Archive for February, 2010

What They’re Saying

“Other than a Super Bowl, the next thing you look forward to is reaching free agency, because I want to see where my value is, wherever it might be – high, low or whatever.  But this is a different year, different set of circumstances. You just have to approach it as, you left all you had out on the field and hopefully you get rewarded for it. That’s all you can do.”

– Panthers tight end Jeff King, who has four accrued seasons and will be a restricted free agent in an uncapped 2010 season (2/20/10 — CharlotteObserver.com)

“Too many guys have earned the opportunity to be free agents and are angry that the rules have changed.”   

– Falcons guard Tyson Clabo, who has four accrued seasons and will be a restricted free agent in an uncapped 2010 season (2/22/10 issue — ESPN the Magazine)

“Teams aren’t going to give up picks. So if you have anybody decent, anybody you want to keep, all you have to do is put the second-round tender on him and you know no one’s going to make a move.”

– Player agent Rick Smith (2/20/10 — CharlotteObserver.com)

“A lot of us look forward to free agency, look forward to that chance to cash in the big payday. But it is what it is.”  

– Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who has five accrued seasons and will be a restricted free agent in an uncapped 2010 season (2/20/10 — CharlotteObserver.com)

“We recognize and understand the economic challenges facing our fans.”

– Broncos senior vice president of business development Mac Freeman on the team freezing ticket prices for a second consecutive season (2/12/10 – Denver Post)

“We’re asking [players] to recognize the incredible costs, which they have already acknowledged, that are required to grow revenue. You have to invest in these stadiums that we’re in today. You need to find new ways of creating revenue, whether it’s international or otherwise. And that takes investment. And we need to make sure that the owners have the capital to be able to do that. And then the pie grows and everyone benefits. And so I think the players will continue to see growing revenue – growing salaries, but their salaries have doubled over the last decade.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/7/10 – CBS’ “Face the Nation”)

“We want an agreement that’s fair to the game, to the players and will allow us to continue to invest in the game.  The idea that ownership would be anxious for a work stoppage is absolutely false.  You don’t make money by shutting down your business.  It’s a bad scenario for everybody.  I can assure you the ownership and I believe the players­­­­—in talking to individual players—want to get an agreement and want to work to do that.  We are currently committed to do that and I am right there at the forefront.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10 – Super Bowl press conference)

“Our focus is on trying to get an agreement as soon as we possibly can. Before there is any kind of a work stoppage, we still have a lot of time and a lot of important opportunities here to structure something that makes sense for everybody. We’re committed and we’re determined to do that.  Our focus is on the immediate future.  In the next 30 days or so, we’ll be going into an uncapped year if we are not successful.  A lot of players will be affected by that.  We’d like to see if something can get done.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10 – Super Bowl press conference)

“We’ve asked very clearly for 18-percent cost recognition so that when investments are made to grow the game and generate revenue, they’re given recognition.  And, that will encourage further investment.  It will, hopefully, grow that pie.  You’ve heard one example: Los Angeles. By investing in a new stadium in Los Angeles that will generate more revenue, the players would share it.  That’s a positive. We’ve talked about a restructured season as another way to generate new revenue by improving the quality of what we’re doing.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10 – Super Bowl press conference)

“We have shared that data with [our players] and we will continue to share that data with them.  And you point out that other leagues have opened their books.  Unfortunately that is not the Holy Grail.  [Other] leagues went into lockouts and extended lockouts.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10 – Super Bowl press conference)

“The important number to focus on is since the 2006 agreement was struck, we have generated $3.6 billion in incremental revenue, additional revenue.  $2.6 billion of that has gone to the players.  The owners are actually $200 million worse off than they were in 2006.  So the system is not working for at least one side of the equation.  And that’s the point.  You have to have a system that works for everybody.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10, Super Bowl press conference)

 

“The players should be paid fairly and they should be paid well. We should do everything we can to continue to find ways to invest in the game and hopefully make it beneficial to everybody.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10, Super Bowl press conference)

“There has been a lot of discussion in the public including by DeMaurice Smith that the salary cap has been good for the players, it’s been good for the game. I would hope that he doesn’t take things off the table that are good for the game and that we all sit down and try to be reasonable and try to be fair.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10, Super Bowl press conference)

“There have been a lot of changes in NFL economics over the years. Most specifically, the investments they are making in stadiums and operating those stadiums and the capital improvements required for those stadiums. That takes a significant investment that we didn’t have 20 years ago and our system has to recognize that.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10, Super Bowl press conference)

“That is a one-billion dollar gift that we give the owners for stadium renovations, stadium upkeep, G3 program – all of the things that players agreed to give for cost considerations to generate revenue.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (2/4/10, press conference)

 

“The reason there is a $1 billion deduction is that it reflects actual costs incurred.  Costs that are incurred to grow revenues, money that is spent in investments – invested in things like stadiums, NFL Network, NFL.com, putting games on overseas – all of which is intended to and which has in fact had the effect of generating substantial additional revenues, 60% of which go to NFL players.  The union knows that is true, because the union has absolute rights to audit those expenses and confirm that they are accurate, complete, and fairly stated.”

– NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (2/4/10)

“I am thrilled that guys like Tom Brady who have not been involved before have come to the fold.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (2/4/10, press conference)

 

“On a scale of 1 to 10, [a work stoppage] is a 14.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (2/4/10, press conference)

“I couldn’t make that prediction and I sure hope he’s wrong and I sure hope it doesn’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (2/5/10, Super Bowl press conference)

“[What] we do not understand and cannot give into is how a business that makes over $8 billion and averages over $31 million per team can look its employees in the face and say, ‘Take an 18-percent pay cut,’ without any justification for doing so.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (2/4/10, press conference)

 

“We have asked for 18% credit against the revenue base to reflect costs that we incur that we do not receive credit for today.  From that revenue base, the players would then continue to get the same percentage that they get today under the salary cap.  The change is nowhere close to 18%, probably half that.  More importantly, our proposal should not result, and we have never said it would result, in players having to take a reduction because the entire point is to generate a pool of resources to have continued investment and continued growth which will lead to higher salaries and higher benefits for players.”

– NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (2/4/10)

“When we meet with them, they acknowledge that the clubs are being squeezed.  Those are their words, not my words.  They acknowledge to us that our non-player expenses have gone through the roof.  Those are their words, not mine. They acknowledge to us that we are getting crushed – crushed – by non-player costs.  Those are their words.”

– NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (2/4/10)

“We, as far back as last summer, proposed enhancing the pension plan with respect to players that have retired prior to 1993.  We proposed the Legacy Fund concept on a couple of occasions.  One suggestion we made was that management and the union would each contribute an equal amount.  The union has very substantial business operations through Players, Inc. and their whole commercial arm.  We suggested that we each contribute something to that.  The union didn’t have any enthusiasm for that when we first proposed it, and you heard De Maurice’s answer when that question was put to him: he didn’t have any enthusiasm for it today.”

– – NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (2/4/10)

“On behalf of the 3,000 members who once played in the NFL, I propose that instead of meaningless press releases you sit down and engage in dialogue. The NFL Alumni do not want to participate in monetary negotiations. We just want you to work with our members for the benefits they need. If the Commissioner of Football can meet with us, why can’t you?”

–George Martin in open request to DeMaurice Smith at NFL Alumni press conference (2/4/10 – Newark Star-Ledger)

“They negotiated television contracts that will pay them money even if the games are not played. We know that they’ve re-negotiated some assistant coaches’ contracts to envision a lockout.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (2/4/10, press conference)

“It is hardly the first time that a television contract has had that type of provision in it.  That goes back in my experience at least to the early 1980’s.  More to the point, it is nothing more than a financing mechanism.  The networks aren’t going to hand over large amounts of money to us, and if they don’t get a product [in return] tell us to go ahead and keep that money. We will have to give it back to them and take reductions about what we get from them for future years. It is no different than borrowing on a home equity line.  You still have to pay it back.”

– NFL executive vice president of labor/league counsel Jeff Pash (2/4/10)

 

“The real core message here is that we all want to get a fair agreement, for the players, for the owners, to allow the game to continue to grow. There are conversations going on, that’s a positive step. But we’re all frustrated there’s not more progress.”

– Commissioner Roger Goodell (NFL Network, 1/31/10)

 

“We’re all way overpaid.”

– New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (1/26/10 – Boston Herald)

 

“[An NFL player] is a blue-collar worker whose average life span on the field is less than four years…our fans identify with that. They understand punching a clock every day.”

- – NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (1/19/10 – Chicago Sun-Times)

 

“If I’m able to get off of minimum wage, I will definitely take my family out to all the home games, and I know they’ll be happy about that.

– Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (11/26/09 – Arizona Republic)

 

“We’d rather have money going to retired players and veteran players as opposed to unproven rookies. I’m frustrated; March 1 is coming pretty quickly.”

– New York Giants president John Mara (1/20/10 — New York Times)

 

“The market has been gutted from not only a large number of players being unrestricted, but some high quality players. There is the Final Eight Plan … taking 25 percent of the teams and having them not participating totally in free agency.”

– Player agent Tom Condon (1/26/10 – AP)

 

“I believe that not having any experience in the business of football has been beneficial.”

– NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah (11/30/09 – New York Times website)

 

“I’m thinking about going back to school, and I tell all the guys they should do the same. ‘What job skills do I have right now?’ There’s guys with degrees from Harvard who are out of work in this economy.”

– Arizona Cardinals linebacker Karlos Dansby (9/8/09 – Yahoo)

 

“I think the fans will see a different system with no limit on the high end or the low end, and on what teams can spend. Each team will have to decide how they will operate.”

– Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay (1/26/10 – AP)

 

“You look at March of next year, which would begin the lockout year.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (1/28/10 — WFAN)

 

“We want Congress to know that management is pushing us toward a lockout.”

– Tennessee Titans center and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae (1/20/10 – AP)

 

“Who has been talking about a lockout, the NFL or the NFLPA? The owners have expressed nothing publicly other than a desire to do a fair deal; the union has repeatedly proclaimed that a lockout is coming.”

– Pro Football Talk (2/1/10)

 

“Why don’t we get to the point where we’re actually negotiating instead of just talking in the press?”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (9/7/09-AOL Fanhouse)

 

“The NFLPA is not discussing the CBA negotiations in an effort to maintain the integrity of the talks.”

– NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah (11/9/09-Sports Business Journal)

 

“We’re not going to give them the shirts off our backs and not get something in return.”

– Titans C and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae (1/10/10 – The Tennessean)

 

“When you get that first check, you want things, lots of things. The owners want us to think, that we gotta have all this stuff. That makes us desperate and we can’t be desperate.”

– Chargers LB Shawne Merriman (9/8/09 – Yahoo)

 

“Individual owners and teams have spent exactly nothing on retired player benefits.”

– NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith (1/15/10 – Sports Business Journal)

“The simple fact of the matter is that all retirement funds–for both active and retired players — comes from the money allocated to active players under the league’s salary cap of 60 percent of NFL revenue. In 2008 this amounted to $23 million per team, or $736 million… As the union boss he should at least understand where the money comes from.”

– Michael Ozanian (1/22/10 — Forbes.com)

 

“There are a lot of unknowns in an uncapped year.”

– Raiders DE Richard Seymour (11/13/09 — USA Today)

 

“Is [the uncapped season] challenging? Absolutely, because there’s really no precedent for it. It’s different than any other year. Even before when there was no (salary) cap you didn’t have the free agency.”

– Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (1/13/10 – Boston Herald)

 

“We have two plans, A and B. We’ve done both. We’re comfortable with however it plays out. There are facets of the uncapped year that are designed to make it difficult for both parties in that environment.”

– Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian (1/7/10 — Indianapolis Star)

 

“I don’t think we’re making any progress. We made a proposal in early November. I don’t think we’ve received a meaningful counterproposal. The point that we try to make to them is that the costs and risks are much greater than they ever have been. Especially in this economy. I don’t think there has been enough of a recognition on their part of that concept. They want a deal that is equal to or better than the existing one and that is not acceptable to us.”

– New York Giants president John Mara (1/20/10 — New York Times)

 

“What we’re trying to accomplish here is to have an economic system … that will allow us to look back 15 years from now and say that we, meaning the clubs and the players, were creative and thoughtful and laid the groundwork for the game to continue to grow.”

– NFL executive VP and chief counsel Jeff Pash (1/26/10 – AP)

 

“If you take a close look at just how powerful the NFL has become, a big part of it is having sustained labor peace. It’s enabled sponsors and others to get behind them. It’s enabled TV partners to plan around them without having to worry about an interruption. If you have a stable labor force and you’re able to distribute your product with no interruption, you have a real chance to build your business. That’s what the NFL has had. But that could be threatened.”

– David Carter, Sports Business Group (1/31/10 — Washington Post)

Goodell: “We want an agreement”

“We want an agreement,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his Super Bowl press conference on February 5. “We want an agreement that’s fair to the game, to the players and [one that] will allow us to continue to invest in the game. The idea that ownership would want a work stoppage is absolutely false. You don’t make money by shutting down your business. It’s a bad scenario for everybody.”

For more on the press conference, click here.

For more on labor from Commissioner Goodell’s Super Bowl press conference, see the video below at the following times — 3:50 and 11:15.

Retired Players Get Free Heart Screenings

More than 50 retired NFL players received free heart screenings in the week leading up to Super Bowl XLIV at The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health Broward General Medical Center.

“This was a great opportunity for me as it was for all retired NFL players,” said Greg Baty, a former Miami Dolphins tight end.  “It’s free, painless, and it could be lifesaving.”

The heart health screening program is one of four major health projects the NFL Player Care Foundation offers to its former players. 

For complete story, click here.

