The NFL off-season, despite being as closely followed as other sports’ regular seasons, has for the past decade been a boring endeavor. Contracts and cuts have had all the excitement of a real-estate closing. The only noteworthy free agents available were either too old for their former teams or too costly to fit under the salary cap, meaning they were expendable.
And then something happened. A mixture of factors—the NFL’s salary spending floor, creative number-crunching and a few free agents who foresaw the economics of the game changing—have brought about a new type of NFL off-season. And it is totally crazy.