Parity on comeback trail

Tame free-agent market could help level playing field in 2010

Originally Published: March 16, 2010
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

Instead of being a boon to the pockets of veteran players, this year's free-agency period might actually contribute to a return of parity in the league.

In most given years, franchises deemed woefully lacking the previous season have opted for expensive shopping sprees once the free-agency doors were thrown open, spending enormous sums in an effort to patch glaring holes in their lineups. But with more than 200 free agents who otherwise would have been unrestricted players instead relegated ...

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