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    Salary Cap Request

    It seems that most of our speculation on what the Rams need to do in the offseason wind up getting wrapped into the salary cap in some way. Yet, I would venture a guess that most of us know very little about the workings of the salary cap. Does anybody have a source for good information on the workings of the salary cap? Is there some NFL corporate website out there that explains the details of the salary cap?

    Please, I'm begging here. Who has some good salary cap sources?

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    Re: Salary Cap Request

    Since you begged, here is some light reading from nflpa site.

    There is more if you're interested. Enjoy.


    Section 3. Guaranteed League-wide Salary: In any League Year in which a Salary Cap is in effect there shall be a Guaranteed League-wide Salary of 58% of actual Defined Gross Revenues. In the event that the Player Costs for all NFL Teams during any League Year in which a Salary Cap is in effect are less than 58% of actual Defined Gross Revenues for such season, then, on or before April 15 of the next League Year, the NFL shall pay an amount equal to such deficiency directly to players who played on NFL Teams during such season pursuant to the reasonable allocation instructions of the NFLPA.

    Section 4. Salary Cap Amounts:

    (a) Subject to the adjustments set forth below, the amount of the Salary Cap for each NFL Team in years that it is in effect shall be (1) in the 2002 League Year, 64% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during such year; (2) in the 2003 League Year, 64.25% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during such year; (3) in the 2004 League Year, 64.75% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during such year; (4) in the 2005 League Year, 65.5% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during such year; and (5) in the 2006 League Year, 64.5% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during such year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the NFLPA or the NFL may, by providing written notice on or before December 1, 2004, move one half of a percentage point from the 2005 League Year to the 2006 League Year so that the Salary Cap in each of the 2005 and 2006 League Years shall be 65% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the number of Teams playing in the NFL during that year.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    * Wherever the parties have agreed that a difference in the Salary Cap is to be carried over into a future League Year (e.g., Article XXIV, Section 10(a)(ii)), if the number of Clubs in the NFL changes from the League Year in which the Salary Cap difference originated to the League Year in which it will be applied, the amount of the difference will be adjusted to reflect the different number of Clubs in the NFL.

    * Side Letter 10/20/98

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    (b) The foregoing Salary Cap amounts shall be adjusted as follows:

    (i) The actual dollar amount of the Salary Cap shall not be less than the actual dollar amount of any Salary Cap in effect during the preceding League Year; provided, however, that at no time shall the Projected Benefits, plus the amount of the Salary Cap multiplied by the number of Teams in the NFL, exceed 70% of the Projected Defined Gross Revenues.

    (ii) If the total Player Costs of the NFL Teams during any League Year in which the Salary Cap is in effect falls below:

    (1) 59% of actual Defined Gross Revenues, then the Salary Cap percentage for the next League Year shall be increased by 1% of Projected Defined Gross Revenues;

    (2) 58% of actual Defined Gross Revenues, then the Salary Cap percentage for the next League Year shall be increased by 2% of Projected Defined Gross Revenues;

    (3) 57% of actual Defined Gross Revenues, then the Salary Cap percentage for the next League Year shall be increased by 3% of Projected Defined Gross Revenues;

    (4) 56% of actual Defined Gross Revenues, then there shall be no Salary Cap for the next League Year or any succeeding League Year unless and until the Salary Cap again becomes effective in accordance with Section 2 of this Article.

    (c) If, by January 15, 2005, no extension of the term of this Agreement has been agreed to by the parties and the 2006 League Year is then scheduled to be the Final Capped Year, Article XXIV, Section 4(b)(i) shall not apply to the 2006 League Year. If, by January 15, 2005, the parties have agreed to extend the term of this Agreement, so that the 2006 League Year will not be the Final Capped Year, Article XXIV, Section 4(b)(i) shall continue to apply to the 2006 League Year and all Capped Years of any extended term. An example reflecting application of Article XXIV, Section 4(b)(i), if such provision were to apply in the 2006 League Year, is annexed hereto as Exhibit O.

    (d) Reasonable security expenses incurred at both the Club and League level the prior League Year, to the extent that they exceed such expenses for the 2000 League Year (plus 5% each year for inflation for such expenses), shall be multiplied by the Salary Cap percentage for the applicable League Year, and the resulting amount shall be deducted from the calculation of the Salary Cap, up to a maximum of $250,000 per Club in any League Year, with no carryover into future League Years. For each such League Year, the Management Council shall present to the NFLPA a reasonable estimate of such incremental expenses, and the parties shall negotiate in good faith to determine the appropriate deduction.

    (e) (i) For each Capped Year, if the percentage resulting from the "Cash Salary" paid to players (as defined below) that League Year, divided by DGR for that League Year, averaged for that League Year and the prior two League Years (i.e., three-year rolling average), exceeds 71.5%, the NFL will receive a Salary Cap Credit equal to the difference in these percentages multiplied by the amount of DGR for that League Year. The credit shall be used in the Capped Year immediately following the League Year in which the credit arose (subject to any application of Article XXIV, Section 4(b)(i)), but any unused credit can be carried over to future Capped Years (subject to any application of Article XXIV, Section 4(b)(i)). For example, if the rolling average calculated in a given League Year is 72.5% and DGR for that League Year is $3.2 billion, the amount of the Salary Cap Credit arising from that League Year would be equal to a total of $32 million (i.e., $1 million per team if there are 32 teams in the NFL).
    (ii) "Cash Salary" for purposes of this subparagraph is the sum of total Paragraph 5 amounts earned by players (applying the valuation rules which apply to deferred salary specified in Article XXIV, Section 7(a)(ii)), signing bonus amounts paid or committed (including amounts treated as signing bonus pursuant to this Agreement), incentives that have been earned and paid, or earned and committed to be paid to players (applying the valuation rules which apply to deferred salary specified in Article XXIV, Section 7(a)(ii)), grievances settled, termination pay, injury settlements, Salary advances that were not included in Paragraph 5, and anything else paid or provided to players during that League Year that would be valued under the Salary Cap (e.g., the fair market value of automobiles gifted to players).
    (iii) The Cash Salary percentages shall be deemed to be 71.6% for the 1999 League Year and 68.3% for the 2000 League Year.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 5. Minimum Team Salary:

    With respect to each League Year for which a Salary Cap is in effect, there shall be a guaranteed Minimum Team Salary of 56% of Projected Defined Gross Revenues, less League-wide Projected Benefits, divided by the then current number of Teams in

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    the NFL. Each Team shall be required to have a Team Salary of at least the Minimum Team Salary at the end of each League Year.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02 [prior League Year percentages omitted]

    (b) Nothing contained herein shall preclude a Team from having a Team Salary in excess of the Minimum Team Salary, provided it does not exceed the Salary Cap.

    (c) Any shortfall in the Minimum Team Salary at the end of a League Year shall be paid, on or before April 15 of the next League Year, by the Teams having such shortfall, directly to the players who were on such Teams' roster at any time during the season, pursuant to reasonable allocation instructions of the NFLPA.

    (d) If the NFL agrees, or a judgment or award is entered by the Special Master, that a Team has failed by the end of the then current League Year to make the payments required to satisfy a Team's obligations to pay the Minimum Team Salary required by this Agreement, then, in the event the Team fails promptly to comply with such agreement, judgment or award, the NFL shall make such payment on behalf of that Team (such funds to be paid as salary directly to the players on such Team at the direction of and pursuant to the reasonable allocation instructions of the NFLPA).

    Section 6. Computation of Team Salary: During any League year in which the Salary Cap is in effect, all of the following amounts shall be included every day in determining a Team’s Team Salary:

    (a) Player Contracts. Subject to the rules below in Section 7 of this Article, all amounts the Team has paid or is obligated to pay as set forth in all Player Contracts of current and former players covering a particular League Year, including exercised, options, shall be included in Team Salary.

    (b) Tenders.

    (i) Drafted Rookies’ Salaries shall be tendered automatically at the Rookie Minimum Active List Salary as of the day of the Draft and shall be included in Team Salary until (1) the player is signed, (2) the Team’s rights are relinquished through waivers, or (3) the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season (if the player is unsigned).

    (ii) For players with less than three Accrued Seasons whose contracts have expired, the Minimum Active List Salary will be included in Team Salary when tendered until the player is signed, or the Team’s rights are relinquished.

    (iii) For players who are Restricted Free Agents, the Qualifying Offer will be included in Team Salary when tendered until the player is signed, the Qualifying Offer is withdrawn, or a “June 1 tender” (which may be made on or before June 1) is made. If the player is unsigned and the Team makes a June 1 tender or June 15 tender, such tender will be included until the player is signed, the Team’s rights are relinquished, or the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season (if the player is unsigned).

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    (iv) For players who are Unrestricted Free Agents, the June 1 tender, if made, will be included in Team Salary as of July 15 and thereafter until the player is signed, the tender is withdrawn, the Team’s rights are relinquished or extinguished, or the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season (if the player is unsigned).

    (v) For Transition Players and Franchise Players, the tender will be included in Team Salary when made until the player is signed, the tender is withdrawn, the Team’s rights are relinquished, or the Tuesday following the tenth game of the regular season (if the player is unsigned).

    (vi) All Offer Sheets will be included in Team Salary when tendered until the player is signed to a Player Contract by any NFL Team, or the Offer Sheet is withdrawn.

    (c) Practice Squad Contracts. Any Practice Squad contract Salaries shall be included in Team Salary.

    (d) Termination Pay. Any type of Termination Pay liability will be included in Team Salary at the time the player is released, except to the extent the Team is relieved of any such liability.

    (e) Grievances. When a player salary grievance is filed against a Team, 50% of the amount claimed (or, for a player whose contract qualifies under Article XXXVIII-A, 50% of the player's Salary Cap count, prorated to reflect the number of weeks remaining in the regular season) will be counted in Team Salary until the grievance is resolved or until the end of the League Year, whichever comes first; at the end of the League Year, if any grievances have been settled or awards have been made, if the net total grievance amounts paid by the Team are more than the original 50% attributions and put the Team over the Salary Cap, the excess will be deducted from the Team's Salary Cap in the following League Year; if the net total grievance amounts paid are less than the original 50% attributions and the Team finishes the season at the Salary Cap or below the Salary Cap by less than the amount of the unawarded attributions, the difference will be added to the Team's Salary Cap for the following League Year. If an award or settlement is made for a grievance in a League Year after the grievance was filed, and the grievance amount paid is more than the original 50% attribution, the excess shall be included in Team Salary when paid; if the grievance amount is less than the original 50% attribution, the difference shall be deducted from Team Salary when the award is made.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    (f) Expansion Bonuses. Except as set forth in Article XXXI (Expansion), any expansion bonuses paid to players shall be included in Team Salary.

    (g) Other Amounts. Any other Salary not listed above paid to players shall be included in Team Salary.

    Section 7. Valuation of Player Contracts: Notwithstanding any provision in a Player Contract to the contrary or when such payments are actually made, the following rules shall apply in determining the amount of a player’s Salary that is to be included in Team Salary in a particular League Year for purposes of the Salary Cap:

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    (a) Paragraph 5.

    (i) The highest applicable Salary set forth in Paragraph 5 of the NFL Player Contract shall be included in Team Salary in the year earned, except that, between March 1 and the first day of the regular playing season, only the following amounts from Paragraph 5 shall be included for players whose Player Contracts are not among the Team’s 51 highest valued Player Contracts, tenders and Offer Sheets (as determined under this Section 7):

    (1) Any amount that exceeds the Minimum Active/Inactive List Salary for Undrafted Rookie Free Agents; and

    (2) Any amount that exceeds twice the applicable Minimum Active/Inactive List Salary for all other players.

    (ii) Deferred Salary. Any Paragraph 5 Salary to be earned in a particular year but not to be paid until after the next League Year shall be considered “Deferred Salary” and will be included in Team Salary during the League Year earned at its present value based on the Treasury Bill rate published in The Wall Street Journal on March 1 in the year earned. Salary to be paid any time before the end of the League Year after it is earned shall not be considered Deferred Salary and will be included fully in the Team’s Salary during the year earned.

    (b) Signing Bonuses.

    (i) Proration. The total amount of any signing bonus shall be prorated over the term of the Player Contract in determining Team and Player Salary, except that:

    (1) Signing bonuses agreed to in a Capped Year may not be prorated more than three years beyond the Final Capped Year (notwithstanding the foregoing, signing bonuses agreed to in Player Contracts approved by the Commissioner on or after agreement by the parties with respect to transition rules for proration in the 1998 League Year, but prior to court approval, and in no event earlier than June 30, 1998, may not be prorated more than six years, and signing bonuses agreed to in the 1999 or 2000 League Years may not be prorated more than seven years). Notwithstanding the foregoing, signing bonuses agreed to in the 2002-03 League Years, or in the 2001 League Year after the last game of the regular season, may not be prorated more than seven years; signing bonuses agreed to in the 2001 League Year, prior to the last game of the regular season, may not be prorated more than six years.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    (2) Any contract year in which the player has the right to terminate based upon events within his sole control shall not be counted as a contract year for purposes of proration. In the event the NFL and the NFLPA cannot agree upon whether an option is within the player’s sole control, such issue shall be resolved by the Impartial Arbitrator.

    * With respect to the proration of signing bonuses for Player Contracts entered into by Rookie players in which the player has the right to terminate based solely upon reporting, making the roster and/or playtime, such conduct shall automatically be deemed “within his sole control,” as set forth in Article X, Paragraph G.2.(a)(ii) of the Stipulation

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    and Settlement Agreement and in Article XXIV, Section 7(b)(i)(2) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, unless the exercise of the right to terminate is also conditioned upon the following playtime requirements: (1) for players drafted in the first round, at least 35% of the plays if the triggering condition occurs in the first year of the Player Contract, and at least 45% of the plays if in any subsequent year; (2) for all other Rookie players, at least 15% of the plays if the condition occurs in the first year of the Player Contract, and at least 30% of the plays if in any subsequent year. The playtime requirements set forth above do not affect the signing bonus allocation for any contract entered into by players other than Rookies.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 15



    * [A]ny multi-year Player Contract not unconditionally approved by the Commissioner as of the date hereof, other than any multi-year Player Contract executed in the last Capped Year of this Agreement, that extends from a Capped Year into any Uncapped Year (hereinafter “Subject Contract”). For purposes of determining Team Salary, if (i) the sum of the player’s Paragraph 5 Salary, roster bonuses that are based upon the player making any of the Club’s roster categories without limitation, and reporting bonuses during all Capped Years of the Subject Contract (but, if there are fewer than three remaining Capped Years, during the first three years of the Subject Contract) in the aggregate less than (ii) the portion of the Subject Contract’s signing bonus that would be allocated to those League Years if the signing bonus were prorated equally over the term of the Subject Contract, then: the difference between the amounts calculated pursuant to (ii) and (i) of this sentence, up to 50% of the portion of the signing bonus that would otherwise be allocated to the Uncapped Years (the “Difference”), shall be deducted in equal portions from those Uncapped Years and reallocated1 in equal portions over the Capped Years of the Subject Contract (or, if there are fewer than three Capped Years within the term of the Subject Contract, over the first three years of the Subject Contract). For purposes of this Paragraph, a renegotiation shall be treated as if it is an entirely new Player Contract. Notwithstanding the above, any Subject Contract executed prior to November 15, 1995 for which there is a Difference as a result of the calculation set forth above

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    shall have the 1995 portion of such Difference allocated to 1995 Team Salary to the extent of the Club’s current and any future Room during the 1995 regular season (except such Room that results from the termination or renegotiation of a 1995 Player Contract after October 30, 1995), with the balance to be allocated to the 1996 League Year. Further, any Subject Contract executed between November 15, 1995 and the end of the 1995 League Year shall have the 1995 portion of any Difference allocated to the 1996 League Year.

    *Side Letter 11/1/95: Sec. 1

    (3) If a Player Contract provides for an increase in Salary upon the assignment of such contract to another NFL Team, such increase shall be included in the player’s Salary upon such assignment and be attributable to the Team paying the bonus.

    * For the purposes of the Salary Cap, any signing bonus given in connection with a contract extension entered into before the expiration of the player’s existing contract will be prorated over the remaining years of the unexpired contract together with its extension. The parties agree that, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the player shall always have the right to receive such a signing bonus at the time that the extension is executed, unless the player expressly agrees in the contract to defer payment of the extension bonus, in which case only the present value of the deferred payment, calculated in accordance with the method set forth in Article X, Paragraph G.1. (b) of the Stipulation and Settlement Agreement and Article XXIV, Section 7(a)(ii) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, shall be prorated (unless the extension is executed within one year of the execution of the contract being extended, in which case the gross amount of the extension bonus shall be prorated).

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 17

    (4) If either party hereto has canceled the extension of this Agreement as set forth in Article LXI (Extension of Agreement), then signing bonuses agreed to after the date of such cancellation shall be prorated using the 2002 League Year as the Final Capped Year.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

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    (ii) Acceleration.

    (1) For any player removed from the Team’s roster on or before June 1, any unamortized signing bonus amounts will be included in Team Salary for such League Year. If such acceleration puts a Team over the Salary Cap, the Team will have seven days to conform with the Salary Cap, but may not sign any players until there is Room to do so under the Salary Cap.

    (2) For any player removed from the Team’s roster after June 1, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in Team Salary at the start of the next League Year.

    * During any League Year immediately preceding an Uncapped Year, the provisions relating to acceleration of unamortized signing bonuses applicable on or before June 1 of that League Year shall apply during that League Year after June 1.

    *Side Letter 11/1/95: Sec. 2



    (3) In the event that a player who has had a signing bonus allocated over the years of his Player Contract is traded, or whose Contract is assigned to another team pursuant to the NFL’s waiver procedure, then such signing bonus shall be accelerated as in subsection (ii)(1) above and the assignee Team’s Team Salary will not include any portion of the signing bonus.

    (4) Any contract year that the player has the right to terminate based upon a contingency shall count as a contract year for purposes of proration until the contingency is fulfilled, at which time any amounts attributed to such year shall be accelerated and included immediately in Team Salary. To the extent that such acceleration puts the Team over its Salary Cap, the difference shall be deducted from its Salary Cap for the following year.

    * With respect to a Player Contract in which the player has one or more rights to terminate based upon one or more not “likely to be earned” incentives and the player also being on the roster at a subsequent time, no acceleration shall occur pursuant to Article XXIV, Section 7(b)(ii)(4) of the CBA until both the incentive(s) and the roster precondition(s) have been satisfied.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 5

    (5) The unamortized portion of any signing bonus contained in an NFL Player Contract that is renegotiated to reduce the number of years of such Player Contract shall be included, to the extent attributable to such reduced year or years, in Team Salary at the time of the renegotiation.

    (iii) Prior Signing Bonuses. All signing bonuses from League Years prior to 1993 will be prorated over the term of the original Player Contracts

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    and included in Team Salary in the 1993 League Year and thereafter.

    (iv) Amounts Treated as Signing Bonuses. For purposes of determining Team Salary under the foregoing, the term “signing bonus” shall include:

    (1) Any amount specifically described in a Player Contract as a signing bonus;

    (2) Any guaranteed reporting bonus;

    (3) Any consideration, when paid, or guaranteed, for option years, contract extensions, contract modifications, or individually negotiated rights of first refusal;

    (4) Any option buyout amount, when paid or guaranteed; and

    (5) In the event that a Player Contract calls for a Salary in the second year of such Contract that is less than half the Salary called for in the first year of such Contract, the difference between the Salary in the second contract year and the first contract year shall be treated as a signing bonus.

    * In a contract signed after the start of training camp, a reporting bonus for that season will be counted as a signing bonus. In a contract signed after the last pre-season game, a roster bonus for that season will be counted as a signing bonus.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 18

    * Any salary advance paid on a guaranteed basis will be counted as a signing bonus.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 19

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any guaranteed bonus tied to workouts shall be treated as a Signing Bonus.

    *Side Letter 6/23/93: Sec. 3

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any salary advance which a player is not obligated to re-pay shall be treated as a Signing Bonus.

    *Side Letter 6/23/93: Sec. 4

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any roster or reporting bonus which is earned or paid before the start of the Club’s pre-season training camp shall be treated as a signing bonus.

    *Side Letter 6/23/93: Sec. 6

    * Except as set forth in [the] Paragraph [to follow], the full non-guaranteed amount of any Salary advance, off-season

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    work-out bonus, off-season roster bonus, or off-season reporting bonus shall be included in Team Salary only in the League Year in which it is earned by the player, without any pro-ration. For purposes of this paragraph only, “guaranteed” means Salary that is fully guaranteed, prior to being earned, for skill, for injury, and regardless of any termination of the contract by the Club. The definition of “guaranteed” set forth above shall not affect Salary Cap accounting for any other purpose.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 1

    * With respect to any Player Contract, or any renegotiation or extension of a Player Contract, that is executed in the Final Capped Year, each of the following shall be treated as a signing bonus, at the time of execution, if it is to be earned or paid to the player in the Final League Year (which is an Uncapped Year): (a) any Salary advance which the player is not and cannot be obligated to repay; (b) any off-season workout bonus that is contingent upon the player’s participation in less than 32 days of the Club’s off-season work-out program; (c) any off-season roster bonus; and (d) any off-season reporting bonus.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 2

    * [A]ny bonus to be paid to a player solely for fulfilling his obligations to play under his Player Contract without seeking to renegotiate and/or “holding out” (i.e., a “completion bonus”), and which bonus is otherwise guaranteed for skill and injury, shall be considered to be a “signing bonus” under Article X of the Settlement Agreement and Article XXIV of the CBA, except that the amount of any such completion bonus shall be calculated at its present value, computed at the Treasury Bill rate published in The Wall Street Journal on March 1 of the League Year in which the Player Contract is executed. Further, if any event occurs which extinguishes the player’s right to receive such completion bonus, any amount of the bonus that has previously been included in Team Salary shall be immediately added to the Team’s Salary Cap for the current League Year, if such event occurs prior to June 1, or for the next League Year, if such event occurs after such date, with the remainder of the bonus that has been allocated to Team Salary for future League Years immediately extinguished.

    *Side Letter 1/18/94: Sec. 3

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    * Any relocation bonus which is individually negotiated between a player and a Club shall be treated as a signing bonus.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 9

    * For each League Year prior to the Final Capped Year, if a Club and a player renegotiate or extend a contract and increase the player’s Salary for the current League Year, the increase will be counted as Salary for that League Year if the NFL Management Council receives, prior to 4:00 p.m. (New York Time) on the Monday of the tenth week of the regular season, notice of the salary terms of such an executed extended or renegotiated contract. In any other circumstance prior to the Final Capped Year, the increase in Salary will be treated as a signing bonus that is allocated over the remaining years of the Player Contract (including the “current” year of that contract) to the extent that such allocation is permitted by the Settlement Agreement and the CBA. The then-existing provisions of the CBA will govern the Salary Cap valuation of such a renegotiation or extension in the Final Capped Year. The parties have reserved their respective positions regarding the CBA’s requirements for any such renegotiation or extension in the Final Capped Year.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 14

    as amended Side Letter 5/13/99

    (v) Credit for Signing Bonuses Refunded. In the event that a Team receives a refund from the player of any previously paid portion of a signing bonus, or the Team fails to pay any previously allocated portion of a signing bonus, such amount as has previously been included in Team Salary shall be added to the Team’s Salary Cap for the next League Year.

    (c) Incentives.

    (i) Any and all incentive amounts, including but not limited to performance bonuses, shall be included in Team Salary if they are “likely to be earned” during such League Year based upon the player’s and/or Team’s performance during the prior year. In the case of a Rookie, or a Veteran who did not play during the prior season, in the event that the NFL and the NFLPA cannot agree as to whether such performance bonus is “likely to be earned,” such disputes shall be referred to the Impartial Arbitrator. Any incentive within the sole control of the player (e.g., non‑guaranteed reporting bonuses, off‑season workout and weight bonuses) shall be deemed “likely to be earned.”

    (ii) At the end of a season, if performance bonuses actually earned resulted in a Team’s paying Salary in excess of the Salary Cap, then the

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    amount by which the Team exceeded the Salary Cap as a result of such actually paid performance bonuses shall be subtracted from the Team’s Salary Cap for the next League Year.

    (iii) At the end of a season, if performance bonuses previously included in a Team’s Team Salary but not actually earned exceed performance bonuses actually earned but not previously included in Team Salary, an amount shall be added to the Team’s Salary Cap for the next League Year equaling the amount, if any, by which such overage exceeds the Team’s Room under the Salary Cap at the end of a season.



    * Any team performance will be automatically deemed to be “Likely to be earned” if the Team met or exceeded the specified performance during the prior League Year, and will be automatically deemed to be “not likely to be earned” if the Team did not meet the specified performance during the prior League Year.

