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Union president sends letter about labor gains
Players union president Domonique Foxworth tells player of labor gains in letter
By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) ' NFL players union president Domonique Foxworth has sent a letter to his membership outlining the gains they made in the collective bargaining agreement reached last summer with the league.

Foxworth stresses safer working conditions and more lucrative contracts. He says the amount of cash spent on players in salaries and benefits increased to about 55 percent of all NFL revenues in 2011. That exceeds any year under the 2006 agreement.

Players were paid more than $160 million per team in cash and benefits last season, the first of a 10-year agreement that ended the lockout.

Because of the increase in signing bonuses and rookie guarantees, the amount of guaranteed money paid to players increased by about 7 percent, the highest percentage of guaranteed pay ever.

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