Rules changes hurting '06 draftees

Mid-rounders who outperformed their rookie contracts are being shut out of free agency

Originally Published: May 17, 2011
By Ross Tucker | ESPN.com

The uncertainty of the NFL labor situation over the past couple of years hasn't been good for anyone or anything, with the possible exception of the bank accounts of the lawyers who are involved. That much seemingly everyone can agree on. What many can't agree on is who has been hurt most by the ongoing dispute.

The fans? Probably not, at least not until actual games are missed. This year's rookies, especially the undrafted free agents and low-round draft choices who may have a ...

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