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Spokane Shock exercise options on 14 rookies

With Wednesday marking the opening of Arena Football League free agency, the Spokane Shock exercised rookie options to keep 2014 first-year players on their roster for the upcoming season.

This offseason marks the end of the first group of two-year contracts available to veterans, meaning a majority of the league’s veterans are expected to become free agents.

Spokane exercised rookie options for 14 players: defensive backs Bryant Nnabuife, J.T. Fitzgerald, Jimmy Williams and Samuel Pope; defensive lineman Bryson Kelly; offensive lineman/fullback Rory Nixon; offensive linemen Deveric Gallington and Mark Jackson; quarterbacks Jarrett Brown and Joe Southwick; and wide receivers Andrew Joseph, Nick Truesdell, Rashaad Carter and Samuel Charles.

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Life without arena football: Faithful fans root for return of high-flying sport to Spokane

The season is winding down in arena football leagues across the country but not in Spokane. The franchise – known as the Shock for the first 10 seasons in arenafootball2 and the Arena Football League and the Empire for two seasons in the Indoor Football League – shuttered last July for financial reasons. The organization’s 12-year run was long by most arena franchise standards, but not long enough for its diehard fans.