Posted July 22, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

NFL Owners sign new CBA



The NFL Owners signed a new Collective Bargaining agreement yesterday, and gave the NFLPA until Tuesday, July 27 to sign off on it. NFL Players Association Head DeMaurice Smith peaked in on the a live broadcast (video). The NFLPA still has two big issues: An opt-out clause seven years into the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement, and to be allowed to report to team facilities and vote in person on recertifying as a union. Check out some of the highlights of the new contract proposal!

Highlights Of Proposed CBA espn

Details of the proposed collective bargaining agreement approved by the owners and needing ratification by NFL players:

• Ten-year deal, through the 2020 season
• New league year would begin on Wednesday
• Players receive 48 percent of revenue in first portion of deal
• $120 million salary cap; team minimum 89 percent ($106.8M) as long as league spends 99 percent ($3.8 billion)
• Veterans earn free agency after fourth season
• Four-year rookie contracts, with team option for fifth year
• Lower rookie salaries, with cap on team spending for rookies
• Later training camps, no more full-contact, two-a-day practices
• Offseason team activities (OTAs) reduced from 14 to 10

Revised July Dates In Proposed CBA

• Voluntary training, conditioning and classroom instruction permitted until first day of clubs’ preseason camps.
• Pre-2011 league year period commences. 2011 free agency list to be issued and will become effective on the first day of the 2011 league year (July 27).
• Clubs/players may begin to renegotiate contracts. Clubs may begin to sign drafted rookies and their own UFAs, RFAs, exclusive rights players and franchise players.
• Waivers begin for the 2011 league year.
• Starting at 2 p.m. ET, clubs may negotiate with, but not sign, undrafted rookie free agents, free agents, and other clubs’ UFAs, RFAs, and franchise players.

• Starting at 2 p.m ET, clubs may begin to sign undrafted rookie free agents.

• 2011 league year commences at 2 p.m. ET, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA.
• Free agency signing period begins. Clubs may sign free agents and other clubs’ UFAs.
• Clubs may sign offer sheets.
• Trading period begins.
• All clubs must be under the salary cap.
• Top 51 rule applies.
• Rosters expanded to 90-man limit.
• Training camps open for all clubs, provided NFLPA has ratified CBA. Day 1 activities limited to physicals, meetings, and conditioning. No pads permitted on Day 2 or Day 3.