- Richard Sherman is warning NFL players to prepare for a strike.
- The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) expires after next season, and the 49ers defensive back doesn’t want players to be caught off guard.
- Sherman is entirely correct, and players should heed his advice.
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman is no stranger to controversy, but he’s also an incredibly smart guy. Stanford doesn’t let just anyone in, no matter how well they may play football.
He’s also been around for a long time and has seen how the league does business. As the vice-president of the NFLPA’s executive committee, he may be privy to information not available to most NFL players.
So, when he cautions guys to start saving money and preparing for a strike, they may want to listen.
The Current CBA Will Expire After Next Season
It feels like it hasn’t been that long since the NFL and the NFL Players Association signed the last collective bargaining agreement. But it has been eight years, which means the CBA is set to expire after next season. In the hope of avoiding a lockout this time, the league and the NFLPA have engaged in talks.
According to some media reports, they have been going well, too. A recent Washington Post article claimed that progress had been made on a new agreement. The article talked about the owners making concessions to get the players on board with a longer season (17 games). What those concessions are remains a mystery.
However, it is worth noting that the article didn’t say how close they were to an actual agreement. They could be making progress but still be far from finalizing a deal.
That harsh reality is likely what led Sherman to caution guys to start saving. Despite that “progress,” it wouldn’t be shocking if the two sides are still negotiating (and…