NFL Lockout: Owners Release Proposal To NFLPA, Included Several Concessions

The NFL owners have released their proposal to the NFL Players Association that was ultimately rejected when the NFLPA elected to decertify earlier Friday. The proposal includes several concessions the NFLPA was aiming for initially, including a split of the economic difference between the two sides, a rookie wage scale and a commitment that an 18-game schedule won't occur until after the 2012 season at the earliest.

The NFLPA was hoping the owners would reveal financial information from the last 10 years, which it alleges included the owners taking money that should have gone to the players off the table. The NFL owners balked and instead submitted a 10-point proposal that led with the following.

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).    

The other nine points are as follows:

 

  • A rookie wage scale based on the Union's proposal, which pays 2nd-7th round picks more or the same while repurposing money currently given to first-round picks back to veterans and for benefits.
  • A $1 million guarantee for players the year after they get hurt.
  • A decrease in number of OTA practices and practice time and additional days off.
  • A commitment that an 18-game season would not occur until 2012 and only via agreement by both sides.
  • An additional $82 million of owner funding that would go towards improved benefits.
  • Retired players can opt into the player medical plan for life.
  • Third-party arbitrators for drug and suspension cases.
  • Improvements in Mackey Plan and others.
  • A minimum salary cap figure of 90 percent of the cap.
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