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Bears to not be a major player this offseason in free agency

It doesn’t look like the Bears are going to be a major player in free agency this offseason according to a report on PFT:

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Bears president Ted Phillips said Friday that his team won’t go “hog wild” in free agency.

“I think you guys know our strategy has always been kind of balanced in free agency and work through the draft and every other area to try to add players to the team,” Phillips said. “It’s not all about free agency. I think the reality that teams’ success, at least in the NFL, is not based on how much money you spend in free agency.”

And so, by our count, there are now six that have declared, by talk of artificial caps or “building through the draft” or not going “wild” in free agency, an intention to be careful when it comes to spending money: the Steelers, Bears, Lions, Buccaneers, Falcons, and Browns. With the final four teams from 2009 (Colts, Jets, Vikings, Saints) having no choice but to ix-nay on the ee-fray agents, nearly a third of the league won’t be taking advantage of the lack of spending limits.

The actual number will surely be much higher, given that teams like the Packers, Bengals, and Cardinals historically haven’t spent a ton of money on free agents.

The real question is whether any of the other teams will go “nuts” or “wild’ or “hog wild” when it comes to buying up players in a market that isn’t nearly as deep as in past years. The Raiders’ decision to pay $9 million guaranteed to kicker Sebastian Janikowski could be evidence of another attempt to spend their way into contention. The Redskins traditionally have preferred high-priced veterans to reasonably-priced rookies, despite the fact that the approach hasn’t worked. And the Seahawks could try to couple owner Paul Allen’s billions with Pete Carroll’s recruiting skills.

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