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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

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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

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

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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