NFL Free Agency 2014: Highlighting Best Fits for Top 10 Free Agents

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NFL Free Agency 2014: Highlighting Best Fits for Top 10 Free Agents
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The 2014 NFL free agency period will almost certainly produce extremes in reactions.  From exhilaration to despondence, signing or losing a premier free agent often brings about a conviction in fan bases that one player can swing their team's fortunes.

Of course, the actual season rarely plays out in that fashion, as roster construction is far more complex than throwing piles of money at players on the top of your fantasy draft queue.  Nevertheless, with salary cap growth plateauing in recent years, teams are having more difficulty shelling out big-money extensions to their young (and previously cost-controlled) stars.

Consequently, the cream of this year's free agency crop consists of numerous players in or approaching their prime.  These rare game-changers may not singlehandedly carry their teams to the Super Bowl, but they are certainly capable of swinging a couple games, which is certainly no small impact.

For the sake of clarity, the "top 10" on this list refers to the top currently available free agents as ranked by Greg Bedard of, not including franchise- or transition-tagged players.  It's certainly not a scientifically precise list, but it does provide some more variation than public perception may allow, since Bedard does not exclusively zero in on skill position players.

Additionally, these are projections for the best fits, not necessarily predictions on where these free agents will actually end up. All the teams on this list should have realistic aspirations of signing their free agent match, but at this point, it's fallacious to predict free agency with any real conviction.

With all those caveats out of the way, here are the best realistic fits for the top-10 unsigned free agents.


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