AIf there was one thing that happened in the NFL in this offseason, it was this: The cost of business with edge rushers hit an all-time high.
Actually, it started just before the beginning of the 2018 season when the Raiders sent Khalil Mack to the Bears for two first-round, a third- and sixth-round draft picks and promptly signed him to a six-year, $141-million contract.
That was a number previously paid only to quarterbacks. And it extended into free agency this year, as a number of edge rushers or outside linebackers signed monster deals with new teams.
Za'Darius Smith got $16.5 million per year from the Packers. Thirty-year-old Justin Houston got $12 million per season from the Colts after being released by the Chiefs. Trey Flowers got $90 million over five seasons to leave the Patriots for the Lions.