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When it comes to free agency, coaches play it safe

Don't expect to see Lovie Smith, Jeff Fisher or Marty Schottenheimer joining Bill Cowher on the open market after the '07 season, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Updated: January 12, 2007, 6:33 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

When wielded appropriately, and beyond the veil of blatant posturing, the threat of unrestricted free agency has been an effective tool for NFL players in driving the payroll spiral ever upward.

Not so, however, for the league's coaches. But one has to question, at least in a few cases, if next season won't include a change in how some head coaches approach their pending free agency.

Everyone knows that former Pittsburgh sideline boss Bill Cowher will be an unrestricted free-agent ...

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