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In honor of NFL’s 100th Season, league launches campaign to award a fan season tickets for the next Century

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; Jon Schwartz; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

Fans, players, legends, clubs and communities to come together for series

of #NFL100 events, initiatives, and programming through Super Bowl LIV

As the National Football League rewards and honors fans in its centennial season, the League today announced the launch of “Tickets for 100 Years,” a first-of-its-kind contest offering a grand prize of a pair of season tickets to the winning fan’s preferred franchise for the next century.

This grand prize is the first of a series of incredible fan experiences NFL fans will be able enter to win throughout the league’s 100th season, following the launch of the NFL100 campaign during Super Bowl LIII. These experiences officially kick off during the 2019 NFL Draft and continue through the first game of the League’s 100th season – before culminating at Super Bowl LIV (Feb. 2, 2020) in Miami.

“The NFL was built on multi-generational fandom that bonds people together,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Giving someone a century’s worth of NFL season tickets may be the single greatest sports prize ever offered to a fan. It represents 100 years filled with incredible memories to share with the people who matter most. This is the first of a fan-focused series that speaks to the spirit of the ‘Fantennial’ celebration at the heart of our centennial year.”

In addition to awarding one winner two tickets for 100 years, the winner can pass the tickets down through future generations while also having access to exclusive team experiences and an NFL Shop lifetime discount.

​To enter, fans should describe how they are their favorite team’s biggest fan of the century in a social post tagging @NFL and #NFL100Contest in an Instagram post (picture or video) or Tweet. The winner will be selected based on how effectively and creatively he/or she conveys their ultimate NFL team fandom in their entry post. No purchase is necessary.

The contest opens March 14 (12 p.m. ET) and closes April 7 (11:59 p.m. ET). Three finalists will be flown to Nashville, where the winner will be announced live during the first-round presentation of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25. For official rules, visit NFL.com/100/contests.

 

NFL announces Performance-Based Pay Distribution

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

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2018 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS

NFL Players will receive $140.88 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2018 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained b​enefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.

In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $48 million in benefits (i.e., $1.5 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with one or more accrued seasons. In total, $188.88 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.

Baltimore Ravens’ center MATT SKURA earned the highest combined distribution of all NFL players in the 2018 Performance-Based Payprogram.  He earned a total of $533,558, nearly doubling his 2018 salary, comprised of the following amounts: $395,660 from the Performance-Based Pay Pool, and an additional $137,898 from the Veteran Pool.  Skura, a 2016 undrafted free agent out of Duke, started in all 16 games for the Ravens during the 2018 season, playing in every offensive play, as well 17 percent of the Ravens’ special teams plays.  He earned the league minimum salary for a player with one credited season (i.e., $555,000).  Skura spent the 2016 season and part of the 2017 season on the Ravens’ practice squad before signing a one-year free agent contract with the club early in the 2017 season.  He signed an Exclusive Rights Contract with the Ravens in 2018.

Players have been paid approximately $1.5 billion cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which wasimplemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, and continues as part of the parties’ current agreement.

The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, which is a player benefit that was created under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL Players Association elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time in 2016 and has extended the benefit each season since then.

See the tables below for the top 25 distributions in each category, as well as combined totals.

HOW PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY WORKS

Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.  In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pools.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay.

The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) players with zero accrued seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, however, such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s Index, if the player’s full-season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. By imputing a minimum of $1 million to the denominator of the Veteran Pool’s index calculation (playtime divided by salary), a slightly higher percentage of the pool is directed to high-performing veteran players whose salaries exceed $1 million but are not among the highest in the league, as contemplated by the formula.  This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actualsalary paid to the player under his contract.

ILLUSTRATION OF PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY SYSTEM

Each player on the same team com­petes for his own share of his club’s Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the Player Index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his Index compares to those of his teammates.

A

Playtime

B

Compensation

C

Index**

(A/B)

D

% of Club Bonus Pool

(C/Team Total C)

E

Hypothetical Bonus

(D * $1,000,000)

Player A 50% $     500,000 10.0 50% of the Club’s pool (10 out of 20) 50% * $1,000,000 = $500,000
Player B 50% $  1,000,000 5.0 25% of the Club’s pool (5 out of 20) 25% * $1,000,000 = $250,000
Player C 20% $     500,000 4.0 20% of the Club’s pool (4 out of 20) 20% * $1,000,000 = $200,000
Player D 10% $  1,000,000 1.0 5% of the Club’s pool (1 out of 20) 5% * $1,000,000 =     $50,000
Team Total: 20.0 Points

 

** Index is multiplied by 107 for legibility purposes only

 

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2018

PLAYER

CLUB

POS

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION

1 Matt Skura Baltimore C Duke 2016 UDFA $       395,660
2 Austin Blythe LA Rams G Iowa 2016 7 $       380,060
3 Jesse Davis Miami G Idaho 2015 UDFA $       374,833
4 Jayon Brown Tennessee ILB UCLA 2017 5 $       373,575
5 Cory Littleton LA Rams ILB Washington 2016 UDFA $       371,379
6 Chase Roullier Washington C Wyoming 2017 6 $       358,849
7 Joe Thuney New England G NC State 2016 3 $       352,578
8 Tre Flowers Seattle CB Oklahoma State 2018 5 $       337,399
9 Alex Redmond Cincinnati G UCLA 2016 UDFA $       328,932
10 Sam Tevi LA Chargers T Utah 2017 6 $       323,682
11 Eddie Jackson Chicago FS Alabama 2017 4 $       323,451
12 Jonathan Jones New England CB Auburn 2016 UDFA $       323,294
13 Damontae Kazee Atlanta SS San Diego State 2017 5 $       320,931
14 Andrew Wylie Kansas City T Eastern Michigan 2017 UDFA $       311,406
15 Kendall Fuller Kansas City CB Virginia Tech 2016 3 $       309,468
16 Chris Clark Carolina T Southern Mississippi 2008 UDFA $       306,770
17 Graham Glasgow Detroit C Michigan 2016 3 $       306,379
18 Curtis Riley NY Giants FS Fresno State 2015 UDFA $       304,784
19 Keelan Cole Jacksonville WR Kentucky Wesleyan 2017 UDFA $       301,144
20 Connor McGovern Denver G Missouri 2016 5 $       300,952
21 Desmond King LA Chargers CB Iowa 2017 5 $       300,335
22 Kenny Moore Indianapolis CB Valdosta State 2017 UDFA $       298,620
23 B.W. Webb NY Giants CB William & Mary 2013 4 $       295,905
24 Chad Wheeler NY Giants T Southern California 2017 UDFA $       295,242
25 Justin Reid Houston SS Stanford 2018 3 $       293,739

