Section 8Rookie Football Development Programs
Each Club may hold a Rookie Football Development Program five days per week for a period of seven weeks, commencing on or about May 16. During this period, no mandatory or voluntary activities can be held on weekends, with the exception of the Club’s one post-Draft Rookie Minicamp, as described in Section 7 above. During a Club’s Rookie Football Development Program, players may only participate in Club activities for a maximum of eight hours per day. Players may participate in on-field activities for no more than three and one-half hours per day. The on-field time limits described above shall begin as soon as position coaches begin to coach a player or players on the field.
In addition to reimbursements and payments provided by the Club pursuant to Article 7, Section 5(e), each rookie player shall receive the following amounts per day for any workouts or classroom instruction in which he participates pursuant to a Club’s Rookie Football Development Program provided the player fulfills the Club’s reasonable workout requirements: $135 (2020-21 League Years), $148 (2022-23 League Years), $161 (2024-25 League Years), $179 (2026-27 League Years), $197 (2028-29 League Years), $215 (2030 League Year). Rookie players are required to complete four out of five scheduled workouts, including any scheduled OTAs, per week in order to be paid for any workout the player completes in that week, except if there are fewer than five scheduled workouts in a week the player will be paid for each workout in which he participates.
In addition to “rookie players” (defined as a person who has never signed a Player Contract with an NFL Club in a prior League Year), the following players may be invited to participate in a Club’s Rookie Football Development Program: (i) non-quarterbacks with zero “Credit Seasons” (as defined in Article 26, Section 2) who signed a Player Contract with any Club for a prior League Year; (ii) quarterbacks with zero “Credited Seasons” (as defined in Article 26, Section 2) who signed a Player Contract with any Club for a prior League Year; and (iii) quarterbacks with one (1) “Credited Season” (as defined in Article 26, Section 2) who participated in less than 25% of their Clubs’ offensive plays during the previous season. Players who participate in the Rookie Football Development Program pursuant to this subsection may only participate in (i) four weeks of the program; (ii) a maximum of four days per week; and (iii) a maximum of three and one half hours on the field with no more than two hours in any single practice on a day in which two practices are held for rookie players. No player shall be permitted to participate in a Rookie Football Development Program more than twice during his NFL career, including his participation in such program as a rookie player. For the sake of clarity and the avoidance of doubt, no player shall be permitted to participate in a Rookie Football Development Program more than once after his rookie year.
First-year players and veteran players who participate in a Club’s Rookie Football Development Program shall receive the minimum daily amount set forth in Section 3 of Article 21 subject to the terms and conditions of that Section.