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c paying less money to untested rookies, specifically high-first-round draft picks, although that money will be redirected to veterans.

Each side lost a little, too. The owners did not give the players an opt-out clause NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith sought, and the players retained a 16-game regular season that Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted increased to 18 games.

“We didn’t get everything that either side wanted … but we did arrive at a deal that we think is fair and balanced,” Smith said.