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

TOP 25 DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE VETERAN POOL

PLAYER

CLUB

POS

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

DISTRIBUTION

1 Connor McGovern Denver G Missouri 2016 5 $       144,472
2 Matt Skura Baltimore C Duke 2016 UDFA $       137,898
3 Justin Simmons Denver FS Boston College 2016 3 $       136,941
4 Blake Martinez Green Bay ILB Stanford 2016 4 $       136,439
5 Austin Blythe LA Rams G Iowa 2016 7 $       133,556
6 Julien Davenport Houston T Bucknell 2017 4 $       131,273
7 Cory Littleton LA Rams ILB Washington 2016 UDFA $       130,864
8 Kendall Lamm Houston T Appalachian State 2015 UDFA $       128,472
9 Graham Glasgow Detroit C Michigan 2016 3 $       125,705
10 Kenny Moore Indianapolis CB Valdosta State 2017 UDFA $       125,435
11 Kendall Fuller Kansas City CB Virginia Tech 2016 3 $       125,294
12 Chase Roullier Washington C Wyoming 2017 6 $       122,272
13 Mike Person San Francisco G Montana State 2011 7 $       121,394
14 Jesse Davis Miami G Idaho 2015 UDFA $       120,991
15 Joe Thuney New England G NC State 2016 3 $       120,697
16 Curtis Riley NY Giants FS Fresno State 2015 UDFA $       120,552
17 Sam Tevi LA Chargers T Utah 2017 6 $       118,750
18 B.W. Webb NY Giants CB William & Mary 2013 4 $       118,688
19 Cody Whitehair Chicago C Kansas State 2016 2 $       118,320
20 Kevin Byard Tennessee FS Middle Tennessee 2016 3 $       117,580
21 Anthony Harris Minnesota FS Virginia 2015 UDFA $       117,001
22 Jayon Brown Tennessee ILB UCLA 2017 5 $       116,089
23 Ron Parker Kansas City FS Newberry 2011 UDFA $       113,850
24 Dan Feeney LA Chargers G Indiana 2017 3 $       113,519
25 Desmond King LA Chargers CB Iowa 2017 5 $       112,403

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

 

TOP 25 COMBINED DISTRIBUTIONS (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY PLUS VETERAN POOL)

 

PLAYER

CLUB

POS

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

PERFORMANCE-BASED

PAY

VETERAN POOL COMBINED DISTRIBUTION
1 Matt Skura Baltimore C Duke 2016 UDFA $   395,660 $ 137,898 $ 533,558
2 Austin Blythe LA Rams G Iowa 2016 7 $   380,060 $ 133,556 $ 513,616
3 Cory Littleton LA Rams ILB Washington 2016 UDFA $   371,379 $ 130,864 $ 502,243
4 Jesse Davis Miami G Idaho 2015 UDFA $   374,833 $ 120,991 $ 495,824
5 Jayon Brown Tennessee ILB UCLA 2017 5 $   373,575 $ 116,089 $ 489,664
6 Chase Roullier Washington C Wyoming 2017 6 $   358,849 $ 122,272 $ 481,122
7 Joe Thuney New England G NC State 2016 3 $   352,578 $ 120,697 $ 473,275
8 Connor McGovern Denver G Missouri 2016 5 $   300,952 $ 144,472 $ 445,424
9 Sam Tevi LA Chargers T Utah 2017 6 $   323,682 $ 118,750 $ 442,432
10 Alex Redmond Cincinnati G UCLA 2016 UDFA $   328,931 $ 112,146 $ 441,077
11 Eddie Jackson Chicago FS Alabama 2017 4 $   323,451 $ 111,573 $ 435,024
12 Kendall Fuller Kansas City CB Virginia Tech 2016 3 $   309,468 $ 125,294 $ 434,762
13 Graham Glasgow Detroit C Michigan 2016 3 $   306,379 $ 125,705 $ 432,084
14 Damontae Kazee Atlanta SS San Diego State 2017 5 $   320,931 $ 109,800 $ 430,731
15 Curtis Riley NY Giants FS Fresno State 2015 UDFA $   304,784 $ 120,552 $ 425,336
16 Kenny Moore Indianapolis CB Valdosta State 2017 UDFA $   298,620 $ 125,435 $ 424,055
17 Jonathan Jones New England CB Auburn 2016 UDFA $   323,294 $ 100,135 $ 423,429
18 Julien Davenport Houston T Bucknell 2017 4 $   290,477 $ 131,273 $ 421,750
19 Chris Clark Carolina T Southern Mississippi 2008 UDFA $   306,770 $ 109,681 $ 416,451
20 B.W. Webb NY Giants CB William & Mary 2013 4 $   295,905 $ 118,688 $ 414,592
21 Desmond King LA Chargers CB Iowa 2017 5 $   300,335 $ 112,403 $ 412,738
22 Justin Simmons Denver FS Boston College 2016 3 $   272,010 $ 136,941 $ 408,952
23 Ron Parker Kansas City FS Newberry 2011 UDFA $   290,091 $ 113,850 $ 403,941
24 Chad Wheeler NY Giants T Southern California 2017 UDFA $   295,242 $ 103,563 $ 398,804
25 Keelan Cole Jacksonville WR Kentucky Wesleyan 2017 UDFA $   301,144 $   96,893 $ 398,038
UDFA – Undrafted free agent

 

NFL Free Agency season still upon us

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

541 PLAYERS FREE AGENTS​

The National Football League announced in early March that 541 players are free agents who now can negotiate with all 32 clubs.

Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents. Within the categories are also “franchise” and “transition” players.

The time period for free agency signings in 2019:

  • Restricted Free Agents – March 13 to April 19.​​
  • Unrestricted Free Agents (who have received the May 7 tender from prior club) – March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).
  • Franchise Players – March 13 to November 12, the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season.​
  • Transition Players – March 13 to July 22.

A list of free agents by club in various categories:

Restricted free agents who received qualifying offers from their prior clubs and are subject to the first refusal/draft choice compensation system of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement:​

Club Player Pos. College First Refusal/ Compensation
Baltimore Onwuasor, Patrick LB Portland State 2nd
Pierce, Michael NT Samford 2nd
       
Cincinnati Hopkins, Trey G Texas 2nd
       
Cleveland Higgins, Rashard WR Colorado State 5th
       
Denver Harris, Shelby NT Illinois State 2nd
       
Green Bay Allison, Geronimo WR Illinois ROFR
       
Houston Dunn, Brandon NT Louisville ROFR
Fairbairn, Ka’imi K UCLA 2nd
Scarlett, Brennan LB Stanford ROFR
       
Indianapolis Boehm, Evan G Missouri 4th
Farley, Matthias DB Notre Dame ROFR
Rogers, Chester WR Grambling 2nd
       
Kansas City Lucas, Jordan DB Penn State 6th
       
L.A. Chargers Williams, Trevor DB Penn State ROFR
     
L.A. Rams Brown, Malcolm RB Texas ROFR
Countess, Blake DB Auburn 6th
Hill, Troy DB Oregon ROFR
Littleton, Cory LB Washington 2nd
       
Minnesota Harris, Anthony DB Virginia 2nd
Hill, Rashod T Southern Mississippi ROFR
       
New England Gordon, Josh WR Baylor 2nd
Jones, Jonathan DB Auburn 2nd
       
New Orleans Crawley, Ken DB Colorado ROFR
       
New York Giants Coleman, Corey WR Baylor 1st
       
New York Jets Anderson, Robby WR Temple 2nd
       
Oakland Richard, Jalen RB Southern Mississippi 2nd
Worley, Daryl DB West Virginia 2nd
       
Philadelphia Sudfeld, Nate QB Indiana 2nd
       
Pittsburgh Finney, B.J. C Kansas State 2nd
Grimble, Xavier TE Southern California ROFR
       
San Francisco Mostert, Raheem RB Purdue ROFR
       
Seattle Fant, George T Western Kentucky 2nd
Jefferson, Quinton DE Maryland 5th
Tampa Bay Barber, Peyton RB Auburn ROFR

If a player in this category receives an offer from a new club to sign a player contract for the 2019 season or for 2019 and future seasons, which offer the player desires to accept, the offer must be set forth in an offer sheet, signed by both the new club and the player, and must be substantially in the form of Appendix B of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The new club and the player must specifically identify in the offer sheet those provisions they believe are principal terms that must be matched by the prior club. The new club then must immediately: hand deliver the offer sheet, or send it by overnight mail, or by electronic mail in .pdf form to the prior club, to the attention of the club’s President or general manager.

The new club must send copies of the offer sheet to the National Football League Players Association, and to the National Football League using the above described delivery procedures.  If the offer sheet is hand delivered, the new club should obtain an acknowledgement of receipt.  In addition, the new club shall notify the League office via the transaction system of the terms of an offer sheet immediately upon delivery to a prior club.

The prior club has a right of first refusal to all players listed in this category above. Draft choice compensation is as listed in the column on the right.  If the prior club has only a right of first refusal and is therefore not entitled to compensation, the designation “ROFR” appears in that column.  In order to submit an offer sheet, a new club must have available the required selection choice, defined as its own or better choice in the applicable rounds, in the 2019 Selection Meeting.

Offer sheets may be submitted to a prior club until 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on Friday, April 19. An offer sheet shall be deemed given only when received by the prior club. A first refusal exercise notice, which must be substantially in the form of Appendix C to the CBA, shall be deemed given when sent by the prior club.

Players with three or more accrued seasons who have been designated as franchise players:

Club Player Pos. College
Atlanta Jarrett, Grady DT Clemson
     
Dallas Lawrence, Demarcus DE Boise State
     
Houston Clowney, Jadeveon LB South Carolina
     
Kansas City Ford, Dee LB Auburn
     
San Francisco Gould, Robbie K Penn State
     
Seattle Clark, Frank DE Michigan

The prior club has a right of first refusal to the players listed above and compensation of two No. 1 draft choices. In order to submit an offer sheet, a new club must have available the required choices, defined as its own or better choices in the first round in the 2019 and 2020 Selection Meetings.  Offer sheets must be submitted to a prior club prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th regular season weekend.

