The Patriot$ Way
Here is a good post from the Providence Journal. It describes how the Colts will have to do some significant financial gymnastics to keep a lot of their great players. This indicates how things change so fast in the NFL. The Colts have been great for quite a few years and certainly deserved to win yesterday's Super Bowl. But, they are in trouble with next year's salary cap and will have to restructure contracts (tough to do) or do some house cleaning to stay under the cap. This is one reason why there have been so few consistent winners in the NFL. In contrast, the Patriots are in decent shape with respect to the salary cap.
So, while the Patriots have their own free agent decisions to make, they have a lot more flexibility. For a team that has been on a pretty good six year run, their future for the next few years looks just as bright. And that is what is truly unique in today's NFL.