Teams with the best players at any position will always have one of the youngest rosters.
There is no real substitution, you have to have and have to get lucky to draft players that can come in and play right away.
He hard part is then who do you keep as your core players.
The market is the market, home town discounts are a dream, you will hear of players like Cobb who was offered more money but stayed, but it's no real discount. They are still going to be one of the higher paid at their position.
There is your own FA players, role players that have little effect on the cap, say someone like Janis.
Then the next level Lane Taylor and Linsley, after that someone like Baktiari and Adams.
And the truly elite players like Rodgers.
Packers are and have been on the best at managing the cap. The cap goes up all the time and the market moves with it.
Most teams that dies a slow death like the Seahawks do so by over paying their own and big moves in FA.
Then add in one or more of those core players getting placed in IR and a season can slip away very quickly.
Most teams have around ten players that make up the majority of there cap.
Finding, developing, keeping your core players is the most important thing in keeping your team a contender.
Players starting and filling major roles while on their rookie contracts might be the most important part of how far a team goes.
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