As players hit 30 years of age or older, which doesn't apply to quarterbacks, the money they made in their 20's is not nearly the same.
We have all seen veteran players, like Saints defensive end Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma, take substantial pay cuts to stay with their respective teams.
This offseason, many veteran players saw the free agent money dry up fast, and once you hit that certain age threshold for a player, it is a substantial pay reduction.
But on Friday, former Indianapolis Colts defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney had patience pay off for him. One of the league's premier pass rushers agreed to a two-year contract with the San Diego Chargers that carries a base value of $8.75 million.
The 33-year old Freeney, who has recorded 107 1/2 quarterback sacks since entering the league in 2002, has a contract with the Chargers that carries a maximum value of $13.35 million, with $4.6 million tied exclusively to sacks.
In late March, 34-year old Ed Reed, who will go down as one of — if not the — greatest free safety of all-time, left the Baltimore Ravens and signed a 3-year contract worth $15 million dollars and $5 million was guaranteed with the Houston Texans.
Now Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson waits for a big money offer to come his way.
This is the time of year in Las Vegas where you can get odds on just about anything concerning the NFL and college football.
While many scoff at the oddsmakers in Las Vegas, they aren't building those really nice casinos because they lose money.
They have the best oddsmakers in the sporting world working for them and it is interesting to see them post their latest odds for teams to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
The favorite to win Super Bowl XLVIII is the San Francisco 49ers at 6/1. The 49ers are followed by the Denver Broncos at 15/2, the New England Patriots 8/1, the Seattle Seahawks 9/1, the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers 12/1, the Houston Texans 18/1, along with the New Orleans Saints at 18/1.
The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens are 20/1, along with the New York Giants.
One wager that really caught my eye was the over/under on sacks in 2013 for some of the top rookie pass rushers.
Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah total to wager on for sacks in 2013 is 4 1/2.
Former LSU standout and now Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo's number is 3.
Former Georgia All-SEC and All-American outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was selected one pick later than the New Orleans Saints picked Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro by the Pittsburgh Steelers, his number is 8.