    *Side Letter 2/22/96: Sec. 1

    * Any incentive bonus that depends on team performance in any category not identified in Exhibit A hereto automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 8

    * Any incentive bonus that depends on a player’s individual performance in any category not identified in Exhibit B hereto automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” Any incentive bonus that depends on a player’s individual performance in categories other than those used to assess performance at the player’s primary position automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 11

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    (EXHIBIT A)

    TEAM INCENTIVES

    OFFENSE


    DEFENSE


    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Points scored by


    Points allowed by


    Own punt return

    offense


    defense


    average

    Touchdowns scored


    Touchdowns allowed


    Own kickoff return

    by offense


    by defense


    average

    Total offense


    Total defense


    Opposition punt

    (net yards)


    (net yards)


    return average


    Opposition kickoff


    return average

    Average net yards


    Average net yards


    gained per rushing play


    given up per rushing play


    Average net yards


    Average net yards


    gained per passing


    given up per passing


    play


    play


    Sacks allowed


    Sacks


    Passing % completed


    Interceptions

    ALL

    Wins

    Playoffs

    Conference Championship

    Super Bowl

    Touchdowns on returns

    and recoveries

    Net difference takeaways/giveaways

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Exhibit A

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    (EXHIBIT B)

    INDIVIDUAL INCENTIVES
    RUSHING

    Total yards

    Average yards

    (100 attempts)

    Touchdowns


    PASSING

    Passer rating

    (224 attempts)

    Completion percentage

    (224 attempts)

    Interception percent

    (224 attempts)

    Total yards

    Yards per pass

    (224 attempts)

    Touchdown passes


    RECEIVING

    Total receptions

    Total yards

    Average yards

    (32 receptions)

    Touchdowns


    DEFENSE

    Interceptions

    Interception return yards

    Touchdowns on interception

    returns

    Opponent fumble recoveries

    Opponent fumble return yards

    Touchdowns on opponent

    fumble returns

    Sacks


    PUNT RETURNS

    Total yards

    Average (20 returns)

    Touchdowns


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    (EXHIBIT B)

    INDIVIDUAL INCENTIVES

    KICKOFF RETURNS

    Total yards

    Average (20 returns)

    Touchdowns


    PUNTING

    Gross average (40 punts)

    Net average (40 punts)

    Inside 20-yard line


    PLACE KICKING

    Total points

    Field goals

    Field goal percentage

    (16 attempts)

    Field goal percentage

    0-19 yards (4 attempts)

    Field goal percentage

    20-29 yards (4 attempts)

    Field goal percentage

    30-39 yards (4 attempts)

    Field goal percentage

    40-49 yards (4 attempts)

    Field goal percentage

    50 yards or longer (3 attempts)


    OTHERS

    Roster bonuses

    Reporting bonuses

    Playtime bonuses

    (excluding special teams)

    Special teams playtime

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Exhibit B

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    CATEGORY PERCENT COUNTED

    ROSTER BONUSES

    (regular season)

    All Drafted 100%

    Undrafted 30%

    ROSTER BONUSES

    (pre-season)

    All Players 100%

    PLAYING TIME ROUNDS 1-3

    Up to 33% 100%

    34% - 75% 75%

    76% - 90% 50%

    91% - 100% 25%

    ROUNDS 4-8

    Up to 25% 100%

    26% - 33% 75%

    34% - 50% 50%

    51% - 75% 25%

    76% - 100% 10%

    UNDRAFTED

    Up to 15% 100%

    16% - 25% 75%

    26% - 50% 50%

    51% - 75% 25%

    76% - 100% 10%

    All percentages will round to the nearest whole

    percentage (e.g., .05 is rounded to 1.0)

    SPECIAL TEAMS ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    PARTICIPATION ROUNDS 4 - 8 66%

    UNDRAFTED 50%

    HONORS ROUNDS 1 - 2

    (First or Second Team)* All-Rookie 100%

    All NFL, Pro Bowl 5%

    All Conference 10%

    ALL OTHERS

    *See Media List on All-Rookie 15%

    pages 122-123

    All Conference 5%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    RUSHING

    Total Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Rushing Up to 150 yards 100%

    151 - 350 yards 75%

    351 - 500 yards 66%

    501 - 700 yards 33%

    701 yards or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 100 yards 100%

    101 - 350 yards 66%

    351 - 650 yards 25%

    651 yards or more 0%

    Average Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (100 attempts) Up to 3.74 100%

    3.75 - 4.0 66%

    4.01 - 4.49 33%

    4.5 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 3.74 100%

    3.75 - 4.0 50%

    4.01 - 4.49 25%

    4.5 or more 0%

    Touchdowns ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 4 100%

    5 - 7 66%

    8 - 11 33%

    12 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 4 100%

    5 - 7 50%

    8 - 11 25%

    12 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    PASSING

    Passer Rating ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (224 attempts) 50 rating or less 100%

    51.00 - 75.00 66%

    76.00 - 90.00 50%

    90.00 - 100.00 33%

    100.01 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    50.00 or less 100%

    51.00 - 75.00 66%

    76.00 - 90.00 25%

    90.01 or more 0%

    Completion Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (224 attempts) Up to 52% 100%

    52.1 - 56% 66%

    56.1 - 59% 33%

    59.01% or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 52% 100%

    52.1 - 56% 50%

    56.1 - 59% 25%

    59.01% or more 0%

    Interception Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (224 attempts) 3.0% or more 100%

    2.7 - 2.9% 66%

    2.1 - 2.6% 33%

    2.0% or less 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    3.0% or more 100%

    2.7 - 2.9% 50%

    2.1 - 2.6% 25%

    2.0% or less 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    Total Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Passing Up to 500 yards 100%

    501 - 700 yards 75%

    701 - 900 yards 50%

    901 - 1,600 yards 25%

    1,601 yards or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 400 yards 100%

    401 - 600 yards 75%

    601 - 800 yards 50%

    801 - 1,200 yards 25%

    1,201 yards or more 0%

    Yards Per Pass ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (224 attempts) Under 6 100%

    6.0 - 7 66%

    7.1 - 8 33%

    8.1 - 9 10%

    9.1 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Under 6 100%

    6.0 - 7 50%

    7.1 - 8 25%

    8.1 - 9 10%

    9.1 or more 0%

    Touchdown Passes ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Under 11 100%

    12 - 16 66%

    17 - 23 33%

    24 - 29 10%

    30 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Under 11 100%

    12 - 16 50%

    17 - 23 25%

    24 - 29 10%

    30 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    RECEIVING

    Total Receptions ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 20 catches 100%

    21 - 30 catches 75%

    31 - 35 catches 50%

    36 - 40 catches 25%

    41 catches or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 10 catches 100%

    11 - 35 catches 50%

    36 - 40 catches 25%

    41 catches or more 0%

    Total Yards Receiving ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 200 yards 100%

    201 - 300 yards 75%

    301 - 400 yards 50%

    401 - 800 yards 25%

    801 yards or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 150 yards 100%

    151 - 250 yards 75%

    251 - 350 yards 50%

    351 - 700 yards 25%

    701 yards or more 0%

    Average Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3

    (32 receptions) Up to 11.5 100%

    11.6 - 14.5 75%

    14.6 - 16.5 50%

    16.6 - 18.5 25%

    18.6 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 11.5 100%

    11.6 - 14.5 66%

    14.6 - 16.5 33%

    16.6 - 18.5 10%

    18.6 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    Receiving Touchdowns ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 4 100%

    5 - 7 66%

    8 - 11 33%

    12 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 4 100%

    5 - 7 50%

    8 - 11 25%

    12 or more 0%

    TOTAL OFFENSE

    Total Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 500 yards 100%

    501 - 700 yards 75%

    701 - 900 yards 50%

    901 - 1,600 yards 25%

    1,601 yards or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 400 yards 100%

    401 - 600 yards 75%

    601 - 800 yards 50%

    801 - 1,200 yards 10%

    1,201 yards or more 0%

    Scoring ROUNDS 1 - 3

    2 - 28 points 100%

    29 - 65 points 50%

    66 - 75 points 25%

    76 points or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    2 - 28 points 100%

    29 - 55 points 50%

    56 - 75 points 10%

    76 points or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    DEFENSE

    Interceptions ROUNDS 1 - 3

    1 - 5 100%

    6 - 10 50%

    11 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    1 - 3 100%

    4 - 6 33%

    7 or more 0%

    Interception ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Return Yards 0 - 85 100%

    86 - 150 66%

    151 - 190 33%

    191 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 65 100%

    66 - 85 50%

    86 - 110 25%

    111 or more 0%

    Touchdowns on ALL

    Interception Returns 1 100%

    2 50%

    3 or more 0%

    Opponent Fumble ALL

    Recoveries 1 - 2 100%

    3 - 4 50%

    5 or more 0%

    Opponent Fumble ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Return Yards 0 - 40 100%

    41 - 65 66%

    66 - 80 33%

    81 or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 30 100%

    31 - 55 50%

    56 - 75 25%

    76 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    Touchdowns on ALL

    Opponent Fumble 1 100%

    Returns 2 50%

    3 or more 0%

    Sacks ROUNDS 1 - 3

    .5 - 4 sacks 100%

    4.5 - 6 sacks 50%

    6.5 - 8 sacks 25%

    8.5 sacks or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    .5 - 3 sacks 100%

    3.5 - 6 sacks 50%

    6.5 - 8 sacks 25%

    8.5 sacks or more 0%

    PUNT RETURNS

    Total Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 224 100%

    225 - 349 33%

    350 or more 0%

    Average (20 returns) ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 7.9 100%

    8.0 - 10.9 33%

    11.0 or more 0%

    Touchdowns ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    1 33%

    2 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    KICKOFF RETURNS

    Total Yards ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 599 100%

    600 - 649 33%

    650 or more 0%

    Average ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    (20 returns) ALL OTHERS

    0 - 19.9 100%

    20.0 - 21.9 33%

    22.0 or more 0%

    Touchdowns ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    1 33%

    2 or more 0%

    PUNTING

    Gross Average ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    (40 punts) ALL OTHERS

    0 - 42.4 100%

    42.5 - 43.9 33%

    44.0 or more 0%

    Net Average ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    (40 punts) ALL OTHERS

    0 - 35.9 100%

    36.0 - 37.9 33%

    38.0 or more 0%

    Inside 20-yard line ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 19 100%

    20 - 23 33%

    24 or more 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    PLACE KICKING

    Total Points ROUNDS 1 - 3

    Up to 86 points 100%

    87 - 95 points 75%

    96 - 104 points 50%

    105 - 113 points 10%

    114 points or more 0%

    ALL OTHERS

    Up to 75 points 100%

    76 - 90 points 66%

    91 - 99 points 33%

    100 - 109 points 10%

    110 points or more 0%

    Field Goals ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ALL OTHERS

    0 - 19 100%

    20 - 26 33%

    27 or more 0%

    Field Goal Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    (16 attempts) ALL OTHERS

    0 - 75% 100%

    75.1 - 80% 33%

    80.1 - 100% 0%

    Field Goal Percentage ALL 100%

    0-19 yards (4 attempts)

    Field Goal Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    20 - 29 yards ALL OTHERS

    (4 attempts) 0 - 85% 100%

    85.1 - 95% 33%

    95.1 - 100% 0%

    Field Goal Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    30 - 39 yards ALL OTHERS

    (4 attempts) 0 - 70% 100%

    70.1 - 90% 33%

    90.1 - 100% 0%

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    ROOKIE “LIKELY TO BE EARNED” INCENTIVES

    (REVISED SCHEDULE B)

    Field Goal Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    40 - 49 yards ALL OTHER

    (4 attempts) 0 - 55% 100%

    55.1 - 70% 33%

    70.1 - 100% 0%

    Field Goal Percentage ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    50 yards or longer ALL OTHERS

    (3 attempts) 0 - 45% 100%

    45.1 - 60% 33%

    60.1 - 100% 0%

    *Side Letters 4/27/93 & 4/27/94

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    ENTERING PLAYER POOL INCENTIVES

    * Team Leaders

    a) If the incentive is written for leading the Club in any official League statistical category [assuming it is on Exhibit A or B], 0% will be counted.

    b) If the incentive is written for any ranking other than first on the Club in any official League statistical category, 100% will be counted.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 7

    c) If the incentive is written for leading the team in kick returns or punt returns, and the player qualifies under the minimum standard established by the League for those statistical categories, the following percentages shall be counted:



    ROUNDS 1 - 3 100%

    ROUNDS 4 - 5 33%

    ROUNDS 6 - 8 10%

    ALL OTHERS 0%

    *Side Letter 6/30/93: Sec. 16

    * Each component of non-cumulative incentives is calculated individually, and only the highest component amount is counted. For example, an incentive clause for a 1st-round running back that provides for $10,000 for up to 150 yards or $20,000 for 151-350 yards is counted as $15,000. (This amount is arrived at by taking the greater of 100% of $10,000 or 75% of $20,000, which equals $15,000. Only the higher component amount of $15,000 is counted).

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 8

    The following shall count at 100%:

    * Any team statistic or team unit statistic, if the statistic was achieved in the prior season (based on prior season’s performance).

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 9

    * Incentives within the sole control of the player (e.g., non-guaranteed reporting bonuses, workouts, weight clauses, etc.).

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 10

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    *Any relocation or completion bonus.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 11

    *Any incentive not measured by official NFL statistics (i.e., hurries, tackles and assists) or incentives based on subjective standards.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 12

    * Any guaranteed salary or bonus.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 13

    * Any pre-season or off-season statistics.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 14

    * Any incentive based upon another player’s performance.

    *Side Letter 4/27/93: Sec. 15

    * Incentives based on leading the team in punting/kicking will be counted at 100%.

    *Side Letter 6/30/93: Sec. 18

    * If a rookie player has an incentive bonus for touchdowns, we will apply the rushing and receiving touchdowns likely to be earned rule and if a rookie non-kicker has a Total Points incentive, we will apply the total points likely to be earned levels for a rookie kicker to value the incentives.

    *Side Letter 7/26/94

    *HONORS AND RECOGNIZED MEDIA



    VETERAN HONORS

    PRO BOWL

    1ST & 2ND ALL NFL

    1ST & 2ND ALL CONFERENCE

    SUPER BOWL MVP (ROZELLE TROPHY)

    MVP-NFL

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR — NFL OR CONF

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF YEAR — NFL OR CONF

    PLAYER OF YEAR — NFL OR CONF

    VETERAN MEDIA

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

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    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    PRO FOOTBALL WRITERS OF AMERICA

    SPORTING NEWS

    FOOTBALL NEWS

    NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION

    FOOTBALL DIGEST

    USA TODAY

    COLLEGE & PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    ROOKIE HONORS (FIRST OR SECOND TEAM)

    ROUNDS 1-2

    ALL ROOKIE 100%

    ALL NFL, PRO BOWL 5%

    ALL CONFERENCE 10%

    ALL OTHERS

    ALL-ROOKIE 15%

    ALL CONFERENCE 5%

    ALL

    ROOKIE OF YEAR — NFL OR CONF 0%

    ROOKIE OF YEAR — OFFENSE — NFL 0%

    ROOKIE OF YEAR — DEFENSE — NFL 0%
    ROOKIE MEDIA

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

    PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY

    PRO FOOTBALL WRITERS OF AMERICA

    NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION

    SPORTING NEWS

    *Side Letter 9/25/95 & 4/27/93

    ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE RULES FOR

    VETERANS, ROOKIES, INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS

    * In determining the Salary of a Player Contract for purposes of the Salary Cap, any team performance-related incentive will be re-valued under the “likely to be earned” rules if the contract is assigned to a new team through trade or waiver.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 1

    * In determining the Salary of a Player Contract for purposes of the Salary Cap, any renegotiated contract will be re-valued at the time of the renegotiation. Thus, if at

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    the time of the renegotiation, the conditions for an incentive bonus have already been satisfied, that bonus will be deemed “likely to be earned.” Any new or altered incentive bonuses renegotiated in a pre-existing contract after the start of the regular season in which they may be earned automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” during that season.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 2

    * Other than as set forth in [the paragraph immediately following,] for purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any incentive bonus to an offensive player that is based upon the defensive team’s or special team’s performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” Conversely, any incentive bonus to a defensive player that is based upon the offensive team’s or special team’s performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” Any incentive bonus based upon another player’s performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 3

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any incentive bonus in a contract signed by a Rookie that is based upon special team performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned,” except for an incentive bonus to a Rookie kicker or Rookie punter that is based upon improvement in the performance of the kicking or punting team. Any incentive bonus to a player who is not a Rookie that is based upon special team performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” unless the player played in at least 50% of his team’s special team plays in the previous season.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 4

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any incentive bonus based on the team’s performance automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” if it sets a minimum level of statistical performance that is equal to or lower than that achieved by the team finishing fifth from the bottom in the League in the applicable category during the previous season. For example, an incentive bonus based on a team winning at least a specified number of games will be evaluated by determining

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    whether this number of wins was equal to or lower than that achieved by the team that was fifth from the bottom of the League in wins during the previous season. Conversely, any incentive bonus based on the team’s performance automatically will be deemed “not likely to be earned” if it sets a minimum level of statistical performance that is equal to or higher than that achieved by the team finishing fifth from the top of the League in the applicable category during the previous season.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 5

    * Any incentive bonus that is based upon the team achieving a particular ranking in its performance relative either to other teams in the League, or to other teams in its Conference, automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” if it sets a ranking level equal to or lower than fifth from the bottom of the League or third from the bottom of the Conference, respectively. For example, an incentive bonus that is based on a team finishing 24th in the League in total offense will be deemed “likely to be earned” in a League consisting of 28 teams; similarly, an incentive bonus based on a team finishing 12th in its Conference will be deemed “likely to be earned” in a Conference consisting of 14 teams. Conversely, any incentive bonus that is based upon the team achieving a particular ranking in its performance relative either to other teams in the League, or to other teams in its Conference, automatically will be deemed “not likely to be earned” if it sets a ranking level equal to or higher than fifth from the top of the League or third from the top of the Conference, respectively.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 6

    *Any incentive bonus based on the team’s ranking in its Division automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 7

    *In any Player Contract signed by a Rookie, if more than three different team performance categories are included as incentives, all but the three incentives with the lowest dollar value automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” For Player Contracts signed by Rookies selected in rounds one and two of the NFL draft, any team

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    performance bonus automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” unless coupled with a playtime requirement of at least 35% of the plays for any team incentives that apply in the first year of any Rookie contract, and at least 45% of the plays for any team incentives that apply in any subsequent year of such a contract. For Player Contracts signed by all other Rookies, a team performance bonus automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” unless coupled with a playtime requirement of at least 15% of the plays for any team incentives that apply in the first year of any Rookie contract, and at least 30% of the plays for any team incentives that apply in any subsequent year of such a contract. The provisions of this paragraph supplement and do not override [Paragraph 9] of the parties’ letter of agreement of April 27, 1993. The calculation of these playtime requirements shall exclude special teams plays.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 9

    * In any Player Contract signed by a player other than a Rookie, if more than three different team performance categories are included as incentives, covering the Final Capped Year or thereafter, all but the three incentives with the lowest dollar value automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” In addition, any team performance bonus for a player other than a Rookie covering the Final Capped Year or thereafter automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” unless coupled with a playtime requirement equal to or greater than the player’s actual playtime during the year prior to the execution of the new Player Contract. If the latter requirement is satisfied, a determination of whether the incentive is “likely to be earned” will be made pursuant to Article X, Paragraph G.3.(a) of the Stipulation and Settlement Agreement and Article XXIV, Section 7(c)(i) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The calculation of these playtime requirements shall exclude special teams plays.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 10

    * Any incentive bonus that is stated in terms of a per play or per game occurrence automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” to the extent the specified performance was achieved by the player (if an individual incentive) or by the team (if a team incentive) in the previous year. For Rookies, it will be based on 75% of the

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    team leader on the Rookie’s team in the specified performance category in the previous year. If not initially counted as “likely to be earned,” such incentives shall be counted immediately towards the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool when they are earned.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 12

    * Any incentive bonus to a kicker or punter for leading his team in any kicking or punting category automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” In a Player Contract signed by a Rookie quarterback who was drafted in the first round, any incentive bonus for leading his team in any quarterback category in his third NFL season or thereafter automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” In a Player Contract signed by a Rookie running back who was drafted in the first round, any incentive bonus for leading his team in any running back category automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” The provisions of this paragraph shall apply notwithstanding [Paragraph 7] of the parties’ letter agreement of April 27, 1993.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 13

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap, any portion of an incentive bonus that is earned, but which had not been deemed likely to be earned at 100 percent of its value, will be deemed earned at the end of the season and not immediately upon attainment of the required performance level, except (1) as provided [two paragraphs] above [in regards to per play or per game occurrences,] (2) if the incentive bonus is actually paid before the end of the season, in which case it will count when paid, (3) if a player leaves the team’s roster prior to the end of the season and the conditions of the incentive clause are satisfied prior to leaving, in which case the entire value of the earned bonus will count immediately, or (4) if the contract is renegotiated and the incentive has been earned prior to such renegotiation.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 14

    * Any incentive bonus which a player and a Club agreed to prior to the 1993 League Year that depends upon performance in any category not identified in Exhibit A or Exhibit B will be determined to be likely or unlikely to be earned based upon the player’s and/or team’s performance

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    in such category during the League Year prior to the League Year in which the incentive may be earned. Any incentive bonus which a player and a Club agreed to in the 1993 League Year or thereafter that depends upon performance in any category not identified in Exhibit A or Exhibit B automatically will be deemed “Likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 6

    * Any incentive bonus which a player and a Club agree to in the 1994 League Year, or in any future League Year during the term of the CBA, that: (i) depends upon performance in any category not identified in Exhibit A or Exhibit B; and (ii) is stated in terms of per play, per event or per game, or for leading or any ranking on the Club in any such category; shall be prohibited.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 7

    * Any roster bonus which is deemed not “likely to be earned” based upon the player’s performance during the prior year shall immediately be included in Team Salary when earned. Pre-season roster bonuses are automatically deemed “likely to be earned.”

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 8

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap, any incentive bonus (or portion thereof) that is earned during the [Final Capped] Year, but which had not been deemed likely to be earned at 100 percent of its value during that League Year, will be deemed earned and counted against the Salary Cap immediately upon attainment of the required performance level. Conversely, any incentive bonus (or portion thereof) that had been deemed likely to be earned during the [Final Capped] Year will be immediately credited toward the Salary Cap if the required performance level should, during the course of the [Final Capped] Year, become impossible for the player to attain.

    *Side Letter 11/11/93: Sec. 1

    * To determine the value of an incentive clause for Salary Cap purposes, either under the specific circumstances set forth in the paragraph above, or under the specific circumstances set forth in paragraph 14 of the letter from Jeffrey L. Kessler to Harold R. Henderson dated

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    September 21, 1993, such incentive clauses will be valued using the Club’s performance in the prior season in lieu of the Club’s current season performance. Thus, for example, if a Club had 1,000 offensive plays “last season,” and an incentive clause were tied to a player’s participating in 50 percent of the Club’s offensive plays “this season,” the incentive would be deemed earned, for Salary Cap purposes only, as of the time the player participated in 500 offensive plays. Similarly, such an incentive would be deemed not earned, for Salary Cap purposes only, as of the time the player had not participated in a sufficient number of offensive plays so that the player could not achieve the incentive based on last year’s performance (e.g., had participated in only one of the Club’s 502 offensive plays). Nothing herein, however, shall affect the player’s contractual right to receive or not receive the specified incentive, based upon the performance level actually achieved during that year.

    *Side Letter 11/11/93: Sec. 2

    * If more than eight different team performance categories are included in a Player Contract signed by a Veteran as incentives, all but the eight incentives with the lowest dollar value automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned.” For purposes of this paragraph, each conjunctive combination of performance categories shall be counted as one performance category (e.g., an incentive clause reading, “if A and B and C, then player will receive $X,” shall be counted as one performance category), and each disjunctive combination of performance categories shall be counted by the number of disjunctive performance categories in the combination (e.g., an incentive clause reading, “if A or B or C, then player will receive $X”, shall be counted as three performance categories). In addition, any of the disjunctive performance categories may itself be a conjunctive combination of performance categories (e.g., the “A” in the immediately preceding example may be a conjunctive combination of numerous performance categories, and would be counted as being one category because of its conjunctive nature).

    *Side Letter 2/22/96: Sec. 2

    * [The above paragraph] does not supersede the terms of any other letter agreement between the parties that

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    automatically deem certain performance incentives to be “likely to be earned” or “not likely to be earned” depending upon whether the incentive fulfills other specified criteria (e.g., Paragraphs 3-10 of the September 21, 1993 letter agreement).

    *Side Letter 2/22/96: Sec. 3

    * [The two preceding paragraphs do] not apply and the parties reserve their rights with respect to multi-year contracts containing team performance incentives.

    *Side Letter 2/22/96: Sec. 4

    (d) Guaranteed Contracts. Any portion of Salary for which a Team fully guarantees payment for skill or injury shall be included in Team Salary during the year earned, except that:

    (i) In a Player Contract entered into in a Capped Year, Salary fully guaranteed for League Years after the Final Capped Year will be included in Team Salary for the preceding League Years in which the Salary Cap is in effect, in any manner the Team chooses, if payment of the player’s entire Salary for the Final Capped Year is not fully guaranteed. For example, without limitation on any other applicable example, if neither party exercises any right to cancel the extension of this Agreement, and if the Salary Cap is in effect during the 2002 and 2003 League Years, and the player enters into a four‑year contract which is not fully guaranteed for the 2002 and 2003 League Years, but is fully guaranteed for the 2004 and 2005 League Years, the full amount of the guaranteed Salary for the 2004 and 2005 League Years will be included in Team Salary for the 2002 and 2003 League Years in a proportion determined by the Team.

    * Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (ii) In a Player Contract entered into in a Capped Year, 50% of the Salary fully guaranteed for any League Year beyond three years after the Final Capped Year will be included in Team Salary during the League Year or Years of the Contract in which the Salary Cap is in effect in a proportion to be determined by the Team.

    (iii) Any portion of Salary fully guaranteed for any period after a player is released shall be immediately included in Team Salary at the time of his release at the present value rate determined in accordance with the Treasury Bill rate published in The Wall Street Journal of March 1 of the League Year of the player’s release. In such event, the player shall have the option of being paid such guaranteed amount immediately at the present value rate or under the original schedule provided in the contract. To the extent that such payment puts the Team over its Salary Cap, the rule set forth in Section 7(b)(ii)(1) above, shall apply.

    (iv) If any Player Contract entered into in a Capped Year provides

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    for yearly Salary in a sequence that, in the Final Capped Year or later, is fully guaranteed, unguaranteed, and then fully guaranteed, the amount fully guaranteed after the first such unguaranteed year will be allocated over the Capped Years in any manner the Team desires.

    * For the purposes of valuing the Salary of a player under the Salary Cap, any portion of such Salary for which a Team guarantees payment shall immediately be included in Team Salary during the year earned, subject only to the exceptions contained in Article XXIV, Section 7(d)(i)-(iv).

    *Side Letter 6/23/93: Sec. 2

    (e) Other Amounts.

    (i) Loans. The principal amount of any loan made, guaranteed, or collateralized by a Team or its Team Affiliate to a player shall be included in Team Salary. However, when a player pays back any portion of the principal amount of any such loan, such amount will be added to the Team’s Salary Cap to the extent previously included in Team Salary.



    * For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, in the event that a player and Club enter into a fraudulent agreement pursuant to which the player and the Club claim that the player has received a “loan” from the Club, when in fact there is no bona fide loan and the player is merely holding the money for the Club so that he can purport to “repay” the Club during a subsequent Capped Year (and thereby transfer a credit to the Club’s Salary Cap for that year), the parties agree that such a fraudulent agreement would constitute an improper circumvention of the Salary Cap and/or Entering Player Pool, in violation of the Stipulation and Settlement Agreement, Article X, Part G, Paragraph 5 (a), and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article XXIV, Section 7(e)(i).

    *Side Letter 11/11/93: Sec. 3

    (ii) Salary Advances. The full amount of any Salary advance paid to a player will be included immediately in Salary and Team Salary.

