NFL free-agency rumors will start to swarm the nation soon. Free agency started on Tuesday and every team will be out there looking for that game-changer, that player who turns a bad team decent, a decent team good and a good team great.
The unrestricted free-agency period began in 1993 and most of the key signings have come since that date, though not all.
These are the 25 greatest free-agent signings in NFL history. And just to keep it within the spirit of true free agency, we’ll only consider players whose contracts had run out and weren’t cut.
Technically, Johnny Unitas (1955), Cris Carter (1989), James Harrison (2004), Rodney Harrison (2003), Brett Favre (2008), Michael Vick (2009) and Kurt Warner (2005) were free agents, but only because teams had let them go.