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Continued: NFL free agency: Spending big often fails

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 10, 2013 - 12:14 PM

They’re more likely to let the market settle and then pursue second-tier youngsters such as 25-year-old Brandon Gibson and 25-year old Kevin Ogletree. It also helps that this year’s draft class is talented and deep at the receiver position.

What will happen when free agency begins? Who knows? Even Polian, a six-time NFL Executive of the Year, said he routinely was surprised by the market when he was the top personnel guy in Buffalo, Carolina and Indianapolis.

“I often sat there and said, ‘This player should command only X,’ ” Polian said. “And then the market would open up and that player would command X plus Y. And you’d say, ‘Oops, that’s not in our bailiwick?’ We don’t know what the market will bring. … That’s what makes free agency interesting.”

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