NFL Free Agents 2014: Who's Guaranteed to Break the Bank?

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NFL Free Agents 2014: Who's Guaranteed to Break the Bank?
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Jimmy Graham has certainly earned the right to be the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.

Let's all be the first to admit: We are not cut out to be NFL general managers. Don't fool yourself. You don't have the business acumen, the inside NFL knowledge or the foresight of a football scout.

Perhaps, you know what you see, but what you have seen is in the past. That makes free agency a dangerous proposition, because you will be paying for what has happened and not what will.

Some things we can all agree on, though: Like the numbers put up by the likes of the Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy, New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham, Denver Broncos' Eric Decker and Washington Redskins' Brian Orakpo. That quartet will easily break the bank in free agency this winter, because they are talented, in their prime and at positions NFL decision-makers put a premium on.

If you ever want to see what the NFL prioritizes, just look at the annual drafting trends. Hint: They love quarterbacks, cover corners, pass-rushers and speed. They also like young players who are durable, too.

They don't put so much emphasis on the fleeting career of an NFL running back. See, that's where NFL general managers most differ from casual observers—particularly those who get sucked into fantasy football.

Now that we have all that squared away, let's give you a slideshow on the Top 10 pending free agents who are guaranteed to break the bank this winter.

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