Players selected for the “Pro Bowl Games” must be present unless there is a medical problem

The NFL’s changes to the Pro Bowl called for an amended agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association.

Biggest notable point agreed by NFL and NFLPA: Players selected for Pro Bowl games will be required to attend unless there is a medical condition, NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero reported Thursday.

The flag football game will be a 7-on-7 showdown, meaning no lineman will be involved. Linemen will still have something to do, of course, with the deal listing skill events also taking place at the stadium, but without specific details. These players will be required to participate in a skills event on Sunday of Pro Bowl week instead of the game.

Skills competitions and events will include, but not be limited to, dodgeball, best catch, needle thread and quarterback drills as per the cover letter, leaving room for creativity extra from Pro Bowl planners.

Players on the winning team will receive $84,000, while members of the losing team will receive $42,000.

Without a traditional Pro Bowl contact game taking place, the league and players’ union needed a formal agreement to determine new attendance and compensation requirements. It looks like those details have been ironed out and the league can head full steam ahead to Las Vegas in early February.



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