By PAUL G. BONDMANAPOAssociated PressAssociated PressThe NFL Players Association announced on Wednesday that it will implement a plan to address labor issues in an effort to bring back the salary cap and a league-wide pay scale by the end of next season.
The union said the new plan will address a variety of issues including how much of the new collective bargaining agreement would be covered by salary caps, how many players would be eligible for incentives and what compensation would be awarded to players who remain unsigned.
The players union said it is also looking to increase the number of teams with new stadiums.
The union’s executive committee approved a plan for a new collective bargaining agreement with the owners of NFL teams in February and the league agreed to meet for talks in June.
The labor agreement was expected to have a large impact on how teams can allocate salary caps in the near future.
The salary cap is set by the league’s collective bargaining process.
The deal is the latest step in the league moving toward a revenue sharing model that would allow teams to pay players based on revenue rather than on how many games they play.
The new agreement would increase the salary-cap ceiling by $3.5 billion annually over five years, including $2 billion per team.
The plan is not the first time the union has sought to address salary caps and the possibility of players not being paid as much as previously.
It also did not include any changes to the current collective bargaining agreements with the players, which are still in effect.
The new salary cap plan would cover only the salary caps of players who have played in the NFL for at least five years.
The plan also includes $250 million to $500 million in incentives for players who are unsigned or who are on the reserve/reserve list.
The agreement would also give the union a power to negotiate for a reduction in the salary ceiling for the first six weeks of the 2017 season and for the second half of the year.
The $250-million-per-team bonus, for example, would not count toward the salary limit, but the union would get an extra $250 in compensation for every game that the union missed.
The $500-million pay boost would be included in the new salary limit.
The proposed plan would also create a new salary pool to help the union make payroll adjustments.
That money would be set aside for the owners and other NFL teams.
The NFLPA is seeking to make the salary pool more flexible to help teams make payroll changes and reduce the cap.
The owners have also said they would support an increase in the base salary cap.
The owners are also hoping to reach a new agreement that would increase their ability to keep the salary pools together to help prevent a reduction of the salary limits for all players.