Unrestricted free agents with four or more accrued seasons:

Club Player Pos. College
Arizona Aboushi, Oday G Virginia
Barksdale, Joe T Louisiana State
Boston, Tre DB North Carolina
Bucannon, Deone LB Washington State
Coleman, Derrick RB UCLA
Dawson, Phil K Texas
Golden, Markus DE Missouri
Gunter, Rodney DT Delaware State
Hodges, Gerald LB Penn State
Iupati, Mike G Idaho
Mayowa, Benson DE Idaho
Nelson, J.J. WR Alabama-Birmingham
Phillips, John TE Virginia
     
Atlanta Beadles, Zane G Utah
Bethel, Justin DB Presbyterian
Bryant, Matt K Baylor
Coleman, Tevin RB Indiana
Condo, Jon LS Maryland
Garland, Ben G Air Force
Hardy, Justin WR East Carolina
Irvin, Bruce DE West Virginia
Ishmael, Kemal DB Central Florida
Levitre, Andy G Oregon State
McClain, Terrell DT South Florida
Paulsen, Logan TE UCLA
Richards, Jordan DB Stanford
Shelby, Derrick DE Utah
     
Baltimore Allen, Javorius RB Southern California
Brown, John WR Pittsburg State
Griffin, Robert QB Baylor
Montgomery, Ty RB Stanford
Mosley, C.J. LB Alabama
Smith, Za’Darius LB Kentucky
Suggs, Terrell LB Arizona State
Urban, Brent DE Virginia
Williams, Maxx TE Minnesota
Buffalo Davis, Vontae DB Illinois
Groy, Ryan G Wisconsin
Jones, Taiwan RB Eastern Washington
Miller, John G Louisville
Mills, Jordan T Louisiana Tech
Thompson, Deonte WR Florida
Williams, Kyle DT Louisiana State
     
Carolina Adams, Mike DB Delaware
Artis-Payne, Cameron RB Auburn
Barner, Kenjon RB Oregon
Cadet, Travaris RB Appalachian State
Catanzaro, Chandler K Clemson
Clark, Chris T Southern Mississippi
Davis, Thomas LB Georgia
Funchess, Devin WR Michigan
Horton, Wes DE Southern California
Kalil, Ryan C Southern California
Love, Kyle NT Mississippi State
Mayo, David LB Texas State
Newhouse, Marshall T Texas Christian
Peppers, Julius DE North Carolina
Silatolu, Amini G Midwestern State
Whittaker, Fozzy RB Texas
Williams, Daryl T Oklahoma
     
Chicago Amos, Adrian DB Penn State
Bellamy, Josh WR Louisville
Brown, Daniel TE James Madison
Burton, Michael RB Rutgers
Callahan, Bryce DB Rice
Cunningham, Benny RB Middle Tennessee
Kush, Eric G California, Pa.
Lynch, Aaron LB South Florida
O’Donnell, Pat P Miami
White, Kevin WR West Virginia
Williams, Marcus DB North Dakota State
Williams, Nicholas DT Samford
Witzmann, Bryan G South Dakota State
     
Cincinnati Dennard, Darqueze DB Michigan State
Edebali, Kasim DE Boston College
Eifert, Tyler TE Notre Dame
Fisher, Jake T Oregon
Johnson, Michael DE Georgia Tech
Kroft, Tyler TE Rutgers
Ogbuehi, Cedric T Texas A&M
Rey, Vincent LB Duke
Savage, Tom QB Pittsburgh
Smith, Andre T Alabama
Uzomah, C.J. TE Auburn
     
Cleveland Armstrong, Ray-Ray LB Miami
Gaines, E.J. DB Missouri
Gaines, Phillip DB Rice
Perriman, Breshad WR Central Florida
Streater, Rod WR Temple
Taylor, Tyrod QB Virginia Tech
Watford, Earl G James Madison
     
Dallas Austin, Tavon WR West Virginia
Beasley, Cole WR Southern Methodist
Fleming, Cameron T Stanford
Irving, David DE Iowa State
Jones, Datone DT UCLA
Ladouceur, L.P. LS California
Martin, Marcus C Southern California
Olawale, Jamize RB North Texas
Reid, Caraun DT Princeton
Smith, Rod RB Ohio State
Swaim, Geoff TE Texas
Williams, Terrance WR Baylor
Wilson, Damien LB Minnesota
     
Denver Barrett, Shaquil LB Colorado State
Brock, Tramaine DB Belhaven
Garcia, Max G Florida
Gradkowski, Gino C Delaware
Heuerman, Jeff TE Ohio State
Kerr, Zach DE Delaware
Marshall, Brandon LB Nevada
Paradis, Matt C Boise State
Peko, Domata NT Michigan State
Ray, Shane LB Missouri
Roby, Bradley DB Ohio State
Taylor, Jamar DB Boise State
Turner, Billy G North Dakota State
Veldheer, Jared T Hillsdale
     
Detroit Ansah, Ezekiel DE Brigham Young
Bellore, Nick RB Central Michigan
Blount, LeGarrette RB Oregon
Cassel, Matt QB Southern California
Cooper, Marcus DB Rutgers
Donnal, Andrew T Iowa
Harold, Eli LB Virginia
Jean Francois, Ricky DT Louisiana State
Jones, T.J. WR Notre Dame
Shead, DeShawn DB Portland State
Sheppard, Kelvin LB Louisiana State
Toilolo, Levine TE Stanford
Willson, Luke TE Rice
     
Green Bay Bell, Byron G New Mexico
Breeland, Bashaud DB Clemson
Campbell, Ibraheim DB Northwestern
Cobb, Randall WR Kentucky
House, Davon DB New Mexico State
Kendricks, Lance TE Wisconsin
Lewis, Marcedes TE UCLA
Matthews, Clay LB Southern California
Pleasant, Eddie DB Oregon
Ryan, Jake LB Michigan
Wilkerson, Muhammad DE Temple
     
