Free agency officially opened at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but thanks to the "legal tampering" period, many of the top free agents had already agreed to deals earlier in the week.
Long story short, guys are flying off the open market. And many of the biggest names in Around The NFL's Top 99 Free Agents of 2016 have found new homes, including ...
» Running back Lamar Miller, who agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal ($14 million guaranteed) with the Houston Texans.
» Defensive lineman Malik Jackson, who agreed to a six-year, $90 million deal ($42 million in guarantees) with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
» Defensive end Olivier Vernon, who agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal ($52.5 million in guarantees) with the New York Giants.
Simple question: Out of all the players who've landed new deals in this initial wave of free agency, who will have the biggest impact in 2016?
Based on the production that he's consistently put out throughout his career, I believe Forte can get back to the top of the league in total yards from scrimmage.
[Olivier Vernon](/player/oliviervernon/2533534/profile) is going to be a close second with the [Giants](/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG). He's a really good pass rusher, and that's something the [Giants](/teams/newyorkgiants/profile?team=NYG) needed. New York has a pretty good offense; the team just couldn't stop anyone. Now, they've added Vernon [and Damon Harrison](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000642790/article/damon-harrison-set-to-leave-jets-to-sign-with-giants) to their line [and Janoris Jenkins](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000642581/article/janoris-jenkins-to-sign-with-new-york-giants) to their secondary, in addition to [retaining Jason Pierre-Paul](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000642307/article/jason-pierrepaul-to-return-to-giants-on-oneyear-deal).
I also think
Bruce Irvin will have a big impact. He'll bring eight to 12 sacks to the
Oakland Raiders this season. With the departures of Osweiler and Peyton Manning in Denver, I think that opens up the AFC West, and the
Raiders can do some damage, with the roster they have.
And on the flip side, consider the impact his
loss is going to have on the
Broncos. All of a sudden, this team, which had a chance of repeating as
Super Bowl champions, is looking very unstable. The one position that you
have to have is quarterback. Right now, that is completely up in the air for Denver.
[Brock Osweiler](/player/brockosweiler/2533436/profile) is getting all the attention, but [Lamar Miller](/player/lamarmiller/2533034/profile) eventually will command the spotlight. He's young, healthy and largely an untapped resource, thanks to the [Dolphins](/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA). Plus, Houston loves a good rushing attack -- [only four other teams ran the ball more than the Texans last year](http://www.nfl.com/stats/categorystats?tabSeq=2&season=2015&seasonType=REG&offensiveStatisticCategory=RUSHING&role=TM&d-447263-n=1&d-447263-o=2&d-447263-p=1&conference=ALL&d-447263-s=RUSHING_ATTEMPTS). Part of that was out of necessity because of their unstable quarterback situation. They upgraded both positions, but the new running back was the team's best offseason buy.