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New CBA expected to protect veterans from being cap casualties

Denver Broncos v Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 27: Safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos runs onto the field during player introductions before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 30-27.(Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brian Dawkins

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We’re entering the final stretch of the lockout (hopefully), and yet there are still so many unanswered questions about what the new CBA will look like.

We’re hearing that one aspect of the new agreement will be very friendly to veterans with big salaries.

PFT has picked up word that the new deal is expected to protect veterans from becoming cap casualties. We also hear there’s language in the deal that good agents will exploit for veteran players.

It remains to be seen exactly what shape these rules take, and whether they will be permanent or for one year only. But it sounds like it will be easier for teams to retain high priced veterans.