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Forbes - NFL rookie contracts show owners were the winners in CBA
Sam Bradford received almost $80 million when he signed his rookie deal in 2010, and Cam Newton got about half that last year. With the settlement that averted the cancellation of the 2011-2012 season almost a year old now, the owners are clearly the big winners so far.

CBS Sports - 2013 NFL Draft: Notre Dame preview
Although South Bend isn't the hotbed for NFL talent that it once was, Notre Dame has produced at least one draft pick each year dating back to 1953. Last season, the Irish had two players selected in the first round (WR Michael Floyd and S Harrison Smith), the first time a pair of Notre Dame teammates were selected that high since 1994.

Miami Dolphins Olivier Vernon finding his way
The haze surrounding his jump to the NFL lifted one day while chewing on some lunch. Olivier Vernon was sitting with Lamar Miller, the former Miami Hurricanes teammates seamlessly reunited as rookies with the Miami Dolphins.

Fort Worth Star Telegram - 'Other' Robert Griffin bears strong witness to NFL dream
He doesn't begrudge the confusion or being in the shadow of the ultra-star quarterback. A sixth-round pick of the New York Jets, Griffin is living his own NFL dreams.

Comcast Sports Net - Rookie Kendricks could have huge impact
One of the Eagles' biggest weaknesses during their 8-8 2011 season was the linebacker position -- all three of 'em. But the team has targeted the position this off-season. First, the Birds traded for middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

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