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Check Out The 2013 Free Agency Glossary

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 5, 2013 – 12:17 pm

Have you ever picked up a newspaper or turned on the NFL Network only to wish you had a National Football League Free Agency Glossary? All the talk about unrestricted and restricted, or franchise tag and right of first refusal, it’s enough to make your head spin.

Ever wonder what the “CBA” is or how they determine the salary cap? Well, scratch your head no more because vikings.com, with the help of Vikings Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski, has all the definitions to important free agency terms.

And the timing couldn’t be better. Free agency begins on March 12 and the two-week designation period for teams to place the franchise tag on players just concluded on Monday.

Our thanks to Rob for helping with the tricky language. NFL front office executives such as Rob deal with these issues on a daily basis and they know these rules like the back of their hand. Rob is one of the most-respected at his position in the NFL, and the Vikings are fortunate to have him in a leadership position.

Here are a few examples of terms we’ve defined in the Free Agency Glossary…

Accrued Season: Any playing season for which a player received credit with respect to his qualifications for Unrestricted Free Agency or Restricted Free Agency.

Collective Bargaining Agreement or CBA: A fully binding agreement that governs all business (wages, hours, working conditions, etc.) that takes place between the National Football League Management Council (essentially, the NFL) and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA – essentially, the players).

Restricted Free Agent: A Veteran who has three Accrued Seasons and who completes performance of his Player Contract, but who is still subject to a Right of First Refusal and/or Draft Choice Compensation in favor of his prior club.

Check out the glossary by clicking here.


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