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How the 30% rule is going to impact the Buffalo Bills

The NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the NFL Players Association expires after the 2020 season. There are parameters in place for contracts that are signed while the CBA is in place that extend beyond the expiration of the CBA that teams will have to maneuver, and it will definitely affect the Buffalo Bills as they try to re-sign their younger players.

When the CBA expires, so does the league’s salary cap. So theoretically teams could spend wild sums of money on players. In the interests of fairness, the league has implemented a rule in the “Final League Year” where a player’s salary can’t increase by more than 30% from the Final League Year to the first year without the CBA or between any two years after that.