NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 7
Rookie Compensation and Rookie Compensation Pool

Section 3(j)(ii)
Rookie Contracts


If a Drafted Rookie is released by the drafting Club after signing his initial contract and such player re-signs with the same Club at any point during the League Year in which he was drafted, the signing Club may not enter into a contract with the player for more than the Year-One Rookie Salary set forth in the first year of the player’s initial contract with the Club, less any amounts the player earned under his initial contract before his release, and the player’s Contract cannot provide for an annual increase in Salary (as defined in Article 13) of more than 25% of the Year-One Rookie Salary in his initial Rookie Contract.