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NFL, NFLPA Release Dividing Rookie Stances

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The NFL and the Players Association on Tuesday took measures to explain their separate and dividing stances regarding rookie salaries, an ongoing topic of debate between the league and its players union. But some of the veterans, including at least one Viking, tend to support the league's stance.

After a back-and-forth exchange in the press recently between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw, the league issued its stance on the growing turbulent topic of rookie pay. Two weeks ago, Goodell called the money that rookies receive before ever playing a down in the NFL "ridiculous." Upshaw fired back, calling Goodell's comments "ridiculous...

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