When free agency started, general manager Martin Mayhew was looking at 21 free agents on his own roster – including vital pieces like defensive end Cliff Avril, middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch, left tackle Jeff Backus, cornerback Eric Wright and backup quarterback Shaun Hill – and a payroll that was $11 million over the cap.

Yet, in a 10-day span, he managed to create cap room without having to shed assets, retain the core players with the lone exception of Wright and add to the depth of some of the troubled positions.

And he did it in classic Mayhew style — patient and prudent. The moves were mostly understated, barely making a ripple in the free-agent pond. But they were essential to the continued growth of this football team.

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  1. Art6116 says:

    When I listened to Nick Fairley speak I noticed theat he has to take several breaths to complete a sentence. I believe he has a deviated septum and can’t breathe through his nose. I feel that he should have corrective surgery during the off season. He will never achieve his potential unless its taken care of. Have you noticed Nick on the sideline using oxygen when no one else is using it and to know that he is rotated in plays?? Help this player so that he can help the team..

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