If you’ve watched Aaron Rodgers play football, you know how passionate the quarterback is about the game of football.
It’s likely that passion that played at least a small part in Rodgers being named the Green Bay Packers’ player representative to the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) as the union negotiates with league owners over a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
With the owners already ratifying the new CBA, the 32-man NFLPA committee, of which Rodgers is a part, voted to allow the pending CBA to be voted upon by the players as a whole.
Rodgers was one of 14 no vote and the Packers quarterback took to Twitter yesterday to explain his reasons for a no vote. His skepticism was joined by Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari among others who feel the players are still being short changed with schedule changes and offseason program adjustments.
In his statement, Rodgers called the CBA “an abbreviated version” of a new CBA and that it wasn’t addressing what Rodgers felt was more recovery time for playing an extra game (at least, pending the playoff field change).
It remains to be seen what ultimately will happen with the new CBA but with only a simple majority of players required to approve the deal, Rodgers could be fighting another uphill battle.
Lucky for Rodgers, he’s a specialist at Hail Marys.
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The NFL wants a new CBA in play by the start of the new league year in March so a vote by the players could come at any time. Will Rodgers and others be able to sway enough opinions to force the owners back to the negotiating table? Time will tell, but it’s running out.
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