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Changes in CBA if no deal is reached

Here are some of the highlights of how the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players' union would change in 2006 and 2007 if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on an extension to the current contract.

2005

Salary cap: 65.5% of designated gross revenues
Unrestricted free agents: Must have four or more accrued seasons
Restricted free agents: Must have three accrued seasons
Franchise players: Each club may designate one
Transition players: Each club may designate one in lieu of a franchise player
Salary bonus proration: Maximum of five years
Unrestricted free agent signing restrictions: None
Benefits: Second career savings plan, supplemental disability, player annuity program, severance pay plan, tuition assistance plan
Minimum salaries: In effect

2006

Salary cap: 64.5% of designated gross revenues
Unrestricted free agents: Must have four or more accrued seasons
Restricted free agents: Must have three accrued seasons
Franchise players: Each club may designate one
Transition players: Each club may designate one in lieu of a franchise player
Salary bonus proration: Maximum of four years
Unrestricted free agent signing restrictions: None
Benefits: Second career savings plan, supplemental disability, player annuity program, severance pay plan, tuition assistance plan
Minimum salaries: In effect with increase of $5,000 over 2005

2007

Salary cap: None
Unrestricted free agents: Must have six or more accrued seasons
Restricted free agents: Must have three, four or five accrued seasons
Franchise players: Each club may designate one
Transition players: Each club may designate one in addition to a franchise player
Salary bonus proration: None
Unrestricted free agent signing restrictions: Final eight teams from 2006 have restricted ability to sign unrestricted free agents
Benefits: None (teams no longer contribute to second career savings plan, supplemental disability, player annuity program, severance pay plan, tuition assistance plan)
Minimum salaries: In effect; same as 2006