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10 NFL free agents who landed in perfect spots

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Packers release Nelson, add Graham (1:36)

Adam Schefter discusses the big changes to Green Bay's offense through the signing of TE Jimmy Graham and release of WR Jordy Nelson. (1:36)

With the first wave of NFL free agency wrapped up -- and nearly every top player off the board -- let's take a closer look at the players who landed in ideal spots. I'm talking about scheme fit and the ability to help establish a winning culture, not guys who got the most money.

Here are 10 veterans who can make an immediate impact in 2018 after making wise decisions in free agency:


Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers

The Packers struck out when they acquired free-agent tight end Martellus Bennett in 2017, but the move to land Graham shows Green Bay's need for a matchup weapon inside the 20-yard line for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Graham might not run like he used to before a knee injury in 2016, but his red zone ability is still off the charts.

In Seattle last season, Graham caught 15 of 24 red zone targets, with 10 of those grabs resulting in touchdowns. He's a monster target in scoring position, with the frame and body control to finish. Throw the slant, fade and seam. It doesn't have to be complicated with Graham on the doorstep of the goal line. And that's a good thing for a Packers team that just cut Jordy Nelson, Rodgers' favorite target.