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Collins entitled to injury protection pay

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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If Nick Collins never signs with another NFL team, he's entitled to $1.5 million in injury protection pay. That was one of the provisions in the new collective bargaining agreement signed by the owners and players last August. Under Article 45 (Injury protection), it states: "A  player  qualifying  under  Section  1  above will  receive  an  amount equal  to  50% of his  Paragraph  5 (base) salary for  the  season  following the  season of injury,  up to  a maximum  payment of:  $1,000,000, in  the  201 1-12 League Years;  $1,050,000, in  the 2013-14  League  Years;  $1,100,000,  in  the  2015-16  League  Years;  $1,1 50,000,  in  the 2017-18  League  Years;  and  $1,200,000, in  the  2019-2020  League  Years;  in  each  case unless  he has individually negotiated more injury protection or  a larger guaranteed  salary in  his  contract..." It further states: "A player ... will receive  an  amount  equal to  30%  of  his  Paragraph  5  Salary for the  s econd season  following the season of  injury, up to a maximum payment of:  $500,000,  for the 2012-14 League Years; $525,000 ,  for the 2015-16 League Years; $550,000, for the 2017-18  League Years; and $575,000 ,  for the 2019-20 League Years; in each case unless he has individually negotiated more  injury protection  or a larger guaranteed salary in his  con­tract for the  affected year  in  question." Collins had two years remaining on his contract and was scheduled to be paid base salaries of $3.45 million in 2012 and $4.35 million in 2013. However, if Collins decides to continue playing, signs with another team and passes that team's physical, he wouldn't receive any injury protection benefits, according to the CBA.  

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