Originally posted on Total Titans  |  Last updated 2/11/13
I thought today I'd take a brief break from our series of positional analyses to look at a broader issue of how teams build a roster. I wrote about this at Football Outsiders, but in the NFL, there are, more or less, five ways you can acquire a player: a. Draft them. Drafted players are subject to team control at a relatively modest price for four years (five for first-round picks); b. Retain your own drafted players. Drafted players will eventually age out of the draft control period, and you either have to retain them by paying them market value or let them go; c. Sign veteran free agents. Drafted players (mostly) that are, for one reason or another, not retained by the team that initially controlled their rights; d. Sign them as young free agents (including waivers). Not every player is drafted, or makes it through the end of their initial control period with their first time. These players are subject to team control at a relatively modest price for their first four season;
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