Martin, Jim, it's getting to be about that time again.
I know money has been tight lately, but it's time to go shopping for next year. The stuff you got last year was good—it even lasted us a week longer than usual—but you only got enough Stephen Tulloch and Eric Wright for one year, and now we have to go out and buy more.
We're fresh out of Jeff Backus, and our Matthew Stafford supply is going to run out quick if we don't replace it. We're also going to need more Cliff Avril, and you know how expensive that's going to be.
Now, there are a couple of places you could go to pick up this stuff.
You could wait and get everything brand new at the draft, but they're only open once a year and they have limitations on how much you can buy. You won't be able to get everything we need there.
Everything else you'll have to buy secondhand in free agency. And I know it's weird, but this is a business where the used goods fetch a higher price than the new ones. Of course, that's mostly due to some new market regulations—it wasn't always that way.
You also—you know what? Would it be easier if I just made you a shopping list and told you where to shop? Okay, let's do that.