View Full Version : Best Way to Build a Team: Draft or Free Agency?

03-21-2008, 06:25 PM
I didn't know where to put this forum so I put it here.

I say draft because its proven by many teams (Packers, Chargers, Patriots) that it is a successful, long term solution.

03-21-2008, 06:26 PM
It's the draft. Hands down.

03-21-2008, 06:28 PM
It is obviously the draft, but teams like to fill the last pieces of their puzzle with free agents. I like the draft deal a whole lot, but I dont mind spending some money and grabbing some free agents as well.

03-21-2008, 06:29 PM
Draft without a doubt!

03-21-2008, 06:29 PM
It's easily the draft. Too many teams are resigning their key players early that the chances of multiple impact players reaching FA is slimmer. Add in the additional cost of FA.

That said, an effective team still has to be able to search FA.

03-21-2008, 06:29 PM
i don't see any teams in the nfl who have been bought winning championships so gotta be the draft

03-21-2008, 06:29 PM
It's definitely the draft. Free Agency can be a crutch. The Chiefs are in full rebuilding mode because we used FA too much to patch holes instead of drafting younger players to be long term solutions.

03-21-2008, 06:32 PM
I defenitly agree I just wanted to see if anybody would say free agency.

03-21-2008, 06:39 PM
^^^Draft def

03-21-2008, 06:41 PM
I would like to see someone try and defend FA.

03-21-2008, 07:39 PM
I know this is stupid, it's obviously the draft. Someone defend the free agency logic or lock this thread

03-21-2008, 07:47 PM
well I thinks it's the draft, hands down, but letme try to defend FA for giggles:

For the immediate future, FA is much more important. You need to bring in role players to fill holes. If you can find a good role player, especially for a "show me" contract ala Kawika Mitchell last year, you get a very good player. Rookies are proven to develop better when sitting a year under tutiledge from a vet at their position. Rookies also don't often come in and contribute right away.

Now i know it's not "building" persay, but hell, I tried

03-21-2008, 07:48 PM
Just to go outside of the obvious choice, you can argue free agency by....
never mind, you can't.

03-21-2008, 08:10 PM
drafting until your at the doorstep of the super bowl and then get a big name FA that you need to add the last piece (patriots, Randy Moss)

03-21-2008, 08:14 PM
i would really like to just try and do an argument for free agency but i just cant come up with anything....

like most people have been saying, draft draft draft! and then when your close, fill your last few holes with some FAs to get you over the hump.

JT Jag
03-21-2008, 08:21 PM
Build with the draft.

Decorate with free agency.

03-21-2008, 08:34 PM
You build with the draft, and finish with free agency.

03-21-2008, 08:51 PM
Draft is more important but getting good FA's certainly does help.Coaches may only have 2-3 years.

03-21-2008, 10:06 PM
Free agency is valuable because it means getting a proven quantity. For the most part, you know what product you're getting. In terms of immediate need, it's definitely better than the draft. When you need a stopgap or have the opportunity for a starting-caliber player at a need position, free agency is probably the safe bet.

But in terms of building a franchise, the draft wins hands down. Because a) free agency gives you limited options, while the draft has dozens of prospects at your disposal, b) no messy battles against other teams to nab the guy you want, c) you can coach up prospects in your system, in your style, and d) comparatively, they come cheap.

Think of it like betting in a casino. Sure, if you need 20 bucks to tip a valet, you might drop a few chips, play the easy odds. But if you've got a loan shark waiting to break your knees in the parking lot, bet big. Free agency being the 20 bucks, and the draft is saving your knees.

However, there is one good reason why some teams choose the free agency route: because they're no good at drafting. I'm talking those teams that never seem to get it right, who always seems to draft the biggest bust the highest and all their subsequent picks are out of the NFL within months.

You know who you are.

03-21-2008, 10:16 PM
Look at all the best teams: New England, Indianpolis, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Jacksonville, Green Bay, NYG, all built through the draft. Even teams like Cleveland and Dallas who love free agency have a core built from the draft. Dallas developed guys like Flozell, Romo, Witten, R.Williams, Newman, Spears, Canty, Ware, Spencer, Ellis, B.James, Barber, and Gurode. Cleveland drafted guys like Brady Quinn, Lawrence Vickers, Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow, Joe Thomas, Kamerion Wimbley, Eric Wright, Sean Jones, Brandon McDonald, etc. Draft is the way to go.

03-21-2008, 10:26 PM
Most teams that do get involved in Free Agency never value their draft picks or the draft all together. But, if you value both the draft and Free Agency then you could become a success. An example of this is the Buffalo Bills, who last year went and got free agents to repair their o-line, and most of their needs, then drafted a good amount of talent. This giving them an above .500 record before the serious amount of injuries that hurt them.

IMO, you have to consider both the draft and free agency to build a team, a team was never built on the draft alone. Their isn't a lot of talent and time to build your team in the draft only.

Shere Khan
03-21-2008, 10:26 PM
Unless the league starts allowing some kind of a two-for-one-deal-all-items-must-go-store-closing-bargain-basement-clearance-sale for the acquistions of Free Agents hitting the open market; then, no, I can't, and furthermore, will not, argue in favor of Free Agency.

My signature says it all.