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NFL CBA Series: Transition Tag

The Transition Tender is very similar to the Franchise Tender. In any given year, a team can use either the Transition Tag or Franchise Tag on one upcoming free agent. The Transition Tag is also available to all teams in the final League Year of the current CBA. The period of designation is the same as that for the Franchise Tender. (Art. 10, Sec. 3, (a), 47). Continue reading

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NFL CBA Series: Franchise Tag

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Peyton Manning. Haloti Ngata. Drew Brees. Ray Rice. Dashon Goldson. Michael Vick. DeSean Jackson. Vincent Jackson. Logan Mankins.

These are some of the names teams have utilized the Franchise Tender on since the new CBA has been in effect. As one can tell, teams apply the tender to players that are, well, franchise players. If a team has failed to reach a contract extension with one of its upcoming free agents (typically UFAs though CBA allows RFAs to receive the tender as well) as a Franchise Player. Continue reading

NFL CBA Series: Unrestricted Free Agents

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An Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) is a player who has more than four Accrued Seasons and whose contract has expired. UFA’s are free to sign contracts with any team, and any team can sign such player without penalty or restriction (Art. 9, Sec. 1 (a), 35).

When news breaks early in the League Year about players signing big-money free agent deals, that player was an UFA. Reputable UFAs can’t wait to hit free agency, especially those who have just played out there rookie contracts, because, under the new CBA, this is their first opportunity to earn premium wages in the NFL. Continue reading

NFL CBA Series: Restricted Free Agent

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A Restricted Free Agent (RFA) has only three Accrued Seasons at the expiration of his Player Contract. RFAs are free to sign with any team, but RFAs prior teams has options that can restrict his movement.

There are various tenders (“Qualifying Offers” in the CBA) that a team can offer a player. Each come with different rights. In order for a club to retain the rights of such tenders, they must place tender on player on or before the first day of the RFA Signing Period (Art. 9, Sec. 2, (b), 36). Continue reading

NFL CBA Series: Exclusive Rights Free Agents

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An Exclusive Rights Free Agent (ERFA) is a player who is no longer under contract with a club but has less than three Accrued Seasons.

If the player’s former team offers him a one-year contract for the minimum Active/Inactive Salary (subject to player’s Accrued Seasons), the player can only sign a contract with that team. The offer becomes a take-it-or-leave-it kind of deal: the ERFA can either play for the minimum tender or they can choose not to play at all. Continue reading

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