When NFL free agency hit last Monday, the deals were being reported consistently left and right. Every 15 minutes it felt as if another name had found a new deal. The domino effect from contract signings was also felt more by most teams this year than others because of the time crunch.
This previous week of free agency was truly historic for the National Football League and an absolute delight for football fans and media personnel alike.
With the dust starting to settle and team rosters coming into focus, let’s take a look back at the first week of the 2011 NFL offseason.
This slideshow is to determine the top 10 best signings to date. Many different factors went into deciding what make a contract “great.” The list was compiled based off the signing’s length and finances of the his new contract, his immediate impact, his position as it pertains to filling a need, his versatility, his level of expectations and his role off the field.
There still plenty of valuable free agents awaiting new deals and only a small portion of the free agent class have signed next to the X. The 10 players are true free agents, not players acquired in trades (i.e. Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, etc.).
Without any further ado, here are the best signings in NFL free agency from Week 1: