Franchise and Transition Players
Section 10Transition Player Designation Period
A Club may designate a Transition Player (or players) only during the periods and in the numbers specified in Section 3 above; otherwise, the Club’s right to such designation expires. However, a Club may designate a player to whom the Club has rights as a Transition Player with respect to any first future League Year during the term of this Agreement for which such player becomes an Unrestricted Free Agent; any such future designation exhausts the Club’s designation right (and does not move to any other Club) even if the player moves to another Club, as a Restricted Free Agent or via waivers, before he would have become an Unrestricted Free Agent with the designated Club. For any such players, the Club shall be deemed on the first day of the first future League Year in which the designation takes effect to have automatically tendered the player a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the applicable Cap Percentage Average of the ten largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position (within the categories set forth in Section 7(a) above at which he participated in the most plays during the prior League Year)) using the methodology set forth in Section 2(a)(i)(A) above; or (B) 120% of the player’s Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater. If a player designated to become a Transition Player in the future retires, suffers a career-ending injury (or an injury that prevents the player from participating in 32 consecutive regular season games in any League Year in which 16 regular season games are played, or 34 consecutive regular season games in any League Year in which 17 regular season games are played), is unavailable for the season due to non-injury circumstances beyond the control of the Club, or is assigned to another Club (other than through the waiver system) before such designation is exercised, the Prior Club shall be entitled to designate a new Transition Player for that League Year. If a Prior Club becomes entitled to designate a new Transition Player pursuant to this Section 10, the prior Club may designate the new Transition Player for that League Year during the period prescribed by Section 3(a) above, in the League Year prior to the League Year in which the player initially designated would have become a Transition Player. Any dispute as to whether an injury is career-ending or prevents or will prevent a player from playing in 32 consecutive games in any League Year in which 16 regular season games are played, or 34 consecutive regular season games in any League Year in which 17 regular season games are played shall be decided by the Impartial Arbitrator.