NFL Teams That Hit The Jackpot in Free Agency

By Amanda Borges
Assistant Digital Editor

We know it’s still the offseason but that doesn’t mean coaches and owners are taking a vacation. This free agency has been on fire and there are several players flying all over the country to find their new home team.

Here are the teams that ultimately hit the jackpot with their free agency signings.

  • Indianapolis Colts

The Colts had a very successful start to Spring and it began with acquiring highly sought-after players at positions they were in desperate need of.

They did pay a pretty penny for the players they got, but hopefully it all pays off in the end. Their new roster is very aggressive and even though they have compromised their cap space in 2014, they are hoping their risks turn into rewards.

Their free agency period is highlighted by the signing of former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks. He signed a $3.5 million deal for one year. Even though it’s a short amount of time, it’s just enough for him to succeed.

They also signed linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and they resigned CB Vontae Davis.

  •  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Even though many were upset and confused about the release of Darrelle Revis, one of the most dominant and well-known players in the NFL, the Bucs have done what they needed to do. Now that the Tampa Bay is under a new Lovie Smith era, the spring cleaning list required the team to rid of financial baggage and get new talent.

It didn’t take long for the Bucs to sign solid players. Alterraun Verner is considered to be one of their biggest acquisitions. The former Tennessee Titan, Pro Bowl CB is a solid replacement for Revis.

Josh McCown is Tampa Bay’s new QB and bringing in Michael Johnson was a great decision to help bring more pressure on the outside.

It’s very obvious that Lovie is here to work and to win. So far, Tampa Bay has made promising strides in the right direction.

  • Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals made the right decision in keeping a lot of their core guys. Their plan is to build around the foundation they have already laid and then make cuts where it’s needed.

Jared Veldheer landed a gig in Arizona on the first day of free agency and the talent kept rolling in. Veteran Karlos Dansby is a great addition to the team and the best part about getting the players they got is that they’re not overpaying them.

But, sometimes the best additions to the team come by sweeping and taking away. Which is why they chose to pair up their most threatening assets–Patrick Peterson and Antonio Cromartie. Keeping these players on opposite sides will definitely set this defense above the rest.

For more on this story visit: Ryan Riddle, Bleacher Report

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