How can one "win" free agency?
On its face, winning anything in the offseason is completely absurd. I tackled that topic just a short time ago, pointing out that many teams who make splashy signings in March end up regretting those moves later. However, I also foreshadowed this column by pointing out there's a big difference between making a good-faith effort at assessing moves as they happen and extrapolating March "wins" into January championships.
So, we'll have none of the latter.
This is not a list of teams that are going to magically jump into the upper echelon of the NFL because they signed players other teams didn't want, nor is it simply a ranking of teams that did "well" by spending more or by spending on players whose names we've heard of.
In fact, it's not just a list of teams at all! (Hoping the number 50 in the title clued you into that!) No, instead this also includes a number of subgroups of players and other people/groups around the league that "won" in some way or another during this free-agency period with all of the flurry of player movement and news.
Before each group, I'll explain why I've pulled out that subset for closer examination, and on each slide I'll tell you exactly why that player, team, person or entity has won something over these past few weeks.