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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: 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: 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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