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The Best NFL Free-Agency Signing in Each AFC Team’s History

Offseason adds don't always pan out as hoped, but with players such as Peyton Manning and Tyrann Mathieu in the mix, they can be a game changer, too.

Free agency is typically a trap of bad contracts with hoards of dead money waiting for teams in the near future. But every now and then, a general manager finds gold.

We’ve seen the occasional free-agent deal lead directly to a Super Bowl. Look no further than the Denver Broncos, who stocked their 2015 team with outside talent including Peyton Manning, DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. The Kansas City Chiefs have also used free agency as a boon to their dynasty, with signings including Tyrann Mathieu, Mitchell Schwartz and Justin Reid.

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But who are the best all-time signings for each team? A few ground rules. For starters, they can’t be undrafted free agents. That’s skirting the spirit of the piece. Also, nobody before 1993, when free agency became what we now know it to be. None of this stuff from ’55. Again, different spirit.

Alright, let’s get to business, starting with the AFC.