NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 6
College Draft

Section 5(c)
Other Professional Teams


For players with respect to whom the drafting Club retains a Right of First Refusal pursuant to this Section 5, during each League Year the player shall be treated as if he were a Restricted Free Agent not subject to Draft Choice Compensation, as described in Article 9, Section 2, except as otherwise set forth in this Section 5. For such players subject to a Right of First Refusal, the Club must tender a four-year NFL Player Contract for the Minimum Active/Inactive List Salary for such League Years within the thirty-day period specified in Subsection (a) above. The amount of such tender and/or any Player Contract entered into with the player shall not be subject to the Rookie Compensation Pool. If the Club does not make or withdraws the Required Tender, the player immediately becomes an Undrafted Rookie, with the right to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, subject to the applicable provisions of Article 7, and any Club is then free to negotiate for and sign a Player Contract with such player, without any Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period.