NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 9
Veteran Free Agency


  • Section 1. Unrestricted Free Agents
    (a)

    Subject to the provisions of Section 5 below and of Article 10, any player with four or more Accrued Seasons shall, at the expiration of his Player Contract, become an Unrestricted Free Agent. Such player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, subject to the signing period set forth below.

    (b)

    Signing Period.

    (b)(i)

    In the event that an Unrestricted Free Agent has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, in the League Year following the expiration of his last Player Contract, he may negotiate or sign a Player Contract from July 22 until the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, at 4:00pm New York time, only with his Prior Club, provided that the Prior Club by the Monday immediately following the final day of the NFL Draft for that League Year has tendered to the player a one year Player Contract of at least 110% of either (a) his Prior Year Salary (if his expiring Player Contract is not a Player Contract he entered into as a Rookie), or (b) his Paragraph 5 Salary (if his expiring Player Contract is a Player Contract he entered into as a Rookie, without renegotiation), in each case with all other terms of his contract identical to his prior year’s contract (the “UFA Tender”). For the purposes of this Subsection, “Prior Year Salary” means the total of the Paragraph 5 Salary, roster and reporting bonuses, pro-rata portion of signing bonus, and other payments to players in compensation for the playing of professional football for the last year of the player’s most recently negotiated Player Contract, except for performance bonuses other than roster and reporting bonuses. Prior Year Salary shall also include any unrepaid loans made, guaranteed or collateralized by a Team or its Team Affiliate to a player or Player Affiliate.

    (b)(ii)

    If an Unrestricted Free Agent described in Subsection 1(b)(i) above has not signed a Player Contract by the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, at 4:00pm New York time, the player shall be prohibited from playing football in the NFL for the remainder of that League Year, absent a showing to the Impartial Arbitrator of extreme Club or extreme personal hardship. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be made within five days of the application and shall be based upon all information relating to such hardship submitted by such date. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties.

    (b)(iii)

    If an Unrestricted Free Agent does not play in the NFL for the remainder of a League Year pursuant to Subsection 1(b)(ii) above, commencing the first day of the following League Year, the player shall be free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period.

    (b)(iv)

    An NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor representing any player who will become an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of a League Year upon expiration of the player’s contract with his current Club, shall be permitted to communicate directly with front office officials (excluding the Head Coach and all other members of the Club’s coaching staff) of any or all new NFL Clubs regarding contract negotiations during the 48-hour period immediately prior to the start of the next League Year (the “Two Day Negotiating Period”). During this period, the player’s Certified Contract Advisor may negotiate all aspects of the NFL Player Contract; provided however that the player may not execute an NFL Player Contract until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the first day of the new League Year, when the player’s contract expires.

    (b)(v)

    Any player who will become an Unrestricted Free Agent at the end of a League Year upon expiration of the player’s contract with his current Club, and who is not then represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor (“Unrepresented Player”), shall be permitted to communicate directly with front office officials (excluding the Head Coach and all other members of the Club’s coaching staff) of any or all new NFL Clubs regarding contract negotiations during the Two Day Negotiating Period. During this period, the player shall have the same communication rights with such persons as in the provision the permits Contract Advisors to discuss contract matters with new Clubs, as set forth in Subsection 1(b)(iv) above. A player shall be considered an “Unrepresented Player” if he is not under contract with a Contract Advisor prior to the start of a League Year and he submits written verification of such status to the NFL and NFLPA no later than five (5) days prior to the start of that League Year. The player may not thereafter hire a Contract Advisor until a period of five (5) days after the start of that League Year, unless he withdraws his request to be designated as an “Unrepresented Player” in writing to the NFL and NFLPA prior to contacting any new Clubs.

    (c)

    In the event that an Unrestricted Free Agent has not signed a Player Contract with a Club by the Monday immediately following the final day of the NFL Draft for that League Year following the expiration of his last Player Contract, and if his Prior Club has not by that date tendered to the player a one year Player Contract in accordance with the requirements of Subsection 1(b)(i) above, or has withdrawn the Tender, the player shall continue to be an Unrestricted Free Agent and shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period.

    (d)

    An Unrestricted Free Agent shall not be subject to any limitations on the period of time before which he may qualify as an Unrestricted Free Agent again, or to any limitations on the number of times he may be an Unrestricted Free Agent.

