NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 7
Rookie Compensation and Rookie Compensation Pool

Section 3(b)(iii)
Rookie Contracts


Rookie Salary shall include only: (1) traditional signing bonus, defined as signing bonus committed to the player by the Club upon execution of the contract (subject to the player reporting to the Club and passing the physical examination), subject to any forfeiture provisions to which the player and Club may agree to the extent permitted in Article 4; (2) offseason workout bonus; (3) Paragraph 5 Salary (including any agreed-upon provisions adjusting the player’s Paragraph 5 Salary based upon his roster status and/or his number of Credited Seasons (“split contract provisions”) or deferring payment of his earned Paragraph 5 Salary or advancing payment of non-guaranteed year-one Paragraph 5 Salary); (4) Paragraph 5 Salary guarantees (subject to the rules set forth in Subsection (h) below); (5) the permitted performance incentives set forth in Section 6 below; (6) roster bonus; and (7) reporting bonus.