The BIG Free Agent l Packers Lounge Full article: Like I said in the comment section, I don't think there's one right philosophy. We won in 96 with a big FA. The Saints used a lot of FAs. The Giants and Steelers didn't have many FAs when they won... I think it's more about being good in your philosophy. Do the homework, have great scouts, hit in a high rate if you're going to build through the draft. It's cheaper and MUCH easier to build team chemistry that way, which is a vital component in sucess. Analyse the mental aspect of the FA, see if he has any legal problems and such, and if he does, if they're youth mistakes (Vernon Davis), or character flaws (Pacman Jones). See if the FA has the will to win, or just to earn money. See if his personality will connect with your current players, if he's going to disrupt the locker room chemistry. And make sure he fits into your system, if you're going to bring in FAs to complement your team.