Fitzpatrick explained his reasoning in a video

Ryan Fitzpatrick is voting “yes” to the proposed NFL-NFLPA collective bargaining agreement.

Fitzpatrick, who entered the NFL in 2005, explained it all in a video shared by the New York Daily News Friday. Fitzpatrick said many of the concerns players wanted addressed by ownership are in this deal.

“Increased minimum salaries,” Fitzpatrick said. “The drug policy in regards to marijuana. Different work conditions. Increased roster spots. The practice squad. Better hours. Less hitting in training camp.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick: “I’m voting yes on CBA...The possible gains we could make from a work stoppage don’t justify the risk we would undertake in voting this proposal down.”

A thoughtful, reasoned explanation here:

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Fitzpatrick, 37, said he has spoken with players who are voting yes, players who are voting no, negotiators of the deal, NFLPA leadership, ex-general managers and agents to gain various perspectives.

“Increased benefits for players, current and past,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think the vast majority of these (concerns) were hit in the CBA. The most important part of the CBA, though comes down to revenue sharing.”

Fitzpatrick, who graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics, is the leading candidate to start for the Dolphins in 2020. He said that by presenting a unified front with ownership, the players are afforded the best opportunity to maximize revenue sharing for all.

“Getting a larger share of the pie is important,” Fitzpatrick said. “But also the overall growth of that pie is important. Those two things both happen if we sign the CBA.”

The NFL is poised to sign massive future television deals if and when the CBA is agreed to. Players are voting now and their deadline is next Thursday at 11:59 p.m.

“It’s a win-win for players and owners,” Fitzpatrick said.

Some high-profile players such as J.J. Watt and Aaron Rodgers have come out against the proposed CBA. But many players on the lower end and middle of the pay scale are supporting the deal because of the increased benefits to the majority of players.

The addition of a 17th game in the future is of great concern to some players. DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA, said at the NFL Scouting Combine that he understands that, but believes it is a solid deal overall.

Former Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills, who was a club representative with the NFLPA and now plays for the Texans, is urging players to vote no.

“We can negotiate a deal that is player friendly,” Stills said in a video posted on Twitter. “There are so many things we want and continue to ask for and they should be non-negotiables. We have power and have leverage, by saying we won’t play for a season. We can bring the owners to a deal and negotiate a deal that’s friendly for us.”


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