CFL, CFLPA tentatively agree to new CBA

Commissioner Mark Cohon talks to the media at the league's annual coach of the year luncheon in...

Commissioner Mark Cohon talks to the media at the league's annual coach of the year luncheon in Ottawa Wednesday Feb 5, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

The CFL and CFLPA have tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement.

Talks restarted on Friday and continued into Saturday, and the deal was reached after the players held a long conference call Saturday night.

The players and the league's board of governors still have to ratify the deal, and a source said some of the CFLPA hard liners will need to be convinced to accept the deal.

"The feedback is not good," a CFL player source said about what he was hearing from his teammates.

Or, as Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish said on Twitter: "How it works in the 21st century: Unions are dead."

It's believed, however, that the majority of the players will accept the deal.

The sides reached a philosophical agreement last week but were still apart on the money figures as training camps opened up last Sunday.

The league was offering a $5 million salary cap in 2014, while the players wanted $5.2 million. The ensuing years is where the sides for further apart.

Another aspect of the tentative agreement, according to a CFL source, is the removal of the option year in contracts for non-rookies, allowing veterans to sign one-year contracts.

The tentative deal comes on the heels of the Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos conducting their strike votes on Saturday.

The CFL pre-season starts on Monday when Toronto visits Winnipeg.


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