When the NFL owners and players finally decide how to whack up $9 billion, all of the attention will shift to what happens with the free agents.
More specifically, the Philadelphia faithful will focus on Nnamdi Asomugha because everything hinges on where the three-time Pro Bowler lands.
If the Eagles pursue Asomugha, who will turn 30 on July 9, they will undoubtedly need to break the bank and limit their options for the rest of the free agency period.
And if they pass on Asomugha, it will open up plenty of opportunities to fill the many needs on defense with players who may not be household names.
At the end of the day, though, Asomugha should be priority No.1 because he would make everyone connected to the defense better.
His ability to shut down receivers would force quarterbacks to throw more often at Asante Samuel, who would in turn come up with interceptions and make more plays.
And when quarterbacks hesitate to throw because of the coverage in the secondary players like Trent Cole and Brandon Graham will have more time to rack up more sacks.
There may be games when teams abandon their passing game and become a one-dimensional offense.
The trickle down effect would go all the way to Juan Castillo who is making the jump from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator this year. The addition of Asomugha would allow Castillo to take more chances on defense and not fear getting beat downfield.
It makes sense to bring him on board, but who would the Eagles target for the rest of their needs?