AND TRANSITION PLAYERS NAMED
transition player designations were announced today for the 2018 NFL free
agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 14.
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
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 April 20; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise
player, as explained below.
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 14
and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 13).
This year, one
player (Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh) was designated as an exclusive franchise
player. Four players were designated as
non-exclusive franchise players.
2018 FRANCHISE PLAYERS
*Denotes Exclusive Franchise Player
player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year
salaries at the player’s position, which average is calculated using the same
methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage
Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.
If a club
extends a required tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted
to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club’s right of
first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with
respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of
period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 14 and ends on
July 23. After July 23 and until
4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 13),
the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
This year, the
following player was designated as a transition player.
2018 TRANSITION PLAYER
The Salary Cap for the 2018 league year
has been set at $177,200,000 per club. The resulting 2018 Cap Percentage
Average (“CPA”) tenders for nonexclusive franchise players and transition
players are as follows:
NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS