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Highlights of final deal

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PFT has obtained a summary of the labor deal that was approved today by the NFLPA* Executive Committee and board of player representatives.

We’d ordinarily think of some funny or poignant turn of phrase right here, but time’s-a-wastin’.

Regarding the issue of the minimum per-team cash spend (something for which Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently told teammates via e-mail he would be fighting), the two sides agreed that each franchise will spend at least 89 percent of the cap, on a four-year average from 2013 through 2016, and from 2017 through 2020.  (Across the entire league, the NFL has committed to spending 99 percent of the cap space in 2011 and 2012, and 95 percent for the rest of the deal.)

Teams will be allowed to have a whopping 90 players on the roster during training camp.

The timeline meshes exactly with the timeline we posted earlier today.  (It was never revised due to the slight delay in the voting process.)

The league year will begin August 4, unless the CBA is ratified sooner than that by the players.

Workout bonuses will be paid in full if a player is not waived before 4:01 p.m. ET on July 29.  If the player is waived before then, the full amount will be paid if the bonus was less than $50,000.  From $50,000 to $100,000, the player will get $50,000.  For bonuses over $100,000, the player will get half, up to $100,000.

Roster and option bonuses to be earned during the lockout will be earned if the player is on the roster at 4:00 p.m. ET on July 29.  (That could be called the Vince Young rule.)

As to injury protection, a player will get half of his salary, up to $1 million, in the season after a catastrophic injury. In the second year, he’ll get 30 percent, up to $500,000.

As to the workers’ compensation forum-shopping issue, the question of whether players will be permitted to file claims in California despite never playing for a team headquartered there will continue to be subject ongoing litigation on that point.  (There goes the league’s desire for a clean courtroom slate.)

There is no opt out, as previously reported by Albert Breer of NFL Network.  It’s a firm, 10-year contract.

Stay tuned for more details as we try to digest the paperwork that already is flooding the PFT e-mailbox.

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23 Responses to “Highlights of final deal”
  1. therevdewitt says: Jul 25, 2011 2:22 PM

    What about the champagne?

  2. TeamBalco says: Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    #Boom!

  3. phatsuo says: Jul 25, 2011 2:23 PM

    2021 CBA: “No training camp, no practice. Games will be played with Madden Holographic.”

  4. alphaq2 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    We’d ordinarily think of some funny or poignant turn of phrase right here, but time’s-a-wastin’.

    You give yourself way to much credit. Most of the funny stuff on this site are quotes not original thoughts from the funny lawyer.

  5. knucklebucket says: Jul 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    Bring on Free Agency! I’m dyin over here!!!

  6. skoobyfl says: Jul 25, 2011 2:26 PM

    10 years of football & love, I can’t believe it!!

  7. prosb4hos says: Jul 25, 2011 2:30 PM

    Rejoice.

  8. epping16 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:31 PM

    So it’s official. The NFLPA is still by far the weakest union in professional sports. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want to lose any games either. I just find it humerous how weak this union really is. The owners have them by the throat.

  9. jnbnet says: Jul 25, 2011 2:35 PM

    Got home late last night…was tired, but had a few fingers of whiskey to “relax”. Now I keep dreaming that the lockout is over……

  10. larryed says: Jul 25, 2011 2:36 PM

    OK, what about the players who were bad boys during the lock out such as Aqib Talib ? Subject to the Commissioner’s wrath?

  11. southmo says: Jul 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    90 players on a roster for training camp? That’s old school baby. And that’s a great thing.

    Back when there were 12 rounds of a draft, the Cowboys still brought in a bunch of undrafted guys every year, and found (among others) a Drew Pearson.

    This will give some unknowns a chance, and reduce camp injuries to key players. Good news. Good news.

  12. enfuego2000 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    I finally believe!!!!

  13. bturner032002 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    so when do we get the “official” time line? I prefer to not see another time line from an un named source whos cousin works the front desk at an nfl office etc.

  14. bjbroderick says: Jul 25, 2011 2:39 PM

    I love how they reduced practice down to almost zero, yet still want workout bonuses.

    Whatever. I just can’t wait to see players crumble from lack of pad practices.

    This year’s sloppy play will be blamed on the “Owners Lockout”. What about the sloppy play next year?

  15. dk56 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:42 PM

    Best thing about this Agreement from a fan’s perspective?????
    A ten year Agreement with NO opt-outs!

  16. shian11 says: Jul 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    It’s the end of July and 100 degrees. All the cold water is gone!!!

  17. boysroll says: Jul 25, 2011 2:43 PM

    I heard the 4skins just signed 10 FA’s 1 minute after the deal was signed….. I smell tampering…………LMAO.

  18. steel6times says: Jul 25, 2011 2:53 PM

    HERE WE GO STEELERS HERE WE GO

  19. bigbeefyd says: Jul 25, 2011 3:09 PM

    YES!

  20. jaxjoe says: Jul 25, 2011 3:09 PM

    Anybody hear what the final number of players on the roster will be? 53? Still only 8 on the PS? Also, what and when are the cut-down dates to go from 90 down to 53? Thanks.

  21. thetooloftools says: Jul 25, 2011 3:29 PM

    Now the chaos begins !

  22. sfgiantsfan84 says: Jul 25, 2011 3:50 PM

    epping16 says:
    Jul 25, 2011 2:31 PM
    So it’s official. The NFLPA is still by far the weakest union in professional sports. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t want to lose any games either. I just find it humerous how weak this union really is. The owners have them by the throat.

    that my friend is my they are the OWNERS… why should they not getter the better end of the deal? these guys employ the players not the other way around

  23. atmedic8daily says: Jul 25, 2011 4:13 PM

    Can we hit the rumor mill w/ FA’s??? Deals are getting done now, finalized when allowed to be official. Let’s hear it!

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