The significance of free agency varies for most GMs, coaches, and teams. Some of the better teams in the league (Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Arizona, Carolina) use the blueprint of winning the draft and spending sparingly in the free agency realm. Free Agency is a risky roll of the dice. In many cases, spending money on the wrong player can truly put a dent in the plans of a franchise. From Albert Haynesworth to Washington in 2009 to Larry Brown going to Oakland after winning the Super Bowl MVP, free agency can spoil so much.
Other times, free agency can provide that one or several moves to put a team over the hump such as Simeon Rice giving Tampa Bay a legit pass rusher in 2001 or Peyton Manning giving Denver a QB to lean on towards postseason success. I don’t want to use the cliché of a team “winning” but today I will provide five teams that may have made the right moves this offseason and may be worth keeping an eye on this upcoming season.