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What are the 5 Best Free Agent Signings of the BB Era?

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  1. JDSal45

    JDSal45 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I'll go with:

    1.) Mike Vrabel
    2.) Rodney Harrison
    3.) Antwouin Smith
    4.) Roman Phifer
    5.) David Patten

    Trades (so Moss, Welker, Ted Washington, Dillon, etc.) don't count. Others I considered: Mike Compton, Donte Stallworth, Christian Fauria, Heath Evans, Bobby Hamilton, Anthony Pleasant, Larry Izzo, Junior Seau, Roosevelt Colvin, Otis Smith, Tyrone Poole, Jabaar Gaffney, Mark Edwards, Russ Hochstein, Stephen Neal

    J D Sal
     
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    Fixit In the Starting Line-Up

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    Colvin's been pretty good when he's been healthy. I'd put both him and Junior above Patten.
     
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    Jabar Gaffney of course. He saved our perfect season, what more could you ask for?
     
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    strongside Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Vrabel
    Harrison
    Dillion
    Pfifer
    Ted Wasington
     
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    I'd put Tyrone Poole ahead of Phifer.

    We should also have the worst 5 signings.

    1) Donald Hayes (good guy shame about the learning disability)
    2) Steve Martin (what a doofus)
    3) Victor Green
    4) Monty Beisel (I loved his energy on the field but he would not stay in his area)
    5) Chad Brown
     
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    You missed Randy Mioss and Wes Weker.
     
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    You seriously arent putting Duane Starks on that list?

    I forget if he was a trade or not, but if not, he was easily the worst acquisition EVER.

    Actually, either way, WORST. Acquisition. EVER.
     
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    Rodney Bailey.
     
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    Trade, gave up a 3rd. Which is the biggest reason it was bad.
     
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    Yeah you'll have to forgive me if I've blocked even the basic concept of Duane Starks out of my mind as a coping mechanism.
     
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    what about Brian Cox? Where would you say he fits in?
     
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    The jury's still out, but in a couple of years I hope we're talking about Sammy Morris. Great complementary back.
     
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    #32 Jersey

    I agree that Mike Vrabel was by far the best free agent signing that they have made
     
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    i think rodney is the best, followed by vrabel....

    then there are a lot tied for 3rd
     
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    Does Bill Belichick count as a free agent signing? :D
     
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    HEY BRO! WHAT UP? Banned

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    Antonio Langham was pretty bad as well.
     
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    #24 Jersey

    You have to look at the 2001 team as well.

    Bryan Cox - right, very important to that season.
    Hamilton was as well.
    OTIS.
    Joe Andruzzi.
    Not sure if Stephen Neal should count - he was an undrafted player the Pats later picked up, a free agent but not a veteran - he came after being released from somewhere else.

    I'd probably say:

    Mike Vrabel
    Rodney Harrison
    Roman Phifer
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    Rosevelt Colvin
    Joe Andruzzi

    *Stephen Neal if he counts

    Then maybe:
    Antowain Smith
    Junior Seau
    OTIS
    Bryan Cox
    Bobby Hamilton
    David Patten
     
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    strongside Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Both were brought in via trade. So was Dillion
     
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    #50 Jersey

    Ted Washington was traded for. So was Corey Dillon.
     
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    More recently:
    Colvin
    Seau
    Morris
    Brady
    Adalius Thomas

    Where do these rank?
     
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