What are the NFL's 8 quietest teams in free agency setting up? – SB Nation

The start of the NFL’s free agency period has been a whirlwind before it even technically began. Kirk Cousins got a rare, fully guaranteed contract to move from Washington to Minnesota. The man he replaces, Case Keenum, turned a $2 million deal in 2017 to $18 million per year with Denver. Drew Brees entertained leaving New Orleans, then re-upped for two years.

Non-quarterbacks did work, too. Jarvis Landry will be paid handsomely for his willingness to run routes in the vicinity of Cleveland’s quarterback black hole. Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson became uncharacteristically splashy free agent signings for the Packers. Tennessee decided the best way to replicate New England’s success was to take a bunch of its players.

And then there’s a corner of the league sitting the first two days out, quietly biding its time and formulating plans. A handful of rebuilding teams, not seeing the logic of spending big for veteran players who won’t lead a flawed roster to the playoffs, will wait for less-expensive signings and helpful draft hauls. Other established winners may not have much room to negotiate under the salary cap, and instead will settle for small tweaks and hope an undervalued veteran slides through the cracks.

While these eight teams won’t be generating headlines in March, their quiet approach could lead to big stories come September. They’re betting on back-end roster building and an influx of talent from the 2018 NFL Draft.

Atlanta Falcons

Notable free agents: Dontari Poe, Adrian Clayborn, Levine Toilolo

Signings (as of March 14): 1 (tendered restricted free agent Ricardo Allen)

No team has yet stepped up to overpay Clayborn for his outlier 9.5-sack season (remember, six of those sacks came in one game against the Cowboys), so there’s a chance he winds up back in Atlanta’s plans. Losing him

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