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The 2011-2020 NFL CBA

The 2011-2020 NFL CBA

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The complete version of the newly ratified NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement
The complete version of the newly ratified NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

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COLLECTIVEBARGAINING AGREEMENT
  August 4, 2011
 
 
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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
 PREAMBLE ............................................................................................................................. xiv  ARTICLE 1 DEFINITIONS .................................................................................................... 1 ARTICLE 2 GOVERNING AGREEMENT ........................................................................ 5Section 1. Conflicts:.................................................................................................................. 5Section 2. Implementation: ..................................................................................................... 5Section 3. Management Rights: .............................................................................................. 5Section 4. Scope of Agreement: ............................................................................................. 5Section 5. Rounding: ................................................................................................................ 5 ARTICLE 3 NO STRIKE/LOCKOUT/SUIT ..................................................................... 7Section 1. No Strike/Lockout: ............................................................................................... 7Section 2. No Suit: .................................................................................................................... 7Section 3. Releases and Covenants Not to Sue: ................................................................... 7 ARTICLE 4 NFL PLAYER CONTRACT ............................................................................. 9Section 1. Form: ........................................................................................................................ 9Section 2. Term: ........................................................................................................................ 9Section 3. Changes:................................................................................................................... 9Section 4. Conformity: ............................................................................................................. 9Section 5. Notices, Prohibitions, etc.: ................................................................................. 10Section 6. Commissioner Disapproval: .............................................................................. 11Section 7. NFLPA Group Licensing Program: ................................................................. 11Section 8. Good Faith Negotiation: .................................................................................... 12Section 9. Forfeiture of Salary: ............................................................................................ 12Section 10. Return of Advanced Paragraph 5 Salary: ....................................................... 15 ARTICLE 5 OPTION CLAUSES ......................................................................................... 16Section 1. Prohibition: .......................................................................................................... 16 ARTICLE 6 COLLEGE DRAFT ......................................................................................... 17Section 1. Time of Draft:...................................................................................................... 17Section 2. Number of Choices and Eligibility: .................................................................. 17Section 3. Required Tender: ................................................................................................. 17Section 4. Signing of Drafted Rookies: .............................................................................. 17Section 5. Other Professional Teams: ................................................................................ 18Section 6. Return to College: ............................................................................................... 19Section 7. Assignment of Draft Rights: .............................................................................. 19Section 8. Subsequent Draft: ............................................................................................... 19Section 9. No Subsequent Draft: ........................................................................................ 20Section 10. Compensatory Draft Selections: ..................................................................... 20Section 11. Undrafted Rookies: ........................................................................................... 20Section 12. Notice of Signing: ............................................................................................. 20
 
 
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 ARTICLE 7 ROOKIE COMPENSATION AND ROOKIECOMPENSATION POOL .................................................................................................... 21Section 1. Definitions: ........................................................................................................... 21Section 2. Operation: ............................................................................................................ 23Section 3. Rookie Contracts: ................................................................................................ 24Section 4. Proven Performance Escalator: ........................................................................ 28Section 5. Additional Terms: ............................................................................................... 29Section 6. Performance Incentives:..................................................................................... 30Section 7. Fifth-Year Option for First Round Selections: ............................................... 31Section 8. Salary Cap Treatment: ........................................................................................ 32Section 9. Rookie Redistribution Fund: ............................................................................. 32 ARTICLE 8 VETERANS WITH LESS THAN THREE ACCRUEDSEASONS .................................................................................................................................. 34Section 1. Accrued Seasons Calculation: ............................................................................ 34Section 2. Negotiating Rights of Players with Less Than Three Accrued Seasons: .... 34 ARTICLE 9 VETERAN FREE AGENCY ......................................................................... 35Section 1. Unrestricted Free Agents: .................................................................................. 35Section 2. Restricted Free Agents: ...................................................................................... 36Section 3. Offer Sheet and Right of First Refusal Procedures: ...................................... 39Section 4. Expedited Arbitration: ........................................................................................ 41Section 5. Individually Negotiated Limitations on Player Movement: .......................... 42Section 6. Notices, Etc.:........................................................................................................ 42 ARTICLE 10 FRANCHISE AND TRANSITION PLAYERS ....................................... 44Section 1. Franchise Player Designations: ......................................................................... 44Section 2. Required Tender for Franchise Players: ........................................................... 44Section 3. Transition Player Designations: ........................................................................ 47Section 4. Required Tender for Transition Players: ......................................................... 47Section 5. Right of First Refusal for Transition Players: ................................................. 48Section 6. Lists: ...................................................................................................................... 48Section 7. Salary Information: ............................................................................................. 48Section 8. No Assignment: ................................................................................................... 49Section 9. Franchise Player Designation Period: .............................................................. 49Section 10. Transition Player Designation Period: ........................................................... 49Section 11. Other Terms: ..................................................................................................... 50Section 12. Compensatory Draft Selection: ....................................................................... 50Section 13. Offer Sheets for Non-Exclusive Franchise and Transition Players: ......... 50Section 14. Signing Period for Transition Players: ........................................................... 51Section 15. Signing Period for Franchise Players:............................................................. 51 ARTICLE 11 TRANSITION RULES FOR THE 2011 LEAGUE YEAR ................... 53Section 1. Applicability: ........................................................................................................ 53Section 2. Calendar: ............................................................................................................... 53Section 3. Free Agency: ........................................................................................................ 54Section 4. Rookies: ................................................................................................................ 56

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