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2014 Preseason Schedule Announced

The NFL’s slate of eight nationally televised preseason games will feature eight 2013 playoff teams, one of the highlights of the 65-game 2014 NFL preseason schedule announced today.

The 2014 preseason will kick off on Sunday, August 3 (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) in Canton, Ohio when the Buffalo Bills face the New York Giants in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game.

The San Francisco 49ers will play in the new Levi’s Stadium on national TV when the club hosts the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, August 24 (FOX, 4:00 PM ET).

Later that evening, the Arizona Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Bengals (NBC, 8:00 PM ET) at University of Phoenix Stadium, which will be the home of both the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX.

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2015 Pro Bowl to be Played in Arizona; 2016 Pro Bowl Slated for Hawaii

HERE COMES THE PRO BOWL!

(MOST-WATCHED ALL-STAR GAME IN SPORTS)

The National Football League announced today locations and dates for the next two Pro Bowls.

The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015 and televised live on ESPN at 8 PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later on Sunday, February 1. The Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee will host the Pro Bowl and surrounding activities.

The Pro Bowl following the 2015 season will be played on Sunday, January 31, 2016 and televised live on ESPN from Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, which first hosted the NFL’s All-Star game in 1980. San Francisco will host Super Bowl L the following Sunday.

The NFL has an agreement with the State of Hawaii to play the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium following the 2016 season but final confirmation of the game will be made at a later date.

Watched by 11.4 million viewers in 2014, the Pro Bowl, presented by McDonald’s, has been the most-watched all-star game in all of sports the past four years.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the third one played in the same city as the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Coliseum hosted the first Super Bowl on January 15, 1967 and the Pro Bowl the following week. South Florida hosted the Pro Bowl in 2010 a week before Super Bowl XLIV.

The 2015 Pro Bowl will be the sixth consecutive game played prior to the Super Bowl.

The 2014 Pro Bowl featured a significantly revised format that will continue. For the first time, the Pro Bowl was “unconferenced,” and several key playing rules were changed. Rather than the familiar AFC vs. NFC match-up that had existed since 1971, players were selected without regard to conference in voting by fans, coaches and players.

Tickets will be available first to Arizona Cardinals season ticket members and annual Pro Bowl season ticket holders. Pro Bowl annual ticket subscribers in Hawaii will maintain their account status for any future games at Aloha Stadium.

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NFL Retired Player News – April 2014

The NFL League Office stays in regular contact with its former players, passing along vital information via email each month about benefits and services available to them & their families as well as alerting them to where other members of the player alumni community are currently living and working.

The April 2014 edition of NFL Retired Player News included a list of 20 player alumni who have gone on to successful careers on and off the field.

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PLAYERS CURRENT CAREER POSITION (LOCATION)
G Ed Blaine Professor of Medical Pharmacology & Physiology, Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri (MO)
RB James Bostic Police Officer, Coral Springs Police Department (FL)
QB Bubby Brister Director-Corporate Services, Warrior Energy Services (LA)
RB Steve Broussard Assistant Coach, Southern Methodist University (TX)
LB Vincent Brown Assistant Coach, University of Connecticut (CT)
QB Randall Cunningham Founder/Pastor, Remnant Ministries (NV)
CB Brian Davis Owner/Elite Fitness Trainer, The Training Room (AZ)
TE Chip Glass Assistant Coach, Lake Washington High School (WA)
WR Jacquez Green Wide Receivers Coach/Head Boys Track Coach, Valdosta High School (GA)
QB David Greene Client Executive, Seacrest Partners (GA)
DT Dave Hale Founder-Owner, Hale Agency (KS)
S Terry Hoage Co-Founder, Terry Hoage Vineyards (CA)
TE Nate Jackson Writer, Book Author (CO)
QB Jeff Kemp VP/HomeBuilder Catalyst, Family Life (AR)
WR Sam McCullum Executive VP of Purchasing, Advanced Refreshment LLC (WA)
QB Dan McGwire President, Vita H20 (NV)
CB Miles McPherson Book Author/Pastor, The Rock Church (CA)
QB Warren Moon President/Founder, Sports 1 Marketing (WA)
WR Cotton Speyrer Texas Council on Environmental Technology (TX)
QB Spergon Wynn Broker, Amerex Energy Services (TX)

2013 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced; Bears’ Jordan Mills Top Earner

Chicago Bears tackle JORDAN MILLS earned the top figure in the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” program that compensates players for playing time based upon their salary levels, the NFL announced today.

