The NFLPA Board of Player Representatives voted to send the proposed collective bargaining agreement to membership for a full vote, NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah announced early Wednesday morning.
Players across the NFL will now have an opportunity to vote, with a majority required to approve and ratify the new CBA.
NFL owners and NFLPA representatives met for four hours Tuesday, with the two sides further discussing details of a new CBA proposed and approved by team owners last week.
The proposal approved by owners contains some significant changes including a 17-game regular season, an expanded playoff format featuring two extra teams, and a modification to the NFL's policy on marijuana testing and punishment. In the proposed CBA, players would receive a 48% revenue share, which could increase as media rights are renegotiated, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Additionally, owners agreed to remove the $250,000 cap they pitched for the 17th game check to players, according to ESPN.
Of the 32 player representatives, 17 voted in favor of the proposal. One representative abstained. The group passed the deal despite a 7-4 vote from the NFLPA executive committee to reject it, a source told ESPN's Brooke Pryor. The executive committee voted 6-5 against the owners' first proposal.
The NFL and NFLPA are hoping to have a deal in place before the 2020 league year begins on March 18. The existing CBA runs through the upcoming campaign.