Posted by Josh Katzowitz
ATLANTA – As you know, the NFL owners voted 31-0 to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA that will last for the next 10 years. Also, as you know, the players haven’t approved the deal -- and ultimately they might not.
In any case, here are the key terms of the new CBA that will last through the 2020 season and includes the 2021 NFL draft (assuming the NFLPA ratifies it as it stands).
Player health and safety
- Reducing the offseason program by five weeks and reducing OTAs from 14 to 10.
- Limiting on-field practice time and contact (unspecified).
- Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season (unspecified).
- Increasing number of days off for players (unspecified).
- Current players could remain in the player medical plan for life, and there will be an enhanced injury protection benefit of up to $1 million of a player’s salary the year after his injury and up to $500,000 in the second year after his injury.
- $50 million per year to a joint fund for “medical research, healthcare programs, and NFL Charities, including NFLPA-related charities.”
- During the next 10 years, there will be an additional funding of between $900 million and $1 billion -- $620 million of that will be used for a “Legacy Fund,” which will increase pensions for pre-1993 retirees.
- Other unspecified improvements to post-career medical options and the disability plan.
- All drafted players sign four-year contracts.
- Undrafted players sign three-year contracts.
- A salary cap per draft class -- Limited contract terms.
- Strong anti-holdout rules -- Clubs can extend option of a first-round draft pick for a fifth year based on agreed-upon tender amounts.
- Salary cap plus benefits of $142.4 million per club ($120.375 million for salary and bonus) and at least that amount in 2012 and 2013.
- Beginning in 2012, salary cap to be set “based on a combined share of ‘all revenue.’” Players will receive 55 percent of national media revenue, 45 percent of NFL Ventures revenue and 40 percent of local club revenue.
- Player share must average at least 47 percent for the 10-year agreement.
- League-wide commitment to cash spending of 99 percent of the cap in 2011 and 2012. For 2013-2016, and again for the 2017-2020 seasons, the teams have to spend at least 95 percent of the cap.
- Minimum salaries will rise 10 percent in Year 1 with continued increases for each year.
- All teams will have about $3.5 million to fund veteran player salaries in 2011. That money comes from what would otherwise be performance-based pay.
- In 2011, each team can borrow up to $3 million in cap room from a future year, which would then be used for the veteran player costs. In 2012, that figure drops to $1.5 million, which can be borrowed.
- Franchise tags and transition tags would remain unchanged.
- Player personal conduct policy remains the same and can be used to discipline players who violated it during the lockout.
- No early opt-out clauses.
- No judicial oversight of the agreement. Neutral arbitrators jointly approved by the NFL and NFLPA would resolve disputes.
- Settlement of ALL pending litigation.