Bargain-hunting in NFL free agency is like whaling in the Mississippi River: You're just not going to find what you're looking for.
The value of anything is whatever someone is willing to pay for it, and an NFL free agent can cost an astronomical total. This season, with the unexpectedly high salary cap, there are likely to be few sellers, a lot of buyers and not many players of any worth on the open market.
After all, the old saw about free agency says that if the players were really worth the money they're asking for, their old team would have happily paid to keep them around.
Try as any NFL team might, they're just not not going to land a proven, difference-making starter under the age of 28 without injury or discipline red flags without ponying up seven digits worth of guaranteed money.
That said, there are a few young role players with upside and some older veterans who've been overlooked who just might go for less than what they'll bring to the field in 2014.