Part 2 of a piece The Football Educator began on Player Benefits (NFL Salary Cap – Counting on Player Benefits) and defining those amounts that are subsequently subtracted from Player Cost Amounts to determine the annual NFL Salary Cap.
The list picks up below;
Funding for worker’s compensation, payroll, unemployment compensation, social security taxes – These tax based expenses are normally incurred by businesses regardless of the industry. NFL Ownerships are no exception and these employer responsibilities are included in Player Benefits.
- First-year Player Per Diem: A first-year player will receive “per diem” payments, commencing with the first day of Preseason Training Camp and ending one week prior to the Club’s first regular season game, at the following weekly rates for the respective League Years: $850 (2011–12 League Years), $925 (2013–14 League Years), $1,000 (2015–16 League Years), $1,075 (2017–18 League Years), $1,150 (2019–20 League Years).
- Veteran Per Diem: A veteran player will receive “per diem” payments, commencing with the first day of Preseason Training Camp and ending one week prior to the Club’s first regular season game, at the following weekly rates for the respective League Years: $1,600 (2011–12 League Years), $1,700 (2013–14 League Years), $1,800 (2015–16 League Years), $1,900 (2017–18 League Years), $2,000 (2019–20 League Years).
A player will be reimbursed for meals not furnished by his Club on travel days during the preseason, regular season and postseason as follows:
Travel, board and lodging expenses for a player participating in an offseason workout program – these are expenses associated with players who reside outside of their Club’s training facility location, not included in normal salary/team salary calculations, and must be reasonable/customary and generally made available to all players.
Payments or reimbursements made to players participating in a Club’s Rookie Orientation Program – This is a “who, what, when, where, how, why, and do this, not that” program that is mandatory for incoming rookie players on all things related to being an NFL player. Both informative and preventative, owners put forth the effort through insurance of the funding of its entirety and included in Player Benefits.
Moving and travel expenses – Eligible players are veterans traded, claimed, or in a rare circumstance allocated through expansion or club relocation. Also rookies traded or claimed before the start of the regular season and decide to live in the city of their new club. Like with most other employment, the player must contact the Club’s designate and coordinate with them the logistics of the move through the Club’s chosen moving company. The player has the right to seek 2 additional estimates, but the Club will chose the final substitute for the original designated moving company.
As per the CBA – Any veteran player who is traded or claimed at any time during a League Year, or any rookie player who is traded or claimed after the start of the regular season and subsequently makes the Active List of the Club to which he is traded or by which he is claimed, will receive, upon presentation of vouchers:
(a) first class round trip air fare for his wife or the equivalent in cash if she makes the trip by another mode of transportation;
(b) a sum not to exceed two months’ rent or mortgage payments for living quarters in the home city from which the player is traded or by which he is waived, provided, however, that such payment shall be made only if and to the extent that the player is legally obligated to make such rent or mortgage payments and the total of such payments shall not exceed $6350 for the 2011–12 League Years, $6650 for the 2013–14 League Years, $6950 for the 2015–16 League Years, $7250 for the 2017–18 League Years, and $7550 for the 2019–20 League Years; and (c) the room cost of seven days’ stay at a hotel of the Club’s choice in the new team city for the player.
Postseason pay and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason;
Below is are 2 tables that break down the amounts attributed as Player Benefits (per player) for postseason & Pro Bowl compensation. These totals are not included in Player Cost Amounts. In reference to Practice Squad payments over the postseason, if the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary and therefore included in Player Costs Amounts.
Post Season Compensation:
Pro Bowl Compensation:
Practice Squad Salary, including postseason weeks Club participates in playoffs:
There’s a method to this madness of identifying the various factors that effect Player Benefits. The Football Educator thinks establishing a baseline of the responsibilities of NFL ownership, and how they relate to the overall setting of the NFL Salary Cap, will give us a better understanding of what can be spent on NFL Player contracts.
More Player Benefits to follow.