Don't undersell nickel, dime defenses

Mailbag: Pass-rushers, DBs cash in as teams invest in stopping aerial attacks

Originally Published: June 16, 2014
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The "nickel" and "dime" defenses in the NFL are now misnamed. There is too much money going into the pass-defense packages to label them as pocket change.

The Seattle Seahawks are the gold standard. Last year, the Seahawks paid defensive ends Cliff Avril $6.5 million and Michael Bennett $4.8 million and only started them a combined total of five times. Their mission was to lock down the line in pass defense, and they earned every penny.

The Seahawks' "subpackage" gave up ...

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