Different free agents in Franchise mode
In Franchise mode off-season, after re-signing your players, save the game and enter Free Agent mode. If you do not like the free agents available (for example, if you need a top wide receiver and there are none), reload the game until the players that are available are ones you want. You can also do this to make your division easier. For example, if you are the Jets and Randy Moss goes from the Patriots to the Rams then you do not have to worry about facing a player like that twice a season.