It’s so much fun to watch the hype of free agency, especially when it comes to the big, household names that sign with different teams.
Darrelle Revis, Aqib Talib and Jairus Byrd are just a few of the names almost everyone knows who will relocate in 2014. Vontae Davis and Charles Tillman are stars who decided to stay put and play for the same teams they played for in 2013.
No matter if a free agent moved elsewhere or signed to stay at home, everyone expects a big impact from these top-notch players. But what about the guys who aren’t household names?
It’s easy to see how the big-name players will fit in and how they’ll alter the course of the team each free agent signed with. But the true sign of a successful free-agent signing is for a general manager to strike gold with a player who is not on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
If a team signs a few of these lesser-known free agents and the player outperforms expectations, well that’s how championships can be won.
Here are eight under-the-radar free-agent signings that will pay off big.