A year ago, the top free agent on the open market was soon-to-be former Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who landed an enormous contract to sign with the Eagles.
But Asomugha wasn't the only free-agent cornerback to earn big bucks last spring; Johnathan Joseph, Ike Taylor and Antonio Cromartie were all given huge deals.
Those signings represent just how vital a great cornerback can be in today's NFL, where passing games continue to get better and better each year.
Does that mean today's corners are better than those of years' past? Not necessarily...