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Cleveland Browns center J.C. Tretter has had one heck of an initiation period as the president of the NFL Players Association. After being named the president, he immediately had to deal with CBA negotiations. Most recently, Tretter has had to work on COVID-19 protocols with the league.
Tretter has been extremely vocal as the president of the NFLPA when it comes to any main issue being discussed with the NFL. He has made sure the player’s voices are heard, while ensuring each player knows the details of what is being negotiated.
Even after finalizing the CBA negotiations, Tretter has had to put in more work in regards to returning to football amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. While there were tough negotiations that dragged on to right before training camp, Tretter and the NFLPA worked out a deal so players can return to the field.
However, in today’s featured article, Tretter explained the NFL attempted to alter some of the aspects of the deal the NFLPA made with the NFL.
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"“Especially this weekend but through the whole thing, the NFL wanted to kind of walk back a lot of the really good things we had gotten in the deal,” Tretter said. “And once they realized there were things they didn’t like, they wanted to change that. And we weren’t willing to move off the deal that we signed because we thought we had a really good deal.”"
The pandemic has caused a lot of unforeseen issues that both the owners and the players were not expecting to encounter in the present and the future. It is not surprising that both sides were willing to make concessions in order to strike a deal, but the NFL attempting to renege on a previously agreed upon deal is what creates mistrust between the two sides.
The Cleveland Browns offensive line was a massive problem during the 2019 season, which is why the front office invested in the unit this offseason. As Josh Brown notes, Pro Football Focus believes those additions made the unit a strength.
"Browns quarterbacks, rookies and injured players have been participating in strength and conditioning and walk-throughs since July 28th, but in-person meetings won’t begin until Sunday. Gilbert has remained at least 6 feet away from Mayfield, Case Keenum and Kevin Davidson at all times, and wears a Kinexon contact tracer that beeps if he gets too close."
The Browns clearly want to keep all of their players safe, but because the quarterbacks are the lifeblood of any NFL team, there will be some extra precautions for the position group. With Garrett Gilbert‘s positive test, which has been viewed as a surprise, the Browns will likely try to do more so they know for sure they have done what they can so Baker Mayfield can start the season healthy.
The Cleveland Browns were dealt a blow when defensive tackle Andrew Billings made the decision to opt-out of the 2020 season. Randy Gurzi looks at three free agents the Browns could approach to replace Billings in the defensive tackle rotation.