NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 59
Severance Pay

Section 7

The right to receive payment hereunder shall not be assignable, transferable or delegable, whether by pledge, creation of a security interest or otherwise, and in the event of any attempted assignment, transfer or delegation, the Clubs will have no liability to pay any amount so attempted to be assigned, transferred or delegated. Neither the NFL nor any NFL Clubs will have any obligation to verify other than to the NFLPA upon request the amount of severance pay a player may be entitled to receive, unless and until an application for pay is properly submitted by such player. Notwithstanding the preceding, (1) a player’s severance pay will be assigned and paid to an “alternate payee,” under a court order that satisfies the essential requirements to be a “qualified domestic relations order” within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code Section 414(p); and (2) a Club may offset against severance pay, at the time of payment, amounts to the extent permitted by Internal Revenue Code Section 409A and the regulations thereunder.