First off, we should recognize that our net FA loses to date have been very similar to Indy,Pittsburgh, and SD. It hurts that we were outbid for Givens and lost Mcginest. Please consider these 2 facts: The new CBA gave NE a success tax. The new CBA let all the poor cap managers get out of jail free and allowed them to spend money like water. (A fool and his money soon party) Without the new CBA many quality veterans would have been cut. Veterans would have signed for lower contracts. NE would have been in the best possible position. In the short term (next 2 years) our schedule is very favorable to new SB titles. Now to accomplish this, they must be brilliant in picking up and developing the middle class of FA leftovers.