Players will receive $110.72 million in Performance-Based Pay for their performance during the 2013 season. By agreement with the NFL Players Association, the players will receive their performance-based pay distributions on April 1, 2016.

Mills, the Bears’ 2013 fifth-round draft choice (No. 163 overall) from Louisiana Tech, earned $318,244 in additional pay. He played for the league’s rookie minimum salary of $405,000 last year and an additional signing bonus of $164,800. He participated in 96% of the club’s offensive plays, as well as 15% of the club’s special teams plays.

Players have been paid over $800 million cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Under the Performance-Based Pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

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NFL Announces 32 Compensatory Draft Choices to 13 Clubs

A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2014 NFL Draft have been awarded to 13 teams, the NFL announced today.

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 224 choices in the seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft (May 8-10), which will kick off in primetime for the fifth consecutive year.

The first round will be held on Thursday, May 8 and begin at 8:00 PM ET. The second and third rounds are set for Friday, May 9 at 7:00 PM ET followed by rounds 4-7 on Saturday, May 10 at 12:00 PM ET.

This year, the compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory picks to the number of clubs then in the league (32). This year, three clubs – Chicago, Atlanta and Cincinnati – qualified for compensatory picks under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because they ranked 33rd, 34th and 35th, respectively, among all compensatory picks. Atlanta and Cincinnati will receive picks for other compensatory free agents lost who ranked within the top 32 compensatory picks.

A fourth club, Oakland, did not suffer a net loss of compensatory free agents last year but qualified for a compensatory pick because the compensatory free agents lost by the club were ranked higher than the ones they signed (by a specified points differential based upon salary and playing time). Because such picks are awarded after all compensatory picks at the end of the seventh round have been made, Oakland’s pick effectively ranked 36th among all compensatory picks, so the club will not receive a selection.

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Troy Vincent Named NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations

Dave Gardi Promoted to Senior Vice President of Football Operations

Troy Vincent, who has spent 22 years as an NFL player and executive, has been named NFL executive vice president of football operations, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today.

Commissioner Goodell also appointed Dave Gardi, currently the NFL’s vice president of labor relations and football administration, to the newly created position of senior vice president of football operations.

Vincent, the head of NFL Player Engagement since 2010, will oversee all aspects of football operations in the league office with a focus on quality and innovation. His responsibilities will include officiating, integrity of the game, on-field discipline, game operations, player personnel, and college relations. Vincent will serve as a non-voting member of the Competition Committee and supervise development programs for players, coaches, and football executives. Gardi will work closely with Vincent on the administration of policies and programs in the football operations group.

Gardi, a quarterback at Brown University and graduate of Hofstra Law School, joined the NFL in 2003. He has represented the league and NFL teams in labor matters under the collective bargaining agreements with the NFL Players Association and the NFL’s game officials. He was a member of the negotiating teams for the CBAs with the players and game officials. He also worked with the football operations department and the Competition Committee on a wide range of officiating, playing rules, and player disciplinary issues. Dave is the son of the late Joe Gardi, who was an assistant coach with the New York Jets, an assistant supervisor of officials at the NFL, and head coach of Hofstra University for 16 years.

“Troy Vincent brings a uniquely well-rounded perspective to this leadership position,” Commissioner Goodell said. “He knows the game inside out from the locker room to the board room. He has done an exceptional job growing services to our players and former players, and he is ready and eager to lead our football operations group. Troy’s passion for education, personal development, and innovation will bring a new vitality and vision to our football group.

