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CBA change may stagnate extensions

Option tag will allow teams to wait out the market as rookie deals expire

Originally Published: April 13, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

NFL teams haven't had trouble spending money in free agency.

As of Sunday, 255 players have been signed or re-signed off the unrestricted free-agent list, leaving about 150 players still looking for jobs. With $336.1 million of cap room remaining, more deals will get done, most of them one-year contracts at minimum salary.

But don't expect a rash of huge contract extensions anytime soon. Current market conditions aren't favorable for long-term deals.

Few elite players ...

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