After the players won the Mackey case in court, the NFLPA and the owners agreed on a new CBA that introduced a new system of refusal and compensation to replace the De Rozelle rule.  The new system still limited the free agency of players.  In the court`s decision, it was stated that compensation for draft choices was to be awarded on the basis of salaries received by outgoing independent agents.  The 1977 agreement significantly improved some medical and retirement benefits for players and achieved a neutral reconciliation of all player/club disputes.  It is questionable whether the concessions granted to players in exchange for a 17th game will be sufficient to justify an agreement on an 11-year contract. But there are different motivations for concluding the deal now. Team owners no doubt want an agreement so they can negotiate new television contracts with a contract until 2030. Players would immediately receive bumps in the salary. Although the NFLPA 7-4 executive committee voted against the proposal and only 17-14 votes (one abstained) among the team members, the new CBA was sent to vote to all players in the league. It was tight with 51.5 percent of players who approved the deal (1,019 for, 959 against).
Based on the progress made since the 2011 agreement and the strengthening of cooperation between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, a new collective bargaining agreement is in place until the 2030 season. Key features of the 2011 CBA included changes in health and safety, including a reduction in the number of off-season exercises, a two-day training camp ban and a limitation on contact practices in both pre-season and regular season.   The new CBA also included increases in player performance, including retroactive pension increases for retired players and the creation of a neurocognitive advantage for players with concussions and similar injuries. In addition, the agreement promised to increase wage guarantees for injured players by up to $1.5 million and a new revenue distribution that offered players between 47 and 48.5 percent of total revenue.   Changes have also been made to contractual benefits, with an increase in minimum player salaries and the minimum wage cap, including the guarantee of a 99%-95% league-wide expenditure and the requirement for each club to spend an average of 89% of the salary cap over four years.  So when Kirk Cousins signed for three years two years ago and $84 million was fully settled, the Vikings had to pay $82 million into a trust account (the guaranteed amount minus the $2 million deduction).