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Mawae: Big rookie contracts like Ryan's 'disheartening'

Updated: May 21, 2008, 4:43 PM ET
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NFL Players Association president Kevin Mawae isn't a fan of big rookie contracts.

On "The Herd" on ESPN Radio on Wednesday, Mawae, the Tennessee Titans center, commented on quarterback Matt Ryan signing a record-setting contract with the Atlanta Falcons.

"As a guy who has been in the league for 14 now going on 15 years and being around other veteran guys, for a young guy to get paid that kind of money and never steps foot on an NFL football field, it's a little disheartening ...

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