With no cap this year, and a strike looming in 2011, there may be a lot of good veterans available on the cheap before the final cut-down date. Think of MLB or the NBA before their trading deadlines. It would be pretty easy for an owner to look at his roster and the upcoming season, and figure out that he could replace 2-3 good veterans with mid to late-round draft picks and reduce his payroll by $10M or so, which would flow right to his bottom line. By telling the team's fans that the draft picks were out-performing the veterans (even if they aren't) he may be able to cover his arse with his fanbase. It would certainly be less obvious than it would be to cut a proven starter in March or April. I don't know such a scenario will happen, but it's certainly plausible, and you could probably name a few team owners who would be likely to entertain such a strategy. For an owner who's willing to take on some payroll, there may be a good opportunity to upgrade a roster.