Q. When does the 2019 free agency signing period begin?
A. At 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.
Q. When does the two-day negotiating period for potential unrestricted free agents begin?
A. At 12:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 11 until 3:59:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13, clubs are permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon expiration of their 2018 player contracts at 4:00 p.m. ET on March 13.
Q. What are the categories of free agency?
A. Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.” A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.” A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player.
Q. What is the time period for free agency signings this year?
A. For restricted free agents, from March 13 to April 19. For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 7 tender from their prior club, from March 13 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). For franchise players, from March 13 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 12. For transition players, from March 13 until July 22. After July 22 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 12, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players. If the above-listed players do not sign by November 12, they must sit out the season.
Q. What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent?
A. In the 2019league year, players with three accrued seasons who have received a qualifying offer become restricted free agents when their contracts expire at the conclusion of the 2018 league year on March 13. Unrestricted free agents have completed four or more accrued seasons. Upon expiration of his 2018 contract, an unrestricted free agent is free to sign with any club with no draft-choice compensation owed to his old club.
Q. What constitutes an “accrued season”?
A. Six or more regular-season games on a club's active/inactive, reserve/injured or reserve/physically unable to perform lists.
Q. How do the free agency rules apply to restricted free agents?
A. If a player with three accrued seasons has received a “qualifying offer” (a salary tender predetermined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players) from his old club, he can negotiate with any club through April 19. If the restricted free agent signs an offer sheet with a new club, his old club can match the offer and retain him because the qualifying offer entitles it to a “right of first refusal” on any offer sheet the player signs. If the old club does not match the offer, it may receive draft-choice compensation depending on the amount of its qualifying offer. If an offer sheet is not executed on or before April 19, the player’s negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club. In addition, prior to the start of free agency a player who would otherwise be a restricted free agent may be designated by his old club as its franchise player or transition player.
Q. What are the right of first refusal/qualifying offer amounts for players who have completed three accrued seasons?
A. For right of first refusal only, a one-year salary of at least $2,025,000.
For right of first refusal and compensation at the player’s original draft round, a one-year salary of at least $2,025,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.
For right of first refusal and compensation of one second-round draft selection, a one-year salary of at least $3,095,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.
For right of first refusal and compensation of one first-round draft selection, a one-year salary of at least $4,407,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.
For right of first refusal and compensation of only one first-round draft selection, but any provision in the new club’s offer sheet waiving or limiting the new club’s ability to designate the player as a franchise or transition player is not a principal term and need not be matched by the prior club, a one-year salary of at least $4,907,000 or 110 percent of the 2018 Paragraph 5 salary, whichever is greater.
Q. What determines an unrestricted free agent?
A. A player with four or more accrued seasons whose contract has expired. He is free to sign with any club, with no draft-choice compensation owed to his old club, through July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). At that point, his negotiating rights revert exclusively to his old club if by May 7 the old club tendered the player a one-year contract for 110 percent of his prior year’s salary. His old club then has until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season (November 12) to sign him. If he does not sign by that date, he must sit out the season. If no tender is offered by May 7, the player can be signed by any club at any time throughout the season.
Q. What determines a franchise player?
A. The salary offer by a player’s club determines what type of franchise player he is:exclusive or non-exclusive. An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 19; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player, as explained below. Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for a non-exclusive franchise player:
If a club extends a required tender to a “non-exclusive” franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft-choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.
Q. How many franchise players and transition players can a team designate each season?
A. A club can designate one franchise player or one transition player among its potential restricted or unrestricted free agents.
Q. Can a club decide to withdraw its franchise or transition designation on a player?
A. Yes. A club can withdraw its franchise or transition designation, and the player then automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent, either immediately if the tender is withdrawn after the start of the 2019 league year, or when his 2018 contract expires if the tender is withdrawn before the start of the 2019 league year.
Q. What is the salary cap for 2019?
A. The salary cap is $188,200,000 per club.
Q. When must teams be in compliance with the salary cap?
A. At the start of the 2019 league year, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday,March 13.
Q. If a team is under the salary cap at the end of a given season, can the team “carry over” room to the next season?
A. Yes. A team may carry over room from one league year to the following league year by submitting notice to the NFL prior to 4:00 p.m. ET on the day following the team’s final regular-season game, indicating the amount of room that the club wishes to carry over.
