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The 10 Best Moves from Day 2 of 2014 NFL Free Agency

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Day two of the NFL's free agency period was incredible. Major deals could be found everywhere. From Denver to New England teams were throwing money around like it grew on trees and key veterans were being released for salary cap reasons. Here are the top ten moves from day two.

10. Carolina Panthers Plan to Part Ways with Steve Smith

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10. Carolina Panthers Plan to Part Ways with Steve Smith

Steve Smith
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Steve Smith was a great player for Carolina, but the Panthers need some youth and athleticism at wideout. This move also frees up some cap room.

9. Dallas Cowboys Release Miles Austin

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9. Dallas Cowboys Release Miles Austin

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Dallas had some serious salary cap issues going into the offseason. Releasing overpaid veterans like Miles Austin is really the only way they can get back in the green.

8. Cleveland Browns Release Brandon Weeden

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8. Cleveland Browns Release Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden
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Weeden, quite simply, was never going to be the answer in Cleveland. The Browns can now turn their attention to drafting a quarterback in April.

7. Miami Dolphins Re-sign Randy Starks

Randy Starks
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7. Miami Dolphins Re-sign Randy Starks

Randy Starks
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Starks is a solid, veteran defensive tackle and Miami was smart to lock him up long-term at a reasonable price.

6. Detroit Lions Sign Golden Tate

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6. Detroit Lions Sign Golden Tate

Adam Hunger-Golden Tate
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Detroit needed to give Matt Stafford another weapon outside of Calvin Johnson, and Tate fits the bill just fine.

5. Baltimore Ravens Re-sign Jacoby Jones

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5. Baltimore Ravens Re-sign Jacoby Jones

Jacoby Jones
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Jones was a key player in the Baltimore's Super Bowl run two years ago. Some even argue that he should have been Super Bowl MVP over Joe Flacco. Baltimore was smart to lock him up long term.

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Josh McCown

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4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Josh McCown

Josh McCown
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Mike Glennon performed well last season, but Tampa clearly felt more comfortable with a veteran quarterback to fall back on just in case. At two years, million, McCown could be a bargain starter or a pricy, but reliable, backup.

3. New York Giants Re-sign Jon Beason

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3. New York Giants Re-sign Jon Beason

Jon Beason
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The Giants acquired Beason from the Panthers last year, and he turned out to be a very nice fit with their linebacker corps. New York should be very happy to have him back.

2. Denver Broncos Sign DeMarcus Ware

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2. Denver Broncos Sign DeMarcus Ware

Demarcus Ware
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John Elway is going all in. A day after giving Aqib Talib a massive contract, Denver broke the bank again to acquire the former Cowboy. A Ware and Von Miller pass rushing duo could be a scary matchup for the rest of the NFL.

1. New England Patriots Sign Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis
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1. New England Patriots Sign Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis
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New England did it again. A day after losing Aqib Talib to the Broncos, the Patriots, against all odds, still managed to upgrade their secondary with the Revis Island signing. One year, million is very fair considering this year's cornerback market, but the Pats might want to think about locking Revis up long term.