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5 Biggest Surprises From Day 1 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

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5 Biggest Surprises From Day 1 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

Day 1 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

With the first day of the 2014 NFL free agency in the books, numerous organizations made quality upgrades that should better their team in the ensuing years. While some of the signings were risky, others made plenty of sense. Along with that, there were definitely some surprises on the first day of free agency as well.

5. Packers Were Silent

Ted Thompson packers

5. Packers Were Silent

Ted Thompson packers

The Green Bay Packers are supposed to be one of the biggest players in this year’s free agency, but they were nowhere to be found on Day 1. I’m aware that they did re-sign cornerback Sam Shields to a big contract this past weekend. However, Ted Thompson has enough money to work with to reel in some other top-notch players. Unfortunately, many of the players Green Bay had their sights on are now off the board.

4. Broncos Improve Secondary

Aqib Talib

4. Broncos Improve Secondary

Aqib Talib

It’s not a huge surprise I suppose, but I’m still a little bit in awe that the Denver Broncos were able to make two huge improvements to their secondary in just one day. Denver acquired the second best cornerback and safety in the 2014 free agency class, which gives them the upper edge in the AFC later this year. Aqib Talib signed a six-year, million deal, while T.J. Ward inked a contract for million over four years.

3. Buccaneers Are Big Players

Michael Johnson

3. Buccaneers Are Big Players

Michael Johnson

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded only four wins last season. However, money talks, which is how the Buccaneers landed the best defensive end and cornerback in free agency this offseason. Michael Johnson agreed to a five-year, .75 million deal, while Alterraun Verner will suit up for .5 million over four years. Tampa Bay was always the frontrunner to land Johnson, but Verner definitely comes as a bit of a surprise.

2. Browns Make Big Splash

Karlos Dansby

2. Browns Make Big Splash

Karlos Dansby

The Cleveland Browns believed they could make a big splash on Day 1 of free agency, but not many expected them to pull it off. Cleveland landed talented middle linebacker Karlos Dansby for million over four years and signed safety Donte Whitner to a four-year, million contract. Even though both contracts are pricey, the reality is the Browns made quality upgrades at an efficient cost. They could still retain center Alex Mack as well.

1. Saints Sign Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

1. Saints Sign Jairus Byrd

Jairus Byrd

The biggest surprise on the first day of free agency was the New Orleans Saints swopping in and signing No. 1 ranked free agent Jairus Byrd to a six-year, million deal. Many teams were in on Byrd, but the Saints always seemed to be on the outside looking in. That all changed Tuesday night when the organization announced they had agreed on a contract. Byrd will pair with Kenny Vaccaro to form the second-most dangerous safety tandem in the NFL.