Richard Sherman says NFL players need to strike to get NBA-style contracts

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says NFL players may need to strike to get contracts like players in the NBA and MLB.

Count Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman as the latest NFL player to raise an eyebrow at some of the contracts being handed out to NBA players and say that football players may need to strike to get compensated similarly.

“If we want as the NFL, as a union, to get anything done, players have to be willing to strike,” Sherman said during an interview before attending the ESPYs Wednesday night.

“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 comments drew an interesting reaction on twitter from the NFLPA (National Football League Players Association) which responded “What he said.”

Sherman is Seattle’s NFLPA player representative.

Any striking wouldn’t realistically be done until after the 2020 season, when the league’s current CBA expires. Players then could fight for a greater share of the league’s revenue and guaranteed contracts.

It’s become something of a rite of summer for NFL players to take to social media to note the differences in their salaries compared to those in the NBA when the NBA goes through its annual July free agent signing frenzy.

But as this good SBNation breakdown of the issue last year details, there are some issues that make it hard to compare the two leagues apples-to-apples — notably, the difference in roster size (NFL teams have 53 on an active roster and NBA teams have 13). Also, the injury rate has long been held out by the league as a reason for not guaranteeing most contracts (unlike in the NBA and MLB where all…

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