Spending sprees

The Chiefs, Redskins and Saints moved in free agency. But did they improve?

Updated: March 19, 2003, 1:38 PM ET
By By David Fleming, ESPN The Magazine
They were close. All three of these teams -- the Chiefs, Redskins and Saints -- finished a game or two out of the playoff race. That's a botched field goal, overthrown pass or missed assignment short. They've retooled with free agents -- but did they close the gap or mortgage the future?