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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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Franchise and Transition Players Named

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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Two Dates Added to 2014 NFL Regional Combines Schedule

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:

Date Location Facility
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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2014 NFL Draft First Round Order

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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2014 NFL Combine: Club Personnel Media Availability

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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


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