Taking care of your own.
That's the NFL way now. We had so many veterans signing one-year deals to change teams this summer, while other players got big long-term deals from their own teams, showing that is more and more the preferred trend.
Look at all the big deals that teams ahve given their own players in the past month-and-half. The most recent came Saturday with the news that both Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Steelers safety Troy Polamalu agreed to new deals with their respective teams.
The Carolina Panthers have locked up almost all their key young players in the past two months, which is now the way to go. Did they overpay for some? You bet. But they know what they got. They can grow them together.
As for Peterson and Polamalu, both come with risks. Peterson is a back. We know how quickly they fade. Polamalu can't stay on the field.
But their teams know what to expect from them.
As one general manager told me this summer. "There were a lot of guys thinking they would get rich, but they had to settle for one-year deals because teams are keeping their own guys. And if they think it's going to change next year, they better think again."
If you're wondering why this is even more of the wave, take a look at the two Super Bowl teams from 2010.
The Steelers and Packers had rosters loaded with their home-grown players. It's the right way to win.
Take care of your own. Don't let them out the door.
Remember this motto: One man's trash is usually your trash. There's a reason they let them leave.