    (e)

    Promptly upon but no later than two business days after the signing of any Unrestricted Free Agent to a Player Contract, the signing Club shall notify the NFL, which shall notify the NFLPA of such signing.

  • Section 2. Restricted Free Agents
    (a)

    Definition. Any Veteran player with three Accrued Seasons, but fewer than four Accrued Seasons shall, at the expiration of his last Player Contract during such period, become a Restricted Free Agent. Any such player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any such player, subject to the restrictions set forth in this Article.

    (b)

    Qualifying Offers.

    (b)(i)

    In order to receive the following specified Rights of First Refusal and/or Draft Choice Compensation with respect to a Restricted Free Agent, the Prior Club of a Restricted Free Agent must tender the player a Qualifying Offer on or before the first date of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period, as follows (all amounts applicable for the 2020 League Year only):

    (b)(i)(1)

    Right of First Refusal Only: one year Player Contract with Paragraph 5 Salary of at least $2,025,000, increased by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap in the 2020 League Year over the 2019 League Year;

    (b)(i)(2)

    Right of First Refusal and Draft Selection at Player’s Original Draft Round: one year Player Contract with a Paragraph 5 Salary of at least (a) $2,025,000, increased by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap in the 2020 League Year over the 2019 League Year, or (b) 110% of the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater; in addition, if option (b) applies, all other terms of the player’s prior year contract are carried forward unchanged (this Subsection is subject to the rules of Subsection (c) below);

    (b)(i)(3)

    Right of First Refusal and One Second Round Draft Selection: one year Player Contract with a Paragraph 5 Salary of at least (a) $3,095,000, increased by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap in the 2020 League Year over the 2019 League Year, or (b) 110% of the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater; in addition, if option (b) applies, all other terms of the player’s prior year contract are carried forward unchanged; and

    (b)(i)(4)

    Right of First Refusal and One First Round Draft Selection: one year Player Contract with a Paragraph 5 Salary of at least (a) $4,407,000, increased by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap in the 2020 League Year over the 2019 League Year, or (b) 110% of the player’s prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater; in addition, if option (b) applies, all other terms of the player’s prior year contract are carried forward unchanged.

    (b)(ii)

    In the 2021 League Year, the dollar amounts specified in Subsection 2(b)(i) above shall increase by the following:

    (b)(ii)(1)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(i)(1) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year.

    (b)(ii)(2)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(i)(2) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $50,000.

    (b)(ii)(3)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(i)(3) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $125,000.

    (b)(ii)(4)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(i)(4) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $125,000.

    (b)(iii)

    In the 2022 League Year, the resulting dollar amounts from the calculations specified in Subsections 2(b)(ii)(1)-(4) above shall increase by the following:

    (b)(iii)(1)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(ii)(1) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year.

    (b)(iii)(2)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(ii)(2) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $50,000.

    (b)(iii)(3)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(ii)(3) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $125,000.

    (b)(iii)(4)

    The dollar amount specified in Subsection 2(b)(ii)(4) above shall increase by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year, plus $125,000.

    (b)(iv)

    Beginning in the 2023 League Year, the resulting dollar amounts from the calculations specified in Subsections 2(b)(iii)(1)-(4) above shall increase annually by the percentage increase (if any) in the Salary Cap over the prior League Year.

    (c)(i)

    Notwithstanding Subsection 2(b)(i) above, in the event that a Prior Club tenders any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in a draft round lower than the first round a Qualifying Offer that requires Draft Choice Compensation of one first round selection (the “(c)(i) Upgraded Tender”), the Prior Club shall only be eligible to receive Draft Choice Compensation of one second round selection for any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in the first round of the Draft, unless such Restricted Free Agents have each received a Qualifying Offer of at least the amount of the (c)(i) Upgraded Tender.

    (c)(ii)

    Notwithstanding Subsection 2(b)(i) above, in the event that a Prior Club tenders any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in a draft round lower than the second round a Qualifying Offer that requires Draft Choice Compensation of one second round selection (the “(c)(ii) Upgraded Tender”), the Prior Club shall only be eligible to receive Draft Choice Compensation of one third round selection for any of its Restricted Free Agents originally selected in the second round of the Draft, unless such Restricted Free Agents have each received a Qualifying Offer of at least the amount of the (c)(ii) Upgraded Tender.

