On Friday, the National Football League and NFLPA agreed to several adjustments to the CBA because of the COVID-19 pandemic, setting the stage for training camps to take place on time (most teams start on July 28).
Training camps across the league will officially begin on time.
"The season will undoubtedly present new and additional challenges, but we are committed to playing a safe and complete 2020 season, culminating with the Super Bowl", Goodell said in a statement.
The Vikings, with veterans scheduled to report to training camp Tuesday, will ease into the season under a new three-week acclimation period. That includes the Cardinals, although the team has yet to announce anything official.
COVID testing, on days 1 and 4, quarantining and virtual meetings on all days. The deal was ratified later Friday by team-by-team player representatives for the NFLPA, following a unanimous recommendation for approval by players on the union's ruling executive committee. There are also high-risk and general opt-out of participation clauses with a yet-to-be-determined deadline, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero via NFL.com's Nick Shook.
For those who simply don't want to take the risk this year, they can opt out and receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who do will have their contract toll.
There will be no preseason games this season, as the players lobbied to eliminate them in the name of safety. The lack of exhibition affairs could make it more challenging for undrafted free agents to catch the eye of the coaching staff, as they must instead do so in training camp.
The agreement reportedly includes training camp beginning as scheduled on Tuesday, no preseason games, rosters being reduced to 80 by August 16 and practice squads expanding to 16.
If the season is canceled, all player salaries and incentives won't be paid this year. Players like Justin Coleman, Desmond Trufant, Jesse James, Nick Williams, Danny Shelton, Chase Daniel, Christian Jones, and Joe Dahl will need solid performances in 2020 to justify their 2021 deals. The salary cap will be at least $175 million in 2021, while the 2020 cap of $198.2 million remains unchanged.
One of the key issues that were resolved Friday was the projected salary cap figures for this year and others in the future.
Most notably, the agreement will allow for a 16-man practice squad (up from the previous number of 10).