"We are pleased that the players voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will bring significant benefits to all current and retired players, increase employment, ensure further progress in player safety and provide our fans with greater and better football," Goodell said in the statement. "We appreciate the tireless efforts of the executive committee members of the NFLPA Management Board and management, both of whom have spent nearly a year in detailed and good faith negotiations to achieve this comprehensive and transformative agreement. The NFL and NFLPA have a difficult task to accomplish: finding common ground in time for a new collective bargaining agreement to avoid a work stoppage before the 2021 season. In November 1989, the 8th Court of Appeal ruled that team owners were exempt from federal cartel laws as long as players were properly represented by a union.  In the same year, the NFLPA decided as a union and stated that its union status offered more protection to owners than to players.  The NFL remained without a collective agreement until 1993.  So far, conflicting reports on CBA meetings have made it difficult to estimate progress to date. The likely answer is that it will take much longer to reach an agreement. It is unlikely that we will see a lockout as in 2011, when the owners chose not to face the previous CBA and excluded players from work to reduce the share of players in league revenues. And the chances of players going on strike seem pretty slim. So, no, probably no work stoppage. And even if there is one, it would only be after the current agreement expires in March next year.
Well, it has no influence on the process, but it reflects the fact that not all owners are satisfied with what they are giving up in this market. A source close to Thursday`s meeting said there were even owners who voted in favor of the proposal, who still expressed doubts about it during the meeting. That`s when ESPN`s Todd Archer reported Jerry Jones missed a press conference to announce a new contract for DeMarcus Lawrence because he`s in Minneapolis for CBA conversations. A few hours later, a joint statement was issued: there will be no more difference between the players selected in the top 10 and the players selected between 11 and 32 in the calculation of the first round options of the fifth year. Under the new contract, the option for every five years is performance-based and can be as high as the franchise tag number for its position. Yes, yes. Any player who is under contract when the new CBA is signed and remains on that contract for a year in which the League plays 17 games, will receive a bonus of 1/17 of his salary if he is in the team on the day of the 17th game. In 1982, after the first two games of the season, NFL players went on strike again in an attempt to achieve a guaranteed percentage of the club`s and the league`s revenues.  This strike lasted 57 days, making it the longest work stoppage in NFL history at that time.  The strike ended with an interim agreement on 16 November, which included funds to cover the shortfall in players` wages during the work stoppage.  Negotiators signed a new collective agreement on December 5. The agreement improved player benefits by introducing a new severance pay, increasing the minimum wage for players every year of service and adding new medical rights for players.
The agreement also included a revised 1982 season plan, which had a nine-game regular season and a new playoff format that allowed 16 of the league`s 28 teams to qualify for the playoffs.  In addition, the agreement included the owners` guarantee that players would receive at least $1.6 billion in wages and benefits for the five-year term of the new contract.  The new collective bargaining agreement would erase the last year of the old one and begin with the start of the 2020 league on March 18.