NFL Free Agency: Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert's 10 Best Free-Agent Signings

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NFL Free Agency: Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert's 10 Best Free-Agent Signings
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Tom Heckert Took a Gigantic Risk on Mike Vick

Cleveland Browns' GM Tom Heckert has burst into the NFL general manager community through his expert drafting and precise free agency moves.  He has committed himself to building through the draft while filling critical voids with high value, low income free agents.

Addition through subtraction.

With all of the high visibility and speculation that the 2011 NFL free agency period has garnered, many are disappointed and underwhelmed at the Browns' management's willingness to take risks.  However, Browns fans, take a breather and focus on the quality of the moves being made.  Also, look back over the next 10 slides and see that all the moves Heckert has made, largely flew under the radar at the time, but benefited in the long run.

In order to understand Mr. Heckert's thinking, let's take a look at the 10 best free agent signings during his tenure as Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns General Manager.

Make sure to keep in mind that a top free agent signing is ranked in order of cost versus impact.  An overpaid signing that spends most of his time on the medical report, depending on overall production will slide in this ranking.

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