It's hard to look back at the 2009 NFL season and find many positives. A lockout was on the horizon, numerous misses in the draft class and the majority of new coaching and general manager hires fizzled.
The owners always win when it comes after the franchise tag deadline. Other winners, Panthers' DE Greg Hardy. Losers? The Saints, who may pay more than they want or not get what they deem appropriate for Jimmy Graham.