NFL Contracts Explained: Paragraph 5 Salary

Surely, anyone who pays attention to ESPN or NFL Network coverage has heard the terms “base salary” or “game check.” In the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, this salary is referred to as Paragraph 5 (P5) Salary because its details are set forth in the fifth paragraph of the standard NFL player contract. A player’s P5... Continue Reading →

NFL Free Agency: Transition Tag

The Transition Tender is very similar to the Franchise Tender, albeit at a reduced salary and without drat pick protection. In any given year, the team can use either one or the other on an upcoming free agent. The time frame to use the tender is the same as the franchise tag (Sec. 3, (a),... Continue Reading →

NFL Free Agency: Restricted Free Agents

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 have options that can restrict player mobility. There are various tenders (“Qualifying Offers” in the CBA) that a team can offer a player. Each come with... Continue Reading →

NFL CBA Explained: Postseason Pay

NFL Players are entitled to extra compensation if their teams make it to the playoffs. Section 2 of Article 37 (NFL CBA) specifies the amount that playoff participants, as well as a long list of contingencies—which I will detail below—that compensate players who were on a playoff team’s roster at some point during the season.... Continue Reading →

NFL CBA Explained: Franchise Tag

Article 10 in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement covers the use of franchise and transition tags. Both grant each NFL team different abilities to hinder or stop a player from becoming a free agent. The Franchise Tender, affectionately known as the “franchise tag,” is by far the more widely known of the two. The names... Continue Reading →

NFL Contracts Explained: Split Contracts

When a player is not on a team’s Active or Inactive List, the team can reduce that player’s salary due to his services being unavailable (i.e. on a team’s Injured Reserve list). Many young players, typically late-round draft picks, will sign what are referred to as Split Contracts to reduce the financial burden to teams... Continue Reading →

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