Despite that security and the healthy wage scale for NFL players of all levels, the failure to live within its means or other financial mishaps and hardships created issues among a portion of NFLPA membership that became anxious for the union to accept the league’s CBA offer. Examples of well-paid players who turned to short-term “lockout loans” at interest rates of 20 percent-plus include tackle Bryant McKinnie, cornerback Will D. Allen and quarterback Vince Young.
The average NFL player salary was in the $2 Cheap High Quality Soccer Jerseys million range for 2009 and 2010. The minimum salaries were $310,000 and $325,000 in those years, respectively. The minimum has increased to $465,000 for the 2017 season with the average player salary at more than $2 million annually.
“In 2009, we were faced with a major sort of signal that the owners were going to try and lock players out,” Atallah said. “We were trying to get as many players prepared as possible.”
Atallah said the NFLPA plans to recruit current and former players who went through the 2011 lockout and other work stoppages to offer advice if another labor lockout is on the horizon. Atallah also said “money management is probably the No. 1 thing that we have tried to impress upon players over the last couple of years.”
“We need players of every generation to really help the young guys understand what it takes to go through some ‘labor strife,'” he said. “For the players who went through it in 2011, the union administration and player leadership did everything it could to prepare players across the league. I think it needs to happen again with the same sort of fervor.”