49 ers’ Richard Sherman opposes CBA, states 17 th video game puts gamer security at threat

49 ers’ Richard Sherman opposes CBA, states 17 th video game puts gamer security at threat, English Subtitles

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said there’s a simple reason why he’d urge other players to join him in voting no on the NFL’s new proposed collective bargaining agreement — there’s no price they can put on their health.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, Sherman agreed with Packers quarterback and ex-Cal star Aaron Rodgers, who also feels player safety would be put at risk if the league is able to implement a 17th game into the regular season as part of the new CBA.

“Health and Wellness of our men is always the most important aspect,” Sherman tweeted. “There is no price you can put on that and that is why I Voted No. I respect the Men that have been part of this discussion and stood up for their locker rooms.”

Nonetheless, the NFL Players Association’s team representatives moved the potential new CBA along in the process by voting 17-14 (with one team abstaining) in favor of the proposal, according to ESPN. The next step is for all NFL players — an estimated 2,000-member players union — to vote on the proposed CBA, with just a simple majority needed to pass it.

NFL owners presented the players with what they billed as a take-it-or-leave-it deal that would not only expand the schedule from 16 games to 17, but would provide players with higher minimum salaries, additional roster spots, a shorter preseason, pension improvements for former players, as well as a greater share of the overall revenue the league generates. The deal would run for 10 years and take effect in 2021. Owners did back down from their original proposal that player earnings for a 17th game would be capped at $250,000 — players would now receive their regular game check amount.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano reported it could be at least two weeks before the rank and file votes whether or not to accept the owners’ deal.

Sherman was part of the NFLPA’s executive council that shot down the owners’ offer 7-4 before the team reps voted. In addition to adding an extra game, it would also make for a shorter off-season for players.

Rodgers said he voted no after discussions with his Packers teammates, who weren’t comfortable with the unknown aspects of an extra game.

“This deal will affect every player that ever plays this game and we have made this decisions with only an abbreviated version of the deal and that isn’t good enough,” Rodgers tweeted. “Although I do see that there are many things in the proposal that improve the lives and care for past, present, and future NFL players, there are issues with others.

“(Sixteen) games to me, was never something to be negotiated. The owners made it clear that the 17th game is about paying for the ‘added’ benefits, and had nothing to do with the positive feedback received about any extra risks involved with the added regular season game.”