Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?

Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?
Of the thousands of contracts per season, there has NEVER been a provision included in a player’s contract requiring the player to study the game of football—not until Kyler Murray’s record-breaking $230.5 million extension at least.  If you have yet to read the “Independent Study Addendum” to Kyler Murray’s contract, the language reads “Player shall […]

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NFL Training Camp Notes: Who’s Holding Out? Holding In?

NFL Training Camp Notes: Who’s Holding Out? Holding In?
It’s been said again and again: the NFL is a business. That fact is apparent at the start of training camp when players test their value—and their organization’s patience—by holding out. Here’s a look at which players looking for a new contract in 2022 decided to report to camp and which ones are holding out. […]

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Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?

Has Kyler Murray’s Gaming Cost the Cardinals?
Of the thousands of contracts per season, there has NEVER been a provision included in a player’s contract requiring the player to study the game of football—not until Kyler Murray’s record-breaking $230.5 million extension at least.  If you have yet to read the “Independent Study Addendum” to Kyler Murray’s contract, the language reads “Player shall […]

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NFL Signing Bonuses Explained

NFL Signing Bonuses Explained
Signing bonuses are often used by teams as a way to get players to sign back-heavy contracts. Signing bonuses are guaranteed money, meaning that the player is guaranteed this money whether or not the player plays or even stays with the team. The player usually receives the money within the first 12-to-18 months after signing […]

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NFL Contracts: Guaranteed Money Structure

NFL Contracts: Guaranteed Money Structure
In an NFL player contract, the term “guarantee” can have three different designations: (1): “Guaranteed for skill,” (2): “Guaranteed for cap;” and (3): “Guaranteed for injury.” First, looking at “Guaranteed for skill,” if this clause is put into a contract, the money attached to the clause will be guaranteed regardless of if the player’s skill […]

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NFL Contract Negotiations Part 3: The Negotiation

NFL Contract Negotiations Part 3: The Negotiation
Nick Polk worked for the Atlanta Falcons for 18 years, most recently as the Director of Football Operations. Prior to his time with the Falcons, Polk held the Director of Football Operations title for NFL Europe for four years. In parts one and two of our three-part series on Contract Negotiations, we discussed the importance […]

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