More teams are willing to make trades.
Nine trades were agreed upon before the official start of the league year, in that latest sign that many of the NFL's younger general managers are willing to trade draft choices to fill roster needs with established players.
But the biggest deal involved a pair of veteran GMs for the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants. John Dorsey added wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (pictured) and defensive end Olivier Vernon to Cleveland's roster, a year after trading for wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
It's another experienced decision-maker, Bill Belichick, who has been the most aggressive in making deals. He traded for defensive end Michael Bennett this week, and has picked up 14 veterans in trades over the past four years. Many of those deals involved players in the third and fourth years of their rookie contracts. His M.O. is to find roles for those players in the Patriots' offensive and defensive schemes, then either sign them to extensions or, more often, let them go in free agency and recoup compensatory draft picks.
This year provided a perfect example: The Patriots traded for then-Niners offensive tackle Trent Brown last summer, started him at left tackle en route to a Super Bowl championship, let him go to the Oakland Raiders this week on a megadeal, and now will get a third-round compensatory pick for him next year.