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Big-ticket Free Agents Could Leave Big Holes Behind Them

New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead looks to block against the New England Patriots during an NFL football game Sept. 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass. New Orleans usually finds a way to keep its coveted free agents but the cap-strapped Saints might not be able to pull it off with Armstead. The three-time Pro Bowler is one of the top pass blocking left tackles and would leave a big void on a New Orleans offense with several question marks. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)
New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead looks to block against the New England Patriots during an NFL football game Sept. 26, 2021 in Foxborough, Mass. New Orleans usually finds a way to keep its coveted free agents but the cap-strapped Saints might not be able to pull it off with Armstead. The three-time Pro Bowler is one of the top pass blocking left tackles and would leave a big void on a New Orleans offense with several question marks. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

(AP) -- The start of the NFL free agency period next week is the first big chance for teams to make major moves to fill significant holes on their rosters.

But for nearly every big-ticket addition that brings optimism to a fan base in hopes of an overhaul — similar to what Cincinnati did last year to build a defense capable of getting the Bengals to the Super Bowl last season — another team will be dealing with a void.