NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 53
Retirement Plan

Section 6
Death Benefits

Effective for payments on or after April 1, 2020, the parties will amend Section 7.2 of the Retirement Plan to; (i) increase the first forty-eight-month period following the player’s death to the first sixty-month period following the player’s death; (ii) increase the amount of the benefit for the first sixty-month-period following the player’s death to $13,000 (to be increased to $15,000 effective April 1, 2025); and (iii) increase the minimum benefit following the first sixty-month-period after the player’s death to $6,000. If such increases to the death benefit affect the Retirement Plan’s qualified status, the increases to this death benefit under this Section 6 shall be paid from another employee benefit plan under this Agreement, to be agreed upon by the parties. The Retirement Plan shall be further amended to add a section 7.7 as follows; “If at the time of his death a player has no surviving spouse or child(ren), his death benefit under Section 7.2, subject to all other terms and requirements under this Article 7, shall be payable for a period of 60 months split equally between his parents (or wholly to one parent if only one living parent), not including step-parents, and if no living parent, split equally among his living sibling or siblings.”