    (d)

    In the event a Prior Club withdraws its Qualifying Offer, the Restricted Free Agent shall immediately become a Free Agent and shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any such player, without being subject to First Refusal, Draft Choice Compensation, Signing Period, or any other limitation of any kind.

    (e)

    Signing Period. The dates of the period in which Restricted Free Agents shall be free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club (the “Signing Period”) shall be agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA by the previous September 1, but in no event may such Signing Period be less than thirty-five days, nor may it end later than five days before the Draft for that League Year, unless the parties agree otherwise.

    (f)(i)

    In the event that a Restricted Free Agent has not signed a Player Contract with a Club within the Signing Period in the League Year following the expiration of his last Player Contract, and if the Prior Club has not withdrawn the Qualifying Offer, the Prior Club shall be the only Club with which the player may negotiate or sign a Player Contract for that League Year. If the player’s Qualifying Offer is greater than 110% of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged), the Club may withdraw the Qualifying Offer on June 15 and retain its rights under the preceding sentence, so long as the Club immediately tenders the player a one year Player Contract of at least 110% of his prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged) (the “June 15 Tender”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, for any Restricted Free Agent subject to the Right of First Refusal Only Tender under Subsection 2(b)(i)(1) above who has not signed a Player Contract with a Club within the Signing Period, in order to be subject to the June 15 Tender, the Prior Club must by June 1 tender to such Restricted Free Agent a one-year Player Contract of at least 110% of his prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged) or extend the Subsection 2(b)(i)(1) Tender, whichever is greater (the “June 1 Tender”).

    (f)(ii)

    If a Restricted Free Agent described in Subsection 2(b)(i) above has not signed a Player Contract by the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season, at 4:00pm New York time, the player shall not play football in the NFL for the remainder of that League Year, absent a showing to the Impartial Arbitrator of extreme Club or extreme personal hardship. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be made within five days of the application, and shall consider all information relating to such hardship submitted by such date. The determination of the Impartial Arbitrator shall be final and binding upon all parties.

    (f)(iii)

    If a Restricted Free Agent does not play in the NFL in a League Year, his Prior Team shall have the right to tender such player any Qualifying Offer consistent with Section 2(b) prior to the next League Year’s Restricted Free Agent Signing Period. In the event such a Qualifying Offer is tendered, the Prior Team shall have the applicable rights regarding such player according to such Tender, and such player shall have the same rights regarding negotiations with other Clubs as he had the previous League Year.

    (g)

    A Restricted Free Agent receiving the Tender provided for in Sections 2(b)(i)(2)–(4) shall have the option of accepting a one-year NFL Player Contract for 110% of his Prior Year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward unchanged) in lieu of a Player Contract for the applicable alternative amount specified in the aforementioned Sections, if he so wishes, regardless of which Player Contract is for a greater amount.

    (h)

    In the event that a Restricted Free Agent has not signed a Player Contract with a Club, and if his Prior Club withdraws the Qualifying Offer or June 1 or June 15 Tender, as applicable, such player shall be completely free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club may negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such player, without any penalty or restriction, including, but not limited to, Draft Choice Compensation between Clubs or First Refusal Rights of any kind, or any signing period.

    (i)

    Promptly upon but no later than two business days after the signing of any Restricted Free Agent to a Player Contract, or the extending to any Restricted Free Agent of a Qualifying Offer, the signing or extending Club shall notify the NFL, which shall notify the NFLPA of such signing or offer.

    (j)

    Draft Choice Compensation under this Article shall be due in that League Year’s Draft unless the Offer Sheet is received by the Prior Club later than two days before that League Year’s Draft, in which case Draft Choice Compensation shall be due in the following League Year’s Draft.

    (k)

    Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that the Prior Club of a Restricted Free Agent has tendered the player a Qualifying Offer in an amount at least $500,000 greater than that required by Subsection 2(b)(i)(4) above, then the Club shall have a Right of First Refusal and Draft Choice Compensation of One First Round Selection and any provision in an Offer Sheet to such player waiving or limiting the New Club’s ability to designate the player as a Franchise Player or Transition Player in the future shall not be a Principal Term, and therefore need not be included in a contract formed with the Prior Club as a result of matching such Offer Sheet (but shall be included in a contract formed with the New Club as a result of the Prior Club not matching such an Offer Sheet).

