Savvy clubs can find free-agent bar­gains

But buyer be­ware, most big-name play­ers have age or in­jury con­cerns.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Barry Wilner ALSO IN­SIDE Free agents

On first look, it’s tempt­ing to ask “Is that all there is?” on the NFL free-agency front.

A deeper in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­veals some tal­ent be­ing avail­able at most po­si­tions. As for studs, game-chang­ers and fran­chise play­ers, well, there sim­ply isn’t much now that the Steel­ers won’t be let­ting prize run­ning back Le’Veon Bell slip away.

While last year’s crop had a col­lec­tion of All-Pros, some of whom wound up with fran­chise tags, this year’s group had only » one full-time All-Pro, Kansas City safety Eric Berry, who also went through this in 2016 be­fore be­ing tagged at $10.8 mil­lion. He got his long-term deal at the end of Fe­bru­ary.

Min­nesota kick re­turner Cor­dar­relle Pat­ter­son is the other Al­lPro whose con­tract is up.

The salary cap in­creases from $155.27 mil­lion to $167 mil­lion. So let the spend­ing be­gin.

THE CREAM

Un­ques­tion­ably, Bell was the best among the un­re­stricted guys — and the most un­touch­able. Pitts-

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At age 34, DeMar­cus Ware re­port­edly is in­ter­ested in re­turn­ing to Dal­las to fin­ish out his ca­reer. But does he have enough left in the tank to help the Cow­boys’ pass rush?

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