    *For purposes of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool, any salary advance which a player is not obligated to re-pay shall be treated as a Signing Bonus.

    *Side Letter 6/23/94: Sec. 4

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    (iii) Non‑Cash Provisions. The fair market value of all non‑cash provisions (e.g., automobiles, houses, insurance policies) shall be included in Team Salary during the year in which such provision is made. If the parties cannot agree on the fair market value of such provisions, such dispute will be submitted to the Impartial Arbitrator.

    * Reasonable travel cost, lodging and entertainment, incurred in connection with recruiting an unsigned player (or his affiliate) at a Club facility or Club geographic area will not be included in Team Salary or Benefits.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 5

    * Expenses for travel, board and lodging for a player participating in an off-season workout program or classroom instruction shall not be included in Salary or Team Salary, so long as such expenses are reasonable and customary and generally offered to all players by that club. Any such expenses in excess of reasonable and customary levels, or not generally offered to all players by that Club, shall immediately be included in Salary and Team Salary.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 1

    * Except as set forth in the two preceding paragraphs, in Issue No. 30, and in the letter agreement between us dated August 4, 1993 regarding Rookie Orientation Camps, if any money or tangible item of value is provided by any Club to any player (or his affiliate) not pursuant to the CBA or a Player Contract, the value of the money or item shall immediately be included in Salary and the Team Salary of the Club making such provision. This paragraph does not apply to consideration paid to a player (or his affiliate) for non-football playing services, which continues to be subject to Article XXIV, Section 1(c)(ii) of the CBA.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 4

    * Compensation to players for participation in the off-season workout programs or classroom instruction sessions of a Club at the minimum amount set forth in Article XXXV of the CBA shall be included in Team Salary on the first day of such program, calculated by multiplying: (i) the minimum amount set forth in Article XXXV, Section 3; (ii) the number of players scheduled to participate in such program at said minimum amount; (iii)

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    the number of days per week scheduled for such program; and (iv) the number of weeks scheduled for such program. For example, without limitation upon any other example, a Club having a nine-week workout program in the 1994 League Year for sixty players to be paid at the minimum amount will include $108,000 in its Team Salary on the first day of such program ($50 per day x four workout days per week x nine weeks x sixty players). At the conclusion of a club’s off-season workout program, any such minimum amounts which are unearned and unpaid shall be subtracted from Salary and Team Salary.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 3

    * If a Club provides one or more gifts to a player during the term of the player’s Player Contract to commemorate the player’s retirement, and the player has been under contract with the Club in three or more seasons, the fair market value of such gifts up to $10,000 shall not be counted as Salary, and any excess fair market value above $15,000 shall be counted as Salary. If such gifts have a value between $10,000 and $15,000, the parties reserve their rights with respect to the treatment of the excess fair market value above $10,000; in the absence of agreement between the parties on such treatment, the Impartial Arbitrator shall decide. If the player has been under contract with the Club in less than three seasons, the entire fair market value of any such gifts shall be counted as Salary.

    *Side Letter 4/16/96

    (iv) Annuities. The cost to the Team of any annuity provided to any player (but not including any annuity provided pursuant to the player annuity program described in Article XLVIII-A),computed at the Treasury Bill rate on March 1 of the applicable League Year, shall be included immediately in Team Salary.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (f) Traded Contracts. In the event that a Player Contract is assigned to another NFL Team, either by trade or pursuant to the NFL’s waiver procedure, the assignee Team will count as part of its Team Salary only that portion of the player’s Salary which remains unpaid and for which the Team may be obligated. The assignor Team will continue to count as part of its Team Salary only that portion of the player’s Salary which has already been paid by the Team and/or any Salary for which the Team remains obligated.

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    * In determining the Salary of a Player Contract for purposes of the Salary Cap, any team performance-related incentive will be re-valued under the “likely to be earned” rules if the contract is assigned to a new team through trade or waiver.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 1

    * A Club is not required to have Room to execute a Player Contract with a player to whom the Club has exclusive negotiating rights if the player is assigned to another Club via a trade on the same business day as the execution of the contract, and the assignee Club has or makes Room for such Player Contract.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 11

    (g) Mid‑Season Contracts. In the event that a player enters into a Player Contract after the first scheduled game of the regular season, a Team will only count as part of Team Salary that portion of the player’s Salary which it might actually pay or might be obligated to pay that season.

    Section 8. 30% Rules:

    (a) No NFL Player Contract entered into in an Uncapped Year prior to the Final League Year may provide for an annual decrease in Salary, excluding any amount attributable to a signing bonus as defined in Section 7(b)(iv) above, of more than 30% of the Salary of the first League Year of the contract per year. For example, a four-year Player Contract commencing in the 1993 League Year may not provide for an annual decrease of more than 30% of the Salary, excluding amounts treated as a signing bonus, in the 1993 League Year for each of the four years covered by the contract. Notwithstanding the foregoing, beginning in the 2002 League Year, this rule shall not apply in any Capped Year to any Player Contract that was signed in the 1993 League Year or earlier.

    (b) No NFL Player Contract entered into in a Capped Year and extending into the Final League Year or beyond may provide for an annual increase in Salary, excluding any amount attributable to a signing bonus as defined in Section 7(b)(iv) above, of more than 30% of the Salary provided for in the Final Capped Year, per year, either in the Final League Year or in any subsequent League Year covered by the Player Contract. For example, without limitation on any other applicable example, a four-year Player Contract signed in the 2006 League Year may not provide for an annual increase of more than 30% of the 2006 League Year Salary, excluding amounts treated as a signing bonus, in each of the three additional League Years covered by the Contract.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    * Any amount which a Club may pay to a player to buy out a right the player has or may have to terminate one

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    or more contract years shall be treated as signing bonus at the time the buyout is exercised by the Club, and prorated at that time over the remaining term of the contract, including the current League Year, if the right to terminate and/or the right to buyout is based upon one or more incentives that are not "likely to be earned." Such a buyout amount shall not be included in any calculation for purposes of the 25% Rule for Rookies, set forth in Article XVII, Section 4(e) of the CBA, and/or the 30% Rule, set forth in Article XXIV, Section 8 of the CBA.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 3(a)

    * The parties acknowledge that Class Counsel together with the NFLPA, and the NFL Management Council, disagree as to the treatment of allocated signing bonus and buyout payments when a player's right to terminate one or more contract years and/or the Club's right to buyout is based upon one or more incentives that are "likely to be earned," and not upon any incentives that are not "likely to be earned." These issues are expressly left open. Except to enforce the terms of this paragraph [and the one preceding], the terms of [both these paragraphs] may not be referred to or used by any of the parties in any proceeding, or otherwise, and the parties otherwise reserve all their rights with respect to the subject of this paragraph.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 3(b)

    * Any amount specified to be paid for the exercise of an option by a Club to extend the term of a Player Contract shall be treated as signing bonus, prorated over the remaining term of the contract commencing in the League Year in which it is exercised or the last League Year in which the option may be exercised, whichever comes first. Such an option amount shall, immediately upon execution of the contract, renegotiation or extension, be included in any calculation for purposes of the 25% Rule for Rookies, set forth in Article XVII, Section 4(e) of the CBA, and/or the 30% Rule, set forth in Article XXIV, Section 8 of the CBA, prorated over the remaining term of the contract commencing in the last League Year in which the option may be exercised. Notwithstanding the foregoing: (i) if a Club renounces its right to exercise the option, the option amount shall not be included in Team Salary as of the date of such renunciation; and (ii)

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    if the club does not renounce, but nonetheless does not exercise the option, the full amount of the option amount previously counted against Team Salary shall be credited to the Club's Salary Cap in the next League Year.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 4

    Section 9. Renegotiations and Extensions: Provided that all Salary Cap requirements are met, Player Contracts for current and future years may be renegotiated and/or extended except as follows:

    (a) The contract of a Veteran Player may not be renegotiated to increase the Salary to be paid to the player during the original terms of the contract for a period of twelve months after the player’s most recent contract renegotiation. The first renegotiation of a Veteran Player Contract, however, may take place at any time.

    (b) No Team and player may agree to renegotiate any term of a previously signed Player Contract for a prior League Year.

    (c) No contract renegotiations may be done for a current season after the last regular season game of that season.

    (d) A Player Contract signed by a Rookie may not be renegotiated except as provided in Article XVII (Entering Player Pool), Section 4(f).

    (e) As provided in Article XXI (Final Eight Plan), Sections 3 and 4.

    * No Player Contract, and no contract renegotiation or extension, may be agreed to between a Player and a Club for any term that expires prior to the last day of a League Year. All rights by a player to terminate a Player Contract must be exercised prior to the first day of any League Year to be terminated.

    *Side Letter 10/21/96: Sec. 6

    * In determining the Salary of a Player Contract for purposes of the Salary Cap, any renegotiated contract will be re-valued at the time of the renegotiation. Thus, if at the time of the renegotiation, the conditions for an incentive bonus have already been satisfied, that bonus will be deemed “likely to be earned.” Any new or altered incentive bonuses renegotiated in a pre-existing contract after the start of the regular season in which they may be earned automatically will be deemed “likely to be earned” during that season.

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 2

    * For purposes of the Salary Cap, any signing bonus given in connection with a contract extension entered into

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    before the expiration of the player’s existing contract will be prorated over the remaining years of the unexpired contract together with its extension. The parties agree that, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the player shall always have the right to receive such a signing bonus at the time that the extension is executed, unless the player expressly agrees in the contract to defer payment of the extension bonus, in which case only the present value of the deferred payment, calculated in accordance with the method set forth in Article X, Paragraph G.1.(b) of the Stipulation and Settlement Agreement and Article XXIV, Section 7(a)(ii) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, shall be prorated (unless the extension is executed within one year of the execution of the contract being extended, in which case the gross amount of the extension bonus shall be prorated).

    *Side Letter 9/21/93: Sec. 17

    * Any agreement to compensate a player at the minimum amount set forth in Article XXXV of the CBA for participation in an off-season workout program or classroom instruction shall not be treated as a renegotiation of a Player Contract. Any agreement to compensate a player for such participation above such amount shall be treated as a renegotiation. All such agreements shall be set forth in writing and promptly filed with the League Office.

    *Side Letter 5/24/95: Sec. 2

    * [A]ny salary deferral agreed to by club and player which does not affect the player’s Salary for purpose of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool shall not be treated as a renegotiation.

    *Side Letter 11/7/97

    * We have discussed whether an amendment to a Player Contract that changes the terms under which Signing Bonus is paid is or is not a “renegotiation” of the contract under the terms of Article I, Section 2(ab) and Article XXIV, Section 9 of the CBA (and corresponding provisions of the White Settlement Agreement).…We have agreed that any such agreement is a “renegotiation” under the terms of these provisions…

    *Side Letter 5/13/99

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    Section 10. Accounting Procedures:

    (a) Special Purpose Letters and DGR Reporting.

    (i)(A) At least three days prior to the beginning of each League Year, the parties will be provided with an “Initial Special Purpose Letter” by an independent auditor (hereinafter “the Accountants”) which compiles the preliminary reporting of the Defined Gross Revenues, Excluded DGR, Team Salary, Player Costs and Benefits of each Club and the NFL for the League Year about to be concluded,utilizing information reported byindependent Club and League auditors. The Accountants shall be a nationally recognized accounting firm jointly appointed by the NFL and the NFLPA. The parties agree to share equally the cost of the Accountants. The Reporting Package to be used by the Clubs and the League in providing information to the Accountants (“DGR Reports”) in each of the NFL playing seasons covered by this Agreement shall be agreed to by the parties. The engagement of the Accountants shall be deemed to be renewed annually unless the Accountants are discharged by either party during the period from May 1 to July 1 of that year.

    (B) The amount of any Salary Cap and Minimum Team Salary that may apply in a League Year, and the extent to which Required Tenders and Qualifying Offers must be increased in a League Year, shall be determined utilizing: (i) the information contained in the Initial Special Purpose Letter for the immediately preceding League Year, and (ii) any adjustments resulting from prior League Years.

    (ii) On or before the May 1 following the conclusion of each of the Capped Years hereunder, the parties will be provided with a "Final Special Purpose Letter" by the Accountants reporting the Defined Gross Revenues, Excluded DGR, Team Salary, Player Costs and Benefits of each NFL Team and the NFL for the League Year just concluded. The review procedures to be performed by the Accountants are set forth in Appendix H attached hereto, or as otherwise agreed between the parties. To the extent that the amounts set forth in the Final Special Purpose Letter are different from those in the Initial Special Purpose Letter, such that the amount of any Salary Cap and/or Minimum Team Salary that League Year would have been different than that utilized as a result of the issuance of the Initial Special Purpose Letter, any such difference in the Salary Cap and/or Minimum Team Salary shall be credited or deducted, as the case may be, to any next Salary Cap and/or Minimum Team Salary (but subject in any case to Section 4(b)(i) above), with interest (using the one year Treasury Note rate as published in The Wall Street Journal on February 1 of each applicable League Year), or may be utilized for the Player Annuity Program described in Article XLVIII-A (Player Annuity Program), if specified by the NFLPA. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the Final Capped Year, the Final Special Purpose Letter shall be issued no later than March 1, and any such difference shall immediately be credited or deducted, as the case may be, to the Salary Cap and/or Minimum Team Salary for the Final Capped Year (but subject in any case to Section 4(b)(i) above), or may be utilized for the Player Annuity Program described in Article XLVIII-A (Player Annuity Program) if specified by the NFLPA.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    (iii) The Accountants shall review the reasonableness of any estimates of revenues or expenses included in any Club’s DGR Reports in the League Years covered by this Agreement and may make such adjustments in such estimates as they deem appropriate. To the extent that the actual amounts of revenues received or expenses incurred differ from such estimates, adjustments shall be made: (a)pursuant to Section 10(a)(ii) above for estimates corrected prior to the issuance of the FinalSpecial Purpose Letter, and (b) in DGR for the following League Year, without interest, for estimates corrected thereafter.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (iv) With respect to expenses deducted by the NFL or the Clubs from television, cable and radio broadcast revenues or any other revenues, the NFL and the Clubs shall report in the DGR Reports only those expenses that are reasonable and customary in accordance with the provisions of Section 1(a)(i). All categories of expenses deducted from such revenues by the NFL or a Club in a DGR Report completed by the NFL or that Club shall be reviewed by the Accountants, who shall determine whether they are reasonable and customary.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (v) Reasonably prior to the issuance of the Final Special Purpose Letter, the Accountantsshall, as set forth in Appendix H attached hereto, notify designated representatives of the NFL and the NFLPA: (1) if the Accountants have any questions concerning the amounts of revenues or expenses reported by the Clubs or any other information contained in the DGR Reports submitted by the Clubs; and (2) if the Accountants propose that any adjustments be made to any revenue or expense item or any other information contained in the DGR Reports submitted by the Clubs.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (vi) In the event of any dispute concerning the amounts (as opposed to includability or the interpretation, validity or application of this Agreement) of any revenues, expenses, or Player Costs to be included in the DGR Reports, including any dispute concerning any findings or determinations concerning expenses made by the Accountants pursuant to the provisions of subsection (iv), that cannot be resolved among the parties (hereinafter referred to as “Disputed Adjustments”), such dispute shall be resolved by the Accountants after consulting and meeting with representatives of both parties.

    (vii) Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party shall have the right to contest, by commencing a Special Master Proceeding pursuant to this Agreement, any Disputed Adjustments made by the Accountants, whenever such Disputed Adjustments for all Clubs are adverse to the party commencing the proceeding in an aggregate amount of $5 million or more in

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    any League Year covered by this Agreement. If the Disputed Adjustments for all Clubs are adverse to the party commencing the proceeding in an aggregate amount of $5 million or more but less than $10 million, the parties agree that: (1) the hearing will take place on an expedited basis and will not last longer than one full day, provided, however, that if, despite the reasonable efforts of the parties, the hearing cannot be completed in one day, the hearing shall continue, unless the parties otherwise agree, day‑to-day until concluded; and (2) if the party that brings the proceeding does not substantially prevail after the hearing, then that party shall pay the reasonable costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, of the other party for its defense of the proceeding. The immediately preceding sentence shall have no application to Special Master Proceedings in which the Disputed Adjustments for all Clubs adverse to the party bringing the proceeding equal or exceed $10 million. All other disputes among the parties as to the interpretation, validity, or application of this Agreement, or with respect to any Salary or Benefits amount included in a DGR Report, shall be resolved by the Special Master appointed by the Court pursuant to this Agreement, as set forth in Article XXVI (Special Master).

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (viii) After receiving the Final Special Purpose Letter, the NFLPA shall have the right, upon reasonable notice and at its own expense, to conduct an audit of the League and any of its Clubs to further verify the accuracy of the information in the Final Special Purpose Letter.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (b) Projected Defined Gross Revenues.

    (i) For purposes of computing the Salary Cap and Minimum Team Salary to be applied in an upcoming League Year in accordance with Sections 4-5 and 10(a) above, and for any other purpose specifically stated in this Agreement, Defined Gross Revenues shall be projected (“Projected Defined Gross Revenues”) utilizing one or more agreed-upon methods for the projection process so that the anticipated growth of Projected DGR (based upon factors such as anticipated new stadiums, expansion Clubs, and revenue provisions in the NFL’s television and other contracts) over the course of League Years which are anticipated to be Capped Years shall be as accurate as practicable, subject to any agreement between the parties to allocate DGR over particular League Years pursuant to Section 1(a)(xiv) above. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any difference between Projected DGR and DGR for the prior League Year shall be credited or deducted, as the case maybe, in the calculation of the Salary Cap and/or Minimum Team Salaryfor the next League Year using the method set forth in Sections 10(b)(ii) and (iii) below, subject in any case to Section 4(b)(i)above. Moreover, if on March 1 of the year, one or more League‑wide television or local television and radio contracts are in effect for the next League Year, the actual revenues expected from such source under such contract shall be used in the

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    determination of Projected Defined Gross Revenues, unless another allocation has been or is agreed to by the parties. If, after the initial calculation of Projected DGR for a League Year, a new League‑wide television contract is entered into for that League Year, such amounts shall be substituted for the amount for League‑wide television revenues previously included in Projected DGR, and the Salary Cap and Minimum Team Salary shall immediately be adjusted accordingly. In addition, if one or more new Clubs are scheduled to be added to the NFL during the next League Year as one or more expansion Clubs, Projected DGR will include an additional projection of DGR determined in a manner agreed to by the parties. In addition, if, after the initial calculation of Projected DGR for a League Year, the number of scheduled regular season games per Club is increased above the standard of sixteen (16), Projected DGR will include an additional projection of DGR to account for such additional games as agreed upon by the NFLPA and the Management Council.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (ii) In the event that actual Defined Gross Revenues for any League Year are less than Projected Defined Gross Revenues (as calculated in accordance with Section 10(b)(i) above) for that League Year, then the difference shall be deducted from Projected Defined Gross Revenues for the next League Year.

    (iii) In the event that actual Defined Gross Revenues for any League Year exceeded Projected Defined Gross Revenues (as calculated in accordance with Section 10(b)(i) above) for that League Year, then the amount of such deficiency shall be added to Projected Defined Gross Revenues for the next League Year.

    (iv) Any adjustments pursuant to Section 10(a)(iii) above will be subtracted from or added to Projected DGR as appropriate.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (c) Projected Benefits.

    (i) For purposes of computing the Salary Cap and Minimum Team Salary to be applied in any upcoming League Year in accordance with Sections 4-5 and 10(a) above, and for any other purpose specifically stated in this Agreement, Benefits shall be projected (“Projected Benefits”) to be any Benefits to be paid (or properly accrued) in the upcoming League Year pursuant to this Agreement. If the amounts to be paid for any Benefit during the next League Year are not reasonably calculable, then, for the purposes of calculating Projected Benefits, the projected amount to be paid for the Benefit shall be the amounts expended by NFL Teams for the same Benefit in the prior League Year.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

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    (ii) In the event that actual Benefits for any League Year are less than Projected Benefits (as calculated in accordance with Section 10(c)(i) above) for that League Year, then the difference shall be deducted from Projected Benefits for the next League Year.

    (iii) In the event that actual Benefits for any League Year exceed Projected Benefits (as calculated in accordance with Section 10(c)(i) above) for that League Year, then the difference shall be added to Projected Benefits for the next League Year.

    (iv) In the event the NFLPA exercises any right to reduce or freeze or increase certain Benefits pursuant to Article XLVI (Player Benefit Costs), Projected Benefits shall be adjusted immediately to reflect such changes.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (v) In the event the amount of Projected Benefits is adjusted pursuant to (1) subsection (c)(iv) above; (2) the dispute resolution procedures of Article XLVI (Player Benefit Costs), Section 4; (3) agreement of the parties; or (4) as otherwise permitted by this Agreement, the Salary Cap amounts, Minimum Team Salary amounts, and any other amounts calculated using Projected Benefits, shall be immediately recalculated to reflect the adjustment in Projected Benefits.

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    ARTICLE XXV

    ENFORCEMENT OF THE SALARY

    CAP AND ENTERING PLAYER POOL

    Section 1. Undisclosed Terms: A Club (or a Club Affiliate) and a player (or a Player Affiliate or player agent) may not, at any time, enter into undisclosed agreements of any kind, express or implied, oral or written, or promises, undertakings, representations, commitments, inducements, assurances of intent, or understandings of any kind: (a) involving consideration of any kind to be paid, furnished or made available or guaranteed to the player, or Player Affiliate, by the Club or Club Affiliate either prior to, during, or after the term of the Player Contract; and/or (b) concerning the terms of any renegotiation and/or extension of any Player Contract by a player subject to a Franchise Player or Transition Player designation.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 2. Circumvention: Neither the parties hereto, nor any Club or player shall enter into any agreement, Player Contract, Offer Sheet or other transaction which includes any terms that are designed to serve the purpose of defeating or circumventing the intention of the parties as reflected by (a) the provisions of this Agreement with respect to Defined Gross Revenues, Salary Cap, Entering Player Pool, and Minimum Team Salary, and (b) any other term and provision of this Agreement. However, any conduct permitted by this Agreement shall not be considered to be a violation of this provision.

    Section 3. Special Master Action: Any individual player or the NFLPA acting on that player’s or any number of players’ behalf, the NFL, and any Club may bring an action before the Special Master alleging a violation of Article XVII (Entering Player Pool) and/or Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary) of this Agreement. Issues of relief and liability shall be determined in the same proceeding. The complaining party shall bear the burden of demonstrating by a clear preponderance of the evidence that the challenged conduct was in violation of Article XVII (Entering Player Pool) and/or Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap Minimum Team Salary).

    Section 4. Commissioner Disapproval: In the event the Commissioner disapproves any Player Contract as being in violation of Article XVII (Entering Player Pool) and/or Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary), he shall at the time of such disapproval notify the NFLPA, all affected Clubs, and all affected players of such disapproval in writing and the reasons therefor. Except as required by the terms of this Agreement, nothing in this Agreement is intended to affect (i) any authority of the Commissioner to approve or disapprove Player Contracts and (ii) the effect of the Commissioner’s approval or disapproval on the validity of such Player Contracts.

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    Section 5. Special Master Review: In the event that the Commissioner disapproves a Player Contract pursuant to Section 4 above, the NFLPA, any affected Club, and any affected player shall have the right within thirty (30) days of such person’s notice of such disapproval to initiate a proceeding before the Special Master to determine whether such contract is in violation of Article XVII (Entering Player Pool) and/or Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary). The Special Master shall review the dispute de novo, and shall have the authority to approve such Player Contracts in lieu of the Commissioner’s approval, or confirm the Commissioner’s disapproval. In the event the Commissioner’s disapproval is upheld, the player and the Club shall have ten (10) days to attempt to renegotiate such Player Contract notwithstanding any other time period set forth in this Agreement. The Special Master does not have the authority to impose any revisions to such Player Contract on the player or the Club.

    Section 6. Sanctions: (a) Players and Agents. In the event that the Special Master finds a violation of subsection 1(a) or 1(b) of this Article, for each such violation: (i) (1) the Special Master may impose a fine of up to $250,000 on any player or player agent found to have committed such violation, and (2) shall, unless the parties to this Agreement otherwise agree, order the player to disgorge any undisclosed compensation found to have been paid in violation of Section 1 of this Article unless the player establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that he was unaware of the violation; and (ii) the Commissioner shall be authorized to void any Player Contract(s) that was (or were) the direct cause of such violation.

    (b) Clubs. In the event that the Special Master finds a violation of Section 1(a) of this Article, for each such violation, the Commissioner shall be authorized to: (i) impose a fine of up to $3,500,000, payable to the NFL, upon any Club found to have committed such violation; (ii) order the forfeiture of up to a maximum of two draft choices (without limitation as to round) by the Club found to have committed such violation; (iii) impose a fine of up to $250,000 on any Club executive or other Club personnel found to have committed such violation; and/or (iv) suspend for up to one year any Club executive or other Club personnel found to have committed such violation. In the event that the Special Master finds a violation of subsection 1(b) of this Article, for each such violation, the Special Master may: (i) impose a fine of up to $3,500,000, payable to the NFL, upon any Club found to have committed such violation; and (ii) impose a fine of up to $250,000 on any Club executive or other Club personnel found to have committed such violation. In addition, in the event that the Special Master finds a violation of subsection 1(b) of this Article, for each such violation, the Commissioner (i) shall be authorized to order the forfeiture of up to a maximum of two draft choices (without limitation as to round) by the Club found to have committed such violation; and (ii) shall, unless the parties agree otherwise, suspend for up to one year any Club executive or other Club personnel found to have committed such violation. In imposing sanctions pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence, the Commissioner shall apply the same standards that he would apply in the event of a violation of subsection 1(a), taking into account the sanctions, if any, imposed by the Special Master. By amending this Section 6 in December 2000, the parties have not waived or affected their respective positions as to whether the Commissioner does or does not have authority to impose discipline for such violations against any Club, Club executive, or other Club personnel greater than the sanctions set forth in this Article, and such amendment shall not be considered in any resolution of that issue. For purposes of this subsection 6(b), the term "Club personnel" shall not include players.

