Ranking the 10 Biggest Impact Moves of 2014 NFL Free Agency

Ranking the 10 Biggest Impact Moves of 2014 NFL Free Agency

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There are still plenty of quality players still available in free agency. However, a majority of the big-named assets have been signed for quite some time, which is where the focus will be. Just to be clear, this slideshow isn’t about the 10 best free agency signings. It’s about the 10 biggest impact moves of the 2014 NFL free agency. That means the 10 players who will provide a spark for their new team regardless of how big their contract is.

10. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens

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10. Steve Smith – Baltimore Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens desperately needed to upgrade the wide receiver position this offseason. Thankfully for them, the Carolina Panthers released Steve Smith. It will be interesting to see what Joe Flacco will be able to do now that he has a legitimate weapon to throw to this year.

9. Julius Peppers – Green Bay Packers

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9. Julius Peppers – Green Bay Packers

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The jury is still out on whether the Green Bay Packers signing Julius Peppers was a good idea. The main focus of the signing is that Peppers will line up with elite pass rusher Clay Matthews, which won’t end well for opponents. Not to mention, the Packers are working on setting up Peppers in an elephant position in which he will be a hybrid defensive playmaker.

8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions

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8. Golden Tate – Detroit Lions

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It’s not as if Golden Tate’s numbers jump off the charts. With that being said, he’s a reliable receiver who can be very dangerous when given the right opportunity. Pairing Tate up with Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush will give Matthew Stafford an abundance of playmakers to work with this upcoming season.

7. Arthur Jones – Indianapolis Colts

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7. Arthur Jones – Indianapolis Colts

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There were many teams after defensive talent Arthur Jones in free agency, but it was the Indianapolis Colts who were lucky enough to land him. The defensive end is a solid pass rusher who is even more productive when it comes to stopping the run. He will be a critical piece as the Colts try to make it back to the playoffs.

6. T.J. Ward – Denver Broncos

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6. T.J. Ward – Denver Broncos

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The Denver Broncos did a lot this offseason to sure up the defense. Safety T.J. Ward was one of two signings in particular that could be the reason Denver wins it all in 2014. Obviously, it will be Peyton Manning and the terrifying offense that will be the main reason the Broncos win games. However, a defense that held them back last season won’t be a problem this time around.

5. Lamarr Houston – Chicago Bears

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5. Lamarr Houston – Chicago Bears

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The Chicago Bears desperately needed to make a splash in free agency to improve their dismal defensive line. The Jared Allen signing was a pleasant surprise, but it was inking a deal with Lamarr Houston that’s the real winner. Houston should have a huge impact in 2014, at least enough to strike fear in NFC North quarterbacks.

4. Alterraun Verner – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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4. Alterraun Verner – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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By far, the best signing of free agency was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreeing to a contract with Alterraun Verner. Even though it was the best decision by any team in free agency, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the biggest impact move. The reason for that being I don’t believe Tampa Bay has what it takes to make a serious run at a postseason berth. Regardless, Verner should do wonders for the Buccaneers for years to come.

3. Jairus Byrd – New Orleans Saints

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3. Jairus Byrd – New Orleans Saints

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Safety Jairus Byrd was one of the more sought after free agents this offseason. No one thought the New Orleans Saints had what it took to pull off a deal but they did. Whether the expensive contract will pay off will remain to be seen. However, there’s no question Byrd is going to bring the thunder in the Saints’ newly improved defense.

2. Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos

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2. Aqib Talib – Denver Broncos

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The other half of Denver’s rebuild of the secondary is Aqib Talib. It’s one of those scenarios in which if you can’t beat them then join them. Some believe Talib won’t succeed without Bill Belichick’s umbrella to protect him from himself. Either way, Talib should do enough for the Broncos’ secondary to get Denver back in the Super Bowl.

1. Darrelle Revis – New England Patriots

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1. Darrelle Revis – New England Patriots

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TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Cornerback Darrelle Revis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up for play against the Atlanta Falcons November 17, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Tampa won 41 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)


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  • mike

    An over the hill WR with health problems–c’mon!