For more on NFL Player Care, click here.

How we arrived at this point in NFL labor

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement, initially negotiated in 1993, has been extended on several occasions, most recently in March 2006. 

NFL clubs voted unanimously in May 2008 not to extend the agreement beyond the 2010 season because their costs were rising faster than their revenues. The clubs are committed to negotiating a new agreement, for the 2011 season and beyond that will better serve the clubs, the players and most important, the fans.

What does this mean to fans and games on the field?

If there is no new agreement before March 5, 2010, the 2010 season will be played without a salary cap under rules that also limit the free agency rights of the players. In an uncapped year, there is also no minimum team payroll.

What are the issues?

The principal issue is ensuring that the agreement is structured in a way that provides incentives for the clubs to invest, innovate and improve the game for the benefit of the fans over the long term.    

For more click here.

Restricted Free Agents in Uncapped 2010


“The market has been gutted from not only a large number of players being unrestricted, but some high quality players,” NFL player agent Tom Condon told the Associated Press in a January 26 story.

Following are the more than 200 players with four and five credited seasons who in an uncapped 2010 season would be restricted free agents.  Previously, players with four and five years of experience would have been unrestricted free agents — free to sign with any team without their club receiving draft choice compensation.

***UPDATED MARCH 4***

(Note: Any player with three accrued seasons whose contract is due to expire will also be a restricted free agent in 2010.)

 

