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February 26, 2020

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The Washington Redskins are rebuilding after ushering in some significant changes to the coaching staff with the hiring of Ron Rivera. They will have an opportunity to kickstart things with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Washington has several voids to fill if they hope to bounce back in the 2020 NFL season. Right now all avenues are open to the franchise at this point.

The Cleveland Browns entered the 2019 NFL season as a legitimate playoff contender. Well, that’s if you want to believe the betting lines put up by Las Vegas and other bookmakers from around the country.

However, the team struggled to a 6-10 record including a loss in the final game of the season to the then-one-win Cincinnati Bengals. Quarterback Baker Mayfield took a significant step back from his 2018 season when he set the rookie record for passing touchdowns.

Mayfield completed fewer than 60-percent of his passes while throwing 22 touchdowns to 21 interceptions. All things considered, it was a terrible year for Baker and the Browns who enter the 2020 season with a new head coach and general manager.

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone and general manager David Caldwell aren’t committing to either Nick Foles or Gardner Minshew as the 2020 starting quarterback only that they currently have two very good options at the most important position.

The Jaguars signed Foles, a former Super Bowl MVP for the Eagles, ahead of the 2019 season to a lucrative four-year, $88 million contract.

“We’re in a position where we feel we’ve got two guys who can play,” Marrone told the media Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine, per John Oehser of the team website.

Marrone’s comments mirror those of owner Shad Khan and Caldwell.

“Like Shad said a couple of weeks ago, that we have two quarterbacks we really feel good about,” Caldwell said.

The Washington Redskins are rebuilding after ushering in some significant changes to the coaching staff with the hiring of Ron Rivera. They will have an opportunity to kickstart things with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Washington has several voids to fill if they hope to bounce back in the 2020 NFL season. Right now all avenues are open to the franchise at this point.

The morning after the NFL Players Association’s board of representatives met and voted 17-14 to approve the proposed collective bargaining agreement, a full player body vote likely won’t happen this week, with a date still yet to be set.

Discussions among the players will continue, as could additional negotiations.

“The one thing we’re not doing is rushing through this thing,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said Wednesday before entering a competition committee meeting. “Every ‘I’ will be dotted and every ‘T’ will he crossed. And when it happens, it happens.”

After a lengthy meeting between the owners and NFLPA executive committee members, the 32 player reps had an extensive meeting of their own.

he NFL released a statement Thursday announcing owners have accepted terms for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The statement reads as follows:

Following more than ten months of intensive and thorough negotiations, the NFL Players and clubs have jointly developed a comprehensive set of new and revised terms that will transform the future of the game, provide for players – past, present, and future – both on and off the field, and ensure that the NFL’s second century is even better and more exciting for the fans.

The membership voted today to accept the negotiated terms on the principal elements of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Players Association would also need to vote to approve the same terms for there to be a new agreement.

Since the clubs and players need to have a system in place and know the rules that they will operate under by next week, the membership also approved moving forward under the final year of the 2011 CBA if the players decide not to approve the negotiated terms. Out of respect for the process and our partners at the NFLPA, we will have no further comment at this time.

As the last paragraph states, players must discuss whether to accept these terms. The NFL Players Association will discuss Friday whether the union will approve these terms, which have been negotiated over the past 10 months.

Spoiler alert: They will not accept.

The NFLPA released a CBA Fact Sheet, which laid out key details in the proposed CBA. The first item listed states a 47 percent share of annual revenue, with an additional $100 million in new player costs above the current CBA. In 2021, that split would increase to 48 percent share of revenue with the ability to increase to 48.5 percent through a media kicker which applies in any season the league plays 17 games.

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