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Rookies sacrificed in new CBA

Salaries not what they once were, which leads to speedy negotiations

Originally Published: May 15, 2012
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

As the new 10-year collective bargaining agreement starts to play out, there may be no more notable difference in the business of the NFL than the timing and ease of rookie contract negotiations. The new CBA has, for at least a decade, radically simplified and shortened the negotiation of these deals.

Rookie sacrifice

We knew that incoming players were going to be sacrificed in the recent CBA negotiations. They had no champion; both owners and veteran players believed they made ...

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