Richard Sherman says NFL contract structure could prompt strikes

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 14: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) on the field before the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons on January 14, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons beat the Seahawks 36-20. (Photo by Frank Mattia/Icon Sportswire)
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It’s no secret that NFL players aren’t afforded the same guaranteed money luxuries seen in the MLB and NBA, and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman believes the league’s players should be ready to go on strike about the issue.

“Oh, 100 percent,” Sherman said Tuesday via ESPN. “If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike. That’s the thing that guys need to 100 percent realize. You’re going to have to miss games, you’re going to have to lose some money if you’re willing to make the point, because that’s how MLB and NBA got it done. They missed games, they struck, they flexed every bit of power they had, and it was awesome. It worked out for them.”

The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire following the 2020 season. The league went into a lockout prior to agreeing to its last CBA in 2011, but no regular-season games were cancelled.

Sherman also suggested that NFL players should take a look at how NBA stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant structures their contracts and model their strategy off that.

“NBA players like KD and LeBron are sitting there taking two-year deals like it’s nothing,” he continued. “They figure, ‘I’ll take a two-year deal because I’m going to wait for the salary cap to increase and get another bite at the apple.’ In our sport, they won’t do it.”

The last time NFL players officially went on strike was in 1987, as the season was shortened to 15 games. There was also a strike in 1982, forcing that season to be cut to nine games.

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