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NFL CBA Series: Credited vs. Accrued Seasons

English: Mike Vick with Philadelphia

English: Mike Vick with Philadelphia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the NFL, experience is worth more than its impact on the field. It can affect a player’s pocketbook, as well as his benefits when he leaves the game.

The NFL determines the experience of its veterans through two different processes: Credited Seasons and Accrued Seasons. Though the two involve similar parameters to meet the experience requirements, they are used for different purposes. Continue reading

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NFL CBA Series: Unrestricted Free Agents

Mike_Wallace

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: 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: 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

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