  • Section 3. Offer Sheet and Right of First Refusal Procedures
    (a)

    Offer Sheets. When a Restricted Free Agent receives an offer to sign a Player Contract from any Club (the “New Club”) other than the Prior Club, which offer the player desires to accept, he shall give to the Prior Club a completed certificate substantially in the form of Appendix B, attached hereto (the “Offer Sheet”), signed by the Restricted Free Agent and the New Club, which shall contain the “Principal Terms” (as defined below) of the New Club’s offer. The New Club and the player must specifically identify in the Offer Sheet those provisions they believe are Principal Terms. The Prior Club, within five days from the date it receives the Offer Sheet, may exercise or not exercise its Right of First Refusal, which shall have the legal consequences set forth below.

    (b)

    First Refusal Exercise Notice. If the Prior Club gives the Restricted Free Agent a “First Refusal Exercise Notice” substantially in the form of Appendix C, attached hereto, within five days from the date the Prior Club receives an Offer Sheet, but not later than one day before the Draft (unless the parties agree otherwise), such Restricted Free Agent and the Prior Club shall be deemed to have entered into a binding agreement, which they shall promptly formalize in a Player Contract, containing (i) all the Principal Terms (subject to Subsection (e) below); (ii) those terms of the NFL Player Contract not modified by the Principal Terms; and (iii) such additional terms, not less favorable to the player than those contained in the Offer Sheet as may be agreed upon between the Restricted Free Agent and the Prior Club.

    (c)

    No First Refusal Exercise Notice. If the Prior Club does not give the Restricted Free Agent the First Refusal Exercise Notice within the applicable period, the player and the New Club shall be deemed to have entered into a binding agreement, which they shall promptly formalize in a Player Contract, containing (i) all the Principal Terms; (ii) those terms of the NFL Player Contract not modified by the Principal Terms; and (iii) such additional terms, not less favorable to the Restricted Free Agent than those contained in the Offer Sheet, as may be agreed upon between the Restricted Free Agent and the New Club (subject to Section 5 below), and the Restricted Free Agent’s Prior Club shall receive from the New Club the Draft Choice Compensation, if any, specified in Section 2 above of this Article. Any Club that does not have available, in the upcoming Draft, the selection choice or choices (its own or better choices in the applicable rounds) needed to provide Draft Choice Compensation in the event of a timely First Refusal Exercise Notice may not sign an Offer Sheet in such circumstances. The player and the New Club may not renegotiate such Player Contract to reduce the Salary in such contract until after the end of the first regular season covered by the Contract. Neither the player nor the New Club may exercise an option in such Player Contract that reduces Salary in the first League Year of such contract until after the end of the first regular season covered by the Contract.

    (d)

    One Offer Sheet. There may be only one Offer Sheet signed by a Restricted Free Agent outstanding at any one time, provided that the Offer Sheet has also been signed by a Club. An Offer Sheet, before or after it is given to the Prior Club, may be revoked or withdrawn only by the Clubs upon the written consent of the Restricted Free Agent. In either of such events, the Restricted Free Agent shall again be free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with any Club, and any Club shall again be free to negotiate and sign a Player Contract with such Restricted Free Agent, subject to the Prior Club’s continued Right of First Refusal and/or Draft Choice Compensation as described in this section.

    (e)

    Principal Terms. For the purposes of this Article (and Article 10), the Principal Terms of an Offer Sheet shall include only:

    (e)(i)

    Salary, which shall consist only of (a) the fixed and specified dollar amounts the New Club will pay, guarantee or lend to the Restricted Free Agent and/or his designees (currently and/or as deferred compensation in specified installments on specified dates) in consideration for his services as a football player under the Player Contract (i.e., signing bonus, Paragraph 5 Salary, and reporting and roster bonuses); and (b) Salary that is variable and/or is subject to calculation only upon the following bases: (1) based upon the performance of the Club extending the Offer Sheet (only those incentives which are “likely to be earned” by the player if he enters into a Player Contract with the New Club, pursuant to Subsection (c) above, must be matched by the Prior Club for the purpose of exercising a Right of First Refusal, and such incentives may not exceed 15% of the Salary in the Offer Sheet); and (2) League honors listed in Exhibit C to Article 13; and

    (e)(ii)

    Any modifications of and additions to the terms contained in the NFL Player Contract requested by the Restricted Free Agent and acceptable to the New Club, that relate to non-compensation terms (including guarantees, no-cut provisions, and notrade provisions) of the Restricted Free Agent’s employment as a football player (which shall be evidenced either by a copy of the NFL Player Contract, marked to show changes, or by a written brief summary contained in or attached to the Offer Sheet).