Accrued        2009    
Seasons Club Player Pos Starts Current Agent*
4 ARZ Lutui, Deuce G 16 Hannemann, Max
5 ARZ Abdullah, Hamza SS 0 LaBoy, Cliff
4 ARZ Green, Justin FB 0 Baker, Andrew M.
5 ARZ Urban, Jerheme WR 0 Drana, John E.
4 ARZ Watson, Gabe NT 0 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 ATL Clabo, Tyson T 16 Speck, Chad
4 ATL Dahl, Harvey G 11 Condon, Thomas J.
4 ATL Ojinnaka, Quinn G 5 Linta, Joseph Michael
4 ATL Norwood, Jerious RB 4 Weatherell, Donald Arthur
4 ATL Fudge, Jamaal SS 0 Wyatt, David S.
5 ATL Koenen, Michael P 0 McCartney, Michael S.
4 ATL Peprah, Charlie FS 0 Crain, Graylan S.
4 BLT Landry, Dawan SS 16 France, Todd E.
4 BLT Chester, Chris G 13 Domann, Craig E.
5 BLT Clayton, Mark WR 12 Steiner, Jim
5 BLT Washington, Fabian CB 10 Mackler, Brian
5 BLT Cundiff, Billy K 0 Sheehy, Paul R.
4 BLT Koch, Sam P 0 Mudder, Steven J.
4 BLT Moll, Tony T 0 Grogan, James C.
5 BLT Terry, Adam T 0 Landphere, Kenneth C.
4 BLT Williams, Demetrius WR 0 Bauer, Frank
4 BUF Incognito, Richie G 12 Dunn, David L.
4 BUF Wilson, George SS 12 France, Todd E.
4 BUF Ellison, Keith OLB 8 Ellison, Christopher
4 BUF Youboty, Ashton CB 1 Segal, Joel G.
4 BUF Hamdan, Gibran QB 0 Baker, Andrew M.
4 CAR Marshall, Richard CB 16 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 CAR King, Jeff TE 15 Smith, Rick E.
4 CAR Anderson, James OLB 7 Ivler, James J.
5 CAR Davis, Thomas OLB 7 France, Todd E.
5 CAR Petitti, Rob T 0 Cindrich, Ralph E.
4 CHI Manning, Danieal FS 10 Hicks, Russel V.
5 CHI Bullocks, Josh FS 4 Nalley, Jeffrey S.
4 CHI Anderson, Mark DE 2 Ivler, James J.
4 CHI Williams, Jamar OLB 2 Ivler, James J.
4 CHI Dvoracek, Dusty NT 0 Johnson, William L.
5 CIN Mathis, Evan G 7 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 CIN Johnson, Brandon OLB 3 Chayut, Jason T.
4 CIN Jeanty, Rashad OLB 1 Canter, David E.
4 CIN Rucker, Frostee DE 1 Gould, James M.
4 CIN Hodge, Abdul MLB 0 Baratz, Blake Aaron
5 CIN Smith, Shaun NT 0 Schwartz, Neil S.
4 CLV Elam, Abram SS 16 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 CLV Pool, Brodney FS 10 Dogra, R.K. Ben
4 CLV Vickers, Lawrence FB 9 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 CLV Harrison, Jerome RB 7 Unknown,
4 CLV Jackson, D’Qwell ILB 6 Mackler, Brian
5 CLV Roth, Matt OLB 6 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 DAL Sensabaugh, Gerald SS 15 Conner, Kevin T.
5 DAL Spears, Marcus DE 14 Feldman, Steven C.
4 DAL Austin, Miles WR 9 Dunn, David L.
4 DAL Bowen, Stephen DE 2 Woy, Jordan
4 DAL Hurd, Sam WR 1 Greengross, Ian
4 DAL Watkins, Pat SS 1 Colton, Jerrold D.
4 DAL Hatcher, Jason DE 0 Cook, James A.
4 DAL McQuistan, Pat T 0 Staninger, Ken
5 DAL Preston, Duke C 0 Domann, Craig E.
4 DAL Procter, Cory G 0 Dubin, Stephen L.
4 DAL Suisham, Shaun K 0 Scott, Gil
4 DEN Kuper, Chris G 15 Goeas, Leo
5 DEN Orton, Kyle QB 15 Humenik, Mark
4 DEN Dumervil, Elvis OLB 14 Wichard, Gary
4 DEN Marshall, Brandon WR 13 McGuire, Kennard
4 DEN Scheffler, Tony TE 9 Cook, James A.
4 DEN Smith, Le Kevin DE 2 Bakari, Adisa P.
4 DET Hunter, Jason DE 9 Walker, Robert B.
4 DET Gandy, Dylan C 5 Smith, Scott J.
5 DET Loper, Daniel G 5 Roth, Leonard S.
4 DET Simpson, Ko FS 5 Chayut, Jason T.
4 DET Bullocks, Daniel SS 0 Nalley, Jeffrey S.
5 DET Spencer, Cody ILB 0 Woy, Jordan
4 GB Colledge, Daryn G 16 Sperbeck, Jeffrey M.
5 GB Collins, Nick FS 16 Butz, David R.
4 GB Jolly, Johnny DE 16 Overstreet, Brian E.
4 GB Bigby, Atari SS 11 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 GB Kuhn, John FB 6 Gold, Kevin
4 GB Spitz, Jason C 4 Ayrault, Brian P.
4 GB Blackmon, Will CB 0 Lawrence, Paul O.
4 HST Ryans, DeMeco MLB 16 Dogra, R.K. Ben
4 HST Pollard, Bernard SS 13 Parker, Eugene E.
4 HST Daniels, Owen TE 8 Butz, David R.
5 HST White, Chris C 8 Weatherell, Donald Arthur
4 HST Busing, John FS 4 Canter, David E.
5 HST Moats, Ryan RB 2 Woy, Jordan
4 HST Butler, Rashad T 0 Sarnoff, Kenneth R.
4 IND Bethea, Antoine FS 16 Bakari, Adisa P.
4 IND Johnson, Charlie T 12 Williams, Rodney N.
5 IND Hagler, Tyjuan OLB 7 Frankel, Mitchell
4 IND Jennings, Tim CB 5 Chayut, Jason T.
5 IND Francisco, Aaron FS 2 Hannemann, Max
4 IND Keiaho, Freddy MLB 2 Dunn, David L.
4 IND Baskett, Hank WR 0 Ivler, James J.
5 IND Jackson, Marlin CB 0 Sullivan, Michael F.
4 IND Rushing, T.J. CB 0 Bakari, Adisa P.
4 JAX Ingram, Clint OLB 12 Condon, Thomas J.
4 KC Niswanger, Rudy C 16 Elias, Albert G.
4 KC Mays, Corey ILB 13 Greengross, Ian
4 KC O’Callaghan, Ryan T 12 Sullivan, Michael F.
4 KC Page, Jarrad FS 5 Parker, Eugene E.
5 KC Johnson, Derrick ILB 3 Nalley, Jeffrey S.
4 KC Croyle, Brodie QB 1 Sexton, James E.