Q. What is the maximum amount of room that a club can carry over?
A. A club can carry over 100 percent of its remaining 2018 room to its adjusted salary cap for 2019.
NFL PLAYER ENGAGEMENT KICKS OFF 2019 OFFSEASON DEVELOPMENTAL PROGRAMS FOR CURRENT AND FORMER PLAYERS
Programming features Business Academy, Broadcast Bootcamp and
Personal Finance Academy
NFL Player Engagement announced their 2019 offseason developmental programming, which encourages current players and NFL Legends to maximize the resources offered through the league office and NFL clubs. Designed to enhance the lives of players on and off the field, programming focuses on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness.
Over the course of three days, players participated in business simulations, learned the importance of building an effective network, crafted business models, and pitched business ideas to an investment panel. Additionally, players heard from NFL Legends ANGELO CROWELL, RYAN HARRIS and DESMOND HOWARD.
“The NFL Business Academy was a first class, top notch program, said Howard.” “The speakers were very engaging, and they did a tremendous job delivering the information and making it practical. The players who attended are already ahead of the game for taking the time to participate in a program like this and I encourage more players to do the same.”
A full breakdown of the 2019 NFL Player Engagement programming is below:
Officiating Academy – March 7-9 in Baltimore, MD: The Officiating Academy is designed to provide attendees a unique on-field experience with NFL & NCAA officials.
Speakers Bureau – March 10-13 in Los Angeles, CA: The Speakers Bureau Boot Camp, in partnership with the University of Southern California, is tailored to those interested in developing or enhancing their public speaking, executive leadership and personal brand marketing skills.
Personal Finance Camp – March 17-20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL: The NFL Finance Camp seeks to give attendees a heightened sense of control over their long-term financial futures and investment processes.
Leadership and Sport Workshop – March 27-29 in Atlanta, GA: Hosted at Morehouse College, the workshop facilitates learning around the intersection of advocacy and sport. Learn about previous movements, acquire tools and resources and hear from athlete activists, academicians, politicians and social activists as they assist you in becoming a more effective advocate.
Broadcast Bootcamp – April 1-4 in Bowling Green, OH: The Broadcast Bootcamp allows players to explore multiple on-air job functions in television/media. Players will learn what life is like in the broadcast booth.
Earlier this year, NFL Player Engagement hosted the Coaches Academy to provide more than 45 attendees with tools to effectively coach and excel in their careers.
As part of NFL Player Engagement’s commitment to involve players’ families in the professional development and career transition process, spouses and significant others are invited to attend programming.
About NFL Player Engagement
NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found at www.nflplayerengagement.com.
NFL Media's 'NFL Free Agency Frenzy' Kicks Off Sunday, March 10
'NFL Free Agency Frenzy' Live on NFL Network Sunday, March 10 – Thursday, March 14
Three-Hour Editions of 'NFL Total Access' Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM ET
Track Every Move on NFL.com
NFL Media is the go-to destination for the most comprehensive coverage and analysis of the 2019 NFL free agency period, with players such as running back Le'Veon Bell, safeties Earl Thomas, Landon Collins and Tyrann Mathieu, quarterback Nick Foles and more, ready to hit the open market.
NFL Network's NFL Free Agency Frenzy begins Sunday, March 10and continues through Thursday, March 14 with 33 on-air analysts, hosts and reporters providing the latest news and expert analysis of every roster move and transaction. Free Agency Frenzy airs at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, and at 10:00 AM ET Monday-Thursday.
NFL Free Agency Frenzy on Wednesday, March 13also features live coverage of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray's Pro Day at the University of Oklahoma.
Digitally, NFL.com is the go-to destination for the latest news reports from around the NFL, which includes a list of the Top 101 free agents available from Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, a running list of who has signed where, and best team fits for free agents. Additional written content on NFL.com includes daily free agency debriefs from Gregg Rosenthal, Elliot Harrison's 11 best free agent signings from 2018, Adam Rank's Unpopular Opinions, Cynthia Frelund's three best analytical free agent signings and three head-scratchers, and more.
NFL Network's NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage features analysts Brian Billick, David Carr, Charley Casserly, Michael Irvin, Maurice Jones-Drew, Willie McGinest and Steve Smith Sr., NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, NFL Media analytics expert Cynthia Frelund, reporters Judy Battista, Mike Garafolo, Tom Pelissero, Michael Silver, Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche, fantasy expert Michael Fabiano, and hosts Rich Eisen, Rhett Lewis, Andrew Siciliano, Amber Theoharis and Cole Wright.
Additionally, NFL Network reporters MJ Acosta, Tiffany Blackmon, Patrick Claybon, Mike Giardi, Kimberly Jones, Aditi Kinkhabwala, Randy Moss, James Palmer, Omar Ruiz and Jane Slater will be stationed at various team facilities around the league providing the latest news reports.
