The NFL and the NFL Player’s Association have started discussing a new collective bargaining agreement.
The two organizations released a joint statement Tuesday saying they are committed to meeting regularly in the coming months.
“Today, the members of the NFL’s Management Council and the NFLPA’s Executive Committee met to discuss negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement,” the full statement read. “The League and the Union have committed to meet regularly in the coming months, which will involve staff, NFL leadership, members of the NFLPA Executive Committee and Player Representatives.”
The current CBA runs through the 2020 season. It was signed following the 2011 lockout and there has been speculation about another potential work stoppage when the current agreement expires.
Rams running back Todd Gurley and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman are just a couple of players who expect a walkout.
“For right now, we just need to come together and be prepared,” Gurley said last summer. “You always have to be prepared. We’ll just come together, pull up a couple different ideas and go on from there. You definitely always have to be prepared for certain situations.”
Sherman, more recently, was adamant it is going to happen.
“It’s not like guys are guessing on that one,” Sherman said in October. “There was a lockout before. We don’t plan on changing anything about the deal we currently have right now, so I don’t think it’s going to be negotiated before the end of the CBA, so it’s going to cause a lockout and we’ll deal with it from there.”
The NFL has been trying to avoid a work stoppage. According to a March report, the league is planning on making concessions in the new CBA, starting with it’s policy on marijuana.