Section 4Roster Exemption
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.
Players Under Contract. If a Club obtains a roster exemption for a player under contract who does not report to his Club at least five days before the final day of Preseason Training Camp as defined in Article 23, Section 10, the player will not be entitled to preseason 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 Paragraph 5 Salary during his exemption.
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 9, Section 2, and who has been given the Required Tender pursuant to Article 8, Section 2, or Article 9, Sections 2(b)(i) or (ii), and who has not signed a contract and has not reported to his Club’s preseason training camp, may be placed on the roster exempt list of his Club under the following conditions:
If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s second preseason game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the Club’s first regular season game.
If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s third preseason game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the Club’s second regular season game.
If the player has not reported at least the day before the Club’s fourth preseason game, he may be placed on roster exempt until the day following the third regular season game scheduled after the date he actually reports.
Any roster exemption imposed under this Subsection (c) shall commence with the first game immediately after a Restricted Free Agent reports and signs a Player Contract during the pendency of any League-imposed suspension.
Any roster exemption imposed under this Subsection (c) shall continue for its full duration after any trade of the player to another Club.
Any player who is placed on the roster exempt list of his Club pursuant to Section 4(c) 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 Paragraph 5 Salary as a result of being placed on the roster exempt list. This Subsection 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)–(iii) above. Nothing herein shall affect any right or obligation the player or Club otherwise may have concerning compensation to the player.
No player may be placed on roster exempt under this Section 4(c) 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 Subsections (i)–(iii) above.
For purposes of this Article, extra preseason games such as the Canton Hall of Fame Game and the American Bowl shall not count.
When placed on roster exempt pursuant to this Section, the player shall not be entitled to compensation.
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.