The best NFL roster $165,281,503 can buy

Updated: August 16, 2017

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Past versions of this column featured a multitude of stars on rookie contracts, but this year’s team will have a few new rules to up the difficulty and build a more realistic team.

1. Team restraints. We’ll need to find at least one player — but no more than three players — from each of the 32 NFL teams.

2. A limit on rookie deals. Last year’s playoff teams had an average of five players from the 2014 draft, six from the 2015 draft and nine from the 2016 draft. So will our team. We’ll also have four undrafted free agents who have yet to hit unrestricted free agency.

3. Rookies! Our team will have seven rookies, with one player taken from each round of this year’s draft. The remaining 22 players will have to be veterans who are not on their first contract.

4. Special teams. As tempting as it is to fill a team with big-play threats and situational contributors, real teams fill out the back of their roster with players who contribute on special teams. Our team will do the same.

And lastly, a word about scheme: We’re going to build an offense that fits within Josh McDaniels’ system in New England, meaning we want versatile receivers and running backs who can create mismatches in the passing game. Our defense will be similar to Jim Schwartz’s units, most recently in Philadelphia, that generate pressure with the front four and drop seven into coverage. We’re less concerned with our cornerbacks being tall and more with them being fast and having the ability to play all over the field. We’re also going to win a lot of football games.

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