How do I know the Patriots have a real, legit SuperBowl contender?
That question was answered by the NFLPA on Tuesday, with a letter signed by more than 1,000 members of the union.
The union said the Patriots should be considered as a “real team” in the event of a potential new contract extension with Belichick, and that the union “will fight to ensure” that the Patriots remain a Super Bowl champion.
The union also called on the Patriots to “take immediate steps to resolve the issue” regarding the “financial viability of the team and its operations.”
The Patriots were set to be paid $11.5 million per season, but the NFL and the NFL Players Association have been working toward an agreement that would bring them closer to the league-minimum salary of $9 million per year.
The NFLPA said it is looking for a new deal that would “give the team more financial flexibility.”
The Patriots are the only NFL team not currently in the Super Bowl, but they are expected to be the only team in the league to host a Superbowl, which starts next month.
The Patriots play in Foxborough, Massachusetts, and play the Steelers on Feb. 7 in a game that could be televised on CBS.