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Seven things you may have missed in new CBA

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We’ve tackled a lot of the big implications of the new CBA, which is expected to be voted on by the NFLPA* Executive Committee on Monday.

Top rookie picks will make a lot less, and there have been rules put in place to discourage rookie holdouts. Revenue sharing has been adjusted. The salary cap will be flexible in 2011.  Padded practices will plummet.  Tampering won’t be a big issue this year.

Still, a lot of smaller items not worthy of a full post have slipped through the cracks.  Here are seven worth noting:

1. There won’t be hitting for the first three days of training camp this year.  (That includes arrival day and two days of practices.)

2. Teams have 17 days to sign restricted free agents from other teams to offer sheets after the league year starts. In practice, we don’t expect much RFA movement this year, if any.

3. Teams have until September 20 to sign their franchise players to long-term deals.  This timeline has obviously been pushed back quite a bit by the lockout.

4. While the CBA ends after the 2020 season, the 2021 draft is included in the deal.  That’s the same setup we had this year; the draft wasn’t affected by the lack of an agreement.

5. Minimum salaries are going up $50,000, and will continue to increase. This is a huge gain for a lot of players.  Almost half the league has a minimum salary.

6. The franchise tag will be calculated differently.  NFL legal counsel Jeff Pash indicated the tags will be calculated as a percentage of the salary cap, rather than the average of top ten players.  We’re looking to find out exactly how this works.

7. There will be no judicial oversight of the CBA. “Neutral arbitrators jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA will resolve disputes as appropriate.”

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25 Responses to “Seven things you may have missed in new CBA”
  1. tndiver says: Jul 24, 2011 2:08 PM

    I am surprised they did not protect the supplemental draft and Free Agency after what happened this year.

  2. thetobygrizwold says: Jul 24, 2011 2:16 PM

    Get it done

  3. raven540 says: Jul 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    I heard it reported that the minimum salary increases by 10% each and every one of the ten years of the agreement. Is that correct? If so that doubles the minimum that players receive by the end of the contract. Since more than half of the players get a minimum salary of one type or another it is no wonder that the owners wanted the players to vote on their proposal. There is no way it fails as every player in the end will vote his pocket book.

  4. Lou Pickney says: Jul 24, 2011 2:23 PM

    The elimination of judicial oversight of the CBA is a *very* big deal to the NFL. It might not draw headline attention, but the elimination of judicial oversight was a high priority for the NFL in these negotiations.

  5. hobbstweedle says: Jul 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    Informative and to the point. That’s the way, uh-huh uh-huh, I like it. Thanks.

  6. Soulman45 says: Jul 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    Where is the football I don’t see no training camp or anything.

  7. frostymugobeer says: Jul 24, 2011 2:24 PM

    8. the raiders will still suck

  8. JSpicoli says: Jul 24, 2011 2:34 PM

    You forgot the first rule of the CBA, never talk about the CBA.

  9. newagerocker says: Jul 24, 2011 2:43 PM

    I haven’t seen the part of the CBA in which I, Joe Football Fan, received reciprocity for having to put with this BS? What compensation do the fans get out of this?

  10. bunjy96 says: Jul 24, 2011 2:43 PM

    I believe Judicial Oversight was the 2nd most important item on the owners agenda.

    This has been in their craw for over 20 years.

    If true, its great for sports.

  11. deadeye says: Jul 24, 2011 3:04 PM

    7. There will be no judicial oversight of the CBA. “Neutral arbitrators jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA will resolve disputes as appropriate.”

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    This is by far the biggest and most beneficial aspect of the new CBA. Everyone knows that politicians suck and that lawyers are turds. Judges are the worst of both.

  12. childressrulz says: Jul 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    7. There will be no judicial oversight of the CBA. “Neutral arbitrators jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA will resolve disputes as appropriate.”
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    This will never work as any real dispute will have to go to the courts. I can’t see either side saying to the opposing arbitrator “your right lets go home.” This is a pipe dream. The courtroom still represents finality. Like it or not.

  13. CKL says: Jul 24, 2011 3:29 PM

    Well now I know why the Colts may not sweat the FT for Manning. I think under the old rules it would have been 25 mill which would be 21% of the proposed 120 mill cap. I can’t imagine the new rules would do anything but decrease that 25 Mill. 21% of the cap for one player is unreal regardless of who it is.

  14. raylangivens says: Jul 24, 2011 3:44 PM

    I’m just ready for titties, touchdowns and beer. Be about it.

  15. eagleswin says: Jul 24, 2011 4:05 PM

    What I don’t understand is why the NLRB never ruled on whether the union was still a union.

  16. cappa662 says: Jul 24, 2011 4:09 PM

    Get rid of the franchise tag all together.

  17. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Jul 24, 2011 5:05 PM

    tndriver-
    Protecting free agency would be idiotic and useless. No team would sign a player for any money without knowing the rules of how the salary cap or revenue sharing would be.

  18. patsandsox says: Jul 24, 2011 7:04 PM

    Thank you for an excelent informative report. I feel good for tomorrow and for FOOTBALL.

    Yes I am more than ready

    Do we really need any more stupid comments about who was at fault?

    Isnt it obvious? They had over two years to work this out before it came to a lockout.

    My big hope is 10 years from now we do not have to go through with this again!

  19. patsandsox says: Jul 24, 2011 7:04 PM

    Thank you for an excelent informative report. I feel good for tomorrow and for FOOTBALL.

    Yes I am more than ready

    Do we really need any more stupid comments about who was at fault?

    Isnt it obvious? They had over two years to work this out before it came to a lockout. It was mutual

    My big hope is 10 years from now we do not have to go through with this again!

  20. wutdafuhk says: Jul 24, 2011 11:41 PM

    What about the two idiots that wanted 10mil each? Hope they didn’t get it.

  21. gdeli says: Jul 25, 2011 1:30 AM

    sounds good.

  22. dspyank2k11 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:21 AM

    “7. There will be no judicial oversight of the CBA. “Neutral arbitrators jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA will resolve disputes as appropriate.”

    ===============================

    This is by far the biggest and most beneficial aspect of the new CBA. Everyone knows that politicians suck and that lawyers are turds. Judges are the worst of both.

    deadeye, I tried to give you two thumbs up on this but I wasnt able to :)

  23. southmo says: Jul 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    They won’t wear pads twice a day, but you know the tough coaches are going make them run until they puke.

  24. 706vet says: Jul 25, 2011 3:43 PM

    So what did the owners “slip in at the last moment?” Ask Vonnie Holliday how the players were bamboozled.

  25. bfcerdo says: Jul 25, 2011 4:07 PM

    “1. There won’t be hitting for the first three days of training camp this year. (That includes arrival day and two days of practices.)”

    Does this new rule also apply to Tom Cable, or only to players?

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