Houston Blue, Alfred RB Louisiana State
Covington, Christian DE Rice
Jackson, Kareem DB Alabama
Keyes, Josh LB Boston College
Lamm, Kendall T Appalachian State
Mathieu, Tyrann DB Louisiana State
Peters, Brian LB Northwestern
Webb, Joe QB Alabama-Birmingham
Webster, Kayvon DB South Florida
Weeden, Brandon QB Oklahoma State
Wright, Shareece DB Southern California
     
Indianapolis Desir, Pierre DB Lindenwood
Geathers, Clayton DB Central Florida
Goode, Najee LB West Virginia
Grant, Ryan WR Tulane
Grissom, Geneo DE Oklahoma
Hewitt, Ryan TE Stanford
Inman, Dontrelle WR Virginia
Mitchell, Michael DB Ohio
Slauson, Matt G Nebraska
Webb, J’Marcus T West Texas A&M
Wilcox, J.J. DB Georgia Southern
Woods, Al NT Louisiana State
     
Jacksonville Bell, Blake TE Oklahoma
Bohanon, Tommy RB Wake Forest
Cann, A.J. G South Carolina
Flowers, Ereck T Miami
Grant, Corey RB Auburn
Greene, Rashad WR Florida State
Moncrief, Donte WR Mississippi
Omameh, Patrick G Michigan
O’Shaughnessy, James TE Illinois State
Patmon, Tyler DB Oklahoma State
Robinson, Corey T South Carolina
Seferian-Jenkins, Austin TE Washington
Shatley, Tyler C Clemson
Walker, Josh G Middle Tennessee
Wells, Josh T James Madison
Yeldon, T.J. RB Alabama
     
Kansas City Allen, Jeff G Illinois
Bailey, Allen DE Miami
Benjamin, Kelvin WR Florida State
Conley, Chris WR Georgia
Devey, Jordan C Memphis
Harris, Demetrius TE Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Morse, Mitch C Missouri
Nelson, Steven DB Oregon State
Scandrick, Orlando DB Boise State
Sherman, Anthony RB Connecticut
Thomas, De’Anthony WR Oregon
Ware, Spencer RB Louisiana State
West, Charcandrick RB Abilene Christian
Zombo, Frank LB Central Michigan
     
L.A. Chargers Davis, Geremy WR Connecticut
Emanuel, Kyle LB North Dakota State
Gates, Antonio TE Kent State
Jones, Donnie P Louisiana State
Liuget, Corey DT Illinois
Mebane, Brandon NT California
Phillips, Adrian DB Texas
Philon, Darius DT Arkansas
Pullard, Hayes LB Southern California
Smith, Geno QB West Virginia
Square, Damion NT Alabama
Verrett, Jason DB Texas Christian
Williams, Tyrell WR Western Oregon
     
L.A. Rams Anderson, C.J. RB California
Easley, Dominique LB Florida
Hager, Bryce LB Baylor
Joyner, Lamarcus DB Florida State
Longacre, Matt LB Northwest Missouri State
Mannion, Sean QB Oregon State
Saffold, Rodger G Indiana
Shields, Sam DB Miami
Suh, Ndamukong NT Nebraska
Sullivan, John C Notre Dame
Westbrooks, Ethan DT West Texas A&M
Wilson, Ramik LB Georgia
     
Miami Anthony, Stephone LB Clemson
Bolden, Brandon RB Mississippi
Derby, A.J. TE Arkansas
Fales, David QB San Jose State
Gore, Frank RB Miami
Gray, MarQueis TE Minnesota
Hayes, William DE Winston-Salem
Hood, Ziggy DE Missouri
James, Ja’Wuan T Tennessee
Johnson, Wesley C Vanderbilt
Osweiler, Brock QB Arizona State
Perry, Senorise RB Louisville
Swanson, Travis C Arkansas
Wake, Cameron DE Penn State
Williams, Sylvester DT North Carolina
Young, Sam T Notre Dame
     
Minnesota Abdullah, Ameer RB Nebraska
Bailey, Dan K Oklahoma State
Barr, Anthony LB UCLA
Compton, Tom G South Dakota
Easton, Nick G Harvard
Iloka, George DB Boise State
Johnson, Tom DT Southern Mississippi
Jones, Brett C Regina, Can.
Murray, Latavius RB Central Florida
Richardson, Sheldon DT Missouri
Robinson, Aldrick WR Southern Methodist
Sendejo, Andrew DB Rice
Sherels, Marcus DB Minnesota
Siemian, Trevor QB Northwestern
     
New England Allen, Ryan P Louisiana Tech
Brown, Malcom DT Texas
Brown, Trenton T Florida
Dorsett, Phillip WR Miami
Flowers, Trey DE Arkansas
Gostkowski, Stephen K Memphis
Hill, Jeremy RB Louisiana State
Hogan, Chris WR Monmouth, N.J.
Humber, Ramon LB North Dakota State
John, Ulrick T Georgia State
McClellan, Albert LB Marshall
McCourty, Jason DB Rutgers
Patterson, Cordarrelle WR Tennessee
Rowe, Eric DB Utah
Shelton, Danny DT Washington
Simon, John DE Ohio State
Waddle, LaAdrian T Texas Tech
     
New Orleans Banjo, Chris DB Southern Methodist
Bridgewater, Teddy QB Louisville
Bromley, Jay DT Syracuse
Bryant, Dez WR Oklahoma State
Bushrod, Jermon G Towson
Davison, Tyeler NT Fresno State
Hoomanawanui, Michael TE Illinois
Ingram, Mark RB Alabama
LeRibeus, Josh G Southern Methodist
Okafor, Alex DE Texas
Robertson, Craig LB North Texas
Robinson, Josh DB Central Florida
Te’o, Manti LB Notre Dame
Walker, Tyrunn DT Tulsa
Watson, Benjamin TE Georgia
Williams, P.J. DB Florida State
     
New York Giants Brown, Jamon G Louisville
Collins, Landon DB Alabama
DeOssie, Zak LS Brown
Edwards, Mario DE Florida State
Fowler, Bennie WR Michigan State
Greco, John G Toledo
Jenkins, John DT Georgia
Latimer, Cody WR Indiana
Lippett, Tony DB Michigan State
Mauro, Josh DT Stanford
Riley, Curtis DB Fresno State
Shepard, Russell WR Louisiana State
Stewart, Jonathan RB Oregon
Stupar, Nathan LB Penn State
Webb, B.W. DB William & Mary
Wynn, Kerry DE Richmond
     
New York Jets Anderson, Henry DE Stanford
Attaochu, Jeremiah LB Georgia Tech
Brooks, Terrence DB Florida State
Carpenter, James G Alabama
Claiborne, Morris DB Louisiana State
Copeland, Brandon LB Pennsylvania
Dozier, Dakota G Furman
Harrison, Jonotthan C Florida
Hewitt, Neville LB Marshall
Ijalana, Ben T Villanova
Kearse, Jermaine WR Washington
Lamur, Emmanuel LB Kansas State
Martin, Josh LB Columbia
Matthews, Rishard # WR Nevada
McCown, Josh QB Sam Houston State
McLendon, Steve NT Troy
Myers, Jason K Marist
Pennel, Mike NT Colorado State-Pueblo
Pierre-Louis, Kevin LB Boston College
Powell, Bilal RB Louisville
Qvale, Brent T Nebraska
Roberts, Andre WR Citadel
Skrine, Buster DB Chattanooga
Sterling, Neal TE Monmouth, N.J.
     
Oakland Benwikere, Bene’ DB San Jose State
Clemmings, T.J. T Pittsburgh
Cook, Jared TE South Carolina
Ealy, Kony DE Missouri
Feliciano, Jon G Miami
Gilchrist, Marcus DB Clemson
Green, Chaz G Florida
Hall, Leon DB Michigan
Hankins, Johnathan DT Ohio State
Harris, Dwayne WR East Carolina
LaFell, Brandon WR Louisiana State
Lynch, Marshawn RB California
Martin, Doug RB Boise State
McDonald, Clinton DT Memphis
McDonald, Dexter DB Kansas
Melvin, Rashaan DB Northern Illinois
Nelson, Reggie DB Florida
Nugent, Mike K Ohio State
Rodgers-Cromartie, Dominique DB Tennessee State
Rubin, Ahtyba DT Iowa State
Rucker, Frostee DE Southern California
Smith, Jacquies DE Missouri
     
Philadelphia Ajayi, Jay RB Boise State
Alexander, D.J. LB Oregon State
Darby, Ronald DB Florida State
Foles, Nick QB Arizona
Graham, Corey DB New Hampshire
Hicks, Jordan LB Texas
Jernigan, Timmy DT Florida State
Matthews, Jordan WR Vanderbilt
Ngata, Haloti DT Oregon
Reynolds, LaRoy LB Virginia
Rodgers, Richard TE California
Sproles, Darren RB Kansas State
Tate, Golden WR Notre Dame
Wallace, Mike WR Mississippi
Warmack, Chance G Alabama
Wisniewski, Stefen G Penn State
     
Pittsburgh Bell, Le’Veon RB Michigan State
Berhe, Nat DB San Diego State
Fort, L.J. LB Northern Iowa
Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR Maryland
Hunter, Justin WR Tennessee
James, Jesse TE Penn State
McCullers, Daniel NT Tennessee
Ridley, Stevan RB Louisiana State
Sensabaugh, Coty DB Clemson
Walton, Leterrius DE Central Michigan
     
San Francisco Exum, Antone DB Virginia Tech
Garcon, Pierre WR Mount Union
Mitchell, Earl DT Arizona
Morris, Alfred RB Florida Atlantic
Nzeocha, Mark LB Wyoming
Pinion, Bradley P Clemson
Ward, Jimmie DB Northern Illinois
     
Seattle Alexander, Maurice DB Utah State
Coleman, Justin DB Tennessee
Davis, Mike RB South Carolina
Fluker, D.J. G Alabama
Hundley, Brett QB UCLA
Janikowski, Sebastian K Florida State
Jordan, Dion DE Oregon
Kendricks, Mychal LB California
Stephen, Shamar DT Connecticut
Sweezy, J.R. G North Carolina State
Thomas, Earl DB Texas
Thorpe, Neiko DB Auburn
Wright, K.J. LB Mississippi State
     
Tampa Bay Alexander, Kwon LB Louisiana State
Conte, Chris DB California
Fitzpatrick, Ryan QB Harvard
Griffin, Ryan QB Tulane
Grimes, Brent DB Shippensburg
Humphries, Adam WR Clemson
Lynch, Cameron LB Syracuse
Minter, Kevin LB Louisiana State
Nunez-Roches, Rakeem DT Southern Mississippi
Rodgers, Jacquizz RB Oregon State
Sanborn, Garrison LS Florida State
Santos, Cairo K Tulane
Shaw, Josh DB Southern California
Taylor, Adarius LB Florida Atlantic
     
Tennessee Compton, Will LB Nebraska
Lewis, Kendrick DB Mississippi
Logan, Bennie NT Louisiana State
Morgan, Derrick LB Georgia Tech
Orakpo, Brian LB Texas
Palmer, Nate LB Illinois State
Pamphile, Kevin G Purdue
Spain, Quinton G West Virginia
Stocker, Luke TE Tennessee
Trawick, Brynden DB Troy
Vaccaro, Kenny DB Texas
     
