Below is a brief history of free agency, and at times the lack thereof, in the NFL. The Reserve Rule (1920-1946) The reserve rule allowed teams with right to resign a player in perpetuity. Players could not move on to another team by choice. Players really had three options: play for the same team, get... Continue Reading →
Aaron Donald missed Week 1 last season over a contract dispute. Could he soon be the NFL highest-paid defensive player?
After being franchise by the Lions, what will it take Ziggy Ansah to agree to a long-term extension in Detroit?
Demarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys best pass rusher since DeMarcus Ware, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. How will the Cowboys treat is upcoming free agency?
Every player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft will automatically have a Fifth-Year Option added in his contract. This option cannot be separately attached to the player contract. The option allows a team to retain a player’s rights for five years rather than the standard four, which is the bonus of selecting... Continue Reading →
An option bonus is similar to a roster bonus. However, rather than receiving money for remaining on a team on a certain date, the team has the “option” to pay the bonus or terminate the player’s contract. When an option bonus is exercised, it is subject to probation like a signing bonus. If the option... Continue Reading →
A signing bonus, as the name suggests, is an upfront payment a player receives to sign his contract. When it comes to salary cap accounting rules, signing bonuses and P5 salaries are completely different. The amount a player gets to sign can be prorated or spread across the life of the contract (up to a... Continue Reading →