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The NFL minimum compensation is $750,000. Once a player hits four years in the league, his minimum salary is $900,000. Players on an NFL practice squad are paid $11,000 or $207,000 for a full 18-week season. NFL team rosters are limited to 53 Active players and 16 Practice Squad players, up from 10 in 2014. The annual player turnover rate for an NFL team is 68%, equaling 17 new players each year per team or 554 new players league wide. Players drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft have a 99% chance of making the 53-man roster. 2nd and 3rd round players have better than a 90% chance, 4th and 5th rounders have a 75% chance while 6th and 7th have a 35% chance. Free agents have a 23% chance to make NFL active rosters and practice squads.


The USFL team rosters carry 45 players. Players make an average of $45k for the season plus $600 a week in pre-season. Practice squad players earn about $15K on average for the season. There may also be a victory bonus of about $850 a player. Housing and meals are also provided by the league.

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The XFL pays players a seasonal base salary of $50,000 for all 10 games, plus a bonus of $1,000 for each player on the team for each victory. The XFL compensation package pays $5,000 more than the USFL. Additional player benefits include health insurance, housing, and meals which are covered by the league. Each XFL team will go to training camp with 66 players on their roster. On game day, each team will have 45 active players on the roster to play in the game. The first XFL player draft will have an estimated 60 rounds with marquee quarterbacks pre-assigned to each team.


For American and Canadian players the minimum CFL salary is $65,000 with an average team range of between $70,000 and $100,000. All CFL salaries are paid in Canadian dollars, which fluctuate in value, depending on the rate of exchange between the US and Canada. CFL teams maintain active game rosters of 56 players of which only 20 are permitted to be American. The CFL draft is exclusively for Canadian-born athletes or players able to obtain “non-import” or national status. American born players are not eligible for the CFL draft and must be signed via free agency. 

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