Washington Bergstrom, Tony G Utah
Bowanko, Luke C Virginia
Clinton-Dix, Ha Ha DB Alabama
Cooper, Jonathan G North Carolina
Crowder, Jamison WR Duke
Floyd, Michael WR Notre Dame
Howard, Austin T Northern Iowa
Johnson, Josh QB San Diego
Kerin, Zac G Toledo
Kouandjio, Arie G Alabama
Lauvao, Shawn G Arizona State
McPhee, Pernell LB Mississippi State
Nsekhe, Ty T Texas State
Peterson, Adrian RB Oklahoma
Sanchez, Mark QB Southern California
Smith, Preston LB Mississippi State
Vigil, Zach LB Utah State

In the event that a player in this category has not signed a player contract with a club by Monday, July 22, 2019 or the first scheduled day of the first 2019 NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from July 22 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club, provided that the prior club has extended such player a May 7 tender under Article 9, Section 1(b)(i) of the CBA, as amended.

In the event the player has not signed a player contract with a club by May 7, 2019, and if his prior club has not extended the player a May 7 tender or has withdrawn the tender, the player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a player contract with any club without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, draft choice compensation between clubs or first rights of any kind, or any signing period.

# - Player is a non-compensable unrestricted free agent.


Players with fewer than four accrued seasons who received no qualifying offer or minimum tender from their prior clubs:

Club Player Pos. College
Arizona Cash, Jeremy LB Duke
Martin, Gabe LB Bowling Green
Moore, Zach DE Concordia, St. Paul
Munyer, Daniel C Colorado
Pierre, Olsen DT Miami
Wetzel, John T Boston College
     
Atlanta Hall, Marvin WR Washington
Poole, Brian DB Florida
     
Baltimore Jean-Baptiste, Stanley DB Nebraska
Moore, Steven T California
     
Buffalo Darr, Matt P Tennessee
Thomas, Logan TE Virginia Tech
     
Carolina Byrd, Damiere WR South Carolina
     
Chicago Houston-Carson, DeAndre DB William & Mary
Scales, Patrick LS Utah State
     
Cincinnati Kaaya, Brad QB Miami
Lengel, Matt TE Eastern Kentucky
     
Cleveland Boddy-Calhoun, Briean DB Minnesota
Burris, Juston DB North Carolina State
Charles, Orson TE Georgia
     
Denver Garcia-Williams, Jerrol LB Hawaii
Hogan, Kevin QB Stanford
LaCosse, Matt TE Illinois
Mount, Deiontrez LB Louisville
Parker, Brian TE Albany, N.Y.
Taylor, Jordan WR Rice
     
Detroit Hyder, Kerry DE Texas Tech
     
Green Bay Brice, Kentrell DB Louisiana Tech
     
Indianapolis Martin, Ronald DB Louisiana State
Moore, Corey DB Georgia
     
Jacksonville Mickens, Jaydon WR Washington
Reed, Chris G Minn. State-Mankato
     
Kansas City Ellis, Alex TE Tennessee
Smith, Terrance LB Florida State
     
L.A. Rams Sickels, Garrett LB Penn State
     
Miami Brendel, Jake C UCLA
Carroo, Leonte WR Rutgers
Hull, Mike LB Penn State
     
Minnesota Lang, Cedrick T Texas-El Paso
Price, Josiah TE Michigan State
     
New England Hollister, Cody WR Arkansas
     
New Orleans Jefferson, Rickey DB Louisiana State
Lewis, Tommylee WR Northern Illinois
     
New York Giants Hamilton, Antonio DB South Carolina State
Sokoli, Kristjan DT Buffalo
Williams, Jordan DE Tennessee
     
New York Jets Tomlinson, Eric TE Texas-El Paso
Vaeao, Destiny DT Washington State
Walford, Clive TE Miami
     
Oakland Calhoun, Shilique DE Michigan State
Mitchel, Tevin DB Arkansas
     
Pittsburgh Cheek, Joseph T Texas A&M
Golden, Malik DB Penn State
Kelsey, Keith LB Louisville
McGee, Jake TE Florida
     
San Francisco Powell, Tyvis DB Ohio State
     
Seattle Ali’ifua, Ricky DE Utah State
Green, T.J. DB Clemson
Madden, Tre RB Southern California
Mutcherson, T.J. DB Central Florida
     
Tampa Bay Adams, Andrew DB Connecticut
Cross, Alan TE Memphis
Elliott, Javien DB Florida State
Harris, De’Vante DB Texas A&M
Wester, Leonard T Missouri Western
     
Tennessee Smith, Tye DB Towson
     
Washington Harris, Maurice WR California
Kelley, Rob RB Tulane

The players in this category may sign a player contract with any club without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, draft choice compensation between clubs or first refusal rights of any kind, or any signing period.

 

2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game is Falcons and the Broncos

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FALCONS VS. BRONCOS TO KICK OFF THE NFL’S 100TH SEASON
AT TOM BENSON HALL OF FAME STADIUM

CANTON, OHIO – The Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos will kick off the National Football League’s 100th season in the city where the league was born. The Falcons and Broncos are scheduled to face each other in the 2019 Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. ​

 

HOF GAME SERIES

ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)

1969 – vs. Green Bay Packers (L, 24-38)

1981 – vs. Cleveland Browns (L, 10-24)

1994 – vs. San Diego Chargers (W, 21-17)

DENVER BRONCOS (1-2)

1976 – vs. Detroit Lions (W, 10-7)

1991 – vs. Detroit Lions (L, 3-14)

2004 – vs. Washington Redskins (L, 17-20)

The game marks the fourth appearance by each club in the annual preseason classic. Both teams own 1-2 records in the Hall of Fame Game series.Broncos owner PAT BOWLEN and cornerback CHAMP BAILEY, and former Falcons tight end TONY GONZALEZ will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame two days later. The other members of the Class of 2019 include GIL BRANDT, TY LAW, KEVIN MAWAE, ED REED and JOHNNY ROBINSON. The Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony is set for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium.

