NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith Warns of Work Stoppage

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith is warning of a potential work stoppage.

According to the SportsBusiness Journal’s Liz Mullen, Smith has reportedly sent an email to every NFL agent stating that the union is “advising players to plan for a work stoppage of at least a year in length” when the collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2020 season.

There has been widespread speculation that a lockout could be likely prior to the 2021 season.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, teams were using language in new coaches’ contracts to protect themselves in the event of a work stoppage during the 2021 season.

The NFLPA responded to that story on their official Twitter page:

According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, the NFLPA is pushing for an increased share of league revenue from the current 47 percent rate, obtaining greater guarantees in contracts and decreasing free-agent limitations, such as the franchise tag, and fifth-year rookie options.

The NFLPA and the league has started negotiation for a new CBA but there are currently no indications that a deal is on the horizon.