The NFL Management Council has decided that 10 replacement players who signed future contracts with their original or other league teams after the players strike ended remain entitled to playoff money.
Three of the 10 played for the Washington Redskins during the strike -- linebacker Bob Curtis, linebacker Carlton Rose and wide receiver Ted Wilson. Curtis and Rose signed future contracts with the Redskins for the 1988 season. Wilson signed a future contract with Tampa Bay.
According to the 1982 basic agreement, any player who competed in at least three games, but less than seven, is entitled to 50 percent of postseason pay for the conference championship and Super Bowl games if he is not under contract to another team "at the time of the game in question."
That language had caused some confusion, but after reviewing the history of the contract bargaining procedures, the Management Council decided the 10 players were eligible for the playoff money. Replacement players who were cut by their teams after the strike and were picked up by other teams and played this season are not eligible for playoff money.
Fifty percent of the winner's share for the Super Bowl and conference championship is $27,000; half the Super Bowl loser's share is $18,000.
Jones said the confusion had arisen because the contract language has changed between 1970 and the present. In 1970, according to Jones, the contract specifically precluded a player who had signed a future contract with another team from sharing in playoff money won by his previous team.