While the big-money player acquisitions dominate the headlines of NFL free agency, teams that re-sign their own free agents often represent the best moves made early in the new league year.
I promise Ted Thompson isn't ghostwriting this piece. However, many of the best rosters in the NFL are still built on the draft-develop-and-retain strategy. It's a simple idea: Draft prospects you like, coach them up in your system, and then keep them around with second or third contracts.
Signing big free agents from other teams can work, but there's always considerably more risk in investing huge money in a player who hasn't spent years within your organization.
In the following slides, we will highlight the best re-signings of the NFL's early free-agency period. These moves return a key player to a comfortable situation with a familiar scheme while also offering the best balance of risk versus reward for team and player.
Note: Franchise tags will not be considered. Also, only re-signings made after the start of the new league year will be mentioned.