JC Tretter seeks unity in letter to NFLPA members following Eric Reid CBA challenge

Browns C and NFLPA president says ratification doesn't end their fight

Daryl Ruiter
March 31, 2020 - 11:05 am

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – A day after free agent safety Eric Reid challenged the legitimacy of the newly ratified CBA, Browns center and NFLPA president wrote a letter to players seeking unity among the membership.

In the letter, published Tuesday morning on the NFLPA website, Tretter did not mention Reid’s challenge, which came following the discovery of a discrepancy in language within the CBA following ratification.

“There is no such thing as a perfect deal,” Tretter wrote. “Any compromise, by definition, is inherently imperfect. I personally made those imperfections known throughout the process, but it is important to highlight the increases we earned at the negotiating table, especially as we consider the current worldwide pandemic, the uncertainty it causes and its effect on our economy.”

The current COVID-19 pandemic was top of mind for Tretter, who pans to write monthly columns to address the union’s concerns and will send guidelines to players to assist them in dealing with the outbreak “in the coming days.”

The addition of more games – regular season and post season – is also a concern for Tretter.

“Every football player knows that this game carries with it a 100% injury rate,” Tretter said.  

Read Tretter's full letter to NFLPA members here.

Tretter stressed the ratification of the CBA does not end their fight for improvements to health and safety concerns but those can’t be achieved without a unified voice.

“Regardless of where you stood on this deal, it is important that we as players come together,” Tretter said. “Unity does not mean that we are all in agreement on all issues. What it does mean is that, however the dust settles, we will be there standing shoulder to shoulder with our brothers to continue the fight.”