PHOENIX – NFL free agency might buy the love of fans, but overly generous spending rarely helps a franchise win a championship.
The best proof of that might be found right here in the Valley of the Sun, where NFL owners will gather this week for their annual spring meetings. A year ago, the hometown Arizona Cardinals acquired running back Edgerrin James in free agency, taking him from the Indianapolis Colts.
Arizona fans bought into the dream that James and his four-year, $30 million contract conjured. They filled the seats at the beautiful new University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. They then watched James struggle behind a horrendous offensive line and eventually saw the Cardinals implode in yet another awful season.
Meanwhile, the Colts, who usually try to retain their own offensive players but otherwise tread lightly in free agency, won a Super Bowl. In the process, they faced a Chicago Bears team that didn't make any big splashes in free agency.
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