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 this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen celebrates after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London. The Chicago Bears replaced one accomplished veteran pass rusher with another Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when they agreed to terms with Allen on a four-year contract. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
AP Source: Jared Allen gets $15.5M from Bears
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen celebrates after sacking Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger during the first half of an NFL football game at Wembley Stadium in London. The Chicago Bears replaced one accomplished veteran pass rusher with another Wednesday, March 26, 2014, when they agreed to terms with Allen on a four-year contract. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press that Allen will get $15.5 million guaranteed on a deal that could be worth as much as $32 million. The person requested anonymity because the terms have not been announced. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, 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)
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) runs after a catch against New York Giants' Prince Amukamara (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Smith, a free agent, signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)
WR Steve Smith signs 3-year deal with Ravens
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) runs after a catch against New York Giants' Prince Amukamara (20) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. Smith, a free agent, signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens on Friday, March 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, 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)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub gestures while speaking during a news conference Friday, March 21, 2014, at the NFL football team's practice facility in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Raiders acquire QB Matt Schaub from Texans
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub gestures while speaking during a news conference Friday, March 21, 2014, at the NFL football team's practice facility in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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