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NFL performance-based checks to be deferred by two years

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The NFLPA has agreed to defer the issuance of 2013 performance-based checks by two years in order to meet the NFL salary cap for this upcoming season.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed to Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Daily that players will receive the payment in March 2016 instead of March 2014.

The NFL salary cap went up from $120.6 million to $123 million for the 2013 season.

"In the early years of this deal, where revenues were not growing at the rate we expect them to grow when the television money comes in, we engaged in a process to smooth the salary cap," Atallah said.

NFL players and agents were first about the deferral at the agent meeting during the NFL Combine. Some agents expressed concern about the impact the deferral could have on the league's lowest-paid players, but Atallah reaffirmed that the checks would be distributed.

"Players are going to earn the money," Atallah said. "It is just going to be deferred."

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