The 2014 NFL season began at the start of the free agent signing period. Since then, many players have changed teams or been resigned. The free agent signing period offers the best opportunity for a team to make a quick turnaround. Many of the player available are veteran players who were either too expensive or ageing too quickly to make them worth resigning.
Therefore, a new team can swipe up these great talents at a much cheaper price. Of course, there are always a handful of player who make some serious money during this period. These are guys who are going to become long term cornerstones for teams in desperate need of some real leadership.
The 2014 free agent signing period brought a great deal of excitement to a lot of cities. The period is never truly over until the end of the season. There are still some great players that are available. Unfortunately for them, they are going to have to wait a while now. NFL teams are now in the process of deciding how to develop their new talent. This process will continue up through the first few week of training camp. At that time, teams will re-evaluate and decided whether or not to spend money on bringing somebody else in.
There have been a number of teams who have had an excellent off-season. These teams are really setting themselves up for a great deal of success in the near future. This list ranks those teams who have made the biggest strides during the free agency period.
10 Green Bay Packers
9 New Orleans Saints
8 New England Patriots
7 Indianapolis Colts
6 Denver Broncos
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4 Miami Dolphins
3 New York Jets
2 Washington Redskins
1 Oakland Raiders
The Oakland Raiders were very busy during the 2014 free agent signing period. The team brought in ten new players and resigned veterans Darren McFadden and Charles Woodson. The team more than made up for its major losses of LaMarr Houston, Rashard Jennings, and Tracy Porter. They brought in three defensive ends: Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, and Antonio Smith. Then they signed Maurice Jones-Drew to take Jennings' place. There secondary improved as well by signing cornerbacks Terrell Brown and Carlos Rodgers. However, the best thing the team did was to go out and get a big wide receiver. The Raiders have not had a great wide receiver since Randy Moss. Now they have the former Packer, James Jones. Jones adds a big target and the great hands the team has been missing for years.
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