NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 7
Rookie Compensation and Rookie Compensation Pool

Section 1(b)(iii)


For the purpose of calculating Year-One Rookie Salary, signing bonus and amounts treated as signing bonus will be prorated on a straight-line basis pursuant to Section 3(g) below. By way of example, a Drafted Rookie who has a $1,000,000 Paragraph 5 Salary, $250,000 in signing bonus proration and a $250,000 incentive for 95% offensive playtime in his first season would have Year-One Rookie Salary in that League Year of $1,500,000 regardless of whether he earns any or all of the above amounts in his first season or whether any or all of the above amounts are considered “likely to be earned.”