This is going to be the most frustrating NFL free-agency period in a long, long time. A massive $10 million increase in the salary cap has turned sellers into holders, holders into buyers and buyers into Warren Buffett.
With key free-agents-to-be getting re-signed and extended left and right, and an already-thin class ready to be pounced on by most of the league, salaries are going to go through the roof.
Worse, with the entire NFL trying to copy the pass-rushing, pass-smothering defenses of the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, the few defensive ends and two-way safeties that are hitting the open market will have plenty of bidders.
As you read through these team-by-team primers and projections, be prepared to see an awful lot of players like safeties Jairus Byrd and Donte Whitner, cornerback Alterraun Verner and defensive end Michael Johnson.
Almost every team wants their skill sets on its roster, but only one team will actually land any of them. As a result, many squads will sign a lot of Plan B, Plan C and Plan D players to surprisingly rich contracts—and make a lot of reaches for need in what will be one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory.