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Eagles' Banner: Players offered additional $2 bil over 4 yrs

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, speaks with reporters

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, center, speaks with reporters as negotiations between the NFL owners and players go unresolved. (March 11, 2011) Credit: AP

We're not sure how the numbers were crunched here, and the NFL Players Association might have a different version of things, but Eagles president Joe Banner said today in an interview on Pro Football Talk Live that a proposal offered by the NFL last week featured an additional $2 billion in cash and benefits to players over the next four years.

“If you looked going forward over the next four years, this would produce somewhere between $19-20 billion in cash and benefits to the players," Banner said. "If you look back at the last four years, that number was a little bit over $17 billion. I know we are talking numbers that are hard for the average fan to relate to. But you are talking about a significant increase over the next four years versus the past four years in a combination of cap and benefits to the players and in a formula that accomplished what the owners needed to do to be able to get the game and keep it as strong as it is by doing things like investing in stadiums and investing in the NFL Network and assuming the costs of operating expenses on these new stadiums.”


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