Tickets for the 2019 Hall of Fame Game and the Enshrinement Ceremony go on sale Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. ET at:www.profootballhof.com/tickets

“We are fired up to kick off the NFL’s 100th season in the Hall of Fame Game,” Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn said. “We are honored to play in Canton and be a part of the celebration for all of the inductees. This is also an opportunity for us to strengthen our connection and our brotherhood with additional time on the field.”

Broncos coach Vic Fangio commented, “With Mr. Bowlen and Champ Bailey part of this year’s induction class, it’s an honor for the Broncos to play in the Hall of Fame Game. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of Broncos fans in Canton, and it’s also special for us to help kick off the NFL’s 100th season. Football-wise, it gives our team an extra week of training camp and additional practices that we’ll use to our advantage.”

The 2019 Hall of Fame Game will be televised nationally by NBC and called by the Sunday Night Football team, and broadcast nationally on radio by Westwood One.

Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, a key component of Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village that is underway around the Hall’s campus, was labeled as among “13 Game-Changing NFL Stadiums” by Forbes.

2019 PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The ceremony is nationally televised by NFL Network and ESPN.

The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls kicks off the NFL’s 100th season with the annual Hall of Fame Game (Falcons vs. Broncos) on Thursday, Aug. 1. Other major events complementing the Enshrinement Ceremony and Hall of Fame Game are the nationally televised (NFL Network) Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner (Friday, Aug. 2) and the Enshrinees Roundtable (Sunday, Aug. 4). The celebration in Canton wraps up on Sunday night with the Concert for Legends featuring Imagine Dragons.

The week’s events are part of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival that now includes more than 18 diverse events enjoyed by more than 700,000 fans and millions more through television broadcasts.

More than 130 Gold Jackets (living Hall of Famers) return to the Hall of Fame each year to be a part of the Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Nowhere else are fans able to see and interact with as many Hall of Famers in one place at one time as in Canton during the annual celebration.

2019 ENSHRINEMENT WEEK POWERED BY JOHNSON CONTROLS
OFFICIAL TICKET PACKAGES

Official ticket packages for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls are on sale now at www.hofexperiences.com/ or by calling 844-751-0532. A variety of ticket packages, starting at $299, provide fans with VIP experiences, premium seating and parties with Hall of Famers. Packages range from event day offerings to four-day experiences that include a multitude of exclusive extras.

Fans can also sign up to receive information and updates about tickets by going to www.profootballhof.com/newsletter or by following the Hall on social media @ProFootballHOF on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.

#PFHOF19

 


 

NFL Free Agency Q & A

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SALARY CAP SET AT $188.2 MILLION

Q.  When does the 2019 free agency signing period begin?

A.  At 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.

Q. When does the two-day negotiating period for potential unrestricted free agents begin?

A.  At 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 11 until 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the ce​rtified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon expiration of their 2018 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13.

Q.  What are the categories of free agency?

A.   Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.”  A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.”  A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player.

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year?

A.   For restricted free agents, from March 13 to April 19.  For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 7 tender from their prior club, from March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For franchise players, from March 13 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 12.  For transition players, from March 13 until July 22.  After July 22 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 12, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players.  If the above-listed players do not sign by November 12, they must sit out the season.

Q.  What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent?

A. In the 2019 league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2018 league year on March 13.  Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons.  Upon expiration of his 2018 contract, an unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no draft-choice compensation owed to his old club.

Q.  What constitutes an “accrued season”?

A.  Six or more regular-season games on a club’s active/inactive, reserve/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.

Q. How do the free agency rules apply to restricted free agents?

A.   If a player with three accrued seasons has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club, he can negotiate with any club through April 19.  If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs.  If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer.  If an offer sheet is not executed on or before April 19, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club.  In addition, prior to the start of free agency a player who would otherwise be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player.

Q. What are the right of first refusal/qualifying offer amounts for players who have completed three accrued seasons?

A.  For right of first refusal only, a one-year salary of at least $2,025,000.

For right of first refusal and compensation at the player’s original draft round, a one-year salary of at least $2,025,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.

For right of first refusal and compensation of one second-round draft selection, a one-year salary of at least $3,095,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.

For right of first refusal and compensation of one first-round draft selection, a one-year salary of at least $4,407,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.

For right of first refusal and compensation of only one first-round draft selection, but any provision in the new club’s offer sheet waiving or limiting the new club’s ability to designate the player as a franchise or transition player is not a principal term and need not be matched by the prior club, a one-year salary of at least $4,907,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.

Q.  What determines an unrestricted free agent?

A.   A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired.  He is free to sign with any club, with no draft-choice compensation owed to his old club, through July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by May 7 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary.  His old club then has until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season (November 12) to sign him.  If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season.  If no tender is offered by May 7, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.

Q.  What determines a franchise player?

A.  The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is: exclusive or non-exclusive. An “exclusive” franchise player – not          free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the          end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 19; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as                      explained below. Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the              required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player:

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .

 

If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft-choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

Q.  How many franchise players and transition players can a team designate each season?

A.   A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.

Q.  Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designation on a player?

A.  Yes. A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2019 league year, or when his 2018 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2019 league year.

Q.  What is the salary cap for 2019?

A.  The salary cap is $188,200,000 per club.

Q.  When must teams be in compliance with the salary cap?

A.  At the start of the 2019 league year, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.

Q.  If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team “carry over” room to the next season?

A.   Yes.  A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.

Q.  What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?

A.   A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2018 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2019.

 

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