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Teams eschew cautionary tailback tales

Two more running backs signed lucrative contracts Monday, proving that teams value the position despite the warnings about production declines in the future.

The surprise wasn't that three "franchised" players – wide receiver Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City, defensive end Cliff Avril of Detroit and San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson – failed to reach any kind of agreement before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for signing multi-year deals. Instead, it was that three players reached long-term agreements on the final day of negotiations. Arguably, most...

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