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What are the greatest free agent signings in history?


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1 minute ago, Trojan said:

Deion's one year with SF is kinda unparalleled though. He left the team the 49ers kept losing to in the playoffs then gave the 49ers 6 picks, half of which went for TDs and two more picks in the playoffs including against the Cowboys he left, and then they won the SB.

He was awesome. LIS, for me when I think about free agent signings, it's about a longer period of time than just a year. I can understand including him because he was a FA signing though.

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Drew Brees is probably the best answer and what he meant to that franchise. For the Vikes, Steve Hutchinson, Antoine Winfield and Jared Allen (well technically they traded for him as he was tagged).

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Reggie White. If you weren't around then, you probably wouldn't understand. Free agency was new. Guys like Reggie had never become available to other teams. The circus surrounding his free agency was crazy. Many NFL teams recruiting him like college teams recruiting a 5 star.

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For us?  Jake Delhomme. Put aside the memes and you have a guy who went toe to toe with Brady and the early 2000s Patriot defense in the Super Bowl, on top of everything else he did before that game in Arizona. 

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2 hours ago, Trojan said:

Deion's one year with SF is kinda unparalleled though. He left the team the 49ers kept losing to in the playoffs then gave the 49ers 6 picks, half of which went for TDs and two more picks in the playoffs including against the Cowboys he left, and then they won the SB.

Deion signed in SF coming from ATL. He played the one year in SF where he won DPOY and a Super Bowl, then sold his soul to the devil and became a Cowboy. Jerry Rice claims to this day that he was willing to take less so they could bring Deion back, but I think Deion wanted to leave. Jerry and Deion did not get along very well from all accounts. Jerry was a head down all about business dude and Deion was all about having fun and was flashy. Not to indicate that Deion didn't work, but there was definitely a clash in personalities that came to a head before that Super Bowl from what I've read. 

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Drew Brees is the greatest free agent signing of all-time. He not only changed the culture of the Saints that was known as the Aints before his arrival but he changed the city of New Orleans. While Brees himself wasnt established as a great QB in free agency not to mention his injury that scared the Dolphins off and no telling how many other teams he came to the Saints with the new rookie head coach in Sean Payton and became a top 10 QB of all-time.

Im biased here but I also think Andrew Witworth belongs on the top 10 greatest free agent signings of all-time. The Bengals made a huge mistake on letting him go. Their offensive line took a face dive big time. It still has never recovered. Meanwhile the Rams offensive line went from a joke led by the bust that was Greg Robinson who was the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 draft to a top 10 offensive line as soon as Whitworth was signed. Just like I mentioned with Brees, the new rookie head coach Sean McVay immediately came the coach and wanted Whitworth to be on the team. Most people thought Whitworth was just wanting to get his last big pay day because he was up in age and was due to retire soon. Instead Whitworth is still playing and not just playing but is one of the best left tackles in the NFL. I think PFF had him as the best offensive tackle in the NFL this past season before he got hurt. If Whitworth wasnt going to the HOF during his time with the Bengals, he definitely has made a strong case to go into the HOF during his time with the Rams. He is the Tom Brady of the offensive line. Not to mention the icing on the cake is that he is a former LSU Tiger so you know Im going to root for him even more. 

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34 minutes ago, GW21 said:

Deion signed in SF coming from ATL. He played the one year in SF where he won DPOY and a Super Bowl, then sold his soul to the devil and became a Cowboy. Jerry Rice claims to this day that he was willing to take less so they could bring Deion back, but I think Deion wanted to leave. Jerry and Deion did not get along very well from all accounts. Jerry was a head down all about business dude and Deion was all about having fun and was flashy. Not to indicate that Deion didn't work, but there was definitely a clash in personalities that came to a head before that Super Bowl from what I've read. 

Deion got Larry Brown a Super Bowl MVP and a much bigger contract than he deserved in free agency. That’s a pretty big impact.

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