When it comes to breaking down the specifics of the CBA there are sources that are repeating what they hear and good legal minds like Andrew Brandt and Mike Florio that actually know how to parse something as nuanced and complicated as this. Though it pains me to give him any praise, I’ve got to defer to Mike Florio on this, who did a good job of breaking down the new CBA in a post on PFT earlier today.
Here are the major points:
-There is a cap floor in place, it will 89 percent of the cap maximum with the league pledging to spend 99% of the possible cap in 2011 and ’12, before dropping to 95% in 2013 and down to the agreed upon minimums after that.
-There is no opt-out, it’s a ten-year deal with no clauses to let either side walk away early.
-Teams may carry 90 players on their rosters through training camp.
-All bonuses, including workout, roster and option bonuses will be paid out as long as said player is still on his NFL roster on 7-29 at 4:01 PM. Players that are cut will get a portion of their bonus.
-Injury protection will allow players to receive half of their salary, up to a million dollars, after a major injury and up to 500,000 the second year.
There are also still a number of issues to be resolved through litigation, but that won’t prevent the NFL from returning to business on time and getting things rolling. Football is back. Finally.