My memory says for years it has gone like this:
1. We will let our top 2-3 unrestricted free agents move on.
2. We will skip the first several days of free agency using the salary cap as an excuse. We will then go after a couple tier 3 or 4 free agents and then comb through the scrap heap to try to find cheap contracts. Some of them will be near the end of their career with a good history but no tread left on their tires.
3. We will all yell that we need upgrades on the O Line and D line and they will echo it until signing and drafting players then they will cast a wide net at the cheapest end of the pool and claim we need other positions more
4. When we make our first draft selection almost everyone will say “who the heck is that?” and the pundits won’t even have the player listed on their lists of best players still available.
5. The team will wait and wait and wait in hopes of trading for a disgruntled player on the cheap.
As to new players on the team in the end we end up with 1-2 overpaid old free agents, 3-4 “diamond in the rough “ free agents on the cheap with no real accomplishments, 1 big name player via trade, 2-3 rookies with potential, a bunch of UDFAs that fans like but the team will end up cutting and for the 6th year in a row we will be worse than the year before.