With the new rookie wage scale in place, teams won't have to shell out as much money if they decide to make aggressive efforts to trade up in the draft. If a team finds themselves near the bottom-half of draft rounds but has the ammunition to barter for a special player, why not do it?
If the Indianapolis Colts have taught us anything in the 2011 NFL season, it's that a premier quarterback can mask just about any problems within the franchise. This is fantastic news for quarterback-desperate teams at the bottom of the NFL barrel, especially with an upcoming draft that has no shortage of great signal-calling prospects.
The talent doesn't end under center, however. There are several special players that need professional homes, and loaded teams are preparing to make their move to get them. The Atlanta Falcons showed us last April that if the right prospect comes along, teams will trade anything to get him.
Expect no shortage of deals once April rolls around this year. Let's talk about a few possible scenarios.