    (e)(iii)

    Notwithstanding Subsections (i) and (ii) above, no Offer Sheet may contain a Principal Term that would create rights or obligations for the Old Club that differ in any way (including but not limited to the amount of compensation that would be paid, the circumstances in which compensation would be guaranteed, or the circumstances in which other contractual rights would or would not vest) from the rights or obligations that such Principal Term would create for the Club extending the Offer Sheet (i.e., no “poison pills”).

    (f)

    No Property or Investments. A Club may not offer any item of property or investments other than Salary as part of the Principal Terms contained in an Offer Sheet.

    (g)

    Incentives. For those incentives which are based on Club performance, only those incentives which are “likely to be earned” by the player if he enters into a Player Contract with the New Club, pursuant to Subsection (c) above, must be matched by the Old Club for the purpose of exercising a Right of First Refusal.

    (h)

    No Consideration Between Clubs. There may be no consideration of any kind given by one Club to another Club in exchange for a Club’s decision to exercise or not to exercise its Right of First Refusal, or in exchange for a Club’s decision to submit or not to submit an Offer Sheet to a Restricted Free Agent or to make or not to make an offer to enter into a Player Contract with a Restricted Free Agent. Nothing in this Subsection shall preclude a Prior Club from entering into a Player Contract with a player subject to a Tender, and subsequently trading that player under that Player Contract to another Club, provided (i) the Clubs may not agree to draft choice consideration that is greater than the draft choice consideration specified for the tender and such trade may not include the acquisition of another player’s NFL Player Contract; and (ii) that the player and the NFLPA must approve in advance any such trade that takes place during the Signing Period. If a Club exercises its Right of First Refusal and matches an Offer Sheet, that Club may not trade that player to the Club that submitted the Offer Sheet for at least one calendar year, unless the player consents to such trade.

    (i)

    NFL Only. No Right of First Refusal rule, practice, policy, regulation, or agreement, including any Right of First Refusal applicable to any Restricted Free Agent or Transition Player pursuant to Article 10 below, may apply to the signing of a Player Contract with, or the playing with, any club in any professional football league other than the NFL by any Restricted Free Agent (except as agreed by the player in the circumstances set forth in Section 5 below). This prohibition applies to any Right of First Refusal described in this Agreement (except as described in Section 5 below).

    (j)

    No Assignment. No Right of First Refusal may be assigned to any other Club (except as provided in Article 6, Section 7 or as agreed by the player in the circumstances set forth in Section 5 below). This prohibition applies to any Right of First Refusal described in this Agreement (except as described in Section 5 below), including any Right of First Refusal with respect to Restricted Free Agents, Transition Players, or Drafted Rookies described in Article 6, Section 5.

    (k)

    Copies. Promptly upon but no later than two business days after the giving of an Offer Sheet to the Prior Club, the Restricted Free Agent shall cause a copy thereof to be given to the NFL, which shall notify the NFLPA. Promptly upon but no later than two business days after the giving of a First Refusal Exercise Notice to the Restricted Free Agent, the Prior Club shall cause a copy thereof to be given to the NFL, which shall notify the NFLPA. At any time after the giving of an Offer Sheet to a Prior Club, the NFL may require the New Club to cause a copy thereof to be given to the NFL and the NFLPA.

    (l)

    Disputed Offer Sheet. In the event of any dispute regarding whether a term in an Offer Sheet is or is not a Principal Term that must be matched, including any dispute regarding whether a term is an impermissible poison pill designed to discourage or prohibit the Prior Club from exercising a Right of First Refusal, the dispute shall be presented to the Impartial Arbitrator for expedited resolution under Section 4 below. The Impartial Arbitrator shall identify all of the terms that would have to be matched by the Prior Club, and the Prior Club shall have two days after such decision in which to exercise its Right of First Refusal.

