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NFL CBA Series: Performance Incentives

RG3 beats the double a-gap blitz against the Vikings.

RG3 beats the double a-gap blitz against the Vikings.

Rookies are very limited in the types of Performance Incentives they can agree to in their contracts. While veterans can receive bonuses for attaining certain individual and team statistics and rankings, rookies can only receive incentives for play time percentage (figured out by dividing player’s total of offensive or defensive plays by the team’s total offensive or defensive plays (Art. 7, Sec. 6, (A) (f), 30). These incentives can also only be earned for a specific percentage and not for improving playtime upon a previous season. Continue reading

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NFL CBA Series: Proven Performance Escalator

Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham

Saints Tight End Jimmy Graham

The Proven Performance Escalator (PPE) rewards draft choices from later rounds for contributions that exceed their draft slot. The PPE is a part of all rookie Player Contracts for anyone selected in the third through seventh rounds. First- and second-round draft choices, along with undrafted free agents, do not qualify for the PPE (Art. 7, Sec. 4, (a-b), 28). Continue reading

NFL CBA Series: 5th-Year Option for 1st-Round Picks

Dez does work.

Dez does work.

Every player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft will automatically have a fifth-year team option added into his contract. This option cannot be separately attached to the player contract.

The option allows a team to retain a player’s rights for five years rather than four, which is the bonus of selecting a player in the first round. In order to extend the contract, the team must inform the player during the period after the last regular season game of the player’s third contract year and May 3 of the next League Year (Art. 7, Sec. 7, (a), 31). Continue reading

NFL CBA Series: Rookie Contracts

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson all made cases for NFL Rookie of the Year in 2012. Griffin III won the award.

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, and Russell Wilson all made cases for NFL Rookie of the Year in 2012. Griffin III won the award.

In the past, there were all sorts of negotiating going on the end of the Draft and the start (sometimes deep into). Although there is still much to bargain over, the new CBA installed something similar to the Rookie Wage Scale in the NBA. Each of the up to 256 draft slots are given an allotment of the Total Rookie Compensation Pool.

The Player Contract for every drafted rookie is set at four years. All undrafted players will be signed to three-year terms (Art. 7 Sec 3, (a), 24). Continue reading

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