This offseason, several NFL teams have broken the bank for big-time free agents: the Bills with Mario Williams, the Buccaneers with Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks, the Broncos with Peyton Manning, to name a few.
Each of those moves has the potential to become major, season-altering additions:
Manning in Denver (allegedly) makes the Broncos a Super Bowl threat. If they were that good last year without an explosive passing game, imagine what they'll achieve with a future Hall-of-Famer.
Nicks and Jackson in Tampa Bay instantly give Josh Freeman two pieces to resurrect a pitiful offense.
And Williams' addition in Buffalo suggests Dave Wannstedt's task of making the Bills defense respectable will be a lot easier.
But only time will tell whether or not these moves were actually that impactful.
The 10 on this list no doubt were....and for a variety of reasons.
Maybe it was the amount of money given to a the type of player, the position or the unique situation, but for whatever reason, these signings (in the modern era of unrestricted free agency) are greatly responsible for today's NFL.