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Simms, Mathis can cash in after 2006

Without a new CBA, Chris Simms, Robert Mathis and others would have had to wait until 2008 to be free agents. Now they can cash in after 2006.

Updated: March 10, 2006, 5:32 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Whether it's pigskins or politics, the one thing you know about pundits is that they've got to assign a winner and loser in everything, and assessing the NFL's new labor accord certainly isn't out of bounds.

For now, at least, we'll defer in declaring victory for either side in the NFL-NFL Players Association labor negotiations. Certainly we don't buy easily into the notion being spun by both parties that everyone came out a winner. Just call owners Mike Brown of Cincinnati or Buffalo's ...

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