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Next up: Salary cap scramble

Teams will be trying to master 2011 rules as free agents hit the market

Originally Published: July 18, 2011
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Now that the NFL is on the verge of ending the lockout and getting a new collective bargaining agreement, it's funny watching the scramble.

The NFL temporarily gave up the salary cap to gain leverage and try to get concessions from the players. They saved plenty of money last year, particularly $320 million in benefits they weren't required to pay. They also saved on salaries because so many top free agents were restricted.

Now everyone in the league is angling to work within the ...

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