One full week into NFL free agency, most of the top free agents have signed with the teams they will play for in 2013.
Teams have employed different free-agent strategies. Some, such as the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, have focused on finding bargain-rate deals. Others, such as the Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams, have spent big to secure top targets.
While some top talents and many potential bargains remain in the free-agent pool, the rapid activity of the first few days has settled into a more sporadic flow of news. That makes the one-week mark a good time to look back on the 50 best signings of the free-agency period thus far.
Talent, fit and financials are the criteria used to determine these rankings. One player ranked ahead of another does not necessarily mean that player is better, but that he offers more value to his new team.
Note: The rankings only include players signed before midnight Wednesday. Only players who hit the open market are included. This includes those who were released by their previous team and signed prior to the start of the free-agency period, but it does not include anyone re-signed by their teams prior to the start of free agency.
All contract data via Spotrac unless otherwise noted.