With the deadline for the franchise and transition tag having passed earlier this week, the beginning of free agency serves as the next phase of the NFL's business season, and it begins on March 11.
While one could certainly construct a viable argument that the best way to build a championship roster is through the draft, there's no doubting that a successful free-agent haul can also do wonders and help a team win games. That's what makes this period so critical for all 32 NFL clubs.
For some positions (wide receiver, offensive tackle, cornerback) this is a deep class, while the pickings are slim for others (quarterback, running back, tight end). But that doesn't mean there isn't a top player capable of making a difference at each position.
In this column, I'll tell you which player is the jewel at his position in this year's free-agent class and why he deserves that esteemed ranking. I chose each player based on his previous body of work, age and ability to contribute moving forward, both in 2014 and beyond.
Here are the biggest names at every position for 2014's NFL free agency.