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Russell Baxter

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The NFL’s Most Improved Units Early into Free Agency

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The NFL draft is roughly one month away, but a number of teams have already made significant improvement in specific areas. Be it via free agency or trade, the last two-plus weeks have proved fortuitous for eight clubs that, for the most part, had either some glaring issues and/or holes ...

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The NFL’s Best Remaining Free Agents at Every Position

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Less than three weeks into NFL free agency, and there is still some talent available on the open market. A look here includes the best player at each position, with some of these spots being a little deeper than others. The 13 selections are primarily based on last season’s performance, ...

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Predicting Every NFL Team’s 2016 Breakout Player

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Predicting in March what an NFL team will do during the regular season is hard enough. Forecasting how a player will perform this fall is a more difficult task. From those who never saw the field this past season to up-and-comers who finished strong in 2015, these players will make ...

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2016 NFL Free Agents: The Best Under-the-Radar Moves

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In this day and age of communication and media scrutiny, it’s hard to believe that any move in sports can go fairly unnoticed. With plenty of the NFL’s prominent free agents signing for big bucks, there are other additions that simply don’t get the same kind of attention. That’s just ...

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Best and Worst Contract Values of Early NFL Free Agency

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All NFL teams are looking for bargains in the free-agency period. Whether it’s adding talent from other clubs or making sure their own stays, franchises must secure their rosters and properly manage the salary cap. Some do a better job than others. There are some exceptions in which shelling out ...

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NFL: Stock Up, Stock Down After First Week of Free Agency

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It’s been a full seven days since the NFL free-agency process began for all 32 teams. Legal tampering started on March 7. Signings and trades became official at 4 p.m. ET two days later. There’s a long time between now and the draft. So which clubs are headed in the ...

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Best Fits for Top Remaining NFL Free Agents

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Plenty of notable NFL standouts have agreed to big-time contracts over the last few days. Welcome to the league’s not-so-free-agency period. If you look closely at the photo above, you will notice two of the better players still available on the open market. No one can say for certain where ...

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Ranking the NFL’s Best Early Free-Agency Moves

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Per usual, the first day of NFL free agency proved to be a busy one for all 32 clubs. But what were the top moves of the initial few hours of the process? They weren’t limited to teams that just acquired players. These rankings are based more on the quality ...

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NFL Free Agents 2016: Reviewing the Biggest Name at Every Position

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When it comes to the NFL and big names, few are larger than quarterback Peyton Manning. No. 18 said goodbye on March 7 in an emotional press conference. Here, it’s time to say hello, not goodbye, and remind people of the biggest names that surround this year’s free-agent class. Whether ...

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NFL Players Who Must Be Re-Signed Before Free Agency Begins

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It’s almost the time when the shopping begins for all 32 NFL franchises. But you can’t buy what’s not available. Here’s a list of standout performers slated to become free agents on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Their respective clubs must do everything they can to bring them back. The key ...

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