The start of NFL free agency in 2014 arrives on March 11. That's when teams will attempt to juggle value, projection and need with cap room and contract negotiations to find the best fits during a 32-team auction period.
Every year, clubs find players discarded by their previous employer who make a significant impact on their new team—players we'll elegantly label "boom" pickups.
Yet just as often—and probably far more frequently—teams sign players who don't live up to the money and contracts handed out during free agency. These are your "bust" players.
For the most part, every free agent has a certain "boom-or-bust" quality to him. There's upside and risk to every move—some much more than others.
In the following slides, we'll identify the biggest of these boom-or-bust players in the 2014 free-agent class.