One look at the title of this piece and things appear pretty self-explanatory. But that’s not going to stop us from a handing out a few reminders.
Free agency as we pretty much know it these days began in 1993 (the salary cap began in 1994). So here’s a look back at the best free-agent addition by the 32 teams over the past 20 years.
Remember, we’re not talking trades, and these are not undrafted free agents. That’s another subject for another time. We are, though, talking both unrestricted and restricted free agents, as well as the salary-cap casualties (also known as "street free agents") that have found new life with a different club.
For some of these players, their stays in their new homes may not have been long, but they were impactful. For others, the opportunity to get out of a great player’s shadow proved to be a new lease on life.
Also keep in mind that the teams that have had such great success in the draft haven't necessarily struck gold in free agency because they haven’t been that active in the process. And who’s to fault them for that?
Enjoy the short stroll down memory lane. And for a few of these players, some are still in the process of producing those memories.