Breaking Down Owners’ CBA

Here’s some key points in the new collective bargaining agreement – in layman’s terms.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Front office executives from around the NFL took part in a seminar Friday to learn the inner-workings of the collective bargaining agreement.
While that surely got pretty in-depth, we here at want to simplify it for you.
Here are some major points from the owner-approved CBA, in layman’s terms:
CBA Lasts 10 Years
There is some chatter that players want a clause that allows them to opt out of the CBA after seven years. But as it stands now, this CBA will run from 2011 through the 2020 seasons. It’s labor peace for the next decade.
Rosters Expanding
The typical training camp roster is 80 players. This year, it will be expanded to 90. There will also be one more player activated on game days, as the third quarterback will not be counted as an inactive. Now teams can activate 46 players on game day.
Reduced Contact
The offseason program will be reduced by five weeks, from 14 to 10. Players will also receive more days off during the season. Contact and practice time will be cut down, meaning players will spend less time in pads. There’s no more two-a-days in pads.
18-Game Schedule Shelved
The NFL will continue to have four preseason games and 16 regular-season games. A change to 18 games can be re-addressed in 2013, but would have to be approved by the players.
Free Agency Returns To Normal

Players can become unrestricted free agents after four years of service and restricted after three years. That means safety Dawan Landry, fullback Le’Ron McClain, cornerback Josh Wilson, tackle Jared Gaither, tackle Marshal Yanda and guard Chris Chester are all set to hit the open market.
Rookie Wage Scale
It will be easier than in years past for teams to sign their drafted rookies. Previously, teams had to wait for the market to settle and determine the value of players. That will no longer be the case. All drafted players sign four-year contracts (with an option for a fifth year). All undrafted free agents sign three-year contracts.

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