  • Section 4. Expedited Arbitration

    An expedited arbitration before the Impartial Arbitrator, whose decision shall be final and binding upon all parties, shall be the exclusive method for resolving the disputes set forth in this Section. If a dispute arises between the player and either the Prior Club or the New Club, as the case may be, relating to their respective obligations to formalize their binding agreements created under Subsections 3(b) or (c) above, or as to whether the binding agreement is between the Restricted Free Agent and the New Club or the Restricted Free Agent and the Prior Club, such dispute shall immediately be submitted to the Impartial Arbitrator, who shall resolve such dispute within ten (10) days but in no event later than two (2) days before the Draft. The Impartial Arbitrator shall not have the power to terminate any such binding agreement; he shall have the power only to direct the parties to formalize such binding agreement into a Player Contract in accordance with the Principal Terms of the applicable Offer Sheet, as interpreted by the Impartial Arbitrator.

  • Section 5. Individually Negotiated Limitations on Player Movement
    (a)

    All individually negotiated limitations on player movement are prohibited, except as specifically provided as follows:

    (a)(i)

    If a Restricted Free Agent has been tendered a Qualifying Offer of (a) Paragraph 5 Salary of at least the applicable amount stated in Section 2(b)(i)(1) above or (b) at least 110% of his prior year’s Paragraph 5 Salary, whichever is greater (in each case with all other terms of his prior year contract carried forward), and the Qualifying Offer is fully guaranteed for skill and injury, the Restricted Free Agent and his Prior Club may negotiate and contract for an individual Right of First Refusal with respect to the services of such player.

    (a)(ii)

    Any Unrestricted Free Agent shall be permitted to negotiate and contract for an individual Right of First Refusal with any Club with respect to the services of such player.

    (a)(iii)

    Any player (other than a Free Agent) with fewer than three Accrued Seasons is prohibited from negotiating any individual limitations on his movement in his Player Contract or otherwise, and all Clubs are prohibited from negotiating any such limitations with such players.

    (a)(iv)

    Any player that is designated a Franchise Player or a Transition Player may not negotiate and contract for an individual Right of First Refusal with any Club. (v) Any individual Right of First Refusal that is negotiated and contracted for pursuant to Subsections (i) and (ii) above shall be void and unenforceable unless it is specified in a separate document signed by such player in the form annexed hereto as Appendix D, acknowledging such player’s waiver of the express right that Free Agents have under this Agreement to be free of any Right of First Refusal restriction on their freedom of movement.

    (b)

    Rights of First Refusal negotiated pursuant to this Section 5 may be traded or assigned as part of a player’s contract.

  • Section 6. Notices, Etc.
    (a)

    Any Offer Sheet, First Refusal Exercise Notice, or other writing required or permitted to be given under this Article 9 or Article 10, shall be sent either by personal delivery or by overnight mail, or by electronic mail in .pdf form, in each case a confirmation copy shall also be sent by first class mail, addressed as follows:

    (a)(i)

    To any NFL Club: addressed to that Club at the principal address of such Club as then listed on the records of the NFL or at the Club’s principal office, to the attention of the Club’s president or general manager;

    (a)(ii)

    To the NFL: 345 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10154 to the attention of the Executive Vice President Labor & League Counsel;

    (a)(iii)

    To a Restricted Free Agent: to his address listed on the Offer Sheet and, if the Restricted Free Agent designates a representative on the Offer Sheet and lists such representative’s address thereon, a copy shall be sent to such representative at such address; and

    (a)(iv)

    To the NFLPA: 63 Gene Upshaw Place, 1133 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

    (b)

    An Offer Sheet shall be deemed given only when received by the Prior Club. A First Refusal Exercise Notice, a Qualifying Offer and any other writing required or permitted under Article 9 or Article 10 shall be deemed given when sent by the Prior Club.

    (c)

    Subject to Article 17, Section 1, the NFL shall have the right to prepare and circulate to all Clubs two lists containing, respectively, no more than the name, address, Social Security number, telephone number, college, position, Team, Right of First Refusal and/or any Draft Choice Compensation of each and every player who shall or has become (i) an Unrestricted Free Agent; (ii) a Restricted Free Agent, as of the end of the League Year, or as of the first date of the Signing Period, respectively, and no other list relating to Free Agents (“Free Agent Lists”). The NFL shall also have the right to prepare lists with the same information identifying players who are subject to a Franchise or Transition Tender, or who were eligible for but did not receive a Restricted Free Agent of Exclusive Rights Player Qualifying Offer. Information shall not be selectively withheld for some players but not others. If one or more Free Agent Lists are so circulated, copies thereof shall be sent to the NFLPA.