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The horrifying reality about NFL free agency is that your team probably blew it

It's a big, bad, scary world out there.

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BIG DEALS, BIG WASTE: The largest NFL free agent contracts are usually a waste of money. The last five years are littered with millions of dollars of unrealized expectations from free agency. Here's a closer look at the two largest contracts handed out every spring since 2011 and how those players and teams have fared.

FIXING FREE AGENCYReplacing free agent losses in the 2016 NFL Draft. What happens when teams lose players to big-money free agent deals? They turn to the draft. Here's how teams like the Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks and more will fill holes on their rosters, whether it's early or late in the draft.

WHERE TEAMS STAND: The big waves of free agency have broken. And for a few teams the future looks bleak.

DAS KAPITALWhich teams have added the most draft capital? Those teams are usually the real winners in free agency.

CONNOR'S COOKIN' Connor Cook catches eyes at Michigan State pro day. The Spartans quarterback's draft stock has taken a hit this spring, but he was looking good on Wednesday and had some up-close meeting time with the 49ers, Rams and Browns. There were a ton of other big pro days yesterday too, and we've got the results for you.

LEGGYBill Belichick busted out his dressiest cargo shorts for Georgia pro day. Lookin' good, Bill!

BEWARE THE PATRIOTS OFFENSE: The Patriots offense is going to be frighteningly explosive. After swinging a deal with the Bears to acquire tight end Martellus Bennett, the Patriots offense can run way more of those explosive two-TE sets they haven't had since the days of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.

WHO DAT ANIMALSaints sign LB James Laurinaitis. It's kind of a puzzling move for the Saints who already have a middle linebacker, but maybe this heralds some changes given the putrid state of that defense recently.

COACH PREPARED TO COACHChip Kelly is prepared to do his job with Colin Kaepernick. HUGE NEWS! If a player remains on the roster when the team begins practicing on April 4, the 49ers head coach is going to coach him. Specifically, "coach the heck out of him." Also a good sign. Kaepernick will report on April 4 if he's not traded. The thing to remember here is that the 49ers have until April 1 to trade Kaepernick, if they're going to do it. At that point, his $11.9M salary for the year becomes fully guaranteed.

CJ2K VISITS MIAMI: Chris Johnson visits the Dolphins. After losing out on C.J. Anderson, the Dolphins are turning their attention to CJ2k.

SOUR NOTE: Ravens release safety Will Hill, who is suspended for 10 games. Too bad, he was a solid player for the Ravens last year. Sour, indeed.

MORE CTE REVELATIONSNew science suggesting sports-related head trauma becoming more common. Recent brain research appears to suggest CTE is prevalent among people who played any contact sport, not just former NFL players, whose diagnoses with CTE often dominate headlines.

THE ENFORCER: Kenny Easley, the Enforcer. Field Gulls has a three-part series sitting down with former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley. It's a great read. Here are parts two and three.

NICE INKBroncos linebacker has a new back tattoo ... which features a Chiefs logo. It's a tale of two cities for Broncos linebacker Shane Ray.