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Packers Prez Murphy Reaches Out to NFL Retirees

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Two former NFL players who now are on the owners' labor committee have written retirees to outline elements of the offer the league made during negotiations last month.

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson say in Monday's letter that "the players' union wasn't listening" to the NFL's "significant offers that would have a measurable impact on the people who made football great."

According to the letter, among the elements of the owners' proposal were a new pension supplement for retired players 55 and older; improvements in disability plans; and a new rookie pay system that would shift more than $300 million annually to benefits for current and retired players.

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