The CBA, approved by a narrow vote from National Football League players, creates an immediate impact for teams that had hoped to use the franchise tag and transition tag.
The new CBA opens the door for a 17th regular-season game, which could take effect between 2021 and 2023.
The salary cap increasing to $198.2 million per club for the upcoming season, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, up from $188.2 million in 2019. That said, reportedly a ton of YAY votes came in late in the process, once we started living under the cloud of the coronavirus.
Free agency and the new league year is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 1 p.m. Arizona time, with the free-agent negotiating period ("legal tampering") starting Monday at 9 a.m. Arizona time.
Teams will now play in an expanded postseason format, going from 12 teams to 14 teams in the playoffs. "A lot of us are wondering how the hell [the 17-game season] even got into the conversation", the Green Bay Packers quarterback said earlier this month, "because nobody wanted it".
Gameday rosters will grow from 46 to 48 players and give teams more flexibility to "call up" two players from their practice squad each week, essentially allowing for a 55-man active roster. Players as a group are projected to make an additional $5 billion over the course of the 10-year deal.
In addition to an increase in a team's roster, practice squads will also expand.
"The NFL and NFLPA are developing protocols that will provide clubs with opportunities to review a free agent player's medical records from his prior club (s) and to arrange for a free agent player to have a medical exam in the player's home city or at another nearby location", the statement reads.
Players' share of league revenue will grow from 47 percent to 48 percent in 2021 and further to at least 48.5 percent in a 17-game season.
As we enter the 2020s, the "fundamental change" seems likely to occur on the player health and durability front, as teams adjust to (a) fewer practices and (b) more games.
The NFL CBA typically lasts a decade, though this current one supersedes the final year of the prior agreement and lasts for the next eleven seasons.
There are also substantial changes to the league's drug policy, such as a reduction in penalties for players who test positive for marijuana use.
The two extra playoff teams and games being added are games no one should want. For players past, this deal reaches back in an unprecedented way to increase pensions, benefits and make resources available to them.
The league will also no longer be doing test for marijuana, something the players have always been asking for.