Beaten down by losing, many players came to the Patriots to finally be with a winner (Shutdown Corner)

Others were allowed to leave via free agency. There are players who suffered with losing teams like the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, or Detroit Lions and were given an NFL pardon. An NFL player makes a good salary, it’s a major accomplishment to be on any of the 32 teams, but there’s a reality attached to playing on a bad team.