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Saints News 2/28/13: NFL Adopts Rule Change For Free-Agent Negotiations

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For the first time, the league this year will allow a three-day period during which agents can negotiate contracts legally before the March 12 start of free agency. In an effort to stop, or at least slow, the tampering that has gone on in the past, especially at the Combine, the NFL opened the three days as a "time to shop the market."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Great times in San Diego w great people! Now back to Nola for the wknd. Hope everyone is having a great day.</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/status/307231546597842945">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting." ~Brian Tracy"Great lesson and difficult</p>&mdash; Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) <a href="https://twitter.com/JedCollins45/status/307227319326629888">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> 1. Mingo 3. Mathieu 4. Chris Faulk 5. PJ Lonergan 6. Russell Shepard ... And, no, I'm not kidding.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/307225789454225408">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Anyone or anybody in new Orleans do glass bottle etching??? Let me know ASAP please!</p>&mdash; Jermon Bushrod (@j_bushrod7475) <a href="https://twitter.com/j_bushrod7475/status/307222451773927424">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>D'oh! RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/reidg75">reidg75</a>: Loomis put to bed any idea that Bill Johnson or any of the other remaining defensive coaches would be replaced.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/307222283179683840">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Mickey Loomis Discusses Coaching Changes, Free Agency and the NFL Draft with @<a href="https://twitter.com/fox8nola">fox8nola</a> <a href="http://t.co/SfOSzjBD1H" title="http://bit.ly/XdvXEK">bit.ly/XdvXEK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/307221116848586753">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A look at how the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> have pulled to within $5 million of salary cap: <a href="http://t.co/KxVWy5JdtZ" title="http://bit.ly/XFvDyg">bit.ly/XFvDyg</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFL">#NFL</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/307207293903200256">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Is there anyone out there born on Feb 29th of the leap year? When do you celebrate your birthday?</p>&mdash; Corey White (@CoreyWhiteJr3) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyWhiteJr3/status/307195865230102528">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dennis Rodman, in North Korea, tells Kim Jong Un he has ‘a friend for life’ | <a href="http://t.co/bvUB0WezIY" title="http://yhoo.it/YDoT2i">yhoo.it/YDoT2i</a></p>&mdash; Ball Don't Lie (@YahooBDL) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooBDL/status/307194344455163906">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Great auction item donated by @<a href="https://twitter.com/nhlblackhawks">nhlblackhawks</a> for the ICAN event - hockey stick signed by @<a href="https://twitter.com/10psharp">10psharp</a>, @<a href="https://twitter.com/jamalmayers">jamalmayers</a> Kane, Toews, hoss &amp; more!!</p>&mdash; Pierre Thomas (@Pierre_Thomas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pierre_Thomas/status/307194098140454912">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Cowboys have officially taken the next step getting under the salary cap by restructuring the contract of cb Brandon Carr, saving $10.5m</p>&mdash; Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) <a href="https://twitter.com/clarencehilljr/status/307191667990081537">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Glad to see VAWA passed today. Still puzzled at the opposition.</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@scottfujita99) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99/status/307183584920342528">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>For those who may wish to challenge my support of VAWA, I'll keep my argument relatively simple: I have 3 daughters so STFU.</p>&mdash; Scott Fujita (@scottfujita99) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottfujita99/status/307185019724636160">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another!!</p>&mdash; Darren Sharper (@sharper42) <a href="https://twitter.com/sharper42/status/307183675274063872">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Roethlisberger's restructure helps the Ravens, will knock about $500K off exclusive tag number for QBs. Steelers aren't worried about that.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/307171928857272320">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Specifics on Roethlisberger: $9M of his $11.6M base salary was converted to a signing bonus. So if my math is right, $5.6M in cap savings.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/307172779818627072">February 28, 2013</a></blockquote>

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