NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 17

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:


whether to negotiate or not to negotiate with any player;


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


whether to offer or not to offer a Player Contract to any player;


whether to exercise or not to exercise a Right of First Refusal; or (v) concerning the terms or conditions of employment offered to any player for inclusion, or included, in a Player Contract.


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 cannot be the basis of any claim of collusion. The NFLPA or the affected Player shall have the right to appeal the Commissioner’s disapproval of such player contract to the System Arbitrator, pursuant to Article 15 and Article 14.