    (c) Subject to the parties' mutual reservation of their respective positions in the last sentence of subsection 6(b) above, the sanctions set forth in subsections 6(a) and 6(b) above shall be the sole penalties under this Agreement for conduct in violation of Section 1 of this Article or Sections 1-3 of Article XXIX (Certifications), and each of the sanctions set forth in subsections 6(a) or 6(b) above may not be imposed more than once on the same person or Club for the same conduct, even if such conduct constitutes a violation of both Paragraph 1 of this Article and Paragraphs 1-3 of Article XXIX (Certifications). All fines collected from players and agents, and all disgorged compensation collected from players pursuant to this Section 6, shall be contributed and allocated as prescribed in Article XI (Commissioner Discipline), Section 6. For each League Year after the 2000 League Year, each of the maximum fines set forth in this Paragraph 6 shall increase by the same percentage as the increase in Projected DGR for that League Year over the prior League Year's DGR (up to a maximum of ten percent (10%) per League Year). The sanctions set forth in Sections 6(a) and 6(b) above shall not be implemented until the conclusion of any appeals thereof.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 7. Prior Conference: Prior to the initiation of a proceeding under this Article by the NFLPA, the parties shall confer in person or by telephone to attempt to negotiate a resolution of the dispute.

    Section 8. DGR Circumvention: In the event that a Club or anyone acting on its behalf fails to materially report or materially misreports Defined Gross Revenues, Excluded DGR, or non-DGR in a manner designed to serve the purpose of defeating or circumventing the intention of the parties as reflected by the provisions of this Agreement with respect to Defined Gross Revenues, the NFLPA and/or the Management Council shall have the right to initiate a proceeding before the Special Master to determine whether such conduct is in violation of this Section 7 of this Article. In the event that the Special Master finds a violation of this Section 7, the Special Master may impose a fine upon the Club of up to $2 million, which shall be donated as additional contributions to the youth football programs fund described in Article XXIV (Guaranteed League-wide Salary, Salary Cap, & Minimum Team Salary), Section 1(a)(xiii) above. For each League Year after the 2000 League Year, the maximum fine set forth in this Paragraph 7 shall increase by the same percentage as the increase in Projected DGR for that League Year over the prior League Year's DGR (up to a maximum of ten percent (10%) per League Year).

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 8. Management Council Audit Right: The Management Council shall have the right to audit records of Clubs and Club Affiliates to investigate allegations of violations of Section 1 of this Article. By amending this Section 8 in December 2000, the parties have not waived or affected their respective positions as to whether the Management Council may conduct any Club-related audits beyond those set forth in the preceding sentence, and such amendment shall not be considered in any resolution of that issue.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 9. Prior Consultation: Reasonably prior to the initiation of a proceeding alleging a violation of Section 1(a) or 1(b) above, the parties shall confer in person or by telephone to attempt to negotiate a resolution of the dispute, and the charging party shall disclose to the other party (either the NFLPA or the Management Council, as the case may be) all evidence (whether exculpatory or inculpatory) concerning such alleged violation (and provide a copy of all such evidence in documentary form), including but not limited to any such evidence that is the product of any investigation by or on behalf of the charging party. All such evidence subsequently acquired by the charging party shall be subject to disclosure to the other party in any resulting proceeding. This section shall not require the disclosure of any attorney-client communication, or any work product created by or at the request of an attorney. In addition, any attempt by the League, the Management Council, or any Club to have discipline imposed on any person (including but not limited to a Club) for conduct in violation of Section 1(a) or 1(b) above shall be immediately disclosed to the NFLPA.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00


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    ARTICLE XXVI

    SPECIAL MASTER

    Section 1. Appointment: The parties agree that the Special Master appointed by the Court pursuant to the Final Consent Judgment in White v. NFL shall have exclusive jurisdiction to enforce the terms of Articles I, XIV, XVI-XXI, XXIV-XXX, XXXVIII-A, XXXVIII-B, and LVI-LVIII of this Agreement that specifically provide for resolution by the Special Master (except as provided in those Articles with respect to disputes determined by the Impartial Arbitrator), and shall hold hearings on alleged violations thereof, subject to review by the Court in the manner set forth below.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 2. Scope of Authority: The powers of the Court and the Special Master and the rights of the parties in any enforcement proceeding shall be as set forth in Rules 53(a), (c), (d) and (e) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; provided, however, that:

    (a) The Special Master shall make findings of fact and recommendations of relief including, without limitation, damages (including damages referred to in Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion), Section 9), contempt and specific performance;

    (b) The Court shall accept the Special Master's findings of fact unless clearly erroneous and the Special Master's recommendations of relief unless based upon clearly erroneous findings of fact, incorrect application of the law, or abuse of discretion; except that, as to any finding concerning Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion), any imposition of a fine of $1 million or more, or any finding that would permit termination of this Agreement, review shall be de novo;

    (c) Subject to subsections (a) and (b) above, the Court shall determine all points of law and finally make the award of all relief including, without limitation, contract damages, contempt and specific performance;

    (d) Except for any matters for which the Court has de novo review of the Special Master's determinations (e.g., collusion, termination, or fines of $1 million or more), and except for fines for false certifications (as provided in Article XXIX (Certifications), Section 3), rulings of the Special Master shall upon their issuance be binding upon and followed by the parties unless stayed, reversed, or modified by the Court or by an appellate court. In such other matters, the determination of the Special Master shall not take effect until reviewed and acted upon by the Court. In entertaining a request for a stay of a ruling of the Special Master, the Court shall apply the standard that an appellate court would apply to a request for a stay of a ruling of the Court. If and when a recommendation of the Special Master is reversed or modified by the Court or by an appellate court, and is no longer subject to further appeal, the effect of such reversal or modification shall be deemed by the parties to be retroactive to the time of issuance of the recommendation of the Special Master. The parties may seek appropriate relief

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    to effectuate and enforce this provision.

    (e) The Special Master's authority shall be limited to those items specifically set forth in Articles I, XIV, XVI-XXI, XXIV-XXX, XXXVIII-A, XXXVIII-B, and LVI-LVIII of this Agreement for Special Master review.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Discovery: In any of the disputes described in this Agreement over which the Special Master has authority, the Special Master shall grant reasonable and expedited discovery upon the application of any party where, and to the extent, he determines it is reasonable to do so. Such discovery may include the production of documents and the taking of depositions. Subject to rules to be agreed to by the parties, in any proceeding to review any alleged violation of Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap and Minimum Team Salary) of this Agreement regarding any DGR issue, the Special Master shall have the authority, upon good cause shown, to direct any Club to produce any tax materials disclosing any income figures for such Club or Club Affiliate (non‑income figures may be redacted) which in his or her judgment relates to any such alleged violation, including but not limited to portions of any tax returns or other documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. Subject to rules to be agreed to by the parties, in any proceeding to review any alleged violation of Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary) and/or Article XVII (Entering Player Pool) of this Agreement regarding any Salary paid to any player(s), the Special Master shall have the authority, upon good cause shown, to direct any such player(s) to produce any tax materials disclosing any income figures for any such player or Player Affiliate (non‑income figures may be redacted) which in his or her judgment relates to any such alleged violation, including but not limited to portions of any tax returns or other documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service. In each case the Special Master shall not release such tax materials to the general public, and any such tax materials shall be treated as strictly confidential under an appropriate protective order.

    Section 4. Compensation: The compensation and costs of retaining the Special Master shall be equally borne by the NFL and the NFLPA. In no event shall any party be liable for the attorneys’ fees incurred in any such enforcement proceeding by any other party, except as set forth in Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion).

    Section 5. Procedures: All matters in enforcement proceedings before the Special Master shall be heard and determined in an expedited manner. An enforcement proceeding may be commenced upon 72 hours written notice (or upon shorter notice if ordered by the Special Master) served upon the party against whom the enforcement proceeding is brought and filed with the Special Master. All such notices and all orders and notices issued and directed by the Special Master shall be served upon the NFL and the

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    NFLPA, in addition to any counsel appearing for individual NFL players or individual NFL Clubs. The NFL and the NFLPA shall have the right to participate in all such enforcement proceedings, and the NFLPA may appear in any enforcement proceedings on behalf of any NFL player who has given authority for such appearance.

    Section 6. Selection of Special Master: In the event that the NFL and NFLPA cannot agree on the identity of a Special Master to be appointed by the Court, the parties agree to submit the issue to the President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”) who shall submit to the parties a list of eleven attorneys (none of whom shall have nor whose firm shall have represented within the past five years players, player representatives, clubs or owners in any professional sport). If the parties cannot within thirty days of receipt of such list agree to the identity of the Special Master from among the names on such list, they shall alternately strike names from said list, until only one name remains, and that person shall be the Special Master. The first strike shall be determined by a coin flip. Upon approval by the Court, the Special Master shall serve for an initial two‑year term commencing on the date of entry of the order of appointment. Thereafter, the Special Master shall continue to serve for successive three‑year terms unless notice to the contrary is given either by the NFL or the NFLPA. Such notice shall be given to the other party, the Court and the Special Master within the ninety days preceding the end of any term, but no later than thirty days prior to the end of such term. Following the giving of such notice, a new Special Master shall be selected in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Section 6. The NFL and the NFLPA may dismiss the Special Master at any time and for any reason upon their mutual consent.

    Section 7. Penalties: Any monetary penalty assessed by the Special Master may be assessed only against a Club or Clubs or the League, as applicable, found to have violated this Agreement. In no event may the Special Master order relief, or assess any monetary penalty, against an individual Club owner, officer, or non‑player employee.

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    ARTICLE XXVII

    IMPARTIAL ARBITRATOR

    Section 1. Selection: The parties shall agree upon an Impartial Arbitrator who shall have exclusive jurisdiction to determine disputes that are specifically referred to the Impartial Arbitrator pursuant to the express terms of this Agreement.

    Section 2. Scope of Authority: The powers of the Impartial Arbitrator and the rights of the parties in any proceeding before him or her shall be solely to determine disputes that are specifically referred to the Impartial Arbitrator pursuant to the express terms of this Agreement. In no event shall the Impartial Arbitrator have any authority to add to, subtract from, or alter in any way the provisions of this Agreement.

    Section 3. Effect of Rulings: Rulings of the Impartial Arbitrator shall upon their issuance be final and binding upon all parties, except as expressly specified under this Agreement or as expressly agreed to among all parties.

    Section 4. Discovery: In any of the disputes described in this Agreement over which the Impartial Arbitrator has authority, the Impartial Arbitrator shall, for good cause shown, grant reasonable and expedited discovery upon the application of any party where, and to the extent, he determines it is reasonable to do so and it is possible to do so within the time period provided for his determination. Such discovery may include the production of documents and the taking of depositions.

    Section 5. Compensation of Impartial Arbitrator: The compensation to and costs of the Impartial Arbitrator in any proceeding brought pursuant to this Agreement shall be equally borne by the NFL and the NFLPA. In no event shall any party be liable for the attorneys’ fees incurred in any such proceeding by any other party.

    Section 6. Procedures: All matters in proceedings before the Impartial Arbitrator shall be heard and determined in an expedited manner. A proceeding may be commenced upon 48 hours written notice served upon the party against whom the proceeding is brought and the Impartial Arbitrator, and the arbitration, shall be deemed to have been commenced on the second business day after such notice was given. All such notices and all orders and notices issued and directed by the Impartial Arbitrator shall be served upon the NFL and the NFLPA, in addition to any counsel appearing for individual NFL players or individual Clubs. The NFL and the NFLPA shall have the right to participate in all such proceedings, and the NFLPA may appear in any proceedings on behalf of any NFL player who has given authority for such appearance.

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    Section 7. Selection of Impartial Arbitrator: In the event that the NFL and the NFLPA cannot agree on the identity of an Impartial Arbitrator, the parties agree to submit the issue to the President of the ABA who shall submit to the parties a list of eleven attorneys (none of whom shall have nor whose firm shall have represented within the past five years players, player representatives, clubs, or owners in any professional sport). If the parties cannot within thirty days of receipt of such list agree to the identity of the Impartial Arbitrator from among the names on such list, they shall alternatively strike names from said list, until only one name remains, and that person shall be the Impartial Arbitrator. The first strike shall be determined by a coin flip. The Impartial Arbitrator shall serve for a two-year term commencing on the date of entry of the order of appointment, unless the parties agree otherwise. The Impartial Arbitrator shall continue to serve for successive two‑year terms unless notice to the contrary is given either by the NFL or the NFLPA. Such notice shall be given to the other party and the Impartial Arbitrator within the ninety days preceding the end of any term, but no later than thirty days prior to the end of such term. If necessary, a new Impartial Arbitrator shall be selected in accordance with the procedures of this Section. The NFL and NFLPA may dismiss the Impartial Arbitrator at any time and for any reason upon their mutual consent.

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    ARTICLE XXVIII

    ANTI-COLLUSION

    Section 1. Prohibited Conduct: No Club, its employees or agents, shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents, to restrict or limit individual Club decision‑making as follows:

    (a) whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player;

    (b) whether to submit or not to submit an Offer Sheet to any Restricted Free Agent;

    (c) whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any Unrestricted Free Agent or Undrafted Rookie;

    (d) whether to exercise or not to exercise a Right of First Refusal; or

    (e) concerning the terms or conditions of employment offered to any player for inclusion, or included, in a Player Contract.

    * [U]nder Article XIV (NFL Player Contract), paragraph 3 of Article XXX (Consultation and Information Sharing), paragraph 4 of Article XXV (Enforcement of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool), and Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion Provisions) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, any approval or disapproval of a player’s contract by the Commissioner, or any communication thereof, timely notice of which is provided to the NFLPA and Class Counsel, cannot be the basis of any claim of collusion. Class Counsel, the NFLPA, or the affected Player shall have the right to appeal the Commissioner’s disapproval of such player contract to the Special Master, pursuant to Article XXVI (Special Master) and Article XXV (Enforcement of the Salary Cap and Entering Player Pool) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    *Side Letter 5/6/93

    Section 2. Other Club Conduct: No Club may have a policy not to negotiate with, or enter into a Player Contract with, any player who is free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, on any of the following grounds, if such policy is inconsistent with Section 1 above:

    (a) that the player has previously been subject to the exclusive negotiating rights obtained by another Club in a College Draft, by virtue of a Required Tender to a player with less than three Accrued Seasons, or a Franchise Player designation; or

    (b) that the player has refused or failed to enter into a Player Contract for a Prior Season containing a Right of First Refusal or an Option Clause (i.e., any clause that authorizes an extension or renewal by a Club of a Player Contract beyond its stated term); or

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    (c) that the player has become a Restricted Free Agent or an Unrestricted Free Agent; or

    (d) that the player is or has been subject to any Right of First Refusal.

    Section 3. Club Discretion: Section 2 above does not diminish any Club’s right not to negotiate or contract with any particular player on any policy ground not specified above. In conjunction with other evidence of an alleged violation(s) of Section 1, a Club’s adherence to a policy identified in Section 2 above may be offered as evidence of an alleged violation of Section 1 above, but may not be the basis of any separate proceeding seeking any penalty or other relief against any Club or the NFL.

    Section 4. League Disclosures: Neither the NFL nor the NFL Management Council shall knowingly communicate or disclose, directly or indirectly, to any NFL Club that another NFL Club has negotiated with or is negotiating with any Restricted Free Agent, unless and until an Offer Sheet for such Restricted Free Agent has been given to the Prior Club, or with any Unrestricted Free Agent, prior to the execution of a Player Contract with that Unrestricted Free Agent, if such communication or disclosure is inconsistent with Section 1 above. It shall not be a violation of this Article for the NFL to respond to an inquiry from a Club about whether and under what circumstances proposed transactions would be permissible under this Agreement or NFL Rules consistent with the Settlement Agreement or this Agreement. In conjunction with other evidence of an alleged violation of Section 1 above, a Club’s communication or disclosure of the kind identified in the first sentence of this paragraph may be offered as evidence of an alleged violation(s) of Section 1 above, but may not be the basis of any separate proceeding seeking any penalty or other relief against any Club or the NFL.

    Section 5. Enforcement of Anti‑Collusion Provisions: Except as provided in Section 16(d) below, any player or the NFLPA, acting on that player’s or any number of players’ behalf, may bring an action before the Special Master alleging a violation of Section 1 of this Article. In any such proceeding, the Federal Rules of Evidence shall apply. Issues of relief and liability shall be determined in the same proceeding (including the amount of damages, pursuant to Section 8 below, if any). The complaining party shall bear the burden of demonstrating by a clear preponderance of the evidence that (1) the challenged conduct was or is in violation of Section 1 of this Article and (2) caused any economic injury to such player(s).

    Section 6. Burden of Proof: The failure by a Club or Clubs to negotiate, to submit Offer Sheets, or to sign contracts with Restricted Free Agents or Transition Players, or to negotiate, make offers, or sign contracts for the playing services of such players or Unrestricted Free Agents, shall not, by

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    itself or in combination only with evidence about the playing skills of the player(s) not receiving any such offer or contract, satisfy the burden of proof set forth in Section 1 above. However, any of the types of evidence described in the preceding sentence may support a finding of a violation of Section 1 of this Article, but only in combination with other evidence which, by itself or in combination with such evidence, indicates that the challenged conduct was in violation of Section 1 of this Article. Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the NFL or its Clubs from arguing that any evidence is insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof set forth in Section 5 above. Nothing in this Agreement shall preclude the NFLPA or any player from arguing that any evidence is sufficient to satisfy the burden of proof set forth in Section 5 above, except as set forth above.

    Section 7. Summary Judgment: The Special Master may, at any time following the conclusion of the permitted discovery, determine whether or not the complainant’s evidence is sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact capable of satisfying the standards imposed by Sections 5 and/or 6 above. If the Special Master determines that complainant’s evidence is not so sufficient, he shall dismiss the action.

    Section 8. Remedies: In the event that an individual player or players or the NFLPA acting on his, or their, behalf, successfully proves a violation of Section 1 of this Article, the player or players injured shall have the right:

    (a) To terminate his (or their) existing Player Contract(s) at his (or their) option, or void any Club’s Draft rights or other rights with respect to such player(s) at his (or their) option; any Player Contract terminated during the course of a playing season shall be terminated as of the end of that season. Such rights shall not arise until the recommendation of the Special Master finding a violation is no longer subject to further appeal and must be exercised by the player within thirty (30) days therefrom. If, at the time the Player Contract is terminated, such player would have been a Restricted Free Agent pursuant to Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), such player shall immediately become a Restricted Free Agent, upon such termination. If, at the time the Player Contract is terminated, such player would have been an Unrestricted Free Agent pursuant to Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), such player shall immediately become an Unrestricted Free Agent, upon such termination. If, at the time the Player Contract is terminated, such player would have been subject to a Club’s exclusive negotiating rights, such player shall remain subject to such rights upon such termination. In either case described in the preceding three sentences, the player shall not be subject to any signing period. In the case of a Drafted Rookie who does not sign a Player Contract and who is given the option of voiding a Club’s Draft rights pursuant to this subsection (a), such player shall then be treated as either: (i) a Drafted Rookie subject to the NFL waiver system as described in Article XVI, Section 4, if the termination takes

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    place during the player’s first League Year; or (ii) a Drafted Rookie subject to the rules of Article XVI (College Draft), Section 9, if the termination takes place during the player’s second League Year; or (iii) a Free Agent, if the termination takes place during the player’s third League Year or thereafter; and

    (b) To recover all of his damages, as described in Section 9 below, for any alleged injuries suffered as a result of the violation.

    Section 9. Computation of Damages: Upon any finding of a violation of Section 1 of this Article, compensatory damages (i.e., the amount by which any player has been injured as a result of such violation) and non-compensatory damages (i.e., the amount exceeding compensatory damages) shall be awarded as follows:

    (a) Two times the amount of compensatory damages, in the event that all of the Clubs found to have violated Section I of this Article, have committed such a violation for the first time. Any Club found to have committed such a violation for the first time shall be jointly and severally liable for two times the amount of compensatory damages.

    (b) Three times the amount of compensatory damages, in the event that any of the Clubs found to have violated Section 1 of the Article, have committed such a violation for the second time. In the event that damages are awarded pursuant to this subsection: (i) any Club found to have committed such a violation for the first time shall be jointly and severally liable for two times the amount of compensatory damages; and (ii) any Club found to have committed such a violation for the second time shall be jointly and severally liable for three times the amount of compensatory damages.

    (c) Three times the amount of compensatory damages, plus, for each Club found to have violated Section 1 of this Article for at least the third time, a fine of $2,000,000 in the event that any of the Clubs found to have violated Section 1 of this Article have committed such violation for at least the third time. In the event that damages are awarded pursuant to this subsection: (i) any Club found to have committed such a violation for the first time shall be jointly and severally liable for two times the amount of compensatory damages; (ii) any Club found to have committed such a violation for at least the second time shall be jointly and severally liable for three times the amount of compensatory damages; and (iii) any Club found to have committed such a violation for at least the third time shall, in addition, pay a fine of $2,000,000. For each League Year after the 2000 League Year, each of the enumerated fines set forth in this subsection 9(c) shall increase by the same percentage as the increase in Projected DGR for that League Year over the prior League Year's DGR (up to a maximum of ten percent (10%) per League Year).

    Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 10. Player Election: A proceeding prosecuting an alleged violation of Section 1 of this Article shall initially be limited to the issues of liability and damages sustained to the date of the Special Master’s determination. In the event the Special Master finds a violation, the player shall make a determination within thirty (30) days of the date the Special Master’s determination is final, or within thirty (30) days after the last game of the season for such player (including any playoff games) if the finding is made during

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    the course of the season, whether the player intends to void the applicable Player Contract or Draft right. If the player voids the applicable Player Contract or Draft right, the player may commence a supplemental proceeding before the Special Master, for the purpose of determining his future damages, if any, only after the player has signed a new Player Contract or after the first scheduled game of the next regular season, whichever is earlier. If the player elects not to void the applicable Player Contract or Draft right, he may immediately commence a supplemental proceeding before the Special Master for the purpose of determining his future damages, if any.

    Section 11. Payment of Damages: In the event damages are awarded pursuant to Section 9 above, the amount of compensatory damages shall be paid to the injured player or players. The amount of non‑compensatory damages, including any fines, shall be paid directly to any NFL player pension fund, any other NFL player benefit fund, or any charitable fund for the benefit of present or former NFL players, as selected by the NFLPA, subject to the reasonable approval of the NFL.

    Section 12. Effect on Cap Computations: In the event that damages are awarded pursuant to Section 9 above, the amount of non‑compensatory damages, including any fines, will not be included in any of the computations described in Article XXIV above. The amount of compensatory damages awarded will be included in such computations.

    Section 13. Effect of Salary Cap: In awarding any amount of damages, the Special Master shall take into account that, in any League Year in which a Salary Cap is in effect, no Club would have been authorized to pay out any Salary in excess of that permitted under the Salary Cap.

    Section 14. No Reimbursement: Any damages awarded pursuant to Section 9 above must be paid by the individual Clubs found liable and those Clubs may not be reimbursed or indemnified by any other Club or the NFL.

    Section 15. Costs: In any action brought for an alleged violation of Section 1 of this Article, the Special Master shall order the payment of reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs by any party found to have brought such an action or to have asserted a defense to such an action without any reasonable basis for asserting such a claim or defense. Otherwise, each party shall pay his or its own attorneys’ fees and costs.

    Section 16. Termination: The NFLPA shall have the right to terminate this Agreement, under the following circumstances:

    (a) Where there has been a finding or findings of one or more instances of a violation of Section 1 of this Article with respect to any one

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    NFL season which, either individually or in total, involved five or more Clubs and caused injury to 20 or more players; or

    (b) Where there has been a finding or findings of one or more instances of a violation of Section 1 of this Article with respect to any two consecutive NFL seasons which, either individually or in total, involved seven or more Clubs and caused injury to 28 or more players. For purposes of this Section 16(b), a player found to have been injured by a violation of Section 1 of this Article in each of two consecutive seasons shall be counted as an additional player injured by such a violation for each such NFL season; or

    (c) Where, in a proceeding brought by the NFLPA, it is shown by clear and convincing evidence that 14 or more Clubs have engaged in a violation or violations of Section 1 of this Article causing injury to one or more NFL players.

    (d) In order to terminate this Agreement:

    (i) The proceeding must be brought by the NFLPA;

    (ii) The NFL and the Special Master must be informed at the outset of any such proceeding that the NFLPA is proceeding under this Section for the purpose of establishing its entitlement to terminate this Agreement; and

    (iii) The Special Master must find that the Clubs engaged in willful collusion with the intent of restraining competition among teams for players.

    Section 17. Time Limits: Any action under Section 1 of this Article must be brought within ninety (90) days of the time when the player knows or reasonably should have known with the exercise of due diligence that he had a claim, or within ninety (90) days of the first scheduled regular season game in the season in which a violation of Section 1 of this Article is claimed, whichever is later. In the absence of a Special Master, the complaining party shall file such claim with the Court. Any party alleged to have violated Section 1 of this Article shall have the right, prior to any proceedings on the merits, to make an initial motion to dismiss any complaint that does not comply with the timeliness requirements of this section.

    Section 18. Prior Conference: Prior to the initiation of any proceeding under this Article by the NFLPA, the parties shall confer in person or by telephone to attempt to negotiate a resolution of the dispute.

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    ARTICLE XXIX

    CERTIFICATIONS

    Section 1. Contract Certification:

    (a) Every Player Contract, or any renegotiation, extension or amendment of a Player Contract, entered into during the term of this Agreement shall contain a certification, executed separately by: (i) the person who executed the Player Contract on behalf of the Club, (ii) the player, and (iii) any player representative who negotiated the contract on behalf of the player confirming that the Player Contract, renegotiation, extension or amendment sets forth all components of the player's remuneration, for his playing of professional football, from the Club or Club Affiliate and that there are no undisclosed agreements of any kind, express or implied, oral or written, or promises, undertakings, representations, commitments, inducements, assurances of intent, or understandings of any kind: (a) involving consideration of any kind to be paid, furnished or made available or guaranteed to the player, or Player Affiliate, by the Club or Club Affiliate either prior to, during, or after the term of the Player Contract; or (b) concerning terms of any renegotiation and/or extension of any Player Contract by a player subject to a Franchise Player or Transition Player designation.

    (b) In the same certification, the Club, player, and player representative will either confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, no conduct violative of Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion) took place with respect to the contract, renegotiation, extension or amendment in question, or describe such conduct of which they are aware.

    (c) In the same certification, the Club will confirm that any information regarding the negotiation of such contract provided to the Neutral Verifier pursuant to Article XXX (Consultation and Information Sharing), Section 4 was, at the time the information was provided, true and correct in all material respects.

