Sources: NFL camps to open on time, pending OK from players

Pending an agreement from players, NFL training camp will open as scheduled next week, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The league held a meeting with coaches, general managers, presidents and ownership Friday, and it concluded with clubs approving training camp, roster rules, matters addressing operations during COVID-19 and economics as well.

Among the agreements by NFL teams, sources told ESPN:

  • The 80-man roster deadline is Aug. 16, before padded practice, but teams can have 90-man rosters if they go with a split-squad setup. Some teams have plans to split squads and use stadium and regular practice facilities.

  • The salary cap remains the same for 2020 and there is a cap floor of $175 million in 2021 with the possibility of being higher based on revenue streams.

  • There will be a fund/benefit established to pay back any benefits eliminated as a result of COVID-19 up to 2023, as well as paying back any lost guaranteed money to players.

The NFLPA on Friday said its executive board voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes to the CBA. The vote now goes to the NFLPA board of player reps, which is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

As of Thursday night, the NFL and NFLPA had been negotiating on three key points: rules for the training camp acclimation period; procedures via which players could opt out of the season for coronavirus-related reasons and what would happen to the contracts of those who do; and how to handle the league's long-term finances and salary caps of future years in the wake of projected 2020 revenue loss as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday is the reporting date for all teams except for Houston and Kansas City (who report earlier because they're scheduled to play the Thursday night opener).
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