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The following are some significant contract gains made by the players as a result of the strike:
SEVERANCE—The owners originally offered $10,000 per player for every year played from 1983 to 1986. The new contract credits all past years and has a ceiling of $140,000 for a player with 12 or more years' experience. A player who retires after four years would receive $60,000 in severance.
WAGE SCALE—In September the owners called it "minimum salary" and set up a five-year scale during which minimums would go from $30,000 to $35,000 for rookies and from $50,000 to $55,000 for players with five or more years' service. The final contract establishes a scale that will range in '82 from $30,000 for rookies to $200,000 for 18-year men. In '85 the range will be $50,000 to $200,000.
POSTSEASON PAY—September offer was $5,000 per player for wild card teams up to $30,000 for Super Bowl winners. New scale: $6,000 to $36,000.
PLAYING RULES—In the owners' offer players had no say about rules. Now players can send disputed rule changes involving safety to arbitration.
RIGHT TO BARGAIN INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTS—Agents wouldn't have been restricted under owners' proposal. Now, the union can disqualify any agent for a veteran player and, with the player's approval, negotiate for the player itself.
BONUS—The owners offered bonuses of $10,000 for rookies, $20,000 for second-year men, etc., to a maximum of $60,000 for players of at least six years' service. Current proposal starts at $10,000 for rookies but jumps to $60,000 maximum for players in their fourth year. The increase affects 288 fourth-and fifth-year players, 18% of the league.