“Dave Gardi adds his own unique and broad skill set, including being steeped in the game his entire life as a player and the son of a coach,” Goodell added. “Together, Troy and Dave bring strong and talented new leadership to this critical function.”

Vincent was a first-round draft choice of the Miami Dolphins in 1992. A cornerback from the University of Wisconsin, Vincent played 15 years in the NFL for the Dolphins, Eagles, Bills, and Redskins. He was named a Pro Bowl player five times and was the 2002 winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his outstanding community service. Vincent served as president of the NFL Players Association from 2004-2008.

He joined the NFL office in 2010 to lead the league’s player engagement department, which provides support programs for players and their families. Vincent significantly expanded the scope of services for current and former players and their families. Promoted to senior vice president in 2013, he has recruited more than 200 NFL former players as ambassadors to help implement the department’s programs.

“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Vincent said. “We will emphasize clarity, consistency, and credibility to ensure the highest standards and best practices for our teams and fans. We will work closely with all stakeholders to preserve, innovate, and develop the game. This is about making a great game even better for our generation and future generations.”

In addition to the Payton Man of the Year Award, during his NFL playing career Vincent received the NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White, Sporting News #1 Good Guy, and Athletes in Action Bart Starr awards for his community service. He is the only NFL player ever to receive all four of these awards.

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2013 Official NFL Statistics

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NFL League Year Off To Fast Start With Key Players Changing Teams

The 2014 League Year is less than a week old, but there have already been significant developments in team building. Whether through free agency or trades, teams are making moves that alter the landscape of the upcoming season.

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Free Agency Signing Period Begins; 471 Players Become Free Agents

The National Football League today announced that 471 players are free agents who now can negotiate with all 32 clubs.

Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents.  Within the categories are also “franchise” and “transition” players.

The time period for free agency signings in 2014:

  • Restricted Free Agents – March 11 to May 2.
  • Unrestricted Free Agents (who have received June 1 tender from prior club) – March 11 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).
  • Franchise Players – March 11 to November 11, the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season.
  • Transition Players – March 11 to July 22.

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2014 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers

SALARY CAP SET AT $133,000,000

Q.  When does the 2014 free agency signing period begin?

A.  At 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11.

Q.  What is permitted during the three-day negotiating period prior to the start of free agency?

A.  Beginning at 12:00 noon ET on Saturday, March 8 and ending at 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 11, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.  However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

During this negotiation period, a prospective unrestricted free agent cannot visit a club (other than the player’s current club) at its permanent facility or at any other location, and no direct contact is permitted between the player and any employee or representative of a club (other than the player’s current club).  If a player is self-represented, clubs are prohibited from discussions with the player during the negotiating period.

Clubs (other than the player’s current club) may not discuss or make any travel arrangements with prospective unrestricted free agent players, their certified agents, or anyone else associated with the player until the expiration of those players’ 2013 Player Contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.

The three-day negotiating period applies only to potential unrestricted free agents; it does not apply to players who are potential Exclusive Rights Players or Restricted Free Agents, or to players who have been designated as Franchise Players or Transition Players.

Q.  What are the categories of free agency?

A.  Players are either “Restricted Free Agents” or “Unrestricted Free Agents.”  A Restricted Free Agent may be subject to a qualifying offer.  A Restricted or Unrestricted Free Agent may be designated by his prior club as its Franchise Player or Transition Player.

Q.  What is the time period for free agency signings this year?

A.  For Restricted Free Agents, from March 11 to May 2.  For Unrestricted Free Agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior club, from March 11 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later).  For Franchise Players, from March 11 until the Tuesday following the 10th week of the regular season, November 11.  For Transition Players, from March 11 until July 22.  If the above-listed players do not sign by November 11, they must sit out the season.

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