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Teams eschew cautionary tailback tales

Matt Forte (Dennis Wierzbicki/US Presswire)

Two more running backs signed lucrative contracts Monday, proving that teams value the position despite the warnings about production declines in the future.

The surprise wasn't that three "franchised" players – wide receiver Dwayne Bowe of Kansas City, defensive end Cliff Avril of Detroit and San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson – failed to reach any kind of agreement before Monday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for signing multi-year deals. Instead, it was that three players reached long-term agreements on the final day of negotiations. Arguably, most...

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