The NFL calendar follows the same cycle each year. Once the season ends, teams try to fill as many holes as possible through free agency. If a team is smart, and depending on their salary cap budget, they'll buy young in the first stages of free agency.
The NFL career is relatively short, most players aren't going to be at the peak of their career by the end of their second contract, much less their third. So smart teams will not pay big money to players that will be too far on the other side of 30 when the contract ends.
After all, picking big money free agents from other teams might be a bigger crap shoot than the draft is.
But after that initial wave, you generally see the action slow to a crawl as the draft nears. There comes a balance point where teams would rather try to fill their remaining holes via young, unproven talent. That talent comes with maximum length futures that they can purchased at wholesale costs, as opposed to retail costs of veteran free agency; even if at a discount.
And now that the draft is over, and teams have a clear picture of what they are taking to training camp, free agency begins again. Now all of those 30 and over vets that have been sitting around resting their weary bones are going to be getting calls. Here's a list of who is waiting by the phone. Rankings via Rotoworld.com
So what do you think, BTB? Does anyone catch your eye?