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NFL Free Agency: Most Fascinating Acquisitions from the First Day

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 21:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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John RozumCorrespondent INovember 20, 2016

Day one of the 2013 NFL free agency period was a chaotic stampede of fascination.

Which is a good thing.

The moves that occurred were exciting to see, because any time a key player suits up for a new team, a fresh beginning commences. This is also what we break down next.

With so much more left to unfold in the new NFL year, as well as the intensity from the draft, let’s rewind to the most intriguing gets from free agency’s kickoff.


Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace, WR

Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Mike Wallace joined the Miami Dolphins:

This comes as no surprise.

Miami needed to get Ryan Tannehill a fast and explosive receiving target. Wallace definitely provides this to the Dolphins—pressing a defense back will generate more consistent balance.

Although Tannehill was sacked just 35 times in 2012, Miami still ranked No. 26 in passing offense and their rushing attack was mediocre. With a deep threat in Wallace, though, efficiency will only increase.


Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Fasano, TE

Anthony Fasano becomes the next piece of the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive puzzle. According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, he came aboard immediately once free agency began:

Fasano may not be one of the most electric tight ends in pro football, but he is a consistently reliable receiver. With the size to out-jump any defender in single coverage, Fasano is an advantage inside the red zone, over the middle and on third down.

In addition, the guy brings the ability to run-block.

Already featuring an elite back in Jamaal Charles, presenting Fasano simply enhances the ground game's production. The end result will be solid balance, ball control and few turnovers to get back on track.


Tennessee Titans: Andy Levitre, OG

Andy Levitre was an excellent addition for the Tennessee Titans. The acquisition was reported via Adam Schefter of, and Chris Johnson can expect to roll again in 2013:

Arguably the best guard in football, Levitre stays in the AFC and gets to block for a run-oriented team in Tennessee. Johnson hasn't been his typical self the past two seasons, but he has still been productive enough to remain among the better backs.

Running behind a guy such as Levitre, who will punish defenders in the trenches, Johnson will see lanes develop quicker and may flirt with 1,500-plus yards. In short, this helps set up the pass—the Titans could get more from their aerial assault in 2013.


Cleveland Browns: Paul Kruger, LB

Paul Kruger is remaining in the AFC North, but according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Cleveland Browns have signed the rush linebacker:

Kruger is a great pickup for the Browns.

Cleveland presented a decent pass rush in 2012 by recording 38 sacks and forcing 16 fumbles. Still, the Browns need to upgrade against the run and really take their pass rush to another level.

Kruger offers just that—last season was a breakout year for him. He collected nine sacks, defended six passes and made 42 tackles. And he only kept that rolling into January with 4.5 sacks and 14 tackles en route to a Super Bowl victory.

All that's really left for Cleveland's defense now is to bolster the secondary.

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