SUMMARY OF NFL PROPOSAL
- We more than split the economic difference between us, increasing our proposed cap for 2011 significantly and accepting the Union's proposed cap number for 2014 ($161 million per club).
* An entry level compensation system based on the Union's "rookie cap" proposal, rather than the wage scale proposed by the clubs. Under the NFL proposal, players drafted in rounds 2-7 would be paid the same or more than they are paid today. Savings from the first round would be reallocated to veteran players and benefits.
* A guarantee of up to $1 million of a player's salary for the contract year <u>after</u> his injury – the first time that the clubs have offered a standard multi-year injury guarantee.
* Immediate implementation of changes to promote player health and safety by * 1. Reducing the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 to 10, and limiting on-field practice time and contact; 2. Limiting full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season; and 3. Increasing number of days off for players.
Commit that any change to an 18-game season will be made only by agreement and that the 2011 and 2012 seasons will be played under the current 16-game format.
* Owner funding of $82 million in 2011-12 to support additional benefits to former players, which would increase retirement benefits for more than 2000 former players by nearly 60 percent.
* Offer current players the opportunity to remain in the player medical plan for life.
* Third party arbitration for appeals in the drug and steroid programs.
* Improvements in the Mackey plan, disability plan, and degree completion bonus program.
* A per-club cash minimum spend of 90 percent of the salary cap over three seasons.