Breaking Down the NFL Free-Agent Tiers

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Breaking Down the NFL Free-Agent Tiers
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On draft day, every NFL team wants to make the grade. NFL front office executives talk a lot about "building through the draft," because smart drafting though all three days will fill out a roster with young (cheap) talent.

You'll never hear an NFL coach or executive say, "We want to build through free agency," because the most popular players cost top dollar—and many times, they aren't productive enough to justify their cost.

There is value to be had in free agency, though. Besides cap-strapped teams letting good players go because they can't pay market price, some teams have a wealth of talent at the same position, are ready to go younger or plan to run a scheme that doesn't fit that player.

Teams that do their homework on this year's class of free agents could find some instant contributors for not a lot of cash.

We've done their homework for them: Here are this year's free agents, graded on their potential to make a new team's roster better.

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