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Spielman intrigued with new procedures

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman is intrigued with an advanced negotiating timeline for outside free agents this year. At the very least, it will lend legitimacy to big-money deals signed an hour into free agency.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman believes a new rule that essentially legalizes an advanced negotiating period with pending free agents is a good move. This year for the first time, the NFL is allowing teams to start negotiating with pending free agents from other teams in advance of the start of the free-agent signing period. The belief is that some teams and agents were already doing that...

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