4 MIA Fasano, Anthony TE 14 Dunn, David L.
5 MIA Brown, Ronnie RB 9 France, Todd E.
4 MIN Edwards, Ray DE 16 Hendrickson, Douglas J.
5 MIN Paymah, Karl CB 2 Hoffman, Michael R.
4 MIN Tahi, Naufahu FB 2 Lee, David
4 MIN Cook, Ryan T 0 Johnson, William L.
4 MIN Evans, Fred NT 0 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 MIN Jackson, Tarvaris QB 0 Segal, Joel G.
5 NE Mankins, Logan G 16 Bauer, Frank
4 NE Woods, Pierre OLB 5 Kiernan, Sean E.
4 NE Gostkowski, Stephen K 0 Sexton, James E.
4 NO Evans, Jahri G 16 Colton, Jerrold D.
4 NO Harper, Roman SS 16 Johnson, William L.
4 NO Thomas, David TE 8 Woy, Jordan
5 NO Hargrove, Tony DT 6 Williams, Philip C.
4 NO Bell, Mike RB 3 Feldman, Steven C.
4 NO Strief, Zach T 2 Cindrich, Ralph E.
5 NO Brown, Jammal T 0 Dogra, R.K. Ben
4 NO Moore, Lance WR 0 Butz, David R.
4 NO Roby, Courtney WR 0 Schaffer, Peter J.
4 NO Torrence, Leigh CB 0 Paige, Anthony
4 NYG Cofield, Barry NT 16 McCartney, Michael S.
5 NYG Brown, C.C. FS 7 Wiestling, Chad E.
4 NYG Dockery, Kevin CB 3 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 NYG Boothe, Kevin G 2 Segal, Joel G.
4 NYG Hagan, Derek WR 0 Kremer, Kendall
4 NYG Moss, Sinorice WR 0 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 NYG Whimper, Guy T 0 Diulus, Gregory P.
4 NYG Wilkinson, Gerris OLB 0 Zuckerman, Kenneth I.
5 NYJ Edwards, Braylon WR 15 Condon, Thomas J.
4 NYJ Smith, Eric SS 4 Baker, Andrew M.
4 NYJ Smith, Brad WR 2 Bartelstein, Mark
4 NYJ Clemens, Kellen QB 1 Dunn, David L.
4 NYJ Coleman, Drew CB 1 Herman, Alan
5 NYJ Hunter, Wayne T 1 Zuckerman, Kenneth I.
5 NYJ Green, Howard NT 0 Elias, Albert G.
4 NYJ Washington, Leon RB 0 Keels, Alvin
5 OAK Morrison, Kirk MLB 16 Tollner, Bruce A.
4 OAK Howard, Thomas OLB 15 Dunn, David L.
4 OAK Brown, Ricky OLB 5 LaMontagne, Noel
4 OAK Alston, Jon OLB 4 Baker, Steve
5 OAK Frye, Charlie QB 3 Metz, Eric
5 OAK Barnes, Khalif T 2 Zuckerman, Kenneth I.
5 OAK Routt, Stanford CB 1 McElroy, William Vann
5 OAK Losman, J.P. QB 0 Wichard, Gary
4 PHI Cole, Nick C 16 Lyles, Frederick T.
4 PHI Gocong, Chris OLB 11 Hoffman, Michael R.
4 PHI Avant, Jason WR 9 Sullivan, Michael F.
5 PHI Weaver, Leonard FB 8 Lewis, Harold C.
4 PHI Jean-Gilles, Max G 5 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 PHI Smith, Alex TE 5 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 PHI Gaither, Omar MLB 3 France, Todd E.
5 PHI Hobbs, Ellis CB 0 Omell, Kevin J.
4 PIT Colon, Willie T 16 Linta, Joseph Michael
4 SD McNeill, Marcus T 16 Keels, Alvin
5 SD Jackson, Vincent WR 15 Schwartz, Neil S.
5 SD Merriman, Shawne OLB 14 Condon, Thomas J.
4 SD Floyd, Malcom WR 9 Baker, Andrew M.
4 SD Dobbins, Tim ILB 2 Omell, Kevin J.
5 SD Sproles, Darren RB 2 Wichard, Gary
5 SD Garay, Antonio DT 0 Weiss, Arthur B.
5 SD Ghiaciuc, Eric C 0 Domann, Craig E.
5 SD Harris, Marques OLB 0 Hoffman, Michael R.
5 SD Johnson, Travis DE 0 Wichard, Gary
5 SD Thomas, Dontarrious MLB 0 Sperbeck, Jeffrey M.
4 SD Whitehurst, Charlie QB 0 Dye, Patrick F.
4 SEA Sims, Rob G 14 Segal, Joel G.
5 SEA Spencer, Chris C 14 Condon, Thomas J.
4 SEA Tapp, Darryl DE 5 Smith, Fletcher N.
4 SEA Laury, Lance OLB 0 Canter, David E.
5 SF Baas, David G 16 Lock, Ethan
4 SF Brooks, Ahmad OLB 0 Self,
4 SF Hudson, Marcus CB 0 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 SL Barron, Alex T 16 Barnes, Roosevelt
5 SL Atogwe, Oshiomogho FS 12 Landphere, Kenneth C.
4 SL Gibson, Gary DT 5 Fisher, Jay M.
4 SL Setterstrom, Mark G 3 Landphere, Kenneth C.
4 SL Adeyanju, Victor DE 1 Domann, Craig E.
4 SL Gado, Sam RB 0 Tollner, Bruce A.
4 SL Martin, Ruvell WR 0 Baratz, Blake Aaron
4 TB Penn, Donald T 16 Arceneaux, Rocky
5 TB Ruud, Barrett MLB 16 Lock, Ethan
4 TB Trueblood, Jeremy T 16 Condon, Thomas J.
5 TB Williams, Carnell RB 15 Dogra, R.K. Ben
4 TB Stovall, Maurice WR 7 Smith, Lamont
5 TB Bradley, Mark WR 6 Bradley, Danny L.
5 TB McCoy, Matt OLB 2 Castano, Orlando J.
4 TB Clark, Brian WR 0 Wood, Edward Kirk
5 TB Wilson, Rod MLB 0 Canter, David E.
5 TEN Brown, Tony DT 15 Magid, Martin R.
4 TEN Tulloch, Stephen MLB 13 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 TEN Scaife, Bo TE 10 Rosenhaus, Drew
4 TEN Vickerson, Kevin DT 2 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 TEN Ball, Dave DE 1 Tollner, Bruce A.
4 TEN White, LenDale RB 0 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 WAS Campbell, Jason QB 16 Segal, Joel G.
4 WAS McIntosh, Rocky OLB 15 Rosenhaus, Drew
5 WAS Rogers, Carlos CB 15 France, Todd E.
4 WAS Doughty, Reed SS 7 Butz, David R.
4 WAS Golston, Kedric DT 5 Courtney, Lance
4 WAS Montgomery, Will C 3 Lattinville, Robert H.
4 WAS Montgomery, Anthony DT 0 Rosenhaus, Drew

