Looking Back at the 10 Biggest Steals of the 2014 Offseason

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Looking Back at the 10 Biggest Steals of the 2014 Offseason
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With OTAs in the rearview mirror and training camps set to open in about a month, the NFL's business season has just about drawn to a close, meaning that we can now evaluate which moves rank among the biggest steals of the offseason.

First, let's define what a steal is. The Houston Texans didn't get a steal when they drafted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick; the selection was a no-brainer and offered appropriate value. In order for a move to rank as a steal, a team had to receive bang for its buck, either in the form of an underrated coaching hire, a free-agent signing or draft selection.

Two coaches made this list, and both were fantastic hires. Next offseason, there's a strong chance we'll look back on both of them as major steals.

This list also features three draft selections that were severely undervalued and went later than they should have, much to the pleasure of the teams that selected them.

Four free-agent signings qualified as well, and because of the quality those players bring to the field and the money they received, they represent steals.

And one team got an absolute steal by extending a key player, even though most (incorrectly) assume the player in question received too much money.

Here are the 10 biggest steals of the 2014 offseason.

 

 

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