Well this thread took an entertaining turn... but I don't want it to turn into a Patriots only thread and get moved/locked.
If people don't think that a dominant team reduces FA talent available to division rivals (without overpaying), then I guess my hypothesis was incorrect. If people do think there is some merit, please point out other dominant teams and the division rivals that had to overpay.
As I've said, I think IND and GB benefited from this for a time. PIT to an extent too. If you didn't choose the front runner, people questioned whether you were just in it for they money and didn't want to win.