Free agency is one of the best ways to improve as a team, and many NFL franchises have taken advantage of this year's pool. While many teams made some positive changes, some have made some questionable moves.
The New England Patriots are an example of a good team that got better through signing Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner (via Isaac Moore, Patriots.com)—two of the league's best corners. They're the crown jewel of an overall underwhelming (although improving) AFC East but will be faced with more competition in 2014, as their rival teams have also improved.
The Patriots' divisional rivals, the New York Jets, have gained a lot of ground over the past couple of weeks. Gang Green has used this free-agency period to sign a No. 1 receiver in Eric Decker (via Seth Walder, NYDailyNews.com) and a starting quarterback/mentor for Geno Smith, instantly putting them in a better spot than they were all of last year.
The AFC East as a whole is clearly improving, but they're still one of the least impressive divisions in football.
If you move a bit west, you'll find where the best teams in the league are. The AFC West and NFC West are littered with talented teams, top-ranked offenses and dominant defenses, making them the best divisions in football. They sent five teams to the playoffs last season between the two of them and could very well do the same in 2014.
While the western divisions seem to be a hub for playoff teams, every division in the NFL is generally pretty competitive. Which ones rank where? Read on to find out.