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    NFL teams could lose $70 million in 2021 cap due to coronavirus, which would be bad for Eagles, Giants:

    Takeaways from NFLPA call
    Updated Jul 17, 2:53 PM; Posted Jul 17, 1:56 PM
    Executive director DeMaurice Smith, of the NFL Players Association, is bracing for the economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic.AP

    By Zack Rosenblatt | NJ Advance Media for
    NFL teams could see a significant reduction in salary cap in 2021 that would ultimately lead to many players being cut in cap-saving measures.

    NFLPA executive DeMaurice Smith and president J.C. Tretter, also a center for the Cleveland Browns, spoke to members of the Pro Football Writers Association of America on Friday and the impact of revenue loss amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 will be felt into next year.

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    Smith said he estimates that if there’s a “dramatic drop in revenue this year” that there could be losses of approximately $70 million per team and would see the 2021 salary cap drop all the way to $120 million, a steep drop from 2020′s $198.2 million cap.

    Some teams would be impacted more than others, including the Eagles, who have a league-high $267.3 million in salary committed for 2021. The Giants have $164 million in salary committed in 2021.

    The preference, Smith said, would be to figure out a way to avoid that, possibly spreading out the decline over several upcoming years. The NFLPA prefers that option.

    Plenty of other topics were discussed.

    Here are some takeaways about what’s coming:

    - DAILY TESTING: One of the NFLPA’s sticking points with the league is a desire for daily testing, which is a stance, Smith said, the league does not plan to back off from. There had been talk of players being tested three times per week, but clearly the NFLPA is not satisfied with that.

    - TRAINING CAMP: Smith said that Friday night was the “first time the union has ever called for basically what amounted to an emergency meeting” with team doctors” in hot spot areas, he said. These doctors felt it’s safe now to begin football, “with reservations.”

    - FLYING INTO HOTSPOTS: The NFLPA said there are many players concerned about flying into coronavirus hotspots to attend training camp. “How safe is it to start back up a football season at this moment with locations in this country where teams are located going through giant spikes in this virus?” Tretter said.

    The primary hotspots in the United States right now includes California, Texas and Arizona which, combined, house six NFL teams.

    The NFLPA held an “emergency” conference call with team doctors earlier this week to discuss protocol and the best way to report to camp safely and operate safely in those specific markets.

    - PLAYER ACCOUNTABILITY: Tretter and Smith were both asked — by NJ Advance Media, in fact — about concerns about player accountability when it comes to the coronavirus. Specifically, about players being honest about exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and being safe when they leave the team facilities.

    Both Tretter and Smith underscored that it will be not only on players, but coaches and other personnel, to do what’s required and to conduct themselves safely for the good of the rest of their team. Both expressed greater concern about coaches that have expressed disdain for proposed coronavirus protocols.

    “We’ve had coaches say the protocols are too much to ask,” Tretter said. “Coaches come forward and saying, ‘Everyone’s going to get sick, so we might as well all get sick together.’ Those attitudes can’t happen. There are consequences to getting sick.”

    Smith came out even stronger against that.

    “Slogans and wishful thinking haven’t led our country through this pandemic,” Smith said, “and it will not lead football on any level through this pandemic.”
    Last edited by Eagle60; 07-18-2020, 04:18 PM.
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