Has NFL Free Agency Killed All Of the Rivalries?

for NFLSportChannel.com

Published: April 14, 2009


... $100 million dollar contracts and players being franchised against their wishes.  Slowly it has occurred to me, that perhaps this is why there are no great rivals left in football.

Most of us can remember when, every year, we marked our calendars for the Steeler/Cowboys game and the Green Bay/Chicago game.  Perhaps it was Redskins/Chiefs or Oakland/anybody.  We lived for those few weekends every year, regardless of how our team was doing otherwise, because we knew that it would be a knock-down, drag-out, fight to the finish.

In those days players stayed with their team for most, if not all of their careers.  Players like "Mean Joe" Green, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Joe Montana, and Terry Bradshaw.  They left nothing on the field every weekend and often played injured.  Teams knew who they were facing every year and planned for it to the point where it came down to which team wanted it worse.

Fast forward to this year.  Players see...

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