Also joining NFL Network's extensive NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage are former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and former New York Giants Vice President of Player Personnel Marc Ross.
Live streaming of NFL Network's NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app, TuneIn orNFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.
NFL Total Access airs each night at 7:00 PM ET recapping the day's action and providing the latest news reports, with hosts Scott Hanson and Lindsay Rhodes, analysts Shaun O'Hara and Joe Thomas, and reporter Steve Wyche. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's editions of NFL Total Access expand to three hours of live coverage.
Good Morning Football kicks off NFL Network's coverage each day at 7:00 AM ET, with Kay Adams, Nate Burleson, Peter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.
FRANCHISE AND TRANSITION PLAYERS NAMED
Franchise and transition player designations were announced today for the 2019 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.
A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.
The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.
An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player's position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 19; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.
Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for such a player:
If a club extends a required tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.
The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 13 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 12).
This year, six players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players.
2019 FRANCHISE PLAYERS
Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers
A transition player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year salaries at the player’s position, which average is calculated using the same methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.
If a club extends a required tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club’s right of first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of first refusal.
The signing period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 13 and ends on July 22. After July 22 and until 4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 12), the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.
This year, no player was designated as a transition player.
The Salary Cap for the 2019 league year has been set at $188,200,000 per club. The resulting 2019 Cap Percentage Average (“CPA”) tenders for non-exclusive franchise players and transition players are as follows:
NON-EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE PLAYERS
More Than 20 NFL and Club Representatives to Attend 2019 HBCU 'Battle of the Brains' Showcase at South by Southwest
Raiders Running Back Marshawn Lynch Kicks Off Four-Day Technology Summit with Students from 25 Historically Black Colleges & Universities
NEW YORK, March 5, 2019 – Following the [/Pages/National-Football-League-Named-Title-Sponsor-of-2019-HBCU-Battle-of-the-Brains.aspx]announcement of the NFL serving as title sponsor of the third annual Historic Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Battle of the Brains event at South by Southwest (SXSW) Thursday, March 7 – Sunday, March 10, the league has finalized additional details surrounding the schedule of events and participants in attendance.
Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch will kick off the four-day event as a special guest of the HBCU Battle of the Brains' Opening Tailgate Party Thursday, March 7. Co-hosted by NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Gregory Gibson, Founder & Executive Director, HBCU Battle of the Brains, the reception will serve as a networking opportunity for participating HBCU students and NFL league and club representatives.
Lynch, who completed his 11th season in the NFL and recently starred in the award-winning NFL Super Bowl commercial celebrating the league's upcoming 100th season, will also be on hand during the 'Battle of the Brains' cross-discipline competition Friday.
HBCU Battle of the Brains gathers teams of the best and brightest STEM and Business students from HBCUs across the country to compete against each other for more than $50,000 in scholarship money. Each team will have 24 hours to develop a solution to a presented business challenge, and pitch live in front of a SXSW audience. Various NFL representatives will serve as coaches and advisors to teams during the development phase before the final round where teams will be judged on analysis, business/technology solution, presentation, and Q&A, with crowd participation constituting one of the final votes.
Outside of the competition, the summit will also include networking and engagement sessions where students will have the opportunity to gain insight from league and club employees across a variety of specializations including Football Operations, Business and Strategic Affairs, Communication and Government Affairs, Digital Media, Television Production, Human Resources, and Integrated Sales and Marketing.
Additionally, the NFL will also host a panel discussion at SXSW that delves into how data and analytics are revolutionizing all aspects of the game, from how teams and players prepare each week to consumer engagement and behavior.
Entitled How Data is Revolutionizing the NFL, the one-hour discussion will take place onSaturday, March 9 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM CT and is open to all SXSW Session I badge holders.
Featured speakers include:
Sarah Bailey – Football Statistician, Los Angeles Rams
Bucky Brooks – Former NFL player scout and current NFL Network analyst
Namita Nandakumar – Quantitative Analyst, Philadelphia Eagles
Matt Swensson – NFL Vice President of Emerging Products and Technology
Hosted by HBCU Battle of the Brains, LLC, the competition is designed to support the HBCU mission of promoting the talented business and STEM students within the African American community while highlighting the benefits of SXSW, as well as the technology industry, in an engaging and dynamic way.
For more information, visit https://hbcubattleofthebrains.com/, or follow all the action on Twitter and/or Instagram using the handle @hbcubotbrains and hashtags #HBCUBOTBrains, #Changingthegame.