NFL players easily ratified the new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday, setting off a champagne celebration at the NFLPA office and starting the new league year.
But there was one team that wasn’t so enthusiastic about the agreement. In fact, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Steelers voted against the new deal.
“We voted no,” offensive tackle Willie Colon told the newspaper.
Why did the Steelers go against the grain? Many players are not thrilled with the way discipline issues will be handled. Some are a little apprehensive about new testing for HGH.
“There was a level of uncertainty because a lot of guys didn't know what they were signing up for,” linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “We had a short time limit to sign everything, so I feel we were rushed.”
The bottom line is the deal passed. Hopefully, 10 full years of labor harmony follow.
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