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What's the Hold-Up for Top Remaining NFL Free Agents?
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Free agency can be a strange and mysterious time for teams and top NFL players. When players hit the open market, they subject themselves to market forces. A lot of times, that means players get big paydays, whether they deserve them or not.

Sometimes, that means great players can't get a sniff.

When an aging Dwight Freeney was one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, the Colts letting him walk and signing a younger veteran makes sense.

That the Colts lavished a four-year, $16 million contract on Erik Walden when Freeney is, per The Denver Post's Jeff Legwold, rumored to be looking for a two-year, $8.5 million deal, makes no sense. Freeney is still a much better on-field option than Walden, even beyond this season.

Such are the mysteries of NFL free agency.

There are a lot of big names still on the open market—and they're not just "big names," either. A lot of veteran free agents who are still playing at a high level haven't signed anywhere yet. With most of the free-agent money spent and most roster needs addressed in the draft, these players may be running out of landing spots.

What's going on with these great players? Why can't they drum up interest? Why are teams happily settling for lesser options?

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