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Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter has been prominent in NFL circles this offseason since being named the NFLPA president in March. With a college degree in labor relations, Tretter has been a perfect fit for the role.
Immediately after taking over the position, Tretter was put squarely into the NFL’s CBA negotiations, and is now facing the task of figuring out how the NFL can provide a safe return for the players during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With training camps set to open in only three weeks, the NFL and the NFLPA have yet to reach an agreement on plans for the players return. As the days continue to dwindle there will create even less uncertainty about the 2020 season.
In today’s featured article, Tretter claimed the NFL is putting the players at risk with their current plans for league’s return.
Cleveland Browns News
"NFL Players Association president JC Tretter escalated a disagreement Tuesday with the NFL over the terms of training camp and the preseason amid the coronavirus pandemic, writing in a blog post that the league “is unwilling to prioritize player safety and believes that the virus will bend to football.”"
Tretter has been working in the best interests of the players, which has created some questions about the start of the 2020 season. Because safety should be at the forefront of the NFL handling the pandemic, it is clear Tretter is going to fight for top-tier safety for the players, and if they do not get it, a delay to the 2020 season would not be surprising.
With a brand new regime in place, the Cleveland Browns could undergo some major personnel changes during roster cut downs. Casey Kinnamon looks at three Browns veterans who could be on the bubble during training camp.
"The Browns have renegotiated the contract of defensive end Olivier Vernon and he will no longer be the highest paid player on the team, a league source confirmed for cleveland.com.ESPN’s Field Yates first reported Vernon’s renegotiated deal.This also likely spells the end of the team’s pursuit of free agent Jadeveon Clowney."
The Cleveland Browns once seemed like the favorite to sign Jadeveon Clowney this offseason, but it quickly changed when it became obvious Clowney was not budging on his salary demands. Even if the Browns did have the best offer on the table for Clowney, the renegotiated contract for Olivier Vernon makes it appear the Browns are done waiting on Clowney.
The Cleveland Browns did well with their rookie class in 2020, as they addressed several positions of need without reaching for players. Greg Newland looks at three Browns rookies who could be the most impactful in 2020.