In the last week's installment of the SB Nation Small Market Roundtable, BigBlueShoe at Stampede Blue discussed free agent attraction to big city markets.
This is a really hard topic to discuss because you are trying to determine what a free agent was thinking when he signed, other than how much money was being offered, and which teams are really struggling to financially meet free agent demands. Did no team outbid New England for DE Adelius Thomas last March because they didn't feel he was worth it or they simply didn't have enough money to afford him? In the end, BigBlueShoe doesn't think either really matters:
Brian G said some teams don't have enough cash to hand out big signing bonuses and that is probably true. The Packers lost out on a few free agents this offseason to other teams, but it wasn't because they simply didn't have enough money to pay them. The NFL is so good at making money that this should not be a short term problem for the Packers, but this has been a problem in the past and you never know when it might become a problem in the future.