5 biggest winners of NFL free agency

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NFL free agency is winding down for this year, and these five teams look like the best of the bunch thus far.

The news reports came fast and furious in NFL free agency early last week, with reports of agreements in principle that became official last Wednesday afternoon, into the following day and beyond in some cases.

Some teams have been very active, while other teams haven’t as salary cap space dictates an immediate dive into the bargain bin or completely sitting out of the process. Other teams have been somewhere in between, going with quality over quantity in their pursuit of free agents and ultimate signings.

Winners and losers of NFL free agency will be determined right now by the masses, nearly six months before players take the field for meaningful games with their new teams. But on that note, these five teams look like the winners of 2018 NFL free agency.

5. New York Jets

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, armed with what became the most salary cap space in the league, promised he would be aggressive in free agency. A pursuit of Kirk Cousins came up short, as expected, but a big move to add cornerback Trumaine Johnson led to moves to add pieces all over the roster.

The Jets retained quarterback Josh McCown, and took a flier on Teddy Bridgewater. Running back Isaiah Crowell, inside linebacker Avery Williamson and center Spencer Long were added from the outside, and cornerback Morris Claiborne was brought back.

The Jets may not be done adding, with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor reportedly coming in for a visit. But even without adding a much-needed wide receiver immediately, the Jets have done well in free agency.