    (d) No contract will be approved by the Commissioner unless accompanied by the certifications required by subsections (a), (b), and (c) above.

    (e) Any failure to execute and submit a certification as required under Section 1(a) above may be deemed evidence of a violation of Article XXV (Enforcement Of The Salary Cap And Entering Player Pool), Section 1 of this Agreement. Any failure to execute and submit a certification as required under Section 1(b) above may be deemed evidence of a violation of Article XXVIII (Anti-collusion) of this Agreement. Any failure to execute and submit a certification as required under Section 1(c) above may be deemed evidence of a violation of that provision.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

    Section 2. End of League Year Certification:

    (a) At the conclusion of each League Year, the executive primarily responsible for football operations on behalf of each Club shall submit to the Management Council a certification confirming that the Club has not, to the extent of his knowledge after reasonable inquiry of all owners and all employees with authority to negotiate Player Contracts, entered into any undisclosed agreements of any kind, express or implied, oral or written, or promises, undertakings, representations, commitments, inducements, assurances of intent, or understandings of any kind, as described in Article XXV (Enforcement Of The Salary Cap And Entering Player Pool), Section 1. Upon receipt of such certification, the Management Council shall forward a copy of the

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    certification to the NFLPA.

    (b) At the conclusion of each League Year, each player agent representing a player who was under contract to an NFL Club during that League Year shall submit to the NFLPA a certification confirming, after reasonable inquiry of all personnel in his or her agency with authority to negotiate Player Contracts, that neither he or she nor they has entered into any undisclosed agreements of any kind, express or implied, oral or written, or promises, undertakings, representations, commitments, inducements, assurances of intent, or understandings of any kind, as described in Article XXV (Enforcement Of The Salary Cap And Entering Player Pool), Section 1. Upon receipt of such certification,the NFLPA shall forward a copy of the certification to the Management Council.

    (c) Any failure to execute and submit a certification as required under Section 2(a) or 2(b) above, may be deemed evidence of a violation of Article XXV, Section 1 of this agreement.

    *Amended Agreement 12/4/00

    (d) At the conclusion of each League Year, the executive primarily responsible for football operations on behalf of each Club shall submit to the Management Council a certification confirming that the Club has not, to the extent of his knowledge after reasonable inquiry of all owners and all employees with authority to negotiate Player Contracts, violated the terms of Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion), Section 1, nor received from the NFL or the NFL Management Council any communication disclosing that an NFL Club had negotiated with or is negotiating with any Restricted Free Agent, unless and until an Offer Sheet has been given to the Prior Club, or any Unrestricted Free Agent, prior to the execution of a Player Contract with that Unrestricted Free Agent, where such communication or disclosure is inconsistent with Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion), Section 1. Upon receipt of each such certification, the NFL shall forward a copy of the certification to the NFLPA.

    (e) Any failure to execute a certification as required under Section 2(d) above may be deemed evidence of a violation of Article XXVIII (Anti-Collusion), Section 1 of this Agreement.

    Section 3. False Certification: Any person or Club who knowingly executes or files a false certification required by Sections 1(a), 1(b), 2(a), or 2(b) of this Article shall be subject to a fine of up to $250,000, upon a finding of such violation by the Special Master. Authority to impose such a fine shall rest with the Special Master or the Commissioner, consistent with the allocation of authority in Article XXV (Enforcement Of The Salary Cap And Entering Player Pool), Section 6(b). Notwithstanding the foregoing, in no circumstances shall a fine under this section be imposed upon any person or Club if such person or Club is also being sanctioned for the same conduct under Article XXV, Section 6 above.

    * Amendment Agreement 12/4/00

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    ARTICLE XXX

    CONSULTATION AND INFORMATION SHARING

    Section 1. Consultation and Communications:

    (a) In any Capped Year, during the period from March 1 through July 15, or the scheduled date of the first day of the first NFL training camp that season, whichever is later, of each League Year covered by this Agreement, the Executive Vice President for Labor Relations of the NFL (or his designee) shall meet in person or by telephone conference once a week with the General Counsel of the NFLPA (or his designee) for the purpose of reviewing each Club’s Club Salary summary and advice regarding the interpretation of the Salary Cap rendered since the last such meeting, or as otherwise agreed to by the parties.

    (b) Subject to any claim of attorney‑client and/or work product privilege, any communications under this section may be referred to or used by the NFL or the NFLPA in any proceeding. By agreeing to this section, neither the NFL nor the NFLPA intends to waive or shall be deemed to have waived any attorney‑client or other privilege with respect to any communications.

    Section 2. Salary Summaries: During the period between March 1 and the first day of the regular season during any Capped Year, the NFL shall provide the NFLPA with Salary and Team Salary summaries for each Team on a weekly basis. Upon the first date of the regular season and during the remainder of any Capped Year, such information shall be provided as often as it is prepared for use by the NFL (but no less often than once each month). Prior to the first day of the regular season during any Uncapped Year, the NFL shall provide the NFLPA with an estimate of Projected DGR, and a revised estimate on the first day of each month thereafter in any such year.

    Section 3. Notice of Invalid Contract: If the NFL informs a Club that a proposed player transaction would be inconsistent with or in violation of the terms of the Settlement Agreement or this Agreement as interpreted by the NFL, the NFL shall promptly notify the NFLPA that such an interpretation has been communicated and the basis for such interpretation. The NFL shall provide such notice as soon as possible, but in no event later than five (5) business days following the communication of such interpretation to the Club.

    Section 4. Neutral Verifier: The NFLPA shall designate, subject to the reasonable approval of the NFL, a third party to serve as the neutral verifier of Player Contract offers (the “Neutral Verifier”). A Club that wishes to verify a Player Contract offer may contact the Neutral Verifier and request him or her to contact the Club that is asserted to have extended the offer, to verify the terms and conditions of the offer. The Neutral Verifier shall promptly

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    contact the offering Club to ascertain such terms and conditions, and shall promptly advise the inquiring Club of such information, and shall promptly advise the affected player of the inquiry and the information communicated. Communications pursuant to this paragraph shall be by telephone or telecopy, and the costs of the Neutral Verifier shall be equally borne by the NFL on the one hand, and the NFLPA on the other hand.

    Section 5. Copies: Within five (5) business days of their receipt by the NFL, the NFL shall provide to the NFLPA, at no expense, a copy of any and all Player Contracts and Offer Sheets that are entered into or extended during the term of this Agreement.

    Section 6. Meetings: During each League Year covered by this Agreement, the Executive Vice President for Labor Relations of the NFL (or his designee) shall meet once a month with the Executive Director of the NFLPA (or his designee), for the purpose of reviewing the implementation of this Agreement.

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    ARTICLE XXXI

    EXPANSION

    Section 1. Veteran Allocation: The Clubs may determine during the term of this Agreement to expand the number of Clubs and to have existing Clubs make available for assignment to the expansion Clubs the contracts of a certain number of veteran players, up to an average of three per Club, excluding any player who has a no trade clause in his Player Contract.

    Section 2. Additional Compensatory Picks: The Clubs may decide the selection position for expansion teams in the college draft, and may allocate to each expansion Club additional special draft selections in the drafts held prior to each of the first three seasons in which the expansion Clubs will participate in regular league play, up to a maximum of one additional such special draft selection for each expansion Club in each round of the draft in each such year.

    Section 3. Entering Player Pool Adjustment: The Entering Player Pool, and the Rookie Allocation for each expansion team, will be adjusted to account for draft selections awarded to expansion teams pursuant to Section 2.

    Section 4. Relocation Bonus: Any Veteran player selected in any expansion allocation during the term of this Agreement will receive a bonus of $20,000 upon reporting to the expansion Club for pre‑season training camp, and an additional bonus of $30,000 upon being placed on the Active or Inactive List, or remaining on the Injured Reserved List, after the beginning of the first regular season game played by the expansion Club. The total amounts paid to players pursuant to this Section shall not be included as Player Costs, Benefits, or Salary under Article XXIV (Guaranteed League‑wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary) of this Agreement.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

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    ARTICLE XXXII

    OTHER PROVISIONS

    Section 1. CFL Rule: No Club may sign any player who in the same year has been under contract to a Canadian Football League (“CFL”) club at the end of that CFL club’s season (regular season or post-season, whichever is applicable).

    Section 2. Physically Unable to Perform: Any player placed on a Physically Unable to Perform list (“PUP”) will be paid his full salary while on such list. His contract will not be tolled for the period he is on PUP, except in the last year of his contract, when the player’s contract will be tolled if he is still physically unable to perform his football services as of the sixth regular season game.

    Section 3. Non‑Football Injury: A player who is placed on a Non‑Football Injury or Illness list (“N‑F/I”) will not be entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such list but, except as provided below, his contract will continue to run while in such status.

    A player on N‑F/I who is in the final year of his contract (including an option year) will have his contract tolled. However, if the player is physically able to perform his football services on or before the sixth regular season game, the club must pay the player his negotiated salary (pro rata) for the balance of the season in order to toll such player’s contract. If such player is taken off N-F/I during the period when such action is allowed by League rules, his contract will not be tolled.

    Section 4. Roster Exemption:

    (a) Certain Players Not Under Contract. After the final roster reduction a Club must agree in writing with an unsigned player who is either an Unrestricted Free Agent, Transition Player, or Franchise Player, prior to signing a Player Contract with such player, on what compensation, if any, the player will be paid if he is placed in a roster exempt status.

    (b) Players Under Contract. If a Club obtains a roster exemption for a player under contract who does not report to his Club until after the first roster reduction, the player will not be entitled to pre‑season or regular season compensation until such exemption is removed, provided the player is given written notice of such fact upon reporting to the Club. If such notice is not given to the player, the player must be paid his salary during his exemption.

    (c) Restricted Players. Any player whose contract has expired and who either (i) has two but less than three Accrued Seasons or (ii) is a Restricted Free Agent pursuant to Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), Section 2, and who has been given the required tender pursuant to Article XVIII (Veterans With Less Than Three Accrued Seasons), Section 2, or Article XIX

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    (Veteran Free Agency), Sections 2(b)(i) or (ii), and who has not signed a contract and has not reported to his Club’s pre‑season training camp, may be placed on the roster exempt list of his Club under the following conditions:

    (i) If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s second pre‑season game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the Club’s first regular season game.

    (ii) If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s third pre‑season game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the Club’s second regular season game.

    (iii) If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s fourth pre‑season game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the third regular season game scheduled after the date he actually reports.

    * [A]ny player who is placed on the roster exempt list of his Club, pursuant to Article XXXII, Section 4(c) of the CBA, shall be entitled to full compensation from his Club for any week in which his Club has a “bye” after the date he reports, but while he is still on the roster exempt list. Thus, any such player may not lose more than three weeks of salary as a result of being placed on the roster exempt list. This agreement shall not affect the number of regular season games for which the player can be placed on the roster exempt list, and thus for which the player may not play for his Club, in accordance with subsections (i) through (iii) of Article XXXII, Section 4(c) of the CBA. Nothing herein shall affect any right or obligation the player or Club otherwise may have concerning compensation to the player.

    *Side Letter 1/18/94



    No player may be placed on roster exempt under this subsection unless the Club has provided written notice to the player and the NFLPA of its intent to place the player on roster exempt at least five days prior to the Club’s second preseason game. Once such written notice is provided, the Club must place the player on roster exempt in accordance with (i) through (iii) above. For purposes of this Article, extra pre‑season games such as the Canton Hall of Fame Game and the American Bowl shall not count. When placed on roster exempt pursuant to this subsection, the player shall not be entitled to compensation.

    (d) Except as provided in subsection (c) above, for purposes of this Section, roster exemptions shall be for no more than two weeks of the regular season.

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    ARTICLE XXXIII

    SQUAD SIZE

    Section 1. Active List: For each regular season, the Active List limit will be 45 players per Club. This limit may not be reduced by the Clubs for the duration of this Agreement; provided, however, that individual Clubs may carry less than 45 players on their Active Lists during the regular season, but at no time less than 42.

    Section 2. Pre‑Season: The pre‑season cutdown dates and active player limits on such dates will be as determined by the Clubs. In the event the Clubs make a determination during the term of this Agreement that they wish to institute a “down‑and-up” once during the pre‑season, they may do so, provided that the active player limit may not be reduced below 40 at any time during the pre‑season and the Active List limit must return to 45 by the start of the regular season.

    Section 3. Inactive List: Inactive List players will receive the same benefits and protections as Active List players.

    Section 4. Active and Inactive List Limit: In any League Year, a Club’s Active and Inactive Lists shall not exceed 53 players.

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    ARTICLE XXXIV

    PRACTICE SQUADS

    Section 1. Practice Squads: For each regular season commencing with the 1993 League Year, the League may elect in accordance with this Article to establish practice squads not to exceed five (5) players per Club.

    Section 2. Signing With Other Clubs: Any player under contract to a Club as a practice squad player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club at any time during the League Year, to serve as a player on any Club’s Active or Inactive List, and any Club is completely free to negotiate and sign such a Player Contract with such player, without penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period, except that such player shall not be permitted to sign a Player Contract with another Club to serve as a practice squad player while under contract as a practice squad player.

    Section 3. Salary: Minimum salary for a practice squad player shall be $4,000 per week for the 2002 League Year, $4,350 for the 2003-04 League Years, and $4,700 for the 2005-07 League Years including postseason weeks in which his Club is in the playoffs.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 4. Eligibility:

    (a) The practice squad shall consist of the following players, provided that they have not served more than one previous season on a Practice Squad: (i) players who do not have an Accrued Season of NFL experience; and (ii) free agent players who were on the Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during their only Accrued Season(s). No player may be a practice squad player for more than two seasons.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98



    (b) A player shall be deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the club’s physical and has been a member of a club’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or post-season games (a bye week counts as a game provided that the player is not terminated until after the regular season or post-season weekend in question).

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98



    * If a player on the Practice Squad of one club (Club A) signs an NFL Player Contract with another club (Club B),

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    (1) the player shall receive three weeks salary of his NFL Player Contract at the 53-player Active/Inactive List minimum even if he is terminated by Club B prior to earning that amount, and (2) Club B is required to count the player on its 53-player Active/Inactive List for three games (a bye week counts as a game) even if he is terminated or assigned via waivers to another club or is signed as a free agent to another club’s 53-player roster or another club’s Practice Squad prior to that time. If the player is terminated from Club B’s 53-player roster and signed to Club B’s Practice Squad, he shall continue to count on the club’s 53-player Active/Inactive List but shall not count against the five-player Practice Squad limit until the three-game requirement has been fulfilled. If a player is terminated prior to the completion of the three-game period and is signed to Club B’s Practice Squad or is signed or assigned to another club’s 53-player roster or Practice Squad, any salary (as that term is defined in Article XXIV, Section 1(c)) that he receives from any NFL club applicable to the three-game period shall be an offset against the three weeks salary that he is entitled to receive from Club B.

    *Side Letter 8/18/97

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    ARTICLE XXXV

    OFF-SEASON WORKOUTS

    Section 1. Voluntary Workouts: No player shall be required to attend or participate in any off‑season workout program or classroom instruction of a Club other than as provided in Article XXXVI (Minicamps). Any other Club off‑season workout programs and classroom instruction sessions shall be voluntary and take place in the manner and time period set forth in this Article.

    Section 2. Time Periods: (a) Subject to the limitations in subsection (b) below, from the end of the previous NFL season until the opening of training camp, Clubs may schedule or conduct off-season workout programs for no more than fourteen total weeks, and no more than four workouts per week, for any individual player. Such workout programs shall not be permitted on weekends. During such workout programs, there may be no more than fourteen (14) days of organized team practice activity, to be defined by the Player/Club Operations Committee. Nothing herein shall prevent a Club from permitting an individual player to work-out on his own on weekends using Club facilities if he wishes to do so.

    (b) Each year off-season workout programs may not begin, and players may not be asked to voluntarily attend any such program, earlier than a date to be agreed upon by the Management Council and the NFLPA, and announced before the conclusion of the prior regular season; for 2002 only, that date is agreed to be March 25, 2002. Each year on a date to be agreed upon by the parties, each Club shall provide the Management Council and the NFLPA with the Club's schedule for its off-season workout program that year, and shall advise the Management Council and the NFLPA in writing in advance of any changes to that schedule.

    (c) During the off-season program period, except for the fourteen days of organized team practice activity and mini-camps, players may be (1) at the Club facility no more than four hours per day, no more than four days per week, and not during weekends; and (2) on the field no more than ninety minutes per day. In addition, the Club may not specify to any player more than two specific hours a day during which it suggests that the player be at club facilities. Any player participating in an off-season workout program may select the other two hours in which he wishes to attend to conduct his weight training, etc., as long as he does so during the hours of operations of the Club's weight room.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Payment: Each player shall receive at least the following amounts per day for any workouts or classroom instruction in which he participates pursuant to a Club's voluntary off-season workout program, provided the player fulfills the Club's reasonable off-season workout requirements: $90 during the 2002 League Year; $100 during the 2003-04 League Years; $110 for the 2005-06 League Years; and $120 for the 2007 League Year.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 4. Injuries: Any player injured during off‑season workouts will be protected in the same manner as if injured during the Club’s pre‑season training camp, provided he is working out at the Club’s facility under the direction of a Club official.

    Section 5. Miscellaneous: No Club official shall indicate to a player that the Club’s off‑season workout program or classroom instruction is not voluntary (or that a player’s failure to participate in a workout program or classroom instruction will result in the player’s failure to make the Club). Contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump‑and‑run) is expressly prohibited in all off‑season workouts. All Clubs, coaches and other Club officials shall follow all of the rules regarding off-season workouts set forth in Appendix L hereto.

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    Section 6. Pre-Training Camp Period: During the ten consecutive days immediately prior to the mandatory veteran reporting date for each Club's pre-season training camp (as specified in Article XXXVII, Section 5), no veteran player (other than (i) quarterbacks and (ii) other players who (1) were on the Injured Reserve, Physically Unable to Perform or Non-Football Injury or Illness list at the end of the previous season; or (2) failed a physical examination given by a team physician at any time after the last game of the previous season; or (3) sustained a football-related or non football-related injury or illness during the off-season; or (4) had surgery during the off-season regarding a football or non-football-related condition regardless of when such condition arose) shall be permitted to participate in any organized workouts or other organized football activity of any kind, or any football activity with any coach, on either a voluntary or involuntary basis, in connection with or on behalf of the Club or Club Affiliate. This prohibition shall apply notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, or any provision in any Player Contract. Notwithstanding the above, nothing in this Section shall prevent any player from using any Club facility, subject to League rules and the Club's permission, to work out on his own at any time on a voluntary basis without the participation of any coach, trainer or other Club personnel. Nothing in this Section shall prohibit organized player activity in personal appearances or promotional activities on behalf of the Club or the League which have been agreed to by the player.

    * Invited Rookies will be permitted by their respective Clubs to attend the NFL Players Rookie Premiere provided that: (i) such event is scheduled during the month of May; (ii) such event encompasses a maximum of four consecutive days, including both a Saturday and a Sunday; and (iii) the NFLPA provides the Management Council with the dates for the next Rookie Premiere not later than February 1 of each year.

    * Side Letter 1/22/01

    Section 7. Enforcement: (a) The head coach, who is responsible for any conduct in violation of Sections 5 or 6 of this Article (including but not limited to the rules in Appendix L), shall be subject to a fine to be determined by the Commissioner, which fine(s) shall not be reimbursable by the Club or any other person. The NFLPA and any player involved in any such violation shall each have the right to enforce Sections 5 or 6 of this Article (including but not limited to the rules in Appendix L), through an expedited non-injury grievance arbitration proceeding conducted pursuant to Article IX (Non-Injury Grievance) without charge to the four (4) grievances referenced in the third and fourth sentences of Section 4 of that Article. As soon as practicable after the commencement of any such proceeding, the NFLPA shall be provided with all tape, film, or other recorded evidence of any workout that is the subject of the proceeding. In the event that the Arbitrator finds any violation of Sections 5 or 6 of this Article (including but not limited to the rules in Appendix L), the Commissioner shall promptly impose the fine upon the head coach, and the League shall promptly provide the NFLPA with written evidence that the fine has been paid and donated to a qualified charitable organization. Any head coach who is the subject of a proceeding under this section shall have the right to participate in the proceeding and defend himself. It shall be an absolute defense if the head coach proves that the team's actions were based on a good faith interpretation of Sections 5 and 6 of this Article, and the rules set forth in Appendix L.

    (b)(i) The Management Council and the NFLPA shall each designate one or more representatives to investigate claims of violations of the rules set forth above or any other rules relating to off-season workouts set forth in this Agreement. At the request of either party, these representatives will inspect appropriate areas of Club facilities without notice to the Club and, upon request from any representative, shall be provided, as quickly as reasonably possible, with copies of film or other documentation any representative deems relevant to any possible violation.
    (ii) Within forty-eight (48) hours of the commencement of a complaint by the NFLPA to the Management Council, or sooner if practical, the Executive Director of the NFLPA and the Executive Vice President-Labor Relations of the NFL shall be advised of the status of the complaint and these persons shall attempt to determine if a violation occurred. If they are unable to agree upon the outcome, the matter will be immediately referred to a non-injury grievance arbitrator who will render a decision within forty-eight hours of the submission of the dispute. If the arbitrator determines that a violation has occurred, or if the Executive Director of the NFLPA and the Executive Vice President-Labor Relations of the NFL agree that a violation has occurred, the next scheduled week of the Club's off-season program shall be cancelled, excluding mini-camps, and no player may work out at any team facility during the cancelled week. However, in such event, players participating in the Club's off-season program shall be deemed to have participated in the required number of days for the cancelled week in order to qualify for off-season workout pay. If the arbitrator finds two separate violations of these rules in the same League Year, the Commissioner shall cause the Club to forfeit a fourth-round draft selection in the next draft in which the Club has such a selection. No conduct occurring prior to the date upon which any non-injury grievance is filed under these rules may serve as the basis for a finding of a second violation by a Club; a second violation by a Club in the same League Year must be predicated upon facts arising after the grievance alleging the first violation has been filed.
    (iii) Except as provided in the fourth preceding sentence, these limitations on off-season workouts shall not preclude any player from working out on his own at any time, including weekends. Except as expressly provided in the 2002 amendments to this Article or in the 2002 amendments to Appendix L hereto, all prior rules in this Agreement concerning off-season workouts will continue to apply. By agreeing to the sanctions in this subsection (b), the parties have not waived or affected their respective positions as to the issue of the Commissioner's authority to impose discipline, including the forfeiture of draft choices, for conduct within the scope of his authority under the Constitution and Bylaws.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XXXVI

    MINICAMPS

    Section 1. Number: Each League Year each Club may hold a maximum of one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. If a Club hires a new head coach after the end of the regular season, that Club may hold two additional voluntary minicamps for veteran players. There is no limitation on the number of minicamps a Club may hold for rookie players.

    Section 2. Length: No minicamp may exceed three days in length, plus one day for physical examinations. If possible, minicamps should be scheduled for weekends and not in conflict with previously scheduled meetings of the NFLPA Board of Reps or the annual NFLPA convention.

    Section 3. Expenses: Any veteran player who attends a minicamp will receive meal allowances in accordance with Article XXXIX (Meal Allowance), Section 1 of this Agreement, plus all travel expenses to and from the camp, plus “per diem” payments at the rate provided in Article XXXVII (Salaries), Section 4 of this Agreement. In addition, the Club will provide housing at minicamps for players coming from out‑of‑town.

    Section 4. Contact: There will be no contact work (e.g., “live” blocking, tackling, pass rushing, bump‑and‑run) or use of pads (helmets permitted) at minicamps.

    Section 5. Injuries: Any player injured in a Club’s minicamp will be protected in the same manner as if injured during the Club’s pre‑season training camp.

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    ARTICLE XXXVII

    PRE-SEASON TRAINING CAMPS

    Section 1. Definition: For purposes of this Article, a “rookie player” is defined as any player who has not completed one season in which a year of Credited Service under the Bert Bell or Pete Rozelle Plan has been earned, and a “veteran player” is defined as any player who has completed one or more seasons in which a year of Credited Service has been earned under such Plan(s).

    Section 2. Room and Board: All players will receive room and board during the pre‑season training camp, and housing between training camp and the Tuesday prior to their Club’s first regular season game for those players who have not as yet established residence in the Team city.

    Section 3. Rookie Per Diem: During the term of this Agreement, a rookie player will receive "per diem" payments at the rate of $725 per week in the 2002-03 League Years, $750 per week in the 2004 League Year, $775 per week in the 2005-06 League Years, and $800 per week in the 2007 League Year, commencing with the first day of preseason training camp and ending one week prior to the Club's first regular season game.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 4. Veteran Per Diem: During the term of this Agreement, a veteran player will receive "per diem" payments at the rate of $900 per week in the 2000-03 League Years, $1,000 per week in the 2004 League Year, and $1,100 per week in the 2005-07 League Years, commencing with the first day of pre-season training camp and ending one week prior to the Club's first regular season game, and an additional $200 per week during the pre-season, commencing with the Club's first pre-season game (exclusive of the Canton Hall of Fame Game and any International Game) and ending one week prior to the Club's first regular season game.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 5. Reporting: No veteran player other than quarterbacks and injured players, will be required to report to a Club’s official pre‑season training camp earlier than fifteen (15) days (including one day for physical examinations) prior to its first scheduled pre‑season game or July 15, whichever is later. The July 15 date will not apply to Clubs participating in the Canton Hall of Fame Game or any American Bowl game scheduled around the Canton Hall of Fame Game date.

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    Section 6. Number of Pre‑Season Games: The NFL will use its best efforts to hold no more than four pre‑season games beginning in the 1995 League Year.

    Section 7. Telephones: Whenever possible, a player will be permitted to have a telephone in his room at pre‑season training camp at his own expense.

    Section 8. Expenses: Clubs will reimburse all players under contract for reasonable traveling expenses incurred in reaching training camp from the players’ residences, upon submission of vouchers. There will be no deductions by the Clubs for these payments. Players who are released by a Club will be reimbursed for their return trips to their residences, upon submission of vouchers.

