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Loyalty gets sqeezed by tight cap

Mailbag: Teams not willing to spend extra to retain their veteran leaders

Originally Published: March 24, 2013
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the first two weeks of free agency is how rigid teams have been while dealing with their veteran players.

The Chicago Bears offered Brian Urlacher backup money -- $2 million on a one-year contract -- before letting him walk. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison turned down a pay reduction to $4 million before he was released. Now, he might scramble to get $4 million from another team.

The New England ...

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