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Franchised players left longing

Franchised players who didn't sign long-term deals by Monday's deadline, including 49ers' safety Dashon Goldson and Lions' defensive end Cliff Avril, are left to prove it all over again while playing the odds under lucrative one-year deals.

In the kind of flurry of negotiating and deal-making activity that always seems to accompany any NFL deadline -- and which spurred agreements with an aggregate face value of nearly $215 million and that included a record $100 million contract for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees -- five players previously assigned the franchise tag signed accords in about 80 hours starting last Friday morning...

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