Unlike some higher-profile players in the NFL, New York Giants tackle Nate Solder supports the league's collective bargaining agreement.
The proposed CBA, which would allow NFL owners to add a 17th game as soon as the 2021 season, has taken hits from star quarterbacks like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers but Solder wants to get the message out it has plenty of support as well.
"Minimum salaries would go up significantly, with bumped-up benefits for current players and retired players. We'd increase the practice squad [from 10 to 14 by 2022]. Work rules would improve. I don't think it's perfect, but we're making incremental gains on player health and safety. Some players have fallen victim to the thought if we turn this down, we'll get something better. We might, but we might not. You have a couple of guys on Twitter who have millions of followers criticizing the deal. Other guys who support it might have 5,000 followers. Their voices aren't loud. In some ways, I'm trying to be a voice for the voiceless," he told NBCSports.com.
NFL player reps voted 17-14-1 last week to ratify the 10-year agreement with the NFL, though the full-player membership still needs to approve it by a simple majority.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said he expects the players to approve the new CBA, despite concern over the addition of an extra game, which some see as a safety concern.
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