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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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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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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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Franchise and Transition player designations were announced today for the 2014 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11.
A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.
The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.
An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the Restricted Free Agent Signing Period on May 2; or (ii) the amount of the Required Tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.
Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the Required Tender for such a player:
The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .
If a club extends a Required Tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.
The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 11 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 11).
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MIAMI AND INDIANAPOLIS ADD SUNDAY WORKOUTS
Two dates have been added to the 2014 NFL Regional Combines schedule, the NFL announced today. The additional dates are Sunday, March 23 at the Miami Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility and Sunday, March 30 at the Indianapolis Colts’ Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. NFL Regional Combines, hosted throughout the country, serve as a supplement to the NFL’s National Scouting Combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before veteran NFL talent evaluators.
NFL Regional Combines are conducted specifically for the following players:
- Players eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft but not attending the National Scouting Combine
- Players who were eligible for a prior draft, but never signed a contract
- Players with some pro playing experience, but who have been out of the game for a period of time
Players are tested and evaluated by experienced NFL scouting personnel, and measurements and combine results are compiled and entered into a database available to all 32 NFL clubs.
Standouts at NFL Regional Combines will be invited to attend the NFL Super Regional Combine. At the Super Regional, players will have an additional opportunity to work out and showcase their talents in front of current NFL team scouts and player personnel directors.
For more information, visit www.nflregionalcombines.com.
The 2014 Regional Combines Schedule:
|March 1||Tampa Bay||Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Facility|
|March 8-9||Atlanta||Atlanta Falcons Training Facility|
|March 15||Chicago||Halas Hall at Conway Park|
|March 22-23||Miami||Doctors Hospital Training Facility|
|March 22-23**||Seattle||Virginia Mason Athletic Center|
|March 29-30||Indianapolis||Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center|
|March 29-30||Baltimore||Under Armour Performance Center|
|April 12-13*||Detroit||Ford Field|
|*2014 Super Regional Combine (by invitation only)|
|**Kickers and Punters Combine (March 23)|
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Following is the 2014 NFL Draft first round order.
The Dallas Cowboys will select 16th and the Baltimore Ravens 17th, following the coin flip held today at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The first round will start on Thursday, May 8 with the second and third rounds on Friday, May 9 followed by rounds four through seven on Saturday, May 10. The 2014 Draft will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
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Thursday, February 20
9:45 AM Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins Head Coach
10:00 AM Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears Head Coach
10:15 AM Kevin Colbert, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager
10:30 AM Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans Head Coach
10:45 AM Ruston Webster, Tennessee Titans Executive Vice President/General Manager
11:00 AM Phil Emery, Chicago Bears General Manager
11:15 AM Doug Marrone, Buffalo Bills Head Coach
11:30 AM Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals General Manager
11:45 AM Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons Head Coach
Noon Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions Head Coach
12:15 PM Jim Harbaugh, San Francisco 49ers Head Coach
12:30 PM Tom Telesco, San Diego Chargers General Manager
12:45 PM John Fox, Denver Broncos Head Coach
1:00 PM Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach
1:15 PM Rick Spielman, Minnesota Vikings General Manager
1:30 PM David Caldwell, Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager
1:45 PM Dennis Allen, Oakland Raiders Head Coach
2:00 PM Jason Licht, Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager
2:15 PM Dennis Hickey, Miami Dolphins General Manager
2:30 PM Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles General Manager
2:45 PM Rex Ryan, New York Jets Head Coach
3:00 PM John Idzik, New York Jets General Manager
3:15 PM Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach
3:30 PM Dave Gettleman, Carolina Panthers General Manager
4:00 PM Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach
4:30 PM John Schneider, Seattle Seahawks Executive Vice President/General Manager