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Report: NFL players, owners have found common ground on rookie wage scale

03.09.11 at 4:09 pm ET

While the NFL players and owners face a Friday deadline in their attempt to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, the two sides are starting to find some common ground on some relatively smaller issues, according to a story from Yahoo! Sports.

First, they have apparently reached a basic compromise on the idea of a rookie wage scale, which will, in effect replace the current rookie salary cap. First-round picks will sign four-year deals, while the agreement will also limit guaranteed money and signing bonus for draftees. Meanwhile, the league agreed that all players drafted after the first round would be limited to three-year deals, but teams would be allowed to put restricted free agent tags on players after the three years.

Second, players have agreed to language in the new deal that would make it easier for teams to recoup money from players who have been arrested or otherwise gotten in trouble with the law.

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