From Duce Staley to Brian Westbrook to LeSean McCoy, the Eagles went 17 seasons with a top running back who was drafted and developed by the team. Westbrook was ready to replace Staley, and McCoy apprenticed behind Westbrook before taking the job.
The Chicago Bears declined to commit to Brandon Marshall when asked about the veteran wide receiver last month, and now the team is exploring trade options five days before the start of the new league year.
NFL teams and their fans have been waiting for free agency since last season ended. Salary cap space has been counted and rechecked, ready for splurging on that star capable of turning franchises from losers to winners with the simple change of a jersey.