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Money flying on first day of free agency

John Clayton checks in with 10 observations from a wild first day of free agency.

Originally Published: March 1, 2007
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Welcome to the new world of free agency, a time when teams can re-sign core players but guards, tight ends and fullbacks can hit the financial lottery.

Friday was one of the wildest spending sprees since free agency began in the early 1990s. Guards got contracts worth $7 million a year. A fullback got $3 million a year and a $5 million signing bonus. Cornerback Nate Clements became the league's first $10 million a year defensive player with an eight-year, $80 million deal. As expected, ...

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