Every single team builds a significant portion of their roster through the draft, and many good teams have signed free agents over the years that didn't break the bank. The panthers barely sign anybody worth mention, at least since they've been losing.
portion? Uhh, no they don't.
Just looking at Greenbay, only TWO
of their starters were not drafted. Those two being Charles Woodson (signed in like 2005) and Erik Walden, who is not good.
The only major players starting for the Ravens from another team are Pollard and Boldin. Otherwise most of their team was from their draft. Only 1 non-drafted player from the Steelers starts for them.
Now, with that out of the way and your significant portion junk being proven false, will you actually take the time to read what I'm saying now? I'm not saying don't sign FAs. I never said that. Yes, a team should utilize free agency. My point is to not RELY on free agency. Do not use free agency as a tool to single handedly improve your team. It doesn't work that way. If you are not a very good team, do not go out and sign a big name guy in FA like Bills, Redskins, Raiders, Eagles, etc. have done and expect it'll immediately improve your team. All I've said is to build through the draft and use FA to help build up depth and to fill holes ala the signing of Dwan Edwards. Which is exactly what those teams do. Which is the method I prefer. That's all I've said. I don't even see how we really disagree but alas. I'm merely saying that this team shouldn't just go out and sign any top name free agency for the sake of it (like how last year people were begging for us to sign Vincent Jackson - and as great as he was for TB, would he really have made that much of a difference to our season with Chud's incompetence early on? - we'd have then broke the bank for a player who still wouldn't have helped us to the postseason). That is my point. That is all I've said.