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Lack of new CBA deal slowing down progress

There will probably be more rookie holdouts than normal this year, but it shouldn't be cause for major concern.

Updated: July 26, 2005, 5:27 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Like those who annually procrastinate to meet the April 15 income tax deadline, draft choice negotiations in the NFL are typically made in panic mode.

Falcons general manager Rich McKay, always the successful procrastinator, came back from vacation late last week to start on deals for eight unsigned rookies. Five agreements were worked out on the eve of the opening of camp and all but first-round pick Roddy White had finalized deals by Monday evening. Other team's negotiators send out proposals ...

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