The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is an employment contract that reflects the results of collective bargaining between the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the National Football League (NFL) (the commissioner and the 32 team owners). The employment contract classifies the league`s revenue distribution, sets health and safety standards, and defines benefits, including pensions and medical benefits, for all NFL players. The first collective bargaining agreement was concluded in 1968, after NFLPA players decided to go on strike to increase wages, pensions and benefits for all players in the league. Subsequent negotiations on the collective bargaining agreement required complaints against injuries, a guaranteed percentage of revenue for players, an extension of the free agency and other matters affecting NFL business. The NFLPA and the team`s owners have negotiated seven different contracts since 1968. The NFL has also agreed to reduce fines for on-field conduct and to establish a neutral referee in most disciplinary cases. If released mid-season, players are eligible for termination payment equal to 35 percent of their salary or two weeks` salary, if on a minimum contract. Yes, yes. On the one hand, players are now paid over 34 weeks (or 36 weeks if the season is extended to 17 games). From now on, players are paid in 17 weekly installments during the regular season. The new system will allow them to collect pay cheques for eight months a year instead of four.
The new CBA significantly relaxes the rules for marijuana testing by narrowing the test window (from four months to two weeks at the start of training camp) and reducing the number of players tested. In 1989, team owners unilaterally implemented a limited system of the free agency called “Plan B.”  This allowed the teams to continue to impose the first restrictions on refusal and compensation on their top 37 players. The new system also allowed players at the bottom of the frame to sign without restriction with other teams.  The average salary of players signed under Plan B increased by 40.3 per cent.  And there is a new “veteran Salary Benefit” that allows a team to re-register with two of its own players per year (provided they have at least four years of service) and exclude up to $1.25 million from each player`s base salary from each player`s salary cap each year.