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    ARTICLE XXXVIII

    SALARIES

    Section 1-5 [no longer applicable]

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    Section 6. Minimum Salaries After The 2001 League Year:
    (a) After the 2001 League Year, the Paragraph 5 Salary of any player on a Club's Active/Inactive List at any time during the regular season will be not less than the following:
    League Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
    Less than One Credited Season 225 225 230 230 235 235
    One Credited Season 300 300 305 305 310 310
    Two Credited Seasons 375 375 380 380 385 385
    Three Credited Seasons 450 450 455 455 460 460
    Four-Six Credited Seasons 525 530 535 540 545 545
    Seven-Nine Credited Seasons 650 655 660 665 670 670
    Ten or more Credited Seasons 750 755 760 765 770 770

    (all amounts in thousands of dollars)

    (b) After the 2001 League Year, the Minimum Salary of any player not on a Club's Active/Inactive List (excluding practice squad) shall be as follows:
    League Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
    Less than One Credited Season 130 130 135 135 140 140
    One Credited Season 145 145 150 150 155 155
    Two Credited Seasons 160 160 165 165 170 170
    Three Credited Seasons 200 200 205 205 210 210
    Four-Six Credited Seasons 225 225 230 230 235 235
    Seven-Nine Credited Seasons 250 250 255 255 260 260
    Ten or more Credited Seasons 275 275 280 280 285 285

    (all amounts in thousands of dollars)

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 7. Credited Season: For purposes of calculating Credited Seasons under this Article only, a player shall earn one Credited Season for each season during which he was on, or should have been on, full pay status for a total of three or more regular season games, but which, irrespective of the player’s pay status, shall not include games for which this player was on: (i) the Exempt Commissioner Permission List; (ii) the Reserve PUP List as a result of a non‑football injury; (iii) a Club’s Practice or Developmental Squad; or (iv) a Club’s Injured Reserve List.

    Section 8. Other Compensation: A player will be entitled to receive a signing or reporting bonus, additional salary payments, incentive bonuses and such other provisions as may be negotiated between his Club (with the assistance of the Management Council) and the player or his NFLPA‑certified agent. The Club and the player or his NFLPA‑certified agent will negotiate in good faith over such other compensation; provided, however, that a Club will not be required to deal with the player or his NFLPA‑certified agent on a collective or tandem basis for two or more players on that Club. Nothing in this Section will be affected by Article III (Scope of Agreement), Section 2.

    Section 9. Arbitration: The question of whether or not the Club, the Management Council, the player or his NFLPA‑certified agent has engaged in good faith negotiations over such other compensation may be the subject of a non‑injury grievance under Article IX (Non‑Injury Grievance). If the arbitrator finds that any party did not engage in good faith negotiations, he may enter a cease and desist order; provided, however, that the arbitrator may not compel any party to agree to anything or require the making of a concession by any party in negotiations.

    Section 10. Payment: Unless agreed upon otherwise between the Club and the player, each player will be paid at the rate of 100% of his salary in equal weekly or bi‑weekly installments over the course of the regular season commencing with the first regular season game. Nothing in this Article invalidates

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    or otherwise affects any deferred compensation arrangement or any other method of payment which may have been entered into between a Club and a player or which after the execution of this Agreement may be negotiated between a Club and the player or his NFLPA‑certified agent.

    Section 11. Deferred Paragraph 5: A Player Contract may provide for deferral of no more than 50% of the player’s Salary up to and including a total of the first $1 million, and may provide for deferral of no more than 75% of the player’s Salary in excess of $1 million.

    Section 12. Number of Regular Season Games: The League and/or Clubs cannot at any time during this Agreement increase the number of regular season games per team from the standard of sixteen (16) without providing ninety (90) days notice in writing to the NFLPA and thereafter negotiating with the NFLPA with regard to additional compensation to be paid to players for additional regular season games. If the parties are unable to agree on additional compensation within thirty (30) days after notice has been given, the issue of additional compensation may be submitted by either party to the Impartial Arbitrator under Article XXVII (Impartial Arbitrator) for an expedited hearing and a final and binding decision. The Impartial Arbitrator will have the full authority to decide the amount of additional compensation to which the players will be entitled. In no event will the regular season be extended during this Agreement to include more than eighteen (18) games per team.

    Section 13. Copies of Contracts: In connection with the NFLPA’s exclusive right to represent all players in its bargaining unit in negotiations with NFL Clubs, it is agreed and understood that: (a) copies of all contracts signed by Rookie and Veteran players after the date of execution of this Agreement covering the 1993 and future League Years will be provided to the NFLPA within five (5) days of their receipt by the Management Council; and (b) all information in such contracts will be made available to all Clubs by the Management Council. Any dispute regarding compliance of (a) above shall be resolved by the Impartial Arbitrator. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be made within ten (10) days of the application, and shall consider all information relating to such dispute submitted by such date. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and Clubs are prohibited from negotiating for or insisting upon any confidentiality clauses in Player Contracts.

    Section 14. Split Contracts:

    (a) [no longer applicable]

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    (b) After the point in the regular season at which a player with four or more Accrued Seasons who signed his Player Contract when he was a Restricted Free Agent has been placed on the Active List of his Club, he must for the balance of that regular season be paid his Active List salary if he is thereafter placed on the Inactive List, whether or not his Player Contract calls for a lower salary if he is placed on the Inactive List.

    Section 15. Funding of Deferred and Guaranteed Contracts: The NFL may continue to adhere to its existing requirement that by a prescribed date certain, each Club must deposit into a segregated account the present value, calculated using as a discount rate the one year Treasury Note rate as published in The Wall Street Journal on February 1 of each year, of the gross amount, less $1,000,000, of deferred and guaranteed compensation owed by that Club with respect to Club funding of Player Contracts involving deferred or guaranteed compensation; provided, however, that with respect to guaranteed contracts, the amount of unpaid compensation for past or future services to be included in the funding calculation shall not exceed seventy-five (75%) percent of the total amount of the contract compensation. The present value of any future years' salary payable to a player pursuant to an injury guarantee provision in his NFL Player Contract(s), shall not be considered owed by a Club under this Section until after the Club has acknowledged that the player's injury qualifies him to receive the future payments.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XXXVIII-A
    MINIMUM SALARY BENEFIT

    Section 1. Qualifying Players: For purposes of this Article, a "Qualifying Player" shall be defined as a player with four or more Credited Seasons, whose contract has expired or been terminated, who signs a Qualifying Contract.

    Section 2. Qualifying Contracts: For purposes of this section, a "Qualifying Contract" shall be defined as a Player Contract signed by a Qualifying Player that (a) covers only a single League Year and (b) contains no terms that affect compensation in any way other than (1) the applicable minimum Paragraph 5 Salary, (2) up to $25,000 in additional compensation (e.g., signing bonus allocation, roster, report, or any incentive (LTBE or not)), and/or (3) a guarantee for salary and/or Salary advance of up to the Minimum Salary for a player with three Credited Seasons (e.g., $450,000 in 2002). Thus, for example, a contract that includes an option year is not a Qualifying Contract. Similarly, a Qualifying Contract may not be extended or renegotiated in any manner. Split contracts, if they otherwise qualify, may be Qualifying Contracts. If the player's prior contract was terminated, he is eligible to sign a Qualifying Contract if he does not earn more than $25,000 in additional compensation less the amount of any additional compensation and/or guaranteed Salary earned during that League Year under the terminated years of his prior contract(s), but his combined compensation from the terminated contract(s) earned for that League Year and the Qualifying Contract cannot exceed the applicable minimum for that League Year plus $25,000 in additional compensation.

    Section 3. Transition Rules: A multi-year contract signed prior to December 1, 2001, shall be a Qualifying Contract if all other requirements (other than the requirement that the player's contract has expired or been terminated) are met, including, but not limited to, the applicable minimum, no more than $25,000 in additional compensation in any League Year of the contract (e.g., signing bonus allocation, roster, report, or any incentive (LTBE or not)) and/or a guarantee for salary and/or Salary advance of up to the minimum salary for a player with three Credited Seasons (e.g., $450,000 in the 2002 League Year). The total amount specified for each League Year under the contract cannot exceed the applicable minimum for such League Year plus $25,000 in additional compensation for such League Year. For example, a player with 11 Credited Seasons who signed a two-year contract prior to December 1, 2001 containing Paragraph 5 salaries of $477,000 in 2001 and $750,000 in 2002, and no more than $25,000 in additional compensation in either year, would qualify for the benefit. If the same Player Contract had additional compensation in excess of $25,000 in each or either year, the contract would not qualify.

    Section 4. Payments: Players with Qualifying Contracts shall be paid 1/17th of the specified minimum salary on a weekly basis (e.g., 1/17 of $750,000 per week in the 2002 League Year for a player with ten or more Credited Seasons).

    Section 5. Reduced Salary Cap Count: Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the Salary Cap count for a Qualifying Contract shall be the same as the minimum salary for a player with three Credited Seasons. For split "Qualifying Contracts," the Salary Cap count will equal either the difference between the player's minimum salary and the full minimum salary for players with three Credited Seasons (if the player is on an Active/Inactive List) or the difference between the player's split minimum salary and the split minimum for players with three Credited Seasons (if the player is not on an Active/Inactive List).

    Section 6. Minimum Salary Benefit Calculation: The difference between the Salary Cap count for a Qualifying Contract and the stated minimum for the Qualifying Player's years of service shall be counted as a Player Benefit ("the Minimum Salary Benefit"). For example, in the 2002 League Year, a Qualifying Player with five Credited Seasons shall receive a Minimum Salary of $525,000; however, only $450,000 shall count against his Club's Team Salary. The difference of $75,000 shall be counted as a Player Benefit and paid out of a League-wide benefit pool. Similarly, for example, in the 2002 League Year, a Qualifying Player with 12 Credited Seasons shall receive a Minimum Salary of $750,000; however, only $450,000 shall count against his Club's Team Salary. The difference of $300,000 shall be counted as a Player Benefit and paid out of a League-wide benefit pool.

    Section 7. League-wide Salary Cap Treatment: At the start of each League Year, the Minimum Salary Benefit will be projected on a League-wide basis (i.e., the projected total number of Qualifying Contracts in each category multiplied by their respective benefits) and deducted from the calculation of the Salary Cap in the same manner as any other Player Benefit. At the end of each League Year, the projected benefit will be reconciled to the actual benefit and the difference will be added to or subtracted from the following year's Player Benefit projection.

    Section 8. League-wide Cash Treatment: At the end of each League Year, the actual Minimum Salary Benefit spent on a League-wide basis (i.e., the actual total number of Qualifying Contracts in each category multiplied by their respective benefits) and divided by the number of Clubs in the League will be calculated to derive the Average Minimum Salary Benefit. If the total actual Minimum Salary Benefit allocated to a Club exceeds the Average Minimum Salary Benefit, the Club will be responsible to pay the difference. If a Club's total actual Minimum Salary Benefit is below the Average Minimum Salary Benefit, the Club will receive a credit.

    Section 9. Terminated Qualifying Players: If his contract is terminated, a Qualifying Player may sign a Qualifying Contract with any "New Club" (defined as any Club that did not hold contractual rights to the player's services on the final day of the prior regular season or last postseason game).

    Section 10. Players Moving to New Club: In the event that a player signs a Qualifying Contract with a "New Club," the player cannot be traded back to the "Old Club" during that League Year unless the player's prior contract(s) with the Old Club meets the requirements of Section 11 below. In the event that the player signs a Qualifying Contract with a New Club and the Qualifying Contract is terminated by the New Club, the player may sign a Qualifying Contract with his Old Club. Nothing in the foregoing shall prevent a player from signing a contract with his Old Club if the Old Club does not seek to have the contract treated as a Qualifying Contract.

    Section 11. Player Returning to Old Club: A player whose prior contract was terminated may sign a Qualifying Contract with his "Old Club" (defined as the Club that held contractual rights to the player's services on the final day of the prior regular season or last postseason game), provided that the Old Club did not, on or after January 1 in the calendar year that preceded the calendar year in which his contract was terminated, (a) renegotiate and/or extend his prior contract to increase or guarantee compensation or to convert non-guaranteed compensation to a signing bonus allocation, for more than $25,000 in any League Year of the contract for which the player has received or will receive compensation, or (b) sign the player to a new multi-year contract for more than the applicable Minimum Salary in any League Year of the contract plus $25,000 in additional compensation in any League Year of the contract for which the player has received or will receive compensation, and further provided that (c) the sum of any acceleration from signing bonus that was agreed to in a contract executed on or after January 1 in the calendar year in which the contract was terminated and any other additional compensation that the player has received or will receive from that terminated contract does not exceed $25,000. For purposes of the immediately preceding clause (c) only, any acceleration of signing bonus will be counted in the League Year of the contract's termination regardless of whether the contract was terminated before or after June 1, and signing bonus proration for the final League Year of a contract terminated after June 1 in the contract's next to last League Year will be considered to be accelerated. For example, if on January 1, 2002 a player signs a two-year contract for the minimum Paragraph 5 salary in both years and a $50,000 signing bonus, and his contract is terminated on June 2, 2002, the player is not eligible to sign a 2002 Qualifying Contract with his Old Club because the sum of the acceleration of the 2003 prorated portion of the signing bonus ($25,000) that was agreed to in the year of his contract termination and the 2002 prorated portion of signing bonus from that terminated contract ($25,000) resulted in "additional compensation" of more than $25,000 in 2002. However, if the contract was signed on December 1, 2001, and the contract is terminated on June 2, 2002, the player is eligible to sign a Qualifying Contract with his Old Club if that contract includes no other additional compensation.

    Section 12. Players with Expired Contract: Upon the expiration of a Player Contract, the player may sign a Qualifying Contract with any Club.

    Section 13. Guarantees: If a Qualifying Contract with guarantees is terminated, the player shall continue to receive the guaranteed portion of the contract and that money shall continue to count against the Team's Salary Cap, but the benefit portion of the player's compensation (including the subsidy) shall cease. For example, if a player with a $750,000 Qualifying Contract, which includes a $450,000 Paragraph 5 guarantee, is terminated after the eighth week of the regular season, he receives $450,000 of the $750,000 Minimum Salary. If the player signs multiple guaranteed Qualifying Contracts covering the same League Year at the applicable Minimum Salary, the maximum guaranteed salary he can earn under all such Qualifying Contracts is $450,000.

    Section 14. Termination Pay: If a Qualifying Player is eligible for termination pay when he is released and subsequently files a claim, he shall receive the charged amount (e.g., $450,000) plus the full benefit amount (e.g., $200,000 for a player with a Paragraph 5 Minimum Salary of $650,000). The player does not receive the benefit amount twice (i.e., $850,000).

    Section 15. No Benefit for Non-Qualifying Contracts: Contracts for players with four or more Credited Seasons who sign at the applicable minimum for that year plus more than $25,000 in additional compensation (e.g., prorated signing bonus, etc.), or who otherwise do not qualify for the benefit, are not Qualifying Contracts. The Salary Cap count for such contracts will be in accordance with existing Salary Cap rules. There will be no Minimum Salary Benefit or reduced Salary Cap count for such contracts.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    * Per day off-season workout payments shall not be considered in determining "additional compensation" for purposes of this Article if such payments are at the minimum level prescribed by Article XXXV. For example, without limitation on any other example, if a 2002 Player Contract provides for off-season workout payments of $90 per day for 14 four-day weeks, none of those payments ($5,040) shall be considered "additional compensation." If, however, that Player Contract provides for off-season workout payments of $91 per day, all of the workout payments ($5,096) shall be included in determining "additional compensation." If a Player Contract provides for off-season workout bonus payments on a basis other than a per-day payment, such payments shall count as "additional compensation" but will not affect the treatment of any off-season workout payments at the minimum prescribed level. For example, without limitation on any other example, a player with a 2002 Player Contract that provides for a $25,000 bonus payable to the player for participating in at least ten days of off-season workouts, in addition to the per-day minimum of $90 and no other "additional compensation," has "additional compensation" of $25,000. Similarly, if a player receives from a single club, under a series of contracts, off-season workout payments specified on a per-day basis that average more than $90 per day, all of the off-season workout payments paid on a per-day basis shall count as "additional compensation."

    * Side Letter 6/17/02

    * For purposes of determining "additional compensation" under this Article, any incentives with respect to any League Year prior to the 2002 League Year (LTBE or not) shall be counted only to the extent such incentives were earned. For example, without limitation on any other example, if a player's 2001 Player Contract contained an incentive of $30,000 for rushing more than 1,000 yards and an incentive of $15,000 for rushing between 500 and 999 yards, and the player rushed for 900 yards and thus earned $15,000, only $15,000 shall count as "additional compensation" under this Article.

    * Side Letter 6/17/02


    ARTICLE XXXVIII-B
    PERFORMANCE-BASED POOL

    Section 1. Creation Of Fund: Beginning in the 2002 League Year and continuing through the 2007 League Year, the NFL shall create a fund with (a) the difference in the minimum salaries negotiated in the January 8, 2002 amendments to this Agreement, and the minimum salaries that would have been calculated in the absence of such amendments, and (b) the difference in the Entering Player Pool negotiated in the January 8, 2002 amendments to this Agreement, and the Entering Player Pool that would have been calculated in the absence of such amendments.

    Section 2. Annual Projection: Prior to each League Year, the fund will be projected on a League-wide basis and deducted from the calculation of the Salary Cap in the same manner as any other player benefit.

    Section 3. Mandatory Distribution Each Year: There shall be mandatory distribution to players of the entire fund each year.

    Section 4. Qualifying Players: The players who qualify for distributions shall be agreed upon by the NFLPA and the Management Council. If no agreement is reached, the fund from the Entering Player Pool difference shall be distributed to all qualifying Rookies, and the fund from the minimum salary difference shall be distributed to all qualifying Veterans.

    Section 5. Methodology: The method of determining payments shall be: calculate total downs played, and award the players money based upon each individual's downs played in relation to the team's total downs (%), or such other rules as agreed upon by the NFLPA and the Management Council. Consideration will be given to awarding additional "points" for continuity with the same Club.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    ARTICLE XXXIX

    MEAL ALLOWANCE

    Section 1. Reimbursement: A player will be reimbursed for meals not furnished by his Club on travel days during the preseason, regular season and postseason as follows: 2002 League Year-Breakfast $15.00, Lunch $21.00, Dinner $39.00; 2003-04 League Years-Breakfast $16.00, Lunch $23.00, Dinner $41.00; and 2005-07 League Years-Breakfast $17.00, Lunch $25.00, Dinner $43.00. For purposes of this Article, commercial airline meals or the equivalent shall not be considered as furnished by the Club.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 2. Travel Day: Each travel day will commence at the time a Team leaves its home city and will terminate at the time the Team arrives back at its home city. If a Team is traveling for a day game and leaves its home city after 2:00 p.m. on the day prior to the game, players will receive dinner money if the Team does not eat dinner together. When the pre-game meal on a travel day is after 9:00 a.m., players will receive breakfast money.

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    ARTICLE XL

    DAYS OFF

    Section 1. Rate: All players will be permitted days‑off at least at the rate of four days per month as determined by the Clubs, commencing with the first pre‑season game and continuing until the last regular season or post‑season game played by the respective Clubs.

    Section 2. Requirements: During the 24‑hour period constituting a day‑off, any injured player may be required to undergo medical treatment and quarterbacks may be required to attend coaches meetings.

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    ARTICLE XLI

    MOVING AND TRAVEL EXPENSES

    Section 1. Qualification: A player qualifying under either of the following categories will receive reimbursement for moving expenses, upon presentation of vouchers, in accordance with Section 2 of this Article:

    (a) Any veteran player who is traded, claimed, assigned in an expansion allocation or a member of a Club which relocates to a different home city, and before the first regular season game of the subsequent League Year, takes up permanent residence in the city of the Club to which he is traded or assigned, by which he is claimed or which relocates to a different home city; or

    (b) Any rookie player who is traded or claimed after the start of the regular season, subsequently makes the Active List of the Club to which he is traded or by which he is claimed, and takes up permanent residence in the city of the Club to which he is traded or by which he is claimed before the first regular season game of the subsequent season.

    Section 2. Moving Expenses: As a condition of the responsibility of the Club for the costs of moving expenses for a player who qualifies for reimbursement pursuant to Section 1 above, the player must (a) consult with the appropriate Club official in advance concerning his move; and (b) allow the Club to designate the moving company that will accomplish the move. In the event that the player demonstrates reasonable dissatisfaction with the moving company designated by the Club, the player may, at his option, proffer two additional estimates from established moving companies, from which the Club will select a substitute for the moving company initially designated. (In no event shall the Club be liable for any property damage or loss resulting from use of another moving company. This shall not be construed to mean that the Club is responsible for any property damage or loss resulting from using the Club’s moving company.) Thereafter, such player will receive reimbursement of his actual, ordinary and reasonable moving expenses, including travel expenses for player and his immediate family.

    Section 3. Travel Expenses: Any veteran player who is traded or claimed at any time during a League Year, or any rookie player who is traded or claimed after the start of the regular season and subsequently makes the Active List of the Club to which he is traded or by which he is claimed, will receive, upon presentation of vouchers: (a) first class round trip air fare for his wife or the equivalent in cash if she makes the trip by another mode of transportation; (b) a sum not to exceed two months' rent on living quarters in the home city from which the player is traded or by which he is waived, provided, however, that such payment shall be made only if and to the extent that the player is legally obligated to such rent and each such payment shall

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    not exceed $5,000 during the 2002 League Year, $5,250 during the 2003-2004 League Years, $5,500 during the 2005-06 League Years, and $5,750 during the 2007 League Year; and (c) the room cost of seven days' stay at a hotel of the Club's choice in the new team city for the player.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 4. Transportation: Each player who is traded or claimed during the pre‑season or regular season will by the fastest available means of transportation report to the Club to which he is traded or by which he is claimed. Any veteran player who is traded or claimed during the pre‑season or regular season or any rookie player who is traded or claimed after the start of the regular season will receive first class air fare. All other players will be furnished coach air fare.

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    ARTICLE XLII

    POST-SEASON PAY

    Section 1. System: Beginning with the post‑season following the 1993 regular season, a four‑tiered (“wild card” game, division playoff game, conference championship and Super Bowl game) play‑off system will be used and continued throughout the term of this Agreement.

    Section 2. Compensation: A player who qualifies will receive the following amount for each post‑season game played:

    A player who qualifies will receive the following amount for each postseason game played:
    (in $000's) 02 03 04 05 06 07
    Wild Card Game
    (Division Winner) 17 18 18 19 19 20
    (Other) 12.5 15 15 17 17 18
    Division Playoff Game 17 18 18 19 19 20
    Conference Championship Game 35 36.5 36.5 37 37 37.5
    Super Bowl Game
    (Winning Team) 63 68 68 73 73 78
    (Losing Team) 35 36.5 36.5 38 38 40

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Wild Card Game; Division Play‑off Game: A player who is on the Active List, Inactive List, or Injured Reserve List of a Club at the time of the game in question will be paid the full amount designated in Section 2 above for that game.

    Section 4. Conference Championship; Super Bowl Game:

    (a) A player who at the time of the game in question is and has been on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game for at least three previous games (i.e., regular or post‑season) will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game.

    (b) A player who at the time of the game in question is and has been on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game for less than three previous games (i.e., regular or post‑season) will receive one‑half the amount designated in Section 2 for such game.

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    (c) A player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game but was on the Active or Inactive List for eight or more games (i.e., regular or post‑season) will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.

    (d) A player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game, but who was on the Club’s Active List or Inactive List for at least three and not more than seven games (i.e., regular and post‑season) will receive one‑half the amount designated in Section 2 for such game, provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.

    (e) A veteran player injured during the regular season and removed from the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game in question for reason of injury will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is still under contract to the Club at the time of the game.

    (f) A veteran player who has completed the season in which his fourth year or more of Credited Service under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan has been earned, who was injured during the pre‑season and removed from the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game in question for reason of injury will receive the full amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is still under contract to the Club at the time of the game.

    (g) A veteran player who has not completed the season in which his fourth year of Credited Service under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan has been earned, who was injured during the pre‑season and removed from the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game in question for reason of injury will receive one‑half the amount designated in Section 2 for such game provided he is still under contract to the Club at the time of the game.

    Section 5. Payment: Players will be paid under this Article within fifteen (15) days after the game in question has been played.

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    ARTICLE XLIII

    PRO BOWL GAME

    Section 1. Compensation: Each player on the winning Team in the AFC- NFC Pro Bowl game will receive $30,000 and each player on the losing Team will receive $15,000. These amounts shall be increased to $35,000 and $17,500 respectively for the Pro Bowls following the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and to $40,000 and $20,000 respectively for the Pro Bowls following the 2005 through 2007 seasons.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 2. Selection: Pro Bowl game players will be chosen on the basis of ballots cast by fans, players and coaches, with the total votes cast by each such group weighted equally at 33.33 percent (33.33%). Fan ballot results will be based on total votes received. Players’ and coaches’ ballots will be in accordance with the procedures currently in effect. The player rep will conduct the balloting of the players on each team in accordance with the same procedure used by the NFL for the coaches. The NFLPA will actively cooperate with the NFL to ensure participation in the game and prompt reporting by players selected. Any Pro Bowl incentive clauses in Player Contracts signed prior to the effective date of this Agreement shall be earned and paid in accordance with this selection process.

    Section 3. Wives: Airplane, hotel and meal allowances will be provided for players’ wives who attend the Pro Bowl games.

    Section 4. Injury: In the event a player is injured in a Pro Bowl game and as a direct result is unable to perform in any regular season game the immediately following season, the player will be paid by his Club the weekly installments of his salary covering the games missed.

    Section 5. Payment: Players will be paid for the Pro Bowl game within fifteen (15) days after the game is played.

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    ARTICLE XLIV

    PLAYERS’ RIGHTS TO MEDICAL CARE

    AND TREATMENT

    Section 1. Club Physician: Each Club will have a board-certified orthopedic surgeon as one of its Club physicians. The cost of medical services rendered by Club physicians will be the responsibility of the respective Clubs. If a Club physician advises a coach or other Club representative of a player’s physical condition which adversely affects the player’s performance or health, the physician will also advise the player. If such condition could be significantly aggravated by continued performance, the physician will advise the player of such fact in writing before the player is again allowed to perform on‑field activity.

    Section 2. Club Trainers: All full‑time head trainers and assistant trainers hired after the date of execution of this Agreement will be certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association. All part‑time trainers must work under the direct supervision of a certified trainer.

    Section 3. Players’ Right to a Second Medical Opinion: A player will have the opportunity to obtain a second medical opinion. As a condition of the responsibility of the Club for the costs of medical services rendered by the physician furnishing the second opinion, the player must (a) consult with the Club physician in advance concerning the other physician; and (b) the Club physician must be furnished promptly with a report concerning the diagnosis, examination and course of treatment recommended by the other physician.

