Trent Cole

It's buyer beware as NFL teams prepare for a free agency period with few major stars available

It's buyer beware as NFL teams prepare for a free agency period with few major stars available

Attention NFL shoppers: The player store will be opening soon, with free agency starting this week.

The good news is, teams have more money to spend. The salary cap has increased to $167 million per team, a bump of more than $12 million since last year.

The bad news is, the shelves are pretty picked over, and some of the dazzling items that were previously advertised, well, they’re not available anymore. Most notably, Pittsburgh used its exclusive franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, essentially guaranteeing the star running back will play for the Steelers next season.

Free agency begins Thursday at 1 p.m. PST, but interested teams can begin talking contract numbers Tuesday...

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