Familiar faces in new places: Landing spots for name-brand free agents

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NFL free agency means big-money deals for players and teams trying to fill holes. The initial wave of free agency saw more than $1 billion in contracts handed out. In pursuit of the best chance at winning or the most money, several players flipped from one side of a rivalry to the other. Trades have also been a part of the landscape as teams addressed needs before May's draft.

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, greets New York Jets' Mark Sanchez after a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets signed Vick and released Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, greets New York Jets' Mark Sanchez after a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets signed Vick and released Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2011, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick, left, greets New York Jets' Mark Sanchez after a preseason NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J. The Jets signed Vick and released Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)
FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, in Philadelphia. The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
In a Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, in Philadelphia. The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles
FILE - In a Dec. 18, 2011 file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) scores a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game, in Philadelphia. The New York Jets signed quarterback Michael Vick and released Mark Sanchez on Friday, March 21, 2014. Vick was a free agent after spending the last five seasons with the Phialdelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Flacco knows he must play better for Ravens to win
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Flacco knows he must play better for Ravens to win
Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass
New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib walks on the field before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2014, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles runs against the Seattle Seahawks during an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game in Seattle. The Philadelphia Eagles were eager to let the world know about the addition of the 30-year-old Sproles, who figures to be a threat as a receiver, runner, returner and in pass protection against blitzers. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

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