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The Best Signing in Every NFL Free-Agent Class Throughout the Modern Era
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In 1993, Reggie White's contract with the Philadelphia Eagles expired and the star defensive end hit the open market. NFL free agency, in effect, was born.

White was the first big-name player to bolt from one team to the next, but he wasn't the last. In fact, he was starting a trend. Since 1993, each year has featured at least one big-name player hitting the market, and spending free-agent dollars has become a key facet of every team's offseason strategy.

Free agency often involves tremendous gambles, with millions and millions of dollars on the line. Some decisions don't pan out, and can cripple a franchise. Others are successes and can reap the championships they were intended to.

Here are the best free agency decisions from each year of the post-White era.

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