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NFL Lockout: Owners, Players Agree To Rookie Pay Scale, According To Report

One of the major roadblocks in NFL labor negotiations seems to have been cleared, per Adam Schefter:

Filed to ESPN: two sides agreed to new Rookie Pay System. Still i's to dot, t's to cross on rookie system, but it's not impediment to deal.less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

One step closer, my friends. The words "pay scale" mean that the deal will likely try to emulate the NBA's system ... oh, wait. D'oh!

Admittedly, I don't think anyone was particularly worried about this part of the deal getting done. With contracts for top-3 picks garnering tens of millions of dollars in guaranteed money — and rising — everyone agreed this was a broken system. Now some of that money can go to paying veterans, or, my personal preference, toward the NFL pension plan.

Knowing how these labor negotiations have been going so far, the money the owners save will likely just go to catering future meetings.