Bedard: Union ratifies new CBA with NFL, why that’s huge for Patriots-Brady deal; Titans out on TB12?

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

In a very narrow vote — 1,019 to 959 — NFL players agreed to the new collective bargaining agreement that will usher in a 17-game season (not immediate) and expanded playoffs (for the 2020 season).

"Our members have spoken and the CBA has been ratified," said union president J.C. Tretter. "We pick up a greater share of the revenues, make significant gains to minimum salaries and increase our post-career benefits.

"We understand that not all deals are perfect, and we don't take the gains we wanted, but couldn't get, lightly. We now must unite and move forward as a union."

Said Roger Goodell: "We are pleased that the players have voted to ratify the proposed new CBA, which will provide substantial benefits to all current and retired players, increase jobs, ensure continued progress on player safety, and give our fans more and better football. We appreciate the tireless efforts of the members of the Management Council Executive Committee and the NFLPA leadership, both of whom devoted nearly a year to detailed, good faith negotiations to reach this comprehensive, transformative agreement."

Shortly after the deal was announced, teams were informed the 2020 salary cap will be $198.2 million — about $2 million less than anticipated.

We're still waiting to hear if the new league year and free agency will start on time.

But we do know this: with the new CBA, it is a lot easier for the Patriots to add to their roster — especially when it comes to Tom Brady.

And it might be useful because the Titans are now reportedly out of the Brady sweepstakes:

Why? Because of something I was the first to write about: