A developing trend this off-season seems to be the release of aging defensive ends on huge contracts. D-Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jared Allen have joined the unemployment line. Over 30 defensive end Julius Peppers is likely to be released soon by Chicago.
This is likely to create a two tier market for defensive ends. Top end choices like Michael Bennett, Michael Johnson and Houston are gone on day one. They are paid $5 to 8 million a season.
Their veteran forefathers will likely have to deal with short term deals, for less money like last year's Abraham situation in Arizona, who was added late in free agency.
This trend seems to be continuing and could be a positive for Dallas as they need a rotation of 8 defensive lineman. Having a veteran or two in the rotation could be a huge bonus for the Cowboys to keep the experienced rushmen rested and injury free.