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NFL and NFLPA agree on Rookie Pay System

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL and NFLPA have agreed on a new rookie pay system. Whether that will be a wage scale is unknown at this point, but it seems exceedingly likely, making rookie contracts non-negotiable. Based on earlier reports, cheaper four-year contracts with expensive options for a fifth year will be the norm for rookie contracts, allowing teams to limit the damage from high-profile draft busts while allowing rookies to hit free agency earlier. 

The rookie pay system was reportedly the last big item left on the agenda, so this would mean a deal is - still - close. At the same time, ups and downs are a part of negotiations, and this deal isn't done until the ink is dry. While a CBA remains unsigned, the two parties will continue to try to get as much as they can out of these negotiations, as any good negotiator does. So expect someone to report that "Lunch credits remain a breaking point" in an hour or so. 

And yes, despite my previous acknowledgement that the negotiations are boring, I'm still posting this.