilson (@dwilson_6) March 15, 2020
🔴 we folded as a group smh— Damien Wilson (@dwilson_6) March 15, 2020
Yes a lot to a little— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) March 15, 2020
Y’all really let these people add another game and playoff game... with no extra bye week.. bamboozled— Nino (@qdiggs6) March 15, 2020
Eric Ebron of the Indianapolis Colts was particularly unhappy about the result of the vote, and several players responded in support.
Can’t believe we agreed to that lol. We can only play this game for so long and y’all didn’t want everything we could get out of it? Smfh. 2030 y’all do better— Eric Ebron (@Ebron85) March 15, 2020
So weak fam, dudes wanna vote outta fear. It really show where dudes head at— Allen Robinson II (@AllenRobinson) March 15, 2020
Man I’m so hot bruh‼️🤬— Darius Leonard (@dsleon45) March 15, 2020
A few others expressed their happiness on Twitter.
Elbow bumps all around! Thankful for the process and labor peace. https://t.co/QNJ8KYuzJm— Josh Harris (@aujharris) March 15, 2020
✅— AqibTalib21 (@AqibTalib21) March 15, 2020
Some players had reactions that didn’t fall on either side of the CBA divide.
Welp guess we getting our madden checks back 🤷🏾♂️— George Fant (@GeorgeFant74) March 15, 2020
I wonder if I would’ve made the redskins 55 man roster or still got cut for a younger cheaper/ lesser player 🤔— Marquis Flowers (@MFlowers59) March 15, 2020
It’s good and bad to this deal I could see why anyone would vote either way. I just think it’s amazing guys don’t even care.— Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) March 15, 2020
That’s sad!! Truly is!! Roughly 500 players didn’t vote!! Smh!! https://t.co/kJU87YPDBl— Davon Godchaux (@ChauxDown) March 15, 2020
Tom Brady was, as always, a cipher, but he complimented NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith on the open letter he tweeted on Saturday night, and presumably on all the work he did to make the CBA happen.
Well done De— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) March 15, 2020
There was some momentary confusion about vote totals among a few current and former Ravens players, which resulted in some excellent gif usage.
Even if those 500 would’ve voted all toward no . CBA Still woulda passed according to final #’s— Tony Jefferson II (@_tonyjefferson) March 15, 2020
Will Compton of the Las Vegas Raiders had an even-keeled response, but he actually seemed a little disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to join with his fellow players and go on strike in an ultimate act of unity.
New CBA passed. Wild how close it was— Will Compton (@_willcompton) March 15, 2020
I was ready to storm the beaches of Normandy if this thing went NO https://t.co/YYf9B1bhtx
Pros and cons in every agreement. I think it was a good deal with some meat still left on the bone— Will Compton (@_willcompton) March 15, 2020
Would’ve been excited to potentially strike and unify with the boys https://t.co/gCEHZIhrMr
While the new CBA has been passed and there will be 10 more years of labor peace in the NFL, the divide among NFL players is pretty stark. The owners may be done fighting with the players (for now), but the players may not be done fighting with themselves.
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