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Emery thinking long-term in free agency

Bears GM Phil Emery has a habit of signing free-agent acquisitions to one-year deals. While that may seem shortsighted, it's actually a sound strategy for building toward the future.

Since Bill Belichick took over in New England, the Patriots' organization has adopted a cutthroat nature when it comes to roster personnel. In moves many questioned at the time, New England has slashed or traded productive veterans, those beloved by fans and teammates alike, if the team feels he's no longer worth his contract. From Mike Vrabel to Randy Moss to Brandon Meriweather, the Patriots... Recommended Stories

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