Cash flows to defensive side

Peppers, other star defenders stand as big winners after first wave of free agency

Originally Published: March 8, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Sixteen unrestricted free agents changed teams in the first three days of free agency.

But as rich as some of the contracts were, it's pretty easy to see that teams are being more practical with their spending. That probably doesn't bode well for those who don't get deals in the next week.

You can see the differences in spending by units. The 2010 free-agency class had some big-name defensive players, and they all got paid. Julius Peppers (Chicago) received a six-year, ...

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