Agents to speak with NFLPA

July, 25, 2011
Last week, NFL front-office types got a chance to view the new rules on how the league runs business.

Today, all agents have the ability to speak with the NFLPA at a scheduled conference call at 2 p.m. Numerous agents have been forwarded a 38-page deal summary, which includes things like how the salary cap is broken down, what terms the players went against in talks with the owners and where money is distributed.

The agents in some ways have been left in the dark by the pending new CBA because they're unable to speak with team officials. Most agents have received their news from reporters, players and union officials.

Now, with free agency expected to start, it seems the agents are going to get caught up on the new rules.

Here's one new rule: The NFL will limit teams to use just $75,000 to spend on signing bonus money for undrafted free agents.

The lockout has also delayed the payments of workout bonuses to several players. Now, if a player is waived prior to 3 p.m. CT on July 29 and the bonus is less than $50,000, the player shall receive the full amount. If the bonus is between $50,000 to $100,000, the player receives just $50,000. If the bonus is over $100,000, the player is paid 50 percent up to the max of $100,000.
Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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