*subject to change

NFL Player Benefits

In addition to their annual salaries and bonuses, NFL players receive extensive benefits from their clubs and the league. In an uncapped 2010 season, some of those benefits would be discontinued.

For a complete list of NFL player benefits, click here.

NFL Players Earned Extra $2.6 Billion Since 2006

NFL players earned $2.6 billion in additional revenue since 2006, Aaron Kuriloff reported for Bloomberg News on February 4.  Kuriloff also reported that “owners’ share of new revenue [in that time period] totaled about $1 billion, while their costs rose to $1.2 billion,” citing a document that the league prepared for the NFLPA.

“The clubs are being squeezed,” NFL chief financial officer Anthony Noto told Kuriloff. “I think they will be forced to continue to reduce their investment to try to get to a cash-flow number and a return that they need. As we have seen in so many industries, that reduction will in the long run hurt revenue growth, and it will hurt player salaries and it will eventually hurt the growth of the game.”

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New CBA would be good for all

Without a new collective bargaining agreement, 2010 will be an uncapped season with rules reducing the number of unrestricted free agents and limiting the ability of the final eight playoff teams to sign free agents, Barry Wilner reported for the Associated Press on January 26.

However, a new CBA recognizing owner investment and economic realities would be beneficial to players and teams alike as NFL executive VP and chief counsel Jeff Pash explained to Wilner. The goal, Pash said, is to “have an economic system that will allow us to look back 15 years from now and say that the clubs and the players laid the groundwork for the game to continue to grow. It will lead to better salaries and benefits for current and retired players, and a better and healthier game for fans.”

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NFL retirees praise George Martin, NFL owners’ $100 million pledge

In a Jan. 29 posting on its website, the Fourth and Goal retired players organization praised NFL Alumni leader George Martin and the NFL owners’ pledge of $100 million to the retired players’ pension fund.“The NFLPA wants everyone to believe that the money comes from active players,” according to the posting.  “They now want all retired players to stand by them in this fight against the owners. Well, the Owners just put $100 Million on the table for an immediate increase in retired player pensions. So how did DeMaurice Smith and Clark Gaines respond to the offer?  They attacked George Martin and the NFL Alumni!”

