In response to Muzwell's comment:
Maybe we can also put to bed the notion that teams can sign UDFAs to any contract they see fit? "Per the CBA, undrafted rookies get three year deals worth a minimum of $1.44 million, including $405,000 in 2013, $408,000 in 2014 and $555,000 in 2015."
That's the same contract for all UDFAs. There is no negotiation, no wiggle room EXCEPT for the signing bonus and teams are capped as to the total amount they can pay UDFAs in signing bonuses. Last year it was $75K per team, this year I'm not sure but judging by these figures it's not that much more. That's a per team cap, not a per player cap.
While in practice, undrafted rookies are mostly going to get minimum deals, the CBA does not prevent teams from negotiating something different. Here are the relevant paragraphs from the CBA:
"Rookie Salary" for an Undrafted Rookie means the highest amount of
earnable compensation for which such player and Club have contracted in each year of
his Rookie Contract that exceeds the then-applicable Minimum Active/Inactive Salary
for each League Year of the contract regardless of whether any or all amounts are earned
or considered "likely · to be earned" as set forth in Article 1 3 , excluding only (A) minimum
offseason workout per diem, and (B) compensation for community
relations/sponsor appearances (subject to the maximum amounts permitted in S ection
3 (b)(iv) below).
Undrafted Rookie Reservation. For the 201 1 League Year, a maximum
of $75,000 per Club may be paid to Undrafted Rookies as signing bonus or amounts
treated as signing bonus. This amount (the "Undrafted Rookie Reservation") shall increase
each sub sequent League Year by the percentage increase of the Total Rookie
(ii) Subject to Subsection (iv) below, Undrafted Rookies may contract for
only the following types of compensation: (1) Rookie Salary, (2) minimum offseason
workout per diem commencing in the contract's second season, and (3) the applicable
Minimum Salary for players on the Club's Active/Inactive List Salary and/or the applicable
Minimum Salary for players not on the Club's Active/Inactive List.
(iii) Rookie Salary shall include only: (1) traditional signing bonus, defined as
signing bonus committed to the player by the Club upon execution of the contract (subj
ect to the player reporting to the Club and passing the physical examination), subject to
any forfeiture provisions to which the player and Club may agree to the extent permitted
in Article 4; (2) offseason workout bonus; (3) Paragraph 5 Salary (including any agreedupon
provisions adjusting the player'S Paragraph 5 Salary based upon his roster status
and/ or his number of Credited Seasons ("split contract provisions") or deferring payment
of his earned Paragraph 5 Salary or advancing payment of non-guaranteed year-one
Paragraph 5 Salary); (4) Paragraph 5 Salary guarantees (subject to the rules set forth in
Subsection (h) below); (5) the permitted performance incentives set forth in Section 6
below; (6) roster bonus; and (7) reporting bonus.
(iv) Aside from the terms outlined in Subsections (i) through (iii), above, no
cash or non-cash financial or economic consideration of any kind (e.g., suites, automobiles,
loans, etc.) may be paid or promised to the player for any reason whatsoever
including, but not limited to, the player's performance of nonfootball-related services
with the exception of an agreement that the player will make up to, but no more than,
five community relations/sponsor appearances or promotional activities per year on the
Club's behalf in exchange for cash compensation at prevailing commercial rates not to
exceed $5,000 per appearance. Clubs may not contract for, or require the player to make
more than five community relations/ sponsor appearances or promotional activities per