10 Past Free-Agency Moves That Shaped the NFL Today

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10 Past Free-Agency Moves That Shaped the NFL Today
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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. 

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