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q. Can you comment on the following statement by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith:  “The question is whether or not there’s any other way of interpreting the new television contracts as anything but lockout insurance. The answer is no. I mean, when you put in, for the first time, a guarantee that there will be almost $5 billion to not play football, what else can you consider it to be?”
  • A. The statement is incorrect in numerous respects.  Any sums paid by the broadcast and cable television networks to the NFL during a work stoppage would have to be repaid with interest.   For decades, NFL network TV contracts have protected the NFL against the possibility that games might be lost for any of a variety of reasons, including work stoppages, natural disasters, or other similar events. 
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  • Q. Why does the NFLPA say that the owners have never explained why this current CBA has been terminated?
  • A. The decision has been explained repeatedly at the bargaining table and publicly. The CBA, which does not adequately recognize the costs of generating revenue, does not afford the clubs sufficient incentives to invest in the future of the game.
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  • Q. Are owners asking veteran players to take an 18 percent pay cut?
  • A. Absolutely not. Between reductions in outrageous salaries for rookies and anticipated increases in revenue, current players should not see their compensation decline under the clubs’ proposal. The goal is to create a system that will allow for growth in revenue and player compensation.
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  • Q. When does the CBA expire if there is no extension of the agreement?
  • A. In March of 2011.
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  • Q. Will there be a college draft in 2011?
  • A. Yes.
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  • Q. Is the NFL a non-profit organization as NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has stated?
  • A. The NFL League Office is a not-for-profit organization.  The NFL League Office receives funding from the 32 member clubs to cover its non revenue overhead activities such as office rent, League Office salaries and game officiating.  In addition, the NFL League Office collects revenues on behalf of the 32 member clubs and distributes those revenues to the clubs.  All national revenues (e.g. broadcast TV payments) collected and paid to the member clubs, as well as local revenues earned individually by the clubs, are subject to tax at the club level. This structure is not unlike that of any partnership where the net earnings of the partnership are passed through to the partners where it is taxed.
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  • Q. What is the “Final League Year” in the current agreement?
  • A. The “Final League Year” is the term used in the CBA to refer to the last year of the agreement. Without a further extension of the CBA, the “Final League Year” would be the 2010 season, which begins on March 5.
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  • Q. What would be the differences between the 2010 and any other “League Year?”
  • A. The principal differences are that in the “Final League Year”  (1) there is no salary cap; (2) there is no minimum team payroll; (3) there are substantial additional restrictions on player free agency; and (4) there are reductions in active player benefits.
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  • Q. Will current player benefits be affected in 2010 if there is no new CBA?
  • A.  The union agreed that in the Final League Year, clubs would be relieved of their obligation to fund numerous benefit programs for current players. Examples include second career savings (401K), player annuity, severance pay and performance-based pay. The total league-wide contributions to such plans in 2009 were in excess of $325 million or more than $10 million per club.
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  • Q. Are retired player benefits affected in the Final League Year (2010 season)?
  • A. Commissioner Goodell has stated in a letter to the NFL Alumni Association that there will be no reduction in pension or disability payments to retired players during the Final League Year (2010).
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  • Q. What determines whether a player is an unrestricted free agent in the Final League Year (2010 season)?
  • A. In capped seasons, a player whose contract has expired becomes an unrestricted free agent if he has four or more accrued seasons. In the Final League Year (2010 season), a player whose contract has expired becomes an unrestricted free agent only if he has six or more accrued seasons. An unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no compensation owed to his old club.
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  • Q. What determines whether a player is a restricted free agent in the Final League Year?
  • A. In capped seasons, a player whose contract expires becomes a restricted free agent if he has three accrued seasons. In the Final League Year (2010 season), a player whose contract expires becomes a restricted free agent if he has three, four or five accrued seasons.
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  • Q. In addition to the right to designate a franchise (or transition) player each capped year, will clubs be able to designate additional players if 2010 is uncapped?
  • A. Yes, one additional player can be tagged. In capped years, a club may designate a franchise player or a transition player. In the final league year (2010), a club may designate one additional transition player.
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  • Q. What is the Final Eight Plan?
  • A. During the Final League Year (2010 season), the eight clubs that made the Divisional Playoffs in the previous season (Arizona, Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York Jets, and San Diego) have restrictions on their ability to sign unrestricted free agents from other clubs. Those clubs are limited in the number of free agents that they may sign; the limit is determined principally by the number of their own free agents signing with other clubs. 
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  • Q. Is there an Entering Player Pool in the Final League Year?
  • A. The CBA provides that the league has the unilateral right to keep or eliminate the rookie pool in the Final League Year (2010 season). There has been no decision to eliminate the rooke pool.
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  • Q. Is there a Minimum Team Salary in the Final League Year (2010 season)?
  • A. There is no Minimum Team Salary in the Final League Year (2010 season). The Minimum Team Salary in 2009 was $107,748,000, meaning each team was required to allocate more than $107 million to player costs (not including benefits). The team salary cap in 2009 was $123 million.
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  • Q. Are there individual player minimum salaries in the Final League Year (2010 season)?
  • A. Yes.
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  • Q. Do any player contract rules from capped years remain in place for the Final League Year?
  • A. Yes, some rules like the “30% increase rule” are still in effect in the Final League Year (2010 season) for player contracts signed in capped years. That rule restricts salary increases from 2009 to 2010. For example: a player with a $500,000 salary in 2009 would be limited to annual salary increases of $150,000 ($500,000 x 30%) beginning in 2010.