The more I read, the more the possibility for Detroit to add talent from free agency dwindles. According to Scouts.com, 31 out of the top ranked 50 FA's are restricted this year. That astounding as last year's rankings had only 3 restricted in the top 50.
The Scout.com free agent database debuts, with a whopping 31 of the top 50 free agents being restricted. “It’s not going to be the great free agency that people and some of the players expect,” Scout.com NFL insider Adam Caplan said of free agency, which starts March 5.
The positive news? Along with the noted restrictions above... the 'final eight' playoff teams can only sign an UFA if they lose a UFA...PLUS, they cannot pay the newly signed UFA more than the one they lost. (you have to read that 3 times before getting it.) Which Means the Vikings AND the Saints, Dallas, San Diego, Colts, Jets, Baltimore, Arizona.... all these 'contenders' will be difficult to play for, for those UFA's looking for a ring, as it is very unlikely that any of these teams will be allowed to pay a whole lot.
Now, here is a list of all 19 UFA's that made the top 50...