The NFL Players Association will take a vote Tuesday among its 32 player representatives on a radically revised drug policy after a daylong face-to-face negotiation with the league in New York, according to player sources.
The proposed policy will include human growth hormone testing for the first time, as well as make significant changes that raise limits for marijuana testing and expand neutral arbitration, sources said.
One late sticking point is that the league has received complaints and concerns from owners regarding possible reinstatement for recently suspended players such as Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns and Wes Welker of the Denver Broncos, who would not have been suspended under the proposed policy. Those owners were displeased that a new agreement would not necessarily alter the standing of their own suspended players.
Even if the vote passes, it's not entirely clear how this will impact Gordon, though momentum seems to be headed his way. Hopefully, we'll have a better idea about his short term future after the vote. If he is fully reinstated, he's worth a 100% bid provided owners can claim players for fee. If he's partially reinstated, he's still worth a very hefty bid since he's a game changer even if he plays half a season.