NFLPA Confirms to Players there will be no Preseason


With the COVID-19 pandemic and player safety in mind, the NFLPA has reached out to its players. The NFL, once hopeful for at least two preseason games, will now push on with none. Reporting from Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Tom Pelissero, and Ian Rapoport confirm the unofficial move.

Negotiations between the NFL and the players started off with the notion of cutting the preseason in half. Alternatively, the players pushed to have none of the games take place. In a last-ditch effort, the NFL tried to get the players on board with having one preseason game. This ultimately led to the two sides agreeing on forgoing the entire portion of the season.

80 Man Rosters for Training Camp?

Tom Pelissero further reported via twitter (@TomPelissero) the union is still vying for a longer work up to the season. He also reported that rosters are expected to be around 80 players to start camp, though the NFL Management Council Executive Committee has not yet signed off on it. Pelissero adds a general agreement on voluntary high-risk opt-out. Additionally, a stipend if games are lost due to a shortened season.

This news comes on the heels that an agreement was reached between the NFL and the NFLPA that ensured they are both working together to have a season. The players want to play, and the NFL clearly wants a season to happen.