    Section 4. Players’ Right to a Surgeon of His Choice: A player will have the right to choose the surgeon who will perform surgery provided that: (a) the player will consult unless impossible (e.g., emergency surgery) with the Club physician as to his recommendation as to the need for, the timing of and who should perform the surgery; and (b) the player will give due consideration to the Club physician’s recommendations. Any such surgery will be at Club expense; provided, however, that the Club, the Club physician, trainers and any other representative of the Club will not be responsible for or incur any liability (other than the cost of the surgery) for or relating to the adequacy or competency of such surgery or other related medical services rendered in connection with such surgery.

    Section 5. Standard Minimum Pre‑Season Physical: Each player will undergo a standardized minimum pre‑season physical examination, outlined in Appendix I attached hereto, which will be conducted by the Club physician. In addition, the League may conduct mandatory urinalysis testing of all players at the beginning of the pre‑season in the same manner as past

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    seasons. The League may also conduct random testing for steroids as in the past seasons, but with limits on the number of times any given player can be tested to be negotiated between the Commissioner and the NFLPA.

    Section 6. Substance Abuse:

    (a) General Policy. The parties agree that substance abuse and the use of anabolic steroids are unacceptable within the NFL, and that it is the responsibility of the parties to deter and detect substance abuse and steroid use and to offer programs of intervention, rehabilitation, and support to players who have substance abuse problems.

    (b) Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances. The League’s existing Policy and Procedure with respect to Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances will remain in effect, except as it may be modified in the future due to scientific advances with respect to testing techniques or other matters. The parties will establish a joint Advisory Committee, consisting of the League’s Advisor for Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances and an equal number of members appointed by the NFLPA and by the Management Council, to study pertinent scientific and medical issues and to advise the parties on such matters.

    (c) Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol. The League’s existing Policy and Procedure with respect to Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol will remain in effect, including annual pre‑season testing of all players; provided that the parties will promptly make their best efforts jointly to formulate and implement a modified program with respect to Drugs of Abuse and Alcohol to become effective for the 1993 NFL season.

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    ARTICLE XLV

    ACCESS TO PERSONNEL AND

    MEDICAL RECORDS

    Section 1. Personnel Records: Each Club will within seven (7) days after a written request of any player, permit the player to inspect and copy his individual personnel file and any other document which objectively relates to his performance and which in turn relates to any grievance. Each Club may, at its discretion, exclude from an individual player’s personnel file subjective coaching and scouting reports, attorney‑client privileged material or any other subjective material.

    Section 2. Medical Records: Player may examine his medical and trainers’ records in the possession of the Club or Club physician two times each year, once during the pre‑season and again after the regular season. Any player or former player may obtain a copy of his medical or trainer’s records upon request during the off‑season. Player’s personal physician may, upon presentation to the Club physician of an authorization signed by the player, inspect the player’s medical and trainers’ records in consultation with the Club physician or have copies of such medical and trainers’ records forwarded to him for his exclusive and confidential use in rendering a medical opinion, which records will not be released by the player’s personal physician to any other person.

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    ARTICLE XLVI

    PLAYER BENEFIT COSTS

    Section 1. (a) General Right of Reduction: The NFLPA will have the unilateral right to reduce or freeze each separate and individual Player Benefit Cost and the applicable benefit, with the exception of (1) benefits under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan, (2) benefits under the Supplemental Disability Plan, and (3) postseason pay (although the NFLPA will have the unilateral right to direct that postseason pay will not be increased), in a League Year, if such right is exercised on or before April 15 of such League Year. However, such action cannot reduce total Player Benefit Costs below seven percent (7%) of Projected Defined Gross Revenues, as defined in Article XXIV (Guaranteed League-wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary), and Player Benefit Costs required by law cannot be reduced.

    (b) 1998 Amendment Benefits: During each League Year for which a Salary Cap applies, the NFLPA will have the unilateral right to increase, reduce or freeze each separate and individual Player Benefit Cost relating to 1998 Amendment Benefits that are set forth in Sections 5(c), 5(d) and 5(e) of this Article to the extent permitted by law, to ensure that the total cost of the 1998 Amendment Benefits does not exceed and is not less than the amount set forth below for each such League Year. Any increase shall be for one League Year only and shall not create a continuing obligation for the Clubs. The total cost of the 1998 Amendment Benefits for Capped Years in the 2002 League Year and thereafter shall be $100 million, plus an additional amount, if necessary, sufficient to raise the Allocation under the Player Annuity Program to $65,000 for each player eligible for an Allocation, unless the parties agree otherwise.

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    Notwithstanding the foregoing language regarding the total cost of 1998 Amendment Benefits for the 2002 League Year and thereafter, Class Counsel and the NFLPA may specify additional amounts to be used for additional increases in the Player Annuity Program described in Article XLVIII-A (Player Annuity Program), pursuant to Article XXIV, Section 10(a)(ii) for additional amounts generated from the 2002 League Year and thereafter. During each League Year for which a Salary Cap does not apply, the NFL shall be required to contribute with respect to the 1998 Amendment Benefits only the cost of those such benefits that are set forth in Sections 5(a) and 5(b). If the NFLPA is notified in writing that the cost of the 1998 Amendment Benefits for a Capped Year is projected to exceed or to be less than the above total for a League Year, and the NFLPA does not specify which benefits are to be increased, reduced or frozen by the later of (1) the beginning of that League Year, and (2) 30 days after the date the NFLPA receives such notice, the Management Council shall have the unilateral right to reduce or increase 1998 Amendment Benefits to the extent permitted by law, to achieve the above total cost for that League Year. Any reductions or increases in 1998 Amendment Benefits shall be implemented as of the beginning of a League Year by determining projected 1998 Amendment Benefits based on Projected Benefits, as defined in Article XXIV, Section 10(c).

    (c) Adjustment: If the actual Player Benefit Costs of the 1998 Amendment Benefits exceed the applicable amounts set forth in Section 1(b) above for an applicable League Year (including any adjustments pursuant to this section), then the amount set forth in Section 1(b) for the following League Year shall be reduced by such excess. If the actual Player Benefit Costs of the 1998 Amendment Benefits are less than the amounts set forth in Section 1(b) above for an applicable League Year (including any adjustments pursuant to this section), then the amount set forth in Section 1(b) for the following League Year shall be increased by such shortfall.

    Section 2. Right of Restoration: Each separate and individual benefit reduced or frozen pursuant to Section 1 above may be unilaterally restored by the NFLPA in whole or in part for a League Year, if such right is exercised on or before April 15 of such League Year. Each benefit may be restored up to but not in excess of its prescribed level for that League Year in this Agreement.

    Section 3. Definition: For purposes of this Agreement, the term "Player Benefit Costs," as also set forth in Article XXIV (Guaranteed League-wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary) means the aggregate for a League Year of all sums paid (or to be paid on a proper accrual basis for a League Year) by the NFL and all NFL Clubs for, to or on behalf of present or former NFL players, but only for:

    (a) Pension funding, including the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan (as described in Article XLVII) and the Second Career Savings Plan (as described in Article XLVIII); provided that all costs associated with the benefit increase, to which the parties agreed in 2002, under Article XLVII, Section 8, shall be allocated for Player Benefit Costs purposes in equal amounts to the 2002-2006 League Years;

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    (b) Group insurance programs, including, life, medical, and dental coverage (as described in Article XLIX or as required by law), and the Supplemental Disability Plan (as described in Article LI);

    (c) Injury protection (as described in Article XII);

    (d) Workers' compensation, payroll, unemployment compensation, and social security taxes;

    (e) Pre-season per diem amounts (as described in Sections 3 and 4 of Article XXXVII) and regular season meal allowances (as described in Article XXXIX);
    (f) Moving and travel expenses (as described in Sections 2, 3, and 4 of Article XLI, and Section 8 of Article XXXVII);

    (g) Postseason pay (as described in Article XLII and Article XLIII); and salary paid to practice squad players pursuant to a practice squad contract during the postseason, unless the practice squad player contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum practice squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a practice squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary;

    (h) Player medical costs (i.e., fees to doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, and the drugs and other medical cost of supplies, for the treatment of player injuries), but not including salaries of trainers or other Team personnel, or the cost of Team medical or training equipment (in addition, the amount of player medical costs included in Player Benefit Costs may not increase more than ten percent (10%) each League Year, beginning with the 1993 League Year);

    (i) Severance pay (as described in Article L);

    (j) The Player Annuity Program (as described in Article XLVIII-A);

    (k) The Minimum Salary Benefit (as described in Article XXXVIII-A);

    (l) The Performance Based Pool (as described in Article XXXVIII-B); and

    (m) The Tuition Assistance Plan (as described in Article XLVIII-B).

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Player Benefit Costs will not include salary reduction contributions elected by a player to the Second Career Savings Plan described in Article XLVIII, and such salary reduction contributions will not reduce Player Salaries for purposes of Article XXIV. Neither Player Benefit Costs nor Player Salaries will include any tax imposed on the NFL or NFL Clubs pursuant to section 4972 of the Internal Revenue Code for the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan. Player Benefit Costs for a League Year will be determined by adding together all payments made and amounts properly accrued by or on behalf of the NFL and all NFL Clubs for the above purposes during that League Year, except that Player Benefit Costs for pension funding, the Second Career Savings Plan, the Supplemental Disability Plan, the Player Annuity Program, and the Tuition Assistance Plan will be deemed to be made in a League Year for purposes of this Article if made in the Plan Year beginning in the same calendar year as the beginning of such League Year.

    Section 4. Resolution of Disputes: In the event the NFLPA and the Management Council are unable to agree by March 7 as to Projected Benefits for the League Year beginning the previous February 20, the parties will proceed immediately to mediation and binding arbitration on an expedited schedule so that all such differences are resolved by March 31. For purposes of this Article, the parties and the Benefit Arbitrator will use Projected Defined Gross Revenues. Such mediation and binding arbitration will be presided over by the Benefit Arbitrator pursuant to the following procedure:
    (a) The parties will submit in writing to the Benefit Arbitrator their respective calculations of Projected Benefits for the forthcoming year. Such submissions to the Benefit Arbitrator will be made by each party by March 15.
    (b) Thereafter, the Benefit Arbitrator, upon receipt of such submissions by each party, will immediately convene an expedited hearing at the site of his or her selection. Such hearing will proceed for no more than three days, the first day of which will include whatever mediation efforts the Benefit Arbitrator deems appropriate; provided, however, that such mediation will not be binding on the parties.
    (c) As soon as possible following the closing of such expedited hearing, the Benefit Arbitrator will render his or her decision, which will be final and binding on the parties. Post-hearing briefs following the close of such hearing will be permitted only if requested by the Benefit Arbitrator, and any post-hearing brief so requested must be submitted within one (1) week, with no extension. The parties intend that post-hearing briefs will be requested only in unusual circumstances. In no event will the Benefit Arbitrator's decision be rendered and delivered to the parties any later than March 31.

    Section 4. Resolution of Disputes: In the event the NFLPA and the Management Council are unable to agree by March 7 as to Projected Benefits for

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    the League Year beginning the previous February 20, the parties will proceed immediately to mediation and binding arbitration on an expedited schedule so that all such differences are resolved by March 31. For purposes of this Article, the parties and the Benefit Arbitrator will use Projected Defined Gross Revenues. Such mediation and binding arbitration will be presided over by the Benefit Arbitrator pursuant to the following procedure:

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (a) The parties will submit in writing to the Benefit Arbitrator their respective calculations of Projected Benefits for the forthcoming year. Such submissions to the Benefit Arbitrator will be made by each party by March 15.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    (b) Thereafter, the Benefit Arbitrator, upon receipt of such submissions by each party, will immediately convene an expedited hearing at the site of his or her selection. Such hearing will proceed for no more than three days, the first day of which will include whatever mediation efforts the Benefit Arbitrator deems appropriate; provided, however, that such mediation will not be binding on the parties.

    (c) As soon as possible following the closing of such expedited hearing, the Benefit Arbitrator will render his or her decision, which will be final and binding on the parties. Post-hearing briefs following the close of such hearing will be permitted only if requested by the Benefit Arbitrator, and any post‑hearing brief so requested must be submitted within one (1) week, with no extension. The parties intend that post‑hearing briefs will be requested only in unusual circumstances. In no event will the Benefit Arbitrator’s decision be rendered and delivered to the parties any later than March 31.

    Section 5. 1998 Amendment Benefits: For purposes of this Agreement, the term “1998 Amendment Benefits” means the following:

    (a) The increase in 1998 and future Benefit Credits to $425 described in Article XLVII, Section 2 and the increase in Benefit Credits for prior years described in Article XLVII, Section 4;

    (b) The decrease in the vesting requirement described in Article XLVII, Section 5;

    (c) The increases in the Second Career Savings Plan contributions described in Article XLVIII, Section 2;

    (d) The Player Annuity Program (as described in Article XLVIII - A); and

    (e) The increases in the Extended Post-Career Medical and Dental Insurance benefits described in Article XLIX, Section 2(c).

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98

    Section 6. Limitations on Contributions: Effective March 1, 2002,
    (a) No NFL club shall have any obligation, directly or indirectly, to contribute to the Second Career Savings Plan, the Supplemental Disability Plan, the Player Annuity Program, the Severance Pay Plan, or the Tuition Assistance Plan (individually, a "Player Benefit Plan") with respect to an Uncapped Year except to the extent required by the Internal Revenue Code. Each Player Benefit Plan shall be amended to prevent any employer provided benefit from accruing or being otherwise credited, paid, or earned thereunder with respect to an Uncapped Year, and to provide that no expense incurred in maintaining the Player Benefit Plan in an Uncapped Year shall be paid, directly or indirectly, by an NFL Club. During an Uncapped Year, a payment of benefits under a Player Benefit Plan shall be made only if and to the extent the payment either is funded, or is required by ERISA.

    (b) The parties will amend all benefit plans qualified under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that an NFL Club will be required to make contributions to any qualified benefit plan only to the extent that such contributions are deductible when made under the limits of Section 404(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XLVII

    RETIREMENT PLAN

    Section 1. Maintenance and Definitions: The Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan (the "Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan" or "Merged Plan") will be continued and maintained in full force and effect during the term of this Agreement. The Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan, and all past and future amendments thereto as adopted in accordance with the terms of that Plan, are incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; provided, however, that the terms used in such Plan and the definitions of such terms are applicable only to such Plan and shall have no applicability to this Agreement unless the context of this Agreement specifically mandates the use of such term.

    Section 2. Additional Credited Seasons: [no longer applicable]

    Section 3. Contributions: For the 1993 Plan Year and continuing for each Plan Year thereafter that begins prior to the expiration of the Final League Year, a contribution will be made to the Bert Bell Plan, the Pete Rozelle Plan, or the Merged Plan, as appropriate, on behalf of each NFL Club as actuarially determined to be necessary to fund the benefits provided in this Article, based on the actuarial assumptions and methods contained in Appendix J. No provision of this Agreement will eliminate or reduce the obligation to provide the benefits described in this Article, or eliminate or reduce the obligations of the NFL Clubs to fund retirement benefits. Contributions will be used exclusively to provide retirement benefits and to pay expenses. Contributions for a Plan Year will be made on or before the end of each Plan Year. Benefit Credits for future seasons and benefits subject to Retirement Board approval, if any, and contributions, if any, for Plan Years beginning on and after the expiration of the Final League Year will be determined pursuant to future collective bargaining agreements, if any. It will be the duty of the Retirement Board of the Merged Plan to pursue all available legal remedies in an effort to assure timely payment of all contributions due under this Agreement.
    Section 4. Benefit Credits: Effective for payments on and after September 1, 2001, the parties will amend Section 4.1 of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to provide the following Benefit Credits for the indicated Credited Seasons:
    Credited Season In Plan Year Benefit Credit
    Before 1982 $200
    1982 through 1992 230
    1993 and 1994 240
    1995 and 1996 285
    1997 330
    1998 through Plan Year that begins prior to the expiration of final League Year 425




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    Section 5. Decrease in Vesting Requirement: Effective for payments on and after June 1, 1998, the parties will amend the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to provide that any player who (i) earned his last Credited Season prior to the 1975 Plan Year; (ii) is credited with at least four (4) Credited Seasons; and (iii) is alive on June 1, 1998, shall be fully vested in the right to receive a retirement benefit under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan. No player who is vested as a result of this amendment shall be entitled to receive any benefit under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan other than his Normal, Deferred or Early Retirement Benefit. No player who is vested as a result of this amendment shall be entitled to elect to receive a retirement benefit in the optional form provided by Section 4.4(c)(3) of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan. No beneficiary of a player who is vested as a result of this amendment and who dies prior to his Annuity Starting Date (as defined in the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan) shall be entitled to receive any benefit, except that the surviving spouse of such a player shall be entitled to receive a pre-retirement survivor annuity under rules similar to those in Section 4.9(b) of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan. No player who is vested as a result of this amendment who attained his Normal Retirement Age prior to June 1, 1998 shall be entitled to a benefit with respect to any period prior to June 1, 1998. Any Normal Retirement Benefit paid pursuant to this amendment will not be actuarially adjusted to reflect an Annuity Starting Date after the player's Normal Retirement Date, except to the extent the Annuity Starting Date is after June 1, 1998.

    Section 6. Medical Standards for Line-of-Duty Disability Benefits: The parties agree to amend the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to adopt revised medical standards for Line-of-Duty disability benefits based upon the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (Fourth Edition, Chicago, IL) ("AMA Guides"). Effective for applications received on and after April 1, 2002, the parties will amend Section 6.4 of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to read substantially as follows:

    "6.4 Definitions
    (a) A "substantial disablement" is a "permanent" disability that
    (1) Results in a 50% or greater loss of speech or sight; or
    (2) Results in a 55% or greater loss of hearing; or
    (3) Is the primary or contributory cause of the surgical removal or major functional impairment of a vital bodily organ or part of the central nervous system; or
    (4) For orthopedic impairments, using the Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (Fourth Edition, Chicago, IL), is (a) a 55% or greater loss of use of the entire lower extremity; or (b) a 30% or greater loss of use of the entire upper extremity; or (c) an impairment to the spine that results in a 29% or greater whole body impairment. In each case for orthopedic impairments, a maximum of 10 percentage points will be allowed for symptoms of pain."

    Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    Section 7. Practice Squad Credited Season: Effective April 1, 2001, the parties will amend Section 1.10 of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to add a new subsection (f) to read substantially as follows:

    "(f) effective April 1, 2001, has a season with at least eight games on the practice squad in a Plan Year (either before or after April 1, 2001) in which he did not otherwise earn a Credited Season, provided that he is otherwise vested and earns a Credited Season in 2001 or later. A player may earn a maximum of one Credited Season under this Section 1.10 (f) regardless of the number of seasons in which he has at least eight games on the practice squad."

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    Section 8. Increase in Past Service Credit: Effective for payments on and after September 1, 2001, the parties will amend Section 4.1 of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan to increase the Benefit Credit in effect for each Credited Season prior to 1977 to $200. Payments reflecting this increase will begin with the March 1, 2002 payment. Benefits for affected players in pay status shall be proportionately increased based on the new and prior benefit credits.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XLVIII

    SECOND CAREER SAVINGS PLAN

    Section 1. Maintenance: The NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan (“Savings Plan”), and all past and future amendments thereto as adopted in accordance with the terms of that Plan, are incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; provided, however, that the terms used in such Plan and the definitions of such terms are applicable only to such Plan and shall have no applicability to this Agreement unless the context of this Agreement specifically mandates the use of such term. Such Plan will be continued and maintained in full force and effect during the term of this Agreement.

    Section 2. Contributions:

    (a) Prior to 2001: For each of the Plan Years 1993 through 1999, a contribution of $215,000 will be made to the Savings Plan on behalf of each NFL Club. For the 2000 Plan Year, a contribution of $250,000 will be made to the Savings Plan on behalf of each Club. Such contributions will be made in four (4) equal payments, on June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31 of each such Plan Year.

    *Extension Agreement 2/25/98, as amended by Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    (b) 2001 and Later Years: For each of the Plan Years 2001 and thereafter in which the Salary Cap applies, a contribution will be made to the Savings Plan on behalf of each NFL Club as follows:
    (i) Matching Contributions. The parties will amend the Savings Plan to require the NFL Clubs in the aggregate to contribute a matching amount for each player who earns a Credited Season during such Plan Year, who would qualify for a Minimum Contribution under (ii) below if Matching Contributions were not made on his behalf, and who makes a salary reduction contribution to the Savings Plan ("Matching Contribution"). The amount of such Matching Contribution shall be two Dollars (up to a maximum of $20,000) for each dollar contributed by the player. Any salary reduction contribution made by a player to the Savings Plan during a calendar year will be eligible to be matched in the Plan Year that begins during such calendar year. The NFL Clubs will be required to contribute the Matching Contribution:

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    (a) by December 1 of such Plan Year for those players who (i) earn a Credited Season by and through the sixth week of the regular season and (ii) make a salary reduction contribution of $10,000 or more to the Savings Plan for that calendar year by the end of the first full week in November of such Plan Year; and
    (b) by the last day of such Plan Year (March 31 of the following calendar year) for all other eligible players.
    (ii) Minimum Contribution. The NFL Clubs in the aggregate will contribute to the Savings Plan, for each Plan Year in which a Salary Cap applies, a contribution of at least $3,600 for each player who earns a Credited Season during such Plan Year and has three or more Credited Seasons, and $7,200 for each player who earns a Credited Season during such Plan Year and has exactly two Credited Seasons ("Minimum Contribution"). Any Matching Contribution made on behalf of a player will reduce his Minimum Contribution on a dollar-for-dollar basis (but not below zero). Any and all Minimum Contributions that are not Matching Contributions described in Subsection (b)(i) above shall be made by and as of the last day of the Plan Year.
    (iii) Expenses. The NFL Clubs will make contributions to the Savings Plan at least quarterly in an amount sufficient to pay administrative expenses.
    (c) Future Contributions and Collection: Contributions, if any, for subsequent years will be determined pursuant to future collective bargaining agreements, if any. It will be the duty of the fiduciaries of the Savings Plan to pursue all available legal remedies in an effort to assure payment of all contributions due under this Agreement.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Expansion of Eligible Employees: Effective as of April 1, 2002, the parties will amend the Savings Plan so that first year players (not including practice squad players) may participate and contribute to the Savings Plan, but will not receive employer contributions under Sections 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, or 3.6 of the Savings Plan for that Plan Year.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XLVIII - A

    PLAYER ANNUITY PROGRAM



    Section 1. Establishment: The parties will jointly establish a new benefit, to be called the NFL Player Annuity Program (hereinafter referred to as “Player Annuity Program”). The Player Annuity Program will be jointly administered pursuant to the requirements of the Taft-Hartley Act in a manner similar to the NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan (“Savings Plan”). The Annuity Year will be the period April 1 to March 31. The Player Annuity Program, and all future amendments thereto as adopted in accordance with the terms of that Program, are incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; provided, however, that the terms used in such Program and the definitions of such terms are applicable only to such Program, and shall have no applicability to this Agreement unless the context of this Agreement specifically mandates the use of such terms. Such Program will be continued and maintained in full force and effect during the term of this Agreement.

    Section 2. Contributions: For each of the Annuity Years 2001 and thereafter in which a Salary Cap applies, a contribution will be made to the Player Annuity Program on behalf of the NFL Clubs unless this figure is changed pursuant to this Agreement, including the rights of the parties under Section 1(b) of Article XLVI of this Agreement, in the amount of $73 million, but not less than an amount sufficient to fund an Allocation of $65,000 to each player eligible for an Allocation, unless the parties agree otherwise.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Contributions to the Player Annuity Program for an Annuity Year will be made as follows:
    1. Expenses: The NFL Clubs will prepay contributions to the Annuity Program at least quarterly in an amount sufficient to pay administrative expenses. For purposes of this provision the term "administrative expenses" does not include reserve or similar capital requirements.

    2. Allocations: Allocations for the benefit of individual players will be made on and as of December 31 and March 31 of each Annuity Year, as described in Section 3(c) below.


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    Contributions, if any, for subsequent years will be determined pursuant to future collective bargaining agreements, if any. It will be the duty of the fiduciaries of the Player Annuity Program to pursue all available legal remedies in an effort to assure payment of all contributions due under this Agreement.

    Section 3. Eligibility and Allocation:

    (a) Points: For Annuity Year 2001 and each year thereafter for which a Salary Cap applies, players who earn a Credited Season, as that term is defined in the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan, in an Annuity Year and who have a total of four or more Credited Seasons as of the end of such Annuity Year will receive one point for each such Credited Season.

    (b) Individual Allocations: The amount allocated to an individual player who receives a point in the 2001 and later Annuity Years will be calculated as follows: In December of each such year a good faith estimate will be made by the Annuity Board of the total contribution expected to be made during such Annuity Year under Section 2 above by all NFL Clubs, minus the estimated administrative expenses for the Annuity Year, and minus any retroactive allocations made to players under rules similar to those in Section 3.4 of the Savings Plan. A good faith estimate will also be made at that time by the Annuity Board of the total points expected to be earned during such Annuity Year by all players. The value of a point will be determined by (1) taking the total estimated available contributions as described above and (2) dividing by the estimate of the total points expected to be earned by all players. The Allocation to each player eligible for an Allocation will, for each of the 2002 through 2006 Annuity Years, not be less than $65,000, unless the parties agree otherwise.
    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    (c) Timing: Eligible players who earn a Credited Season by December 1 of an Annuity Year will receive their allocation on December 31 of such Annuity Year. All other players who are entitled to an allocation in an Annuity Year will receive their allocation on March 31 of such Annuity Year.

    Section 4. Distributions: A player may elect to begin receiving distributions under the Player Annuity Program in the form of annuity or installment payments at

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    any time after the later of (a) the player's attainment of age 35, or (b) five years after the end of the Annuity Year containing the player's last Credited Season. Payments must begin no later than age 65. A player who elects to begin receiving annuity or installment payments under the preceding sentences may elect to receive such payments in substantially equal amounts for a period beginning on the date of commencement of such payments and ending upon the player's attainment of age 45, or such later age as he shall specify, or for life. Alternatively, a player may elect to defer his receipt of distributions under the Player Annuity Program. Upon a player's attainment of age 45, such player may elect to receive his benefit under the Player Annuity Program in the form of an annuity or a lump sum payment. If a player dies before making an election to receive benefits, the player's named beneficiary may make an election that otherwise would have been available to the player. A player's rights under the Player Annuity Program may not be transferred, assigned, or alienated.

