ESPN’s Dan Graziano is reporting that NFL owners have approached the NFLPA “several” times in the past few months about negotiating an extension to the current collective bargaining agreement.
According to Graziano, the two parties plan to pick up talks at some point in the near future.
One of the main reasons NFL owners would like to extend the current agreement is because they’ve already used of their stadium credits that included in the original 10-year deal that was signed back in 2011.
Sources tell Graziano that the NFL is trying to secure money to help fund a stadium in Las Vegas for the Raiders, as well as a potential downtown stadium for the Chargers, should their bill pass next month.
According to the report, the NFLPA is at least willing to listen to the league’s overtures, but it’s likely to require some “significant” concessions from the owners in order for an agreement to be reached. Interestingly enough, Graziano says that majority of the players do not feel strongly enough about commissioner Roger Goodell’s control over discipline to make it a major negotiating topic.
We’ll have more regarding potential CBA negotiations as the news is available.