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Notebook: Vikings' rookie signings slotted

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The Vikings could have started signing their rookie draft picks on Tuesday, but as of Thursday night they didn't have any of them signed. In years past that may have been a concern, but the rules of the game have changed with the new collective bargaining agreement. Friday will also be a day that several veteran players get paid their bonuses.

One of the many changes to the CBA is the rookie wage scale, even though the NFL Players Association isn't calling it a rookie wage scale. Looking at the parameters of the rookie signings and slotting, however, it's hard not to call it a wage scale. Several teams around the league have signed several of their draft picks, and some have even completed signing all of their draft picks. How can they...

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