2019 CBA Updates Included

  • The salary cap ceiling for the 2020 CFL season is $5,300,000 (increases $50,000 each year).
  • The salary cap floor is $4,700,000 (increases $50,000 each year).
  • Players on the six game injured list do not count towards the cap.
  • Player signing bonuses count against the salary cap regardless of any time spent on the injured list.
  • Post-season compensation does not count against the salary cap.
  • A maxium of three Global players, while on the practice roster, will not count against the salary cap.
  • 20% of any broadcast revenues from CFL 2.0 (excludes TSN/ESPN agreements) will be divided by the number of teams in the league and the salary cap ceiling will be increased by that amount
  • Beginning in 2021, 20% of any ratings fee payments (TSN "bonus" to CFL for high ratings) to the CFL by TSN will be used to increase the salary cap ceiling.
  • National or American Players - $65,000.
  • Global Players - $54,000.
  • Starting for 2020, all Standard Player Contracts will contain both an Active Roster salary and a Practice Roster salary (Two Way Contract).
  • Practice roster salary minimum is $15,750 for the year.
  • 1st or 2nd Round Picks:
    • Maximum Salary - 1st Two Years - $65,000
    • Maximum Salary - 3rd Option Year - $71,500
    • Maximum Signing Bonus - $7,500
    • Maximum Performance Bonus - $7,500 (playing more than half of all snaps)
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 1st Two Years - $80,000
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 3rd Option Year - $86,500
  • 3rd or 4th Round Picks:
    • Maximum Salary - 1st Two Years - $65,000
    • Maximum Salary - 3rd Option Year - $71,500
    • Maximum Signing Bonus - $5,000
    • Maximum Performance Bonus - $7,500 (playing more than half of all snaps)
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 1st Two Years - $77,500
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 3rd Option Year - $84,000
  • 5th Round Picks or Undrafted:
    • Maximum Salary - 1st Two Years - $65,000
    • Maximum Salary - 3rd Option Year - $71,500
    • Maximum Signing Bonus - $2,500
    • Maximum Performance Bonus - $7,500 (playing more than half of all snaps)
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 1st Two Years - $75,000
    • Maximum Total Compensation - 3rd Option Year - $81,500
  • Global Players must sign a minimum of two years plus an option year.
  • American Players must sign a minimum of one year plus an option year.
  • They must have been on the active roster, injured list or disabled list for at least 7 games in the immediate prior season or 8 games in any prior season.
  • Games includes only regular season or playoff games.
  • Players qualifying as 1 year veterans receive $525 per week, 2 year veterans receive $625 per week and 3 or more year veterans receive $725 per week. These players must be paid for a minimum of 3 weeks.
  • Only players on the active roster or injured list are eligible for post season payments.
  • First place in each division is paid a $3,400 bonus per player.
  • Each player in a Semi-Final game receives $3,400.
  • Each player in a Division-Final game receives $3,600.
  • Grey Cup loser gets $8,000 per player.
  • Grey Cup winner gets $16,000 per player.
  • Canadian citizens at the time of signing the Player's first CFL Standard Player Contract or Practice Roster Agreement;
  • A Player classified as a National prior to May 31, 2019;
  • A Player who was physically a resident of Canada for an aggregate period of 5 years prior to attaining the age of 18 years;
  • An American or Global Player who is draft eligible no earlier than the2021 Draft and has played football for a minimum of three (3) year at aUSports institution and has graduated with a degree at that institution; or
  • An American player on a roster with the same CFL team after three (3)consecutive years or four (4) years in the CFL. These players apply onlyto the starter ratio and not the roster allocation.
Any player who does not hold Canadian or American citizenship, and has not been physically resident in Canada for an aggregate period of five (5) years prior to attaining the age of eighteen (18) years, or who does not qualify as a National in any other way.
Formerly called "International" players priior to the introduction of "Global" players. They will now be called "American" players. The offical definition is any player that does not qualify as a "National" or "Global" player is an "American" player.
  • While on the injured list a player does not count against the salary cap.
  • Once a player is removed from the injured list their entire salary for the year once again counts against the salary cap.
  • A CFL club can activate a maximum of two Players from the six game injured list who have been on the list for 7 or more games without their salary for that period counting against the salary cap.
  • Any players other than stated above removed from the injured list will have their entire salary count against the salary cap.
No, however, notice of a released player is sent to all CFL clubs within 24 hours of the player's release.
  • No, however a veteran player's contract becomes guaranteed after a given number of games have passed in a season:
    • Six or more year veteran - 9 games
    • Five year veteran - 10 games
    • Four year veteran - 11 games
    • One to Three year veteran - 14 games
  • Maximum of 12 players.
  • At least one player must be a National when six or less players are on the practice roster.
  • At least two players must be Nationals when seven or more players are on the practice roster.
  • At least one player must be a Global when 11 players are on the practice roster.
  • At least two players must be Globals when 12 players are on the practice roster.
  • A 13th player can be added to the practice roster, however they must be a Global player.
  • Representatives include:
    • one from each CFL Team;
    • one from the CFL League Office;
    • one from the Officials; and
    • two from the CFLPA.
  • It is half of what they would have been paid for 1 regular season game.
  • The league minimum $65,000 comes to roughly $3,611 per game. So the maximum fine would be $1,805 for a player making the league minimum.
  • Active roster size is a maxium of 45 players.
  • Not more than 20 American players, including four designated American and excluding quaterbacks on thr active roster.
  • A Reserve roster of one player is allowed - the player is paid as though they are on the active roster, but are not allowed to play.
  • Two Global players must be on the active roster.
  • Two quarterbacks must be on the active roster.
  • Maximum of three Americans who have played with the same CFL team for three consecutive years or who have played four years in the CFL can be allocated to one of the 10 National starter spots.
  • A National quarterback will be allocated to one of the 10 National starter spots when they are on the field.
They receive a travel allowance of up to $115 for each full or part day of travel.
No, in fact a CFL club is prohibited by the CBA to put any term or condition into the SPC that prohibits disclosure of any or all terms or conditions of the SPC.
Yes, at minimum they will receive $1,000 for moving expenses but could receive as much as $7,000 depending on which cities they are moving between.
The last year of the contract will expire on the second Tuesday in February following the close of the football season.
  • Two tickets to each home game within the 30 yard lines are provided to each player at no cost.
  • Players can purchase up to four tickets to away games or additional tickets to home games with a 50% discount off the regular price.
  • The CFLPA can purchase up to 50 tickets to every Grey Cup game. Four of those tickets will be in the VIP section.
  • Players on the active roster or the injured list of a team in the Grey Cup game will be provided two tickets at no cost.
  • For live mic games the following members of each team are required to wear mics: Head Coach, starting QB, backup QB's, defensive leader.
  • For non-live mic games each team must allow up to three players to be mic'd for TSN features upon request.
  • From the end of the CFL season to the second Tuesday in February in the year following the end of the season, any CFL player can sign with a NFL team, even if they currently have a CFL contract in place.
  • If a player with an existing CFL contract is signed by a NFL team and later released prior to the end of their existing CFL contract, their CFL contract will remain in force.
The day prior to the first day of training camp in 2022.
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