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NFL stumbling blocks: free agency, rookie wages
Rookie pay, free agency for veterans appear to be main stumbling blocks in ending NFL lockout
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A rookie wage scale and free agency for veterans appear to be the biggest stumbling blocks to ending the NFL lockout.

Several people with knowledge of the talks tell The Associated Press that such key issues as splitting total revenues ' the major reason for the dispute ' the salary cap, fewer offseason workouts and the length of a new collective bargaining agreement are close to being completed.

The people spoke anonymously because details are supposed to remain private.



Owners and players are preparing to meet again this week after two days of long negotiations last week. The sticky topics include limits on rookie salaries and signing bonuses. Another is the number of transition tags for free agents, with right of first refusal.


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