    Section 5. Structure: The Player Annuity Program will hold assets for the sole benefit of players and their beneficiaries. The parties agree that the Program will be administered by an Annuity Board, and that prior to the first meeting of the Annuity Board the advisors to the Player Annuity Program will be the same as the advisors to the Savings Plan. The Player Annuity Program is intended to be a program of deferred compensation that is not tax-qualified within the meaning of Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, it is intended that individual allocations will be subject to current taxation, and that taxes will be withheld in accordance with the requirements of applicable federal, state, and local law. The parties intend that the amount of each individual allocation remaining after withholding taxes will be used to purchase an annuity as described in Section 6 below.

    ARTICLE XLVIII-B
    TUITION ASSISTANCE PLAN

    Section 1. Establishment: Effective April 1, 2002, the parties shall establish a new benefit program to be called the NFL Player Tuition Assistance Plan. The Plan will provide up to $15,000 per League year as reimbursement for tuition, fees, and books to any player who earns an average of "C" or better per semester at an eligible educational institution within the meaning of Section 529(e)(5) of the Internal Revenue Code. A written plan that qualifies as an educational assistance program under Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code will be established, and benefits to a player in any calendar year will be paid through such educational assistance program up to the maximum exclusion amount of Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code, to minimize the tax burden on players. Benefits in excess of the maximum exclusion of Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code in any calendar year will be subject to wage withholdings. To be eligible for reimbursement, fees must be associated with the course or courses taken, and no more than $400 in fees will be reimbursed for any semester. The Plan Year for the Tuition Assistance Plan will begin on April 1.

    Section 2. Eligibility: To be eligible for reimbursement in any League Year, the player must have earned at least one Credited Season prior to the beginning of an academic year and (i) be on the Active, Inactive, or Reserve/Injured roster for the first game of the NFL regular season for reimbursement for the Fall semester during that NFL season, or (ii) be on the Active, Inactive, or Reserve/Injured roster for the last game of the NFL regular season for reimbursement for any other semester during that academic year.

    Section 3. Reimbursement: An eligible player will be reimbursed by no more than seventy five (75) days after the player submits a certified transcript from the eligible educational institution for that semester, and receipts demonstrating payment for tuition, fees, or books.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE XLIX

    GROUP INSURANCE

    Section 1. Group Insurance Benefits: Players will receive group insurance benefits, consisting of life insurance, medical, and dental benefits, as follows:

    (a) Life Insurance: For the 2002-06 League Years, a rookie player will be entitled to $150,000 in coverage, and a veteran player's coverage will be increased by $30,000 for each Credited Season (as defined by the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan) up to a maximum of $300,000 in coverage.

    (b) Medical: Until and including August 31, 2002, each player is required to pay an annual deductible of $200 per individual per plan year and $400 per family per plan year, with a maximum out-of-pocket expense of $800 per plan year (including the deductible) for each covered individual. Effective September 1, 2002, each player is required to pay an annual deductible of $400 per individual per plan year and $800 per family per plan year, with an maximum out-of-pocket expense of $1600 (including the deductible) for each covered individual. Effective March 1, 2002,
    1) the co-insurance paid by a covered individual for services rendered by out-of-network providers will change from 20% of covered charges to 30% of covered charges; and
    2) the amount paid by a covered individual for non-compliance with pre-certification and emergency admission procedures will be $500 and the reimbursement paid to the covered individual for such services shall be reduced by 50%; and
    3) a prescription drug card will be provided to covered individuals requiring a $5 co-pay for generic drugs and a $10 co-pay for brand name drugs if the generic or brand name drugs are obtained from participating pharmacies. The availability of participating pharmacies will not be significantly reduced below the level initially provided by CIGNA.
    4) Notwithstanding the effective date stated above, the maximum lifetime benefits paid on behalf of a covered individual will be $2.5 million effective September 9, 2001.

    (c) Dental: Usual, customary and reasonable ("UCR") dental expenses for all players and their eligible dependents will be reimbursed to players pursuant to the following schedule:
    1) Preventive care paid at 100% of UCR,
    2) General services paid at 85% of UCR, and
    3) Major services paid at 50% of UCR.
    Each player is required to pay an annual deductible of $50 per individual per plan year and $100 per family per plan year. The maximum benefit payable is $2,000 per covered individual per plan year.

    (d) Insurance Benefits for Vested Players: Players vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan who are released or otherwise sever employment on or before May 1 in a calendar year will continue to receive insurance coverage under this Article until the first regular season game of the season that begins later in that calendar year. Players vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan who are released or otherwise sever employment after May 1 in a calendar year will continue to receive insurance coverage under this Article until the first regular season game of the season that begins in the following calendar year. Group insurance benefits are guaranteed during the term of this Agreement unless reduced by the NFLPA pursuant to Article XLVI (Player Benefit Costs), Section 1, or required to be modified by law.

    (e) Family Medical and Dental Coverage for Deceased Players: A player's enrolled dependents (including a child born to the player's wife within ten months after the player's death) shall be entitled to continuing family medical and dental insurance coverage effective August 1, 2001, as follows:
    1) for the dependents of a player on the Active, Inactive, Reserve/
    Injured, Reserve/PUP, or Practice Squad roster at the time of the player's death, coverage will continue for the length of time the player would have been covered had his contract been terminated on the date of his death for any reason other than death;
    2) for dependents of a player who was receiving coverage under Section 1(d) , 2(c), or 2(d) of this Article at the time of his death, coverage will continue for the remaining length of time that the player would have been eligible under such Section had his death not occurred.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    Section 2. Extended Post-Career Medical And Dental Insurance: The medical and dental insurance benefits described in Section 1 of this Article XLIX are continued, subject to limitations described in Section 3 below, as follows:

    (a)-(b) [no longer applicable]

    (c) Players vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan who are released or otherwise sever employment at any time after the first regular season game in the 1998 season and before the first regular season game of the 2002 season will continue to receive the benefits described in Subsections 1(b) and 1(c) above for thirty-six (36) months beyond the date the benefits described in Subsections 1(b) and 1(c) above terminate in accordance with Section 1(d) of this Article.

    (d) Players vested under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan who are released or otherwise sever employment at any time during or after the first regular season game in the 2002 season or at any time thereafter prior to the expiration or termination of this Agreement will continue to receive the benefits described in Subsections 1(b) and 1(c) above for forty-eight (48) months beyond the date the benefits described in Subsections 1(b) and 1(c) above terminate in accordance with Subsection 1(d) of this Article.

    (e) All rights under federal law of the players and their spouses and dependents to elect COBRA continuation coverage will commence upon the expiration or termination of the period in which the benefits described in Subsections 2(a), 2(b), and 2(c) above are provided, as if such additional benefits had not been provided.

    (f) The costs for the benefits described in this Section during the 2001 and subsequent League Years will be charged as Benefits pursuant to Article XXIV (Guaranteed League-wide Salary, Salary Cap & Minimum Team Salary), Section 1(b).

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Limitations And Rules For Extended Insurance: Certain limitations and rules for the benefits described in Section 2 above will apply as follows:

    (a) The benefits described in Subsections 2(a), 2(b), and 2(c) above will terminate immediately upon the expiration or termination of this Agreement, for individuals eligible for benefits under this Section, including, without limitation, those who have already been released or otherwise severed employment at the time of such expiration or termination.

    (b) The benefits described in Section 2 above will not be provided to employees of the NFL or an NFL Club who are eligible for group insurance by reason of such employment.

    (c) The benefits described in Section 2 above will be secondary to any other health plan or program for health services (for the player or his spouse and dependents) to the extent permitted by state or federal law.

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    (d) The obligation in the aggregate of the Clubs to provide the benefits described in Section 2 above is limited to: (i) in the 1998 League Year, the costs for such benefits up to $250,000 multiplied by the number of Clubs in the League that League Year; and (ii) in the 1999 and each subsequent League Year, the costs for such benefits up to $500,000 multiplied by the number of Clubs in the League that League Year.

    Section 4. [no longer applicable]

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    Section 5. Administration: The Management Council will assume administrative responsibility for group insurance benefits. The NFLPA will have the right to veto for cause any insurance company or other entity selected by the NFL or the Management Council to provide benefits under this Article. Reasons justifying such a veto for cause include, but are not limited to, excessive cost, poor service, or insufficient financial reserves. The parties agree to review and consider the most cost efficient manner to provide the coverage described in this Article. Upon request by the NFLPA, the Management Council will promptly provide the NFLPA with any document or other information relating to group insurance, including materials relating to experience and costs.

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    ARTICLE L

    SEVERANCE PAY

    Section 1. Eligibility: Only players with two or more Credited Seasons (as that term is defined in the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan), at least one of which is for a season occurring in 1993 through 2006, will be eligible for severance pay under this Article. Except as provided in Section 8, this Article will not extinguish or affect any other rights that a player may have to any other severance pay.

    Section 2. Amount: Each eligible player will receive severance pay in the amounts determined as follows: (a) $5,000 per Credited Season for each of the seasons 1989 through 1992; (b) $10,000 per Credited Season for each of the seasons 1993 through 1999; (c) $12,500 per Credited Season for each of the seasons 2000 through 2006.

    * Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Application: To apply for severance pay under this Article, a player must submit a request in writing to the NFL Club that he was under contract with when he earned his last Credited Season, with copies to the Executive Director of the NFLPA and the Executive Vice President for Labor Relations of the NFL. His request must indicate his intention to permanently sever employment with all NFL Clubs as an Active Player.

    Section 4. Payment: Severance pay under this Article will be paid in a single lump sum payment by the NFL Club with which the player last earned a Credited Season according to the following schedule:

    LAST LEAGUE
    PLAYING ACTIVITY
    IF APPLY
    NO LATER
    THAN PAYMENT
    DATE
    The date of the first regular
    season game of that player's Club
    through League Week 8, or earlier March 1 March 31
    League Week 9 through the end of
    the League Year, or earlier June 1 June 30
    The beginning of the League Year
    through May 31, or earlier September 1 September 30
    June 1 through the date
    immediately preceding the date
    of the first regular season game
    of that player's Club, or earlier December 1 December 31


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    Section 5. Failure to Apply: A player who has not applied for severance pay under this Article within twenty (20) months of his last participation in NFL football playing activities will be deemed to have applied under this Article as of the expiration date of such twenty (20) month period.

    Section 6. Only One Payment: Any player who returns to NFL football after receiving a severance payment under this Article will not be entitled to any further severance pay.

    Section 7. Payable to Survivor: In the event a player eligible to receive severance pay under this Article dies before receiving such pay, the player’s designated beneficiary (or his estate in the absence of a designated beneficiary) will be entitled to receive such pay on the later of (a) the next payment date following the date of the player’s death, or (b) thirty (30) days after written notification of the player’s death.

    Section 8. Prior Severance Pay: Any player entitled to severance pay solely under the 1982 Collective Bargaining Agreement will receive his severance on March 31 or September 30 (instead of April 15 or the day after the third game of the NFL regular season), provided that such player complies with the procedure of the Settlement Agreement dated October 26, 1983.

    Section 9. Nonassignability: The right to receive payment hereunder shall not be assignable, transferable or delegable, whether by pledge, creation of a security interest or otherwise, and in the event of any attempted assignment, transfer or delegation, the Clubs will have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned, transferred or delegated. Neither the NFL nor any NFL Clubs will have any obligation to verify other than to the NFLPA upon request the amount of severance pay a player may be entitled to receive, unless and until an application for pay is properly submitted by such player.

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    ARTICLE LI

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISABILITY BENEFITS

    Section 1. Maintenance: The NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan, and all past and future amendments thereto as adopted in accordance with the terms of that Plan, are incorporated by reference and made a part of this Agreement; provided, however, that the terms used in such Plan and the definitions of such terms are applicable only to such Plan and shall have no applicability to this Agreement unless the context of this Agreement specifically mandates the use of such term. Such Plan will be continued and maintained in full force and effect during the term of this Agreement.

    Section 2. Contributions: For each Plan Year in which the Salary Cap applies, unless modified as described below, contributions will be made to the Supplemental Disability Plan at least quarterly in an amount sufficient to pay estimated benefits and administrative expenses. Contributions, if any, for later Plan Years will be determined pursuant to future collective bargaining agreements, if any. It will be the duty of the fiduciaries of the Supplemental Disability Plan to pursue all available legal remedies in an effort to ensure payment of all contributions due under this Agreement.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 3. Extension: For each Plan Year in which the Salary Cap applies, the parties will amend Section 3.1 of the NFL Player Supplemental Disability Plan at the beginning of such Plan Year to provide that a player receiving benefits under Section 5.1(a) of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan will receive a benefit of $14,670 per month for such Plan Year only; a player receiving benefits under Section 5.1(b) of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan will receive a benefit of $7,167 per month for such Plan Year only; and a player receiving benefits under Section 5.1(c) of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan will receive a benefit of $5,167 per month for such Plan Year only.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

    Section 4. Automatic Payment and Waiver: The parties will amend the Supplemental Disability Plan effective February 1, 2002 to provide that payments under the Supplemental Disability Plan will automatically be paid to all players who qualify for such benefits unless the qualifying player waives the right to receive such benefits. A player's waiver may be revoked, but not with respect to benefits that would have been paid prior to the revocation of his waiver.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE LII

    BENEFIT ARBITRATOR

    Section 1. Selection: The Management Council and the NFLPA will submit five candidates for Benefit Arbitrator to each other within two weeks of the ratification of this Agreement. If the parties are unable to agree on a Benefit Arbitrator from among the ten candidates submitted, a flip of the coin, no later than three weeks after ratification of the Agreement, will determine which party first strikes a name from the other party’s list of candidates, and the parties will alternately strike names beginning within 24 hours of the coin flip and continuing for no more than a total of 24 hours until the parties are able to agree on the selection of the Benefit Arbitrator, or until only one candidate’s name remains, which candidate will become the Benefit Arbitrator. If for any reason this procedure does not result in the selection of the Benefit Arbitrator within one month of the ratification of this Agreement, the Notice Arbitrator provided for in Article IX (Non‑Injury Grievance), will appoint the Benefit Arbitrator of his or her choice within one week of written request by either party.

    In the event of a subsequent vacancy in the position of Benefit Arbitrator, the procedure in this Section will be followed to fill the vacancy, substituting only the date of such vacancy for the date of ratification of this Agreement, and permitting the party who lost the prior coin flip to strike the first name from the other party’s list of candidates. Either party may dismiss the Benefit Arbitrator between May 1 and June 1 of each calendar year of this Agreement by written notice to the Benefit Arbitrator and the other party.

    Section 2. Compensation: To the extent that the fees and expenses of the Benefit Arbitrator are not properly charged to and paid by one of the employee benefit plans described or created by this Agreement, such fees and expenses will be divided equally between the parties.

    Section 3. Role: The Benefit Arbitrator will resolve any and all disagreements relating to Articles XLVI through LI of this Agreement. However, disagreements relating to eligibility for pension, disability, or other benefits under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan and disagreements relating to eligibility for disability benefits under the Supplemental Disability Plan will be resolved in accordance with the procedures that have previously been adopted by the Members of the Retirement Board of the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Plan for the resolution of such issues under that Plan, or such other procedures as may be jointly agreed upon by the parties. Also, prior to the merger of the Bert Bell Plan and the Pete Rozelle Plan, disagreements relating to eligibility for benefits under the Pete Rozelle Plan will be resolved in accordance with the procedures established under that Plan. The parties may jointly agree to enlarge or restrict the role of the Benefit Arbitrator. Either

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    party may refer a matter to the Benefit Arbitrator by so notifying the Benefit Arbitrator and the other party. If no other provision in this Agreement governs the procedures for resolution of the dispute, the following procedures will apply. The parties will have two weeks to submit briefs or other documents to the Benefit Arbitrator. Thereafter, upon the request of either party, the Benefit Arbitrator will immediately convene an expedited hearing at the site of his or her selection. Such hearing will proceed for no more than three days, the first day of which will include whatever mediation efforts the Benefit Arbitrator deems appropriate; provided, however, that such mediation will not be binding on the parties. As soon as possible following the closing of such expedited hearing, the Benefit Arbitrator will render his or her decision, which will be final and binding on the parties. Post‑hearing briefs following the close of such hearing will be permitted only if requested by the Benefit Arbitrator, and any post‑hearing briefs so requested by the Benefit Arbitrator must be submitted within one week of the close of the hearing, with no extensions. The parties intend that post‑hearing briefs will be requested only in unusual situations. In no event will the Benefit Arbitrator’s decision be rendered and delivered to the parties any later than 60 days after a hearing is requested.

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    ARTICLE LIII

    RETENTION OF BENEFITS

    No financial benefit granted by any Club to its players (e.g., free shoes) in all of the 1990, 1991 and 1992 League Years may be reduced or eliminated during the term of this Agreement, unless compelling business reasons make continuation of the benefit financially impracticable.

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    ARTICLE LIV

    WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

    Section 1. Benefits: In any state where workers’ compensation coverage is not compulsory, a Club will either voluntarily obtain coverage under the compensation laws of that state or otherwise guarantee equivalent benefits to its players. In the event that a player qualifies for benefits under this section, such benefits will be equivalent to those benefits paid under the compensation law of the state in which his Club is located.

    Section 2. Rejection of Coverage: Nothing in this Article is to be interpreted as preventing a Club that has the legal right to do so from rejecting coverage under the workers’ compensation law of its state. However, if a Club elects to reject coverage under the compensation law of its state, it must nevertheless guarantee benefits to its players in the manner provided in Section 1 above. Moreover, any Club may be excluded from those laws if it elects to do so, but any such Club will be obligated to guarantee benefits to its players in the same manner provided in Section 1 above.

    Section 3. Arbitration: In any state where a Club (e.g., Miami Dolphins/ Florida) has legally elected not to be covered by the workers’ compensation laws of that state, the equivalent benefit, if any, to which a player may be entitled under this Article will be determined under the grievance procedure of Article IX (Non‑Injury Grievance).

    Section 4. Joint Study: The parties agree to establish a joint committee comprised of three NFLPA appointees (plus advisors) and three NFLMC appointees (plus advisors) which will study and make recommendations concerning workers’ compensation coverage of NFL players in the various states (and the District of Columbia) where NFL games are played. The committee will seek to find ways in which workers’ compensation benefits can be provided to players in the most cost‑effective manner possible. Written recommendations shall be provided by the committee to the NFLPA and the NFLMC on or before June 1, 1994. The NFLPA and NFLMC shall thereafter exercise their best efforts to implement the recommendations of the committee.

    Section 5. [no longer applicable]

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    Section 6. Preservation of Rights: The NFLPA and the Clubs preserve their prior positions with regard to the legality of workers’ compensation offset provisions under state law, and nothing in this Article shall prevent any player from claiming that an offset provision is not legally binding upon him or prevent any Club from asserting that an offset provision is legally binding upon a player. In addition, neither party nor members of the NFLPA’s bargaining unit will claim that the other party’s agreement to this Article or the revised NFL Player Contract appended hereto affects the rights set forth above.

    Section 7. Reopener: If the parties do not reach agreement concerning future workers’ compensation coverage of NFL players within sixty (60) days of the issuance of the committee recommendations pursuant to Section 4 above, then either party may reopen this Article upon the giving of ten (10) days written notice, and both parties will have an obligation to resume negotiations limited to the issue of workers’ compensation, and both parties will be free to engage in whatever concerted or other action may be permitted by law in support of their positions.

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    ARTICLE LV

    MISCELLANEOUS

    Section 1. Endorsements: No Club may unreasonably refuse to permit a player to endorse a product.

    Section 2. On‑Field Attire: Neither the NFL nor any of the Clubs may have any rule prohibiting or limiting the type of footwear or gloves which may be worn by players on the field, except to the extent such rules or limitations are agreed to by the NFLPA.

    Section 3. Appearances: No Club may unreasonably require a player to appear on radio or television.

    Section 4. Promotion: The NFLPA will use its best efforts to ensure that the players cooperate with the Clubs and the news media in reasonable promotional activities on behalf of the Clubs and the NFL.

    Section 5. Deduction: The involuntary deduction of amounts from any compensation due to a player for the purpose of compensating any Club personnel is prohibited.

    Section 6. Public Statements: The NFLPA and the Management Council agree that each will use its best efforts to curtail public comments by Club personnel or players which express criticism of any club, its coach, or its operation and policy, or which tend to cast discredit upon a Club, a player, or any other person involved in the operation of a Club, the NFL, the Management Council, or the NFLPA.

    Section 7. Address: The Management Council will furnish upon request to the NFLPA whatever address and telephone lists that Clubs have covering all players who are under contract to the Clubs as of October 1 for in‑season information, and under contract to the Club as of January 1 for off‑season information. The Management Council will not divulge player telephone numbers to the media or the public. As of the first pre-season cutdown date, the Management Council will provide to the NFLPA employment dates for all players who are then under contract to the Clubs.

    Section 8. NFLPA Tickets: Two (2) complimentary tickets will be made available to the NFLPA to permit attendance at each regularly scheduled League game by authorized NFLPA representatives. All Clubs will make their best efforts to make available two (2) additional tickets to the NFLPA for purchase. The NFLPA will provide a list of authorized persons to the Management Council. The NFLPA must notify the home Club of its desire to attend such a game at least three days prior to the date of the game. NFLPA representatives must possess appropriate identification.

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    Section 9. Player Tickets: Two (2) complimentary tickets will be made available to each player for each home game of his Club. Each player will be afforded the opportunity to purchase two (2) tickets for each away game of his Club from the best tickets available for public sale immediately prior to the public sale for each game. Each Club will provide players with the opportunity to purchase two (2) tickets to the Super Bowl game each year, subject to reasonable safeguards to avoid scalping of the tickets.

    Section 10. Tests: No psychological or personality tests will be given to any player after he signs his first contract with an NFL Club. An Unrestricted Free Agent may agree to take a psychological or personality test if so requested by a Club interested in his services. A player is entitled to review the results of his psychological or personality tests upon request.

    Section 11. League Security: A player will have the right, if he so requests, to have an NFLPA representative present during an interview by any representative of NFL Security if the player has a reasonable basis for believing that Commissioner discipline might result from the interview.

    Section 12. Career Planning Program: The parties will use best efforts to establish an in‑depth, comprehensive Career Planning Program. The purpose of the program will be to help players enhance their career in the NFL and make a smooth transition to a second career. The program will also provide information to players on handling their personal finances, it being understood that players shall be solely responsible for their personal finances.

    Section 13. Delivery of Documents: The NFL, its Clubs, the Management Council, and the NFLPA shall, upon request therefore by any party hereto, execute and deliver such further documents and instruments and take such further steps as are reasonably necessary and appropriate to implement and effectuate the purposes of this Agreement.

    Section 14. Binding Effect: This Agreement shall be binding upon and shall inure to the benefit of the Parties hereto and their heirs, executors, administrators, representatives, agents, successors and assigns and any corporation into or with which any corporate party hereto may merge or consolidate.

    Section 15. Authorization: The Management Council represents that it has been duly authorized to enter into and to execute this Agreement on behalf of itself and its members. The NFLPA hereby represents that it has been duly authorized to execute this Agreement on behalf of its members.

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    Section 16. Headings: The headings in this Agreement are solely for the convenience of the attorneys for the parties, and shall not be deemed part of, or considered in construing or interpreting this Agreement.

    Section 17. Time Periods: The specification of any time period in this Agreement shall include any non‑business days within such period, except that any deadline falling on a Saturday, Sunday, or Federal Holiday shall be deemed to fall on the following business day.

    Section 18. Exhibits: All of the Exhibits hereto are an integral part of this Agreement and of the agreement of the parties thereto.

    Section 19. Parol Evidence: The parties shall not, in any proceeding or otherwise, use or refer to any parol evidence with regard to the interpretation or meaning of Articles I, XIV, XVI-XXI, XXIV-XXX, XXXVIII-A, XXXVIII-B, and LVI-LVIII of this Agreement. None of the Articles of this Agreement may be changed, altered or amended other than by a written agreement.

    *Extension Agreement 1/8/02

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    ARTICLE LVI

    FINAL LEAGUE YEAR

    All of the provisions of this Agreement shall be the same in the Final League Year of this Agreement, except that the following rules shall apply only in that League Year:

    Section 1. No Salary Cap: No Salary Cap shall be in effect during the Final League Year.

    Section 2. Free Agency If Salary Cap In League Year Prior To Final League Year: In the event that a Salary Cap is in effect in the League Year prior to the Final League Year: (a) the number of Accrued Seasons required to be an Unrestricted Free Agent during the Final League Year shall be six or more Accrued Seasons; and (b) the provisions of Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), Sections 2‑4, shall apply to any player with five Accrued Seasons in the Final League Year, as if such player had four Accrued Seasons, except that the Qualifying Offers specified in Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), Section 2(b)(ii) shall be $50,000 greater for the Qualifying Offers originally stated to be $325,000, and $100,000 greater for the Qualifying Offers originally stated to be $700,000 or $900,000, subject to any additional increases in the base amounts in accordance with the rules set forth in Article XIX (Veteran Free Agency), Section 2(e).

    Section 3. Free Agency If No Salary Cap In League Year Prior To Final League Year: In the event that a Salary Cap is not in effect in the League Year prior to the Final League Year, the number of Accrued Seasons required to be an Unrestricted Free Agent during the Final League Year shall be five Accrued Seasons.

    Section 4. Franchise and Transition Players: As set forth in Article XX (Franchise and Transition Players), Section 3, each Club shall be permitted to designate one Unrestricted Free Agent as a Transition Player between February 1 and February 15,in the Final League Year, notwithstanding that Transition Players may not be designated in the League Years after the 1994 League Year(except as provided in Article XX (Franchise and Transition Players), Sections 3(a) and 11).

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    Thanks rad...I think. :redface:
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    RadJ: For someone as old as you, you type a mean keyboard!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AugustaRamFan
    RadJ: For someone as old as you, you type a mean keyboard!

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    Just think what that 40 lb Federal Tax Code must look like. :confused: Peace

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    So I managed to find the complete "Collective Bargaining Agreement Between the NFL Management Council and the NFL Players Association 2002-2008". Yea, that's about 202 pages of legalese, and honestly I don't know if I'm THAT interested in our cap situation or not.
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    Rad ! U da' man! But, everyone please remind me not to beg for any info from rad! .......it took me way too long to read it!

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