NFL Salary Structure

Published on 05-Nov-2012 by J Square Humboldt
Football - NFL / NFL Daily Review

Here are the details of the current National Football League collective bargaining agreement, compiled by Lance Hornby of the QMI agency:

Rookie Salary Cap: Contracts can’t be for more than four years’ duration, and teams have a rookie salary pool that must be used for all picks. That recent change brought a lot of rookies to camp much earlier in the spring and summer, virtually eliminating messy hold-outs. Andrew Luck and Cam Newton signed deals in the $22 million range the past two years.

Standard Player Contract: Players are not guaranteed money for anything more than the present season but can keep signing bonuses. Throw in football’s frequent serious injuries, and it’s a small window of earning power.

Buyouts & Bonuses: The Saints’ secret bounty incentive was stopped in its tracks, but there remain legal ways to pump up salary, such as showing up for off-season training in a timely manner. Mutual attainable performance bonuses are also written in.

Minimum Salary: $390,000

Average Salary: $1.1 million

Career Earnings: Between $2 million and $3 million based on an average career of 3.5 years.

Salary Cap: $120.6 million, a figure that’s stayed about the same of late, though any unused cap money from 2011 can be rolled in and teams have permission to borrow up to $1.5 million from 2013’s cap.

Players Share of Revenues: In the last CBA, they lowered their request for 50% of revenues down to 47%, though retired players will get more money.

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