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Time to match an offer sheet is just 5 days

Posted by Chris Brown on March 11, 2015 – 10:43 am

It has been widely reported that a team like the Miami Dolphins, who have exercised the use of the Transition tag with their free agent TE Charles Clay, would have seven days to match any signed offer sheet that Clay might receive on the open market. In examining the current CBA the time period is shorter than that.

According to Article 10, Section 5 of the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Dolphins would have just five days to match any offer sheet that Clay might sign. Here’s the language straight from the CBA below.

Section 5. Right of First Refusal for Transition Players: Any player designated as a Transition Player shall, at the expiration of his prior year Player Contract, be permitted to negotiate a Player Contract with any Club. When the Transition Player negotiates such an offer with a New Club, which the player desires to accept, he shall give to the Prior Club a completed Offer Sheet, signed by the player and the New Club, which shall contain the Principal Terms (as defined in Article 9) of the New Club’s offer. The Prior Club, within five (5) days from the date it receives the Offer Sheet, may exercise or not exercise its Right of First Refusal, which shall have the consequences set forth in Sections 3(b)-(h), 4 and 6 of Article 9 above, except that no Draft Choice Compensation shall be made with respect to such player, and, for the purposes of those provisions, the player and each Club shall otherwise have the same rights and obligations as for a Restricted Free Agent.

The Bills are currently conducting a free agent visit with Clay at One Bills Drive.


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