Best values in NFL free agency
Kyle Orton, BenJarvus Green-Ellis among best values in free agency
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Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney Sr. used to have a saying about paying his players. He said he never had a problem paying $20,000 to a player who performed at a $20,000 level. What he minded was paying that kind of money to a $10,000 player.
When it comes to NFL free agency, teams are working under that same premise, but they are also mindful of those situations in which they might get a player for a lower cost who will give them high-dollar on-field performance.
Here are 10 players who could fit that description:
Teams are always looking for a good bell cow running back, and Green-Ellis is by far the best candidate for that role in this year's free-agent crop. He is young (will be 27 years old in July), doesn't have much wear and tear (only 510 career carries), is durable (hasn't missed a game in the past two years) and has never fumbled the ball in his NFL career.
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