Yeah, this is a home grown issue. Just for completeness, I should mention names like Fells and Fanene in passing, but I think we can both agree that players of that sort can be considered to have largely balanced out last year. Crappy drafting from '06-'09 They were lousy drafting, on both sides of the ball, for about 4 years. Just taking a look at the talent from 2007-2009, which would be the players on or near second contracts, here's the offensive picking in the top 3 rounds: Sebastian Vollmer Brandon Tate Here's the defensive picking in the top 3 rounds during that same period of time: Brandon Meriweather Jerod Mayo Terrence Wheatley Shawn Crable Patrick Chung Ron Brace Darius Butler Tyrone McKenzie Even tossing in 2006 (Maroney, Jackson, Thomas) would leave a significantly larger number of defensive players drafted during that time. And, again, those are the players who'd now be on second contracts. Of 8 defensive players taken in the first 3 rounds from 2007-2009, only one is currently on the books and expected back next season. Couple that with Brady's huge cap number and the [highlight]early[/highlight] new deals for the TEs, and there's your financial discrepancy. Safety/WR That's the only acceptable pairing of draft picks in rounds 1-2, given the current makeup of the team.