The NFL should start paying players more to support the league’s long-term health and safety efforts, according to a group of players and executives.
The group is urging the league to fund a “transportation and health program” for all players, as well as pay a portion of their salary in the form of health insurance.
The NFL Players Association is currently considering a proposal to change its collective bargaining agreement so that players have to be paid a percentage of their pay from their salary, the union’s president and CEO, DeMaurice Smith, told reporters on Monday.
The current collective bargaining agreements with players don’t include health and wellness programs.
Under current collective-bargaining agreements, players are paid for health and health-related benefits, but not for travel expenses.
The league has not announced a replacement plan for players’ health insurance, but Smith said the union has talked with other professional sports leagues.
He added that players also should be paid more for work done in-game, including the time spent practicing.
The new proposal also would require the NFL to pay for the transportation and health programs for players, Smith said.
He said it would be paid for by “other revenue streams” and that the NFL could pay players in the event of an emergency, for example if a player’s health gets worse.
The union is looking to raise $10 million for the proposal, Smith added.
The proposal could also include other changes, such as eliminating or changing the salary cap for players.
The proposal has the support of some players, including Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he believes the union is making the right decision.
“I think the owners are going to be very, very pleased,” Rice told CBS Sports.
“I think that they have the right people in place to do it, and I think the NFL’s doing it right.”
That’s the only way we’re going to get to where we want to be in terms of the long-range health and welfare of our players.
“The NFL’s health-and-safety department is estimated to spend $1.5 billion a year to help players.
That includes health and medical care, as it has for decades, and travel, the league said.
Players are required to wear helmets that have been certified to protect against concussions.