Free Agency Winners And Losers So Far In The NFL

Free Agency is always a very busy period in the NFL as the 32 franchises shuffle their packs and attempt to keep the players they want, but get good value for those they don’t, if they remain under contract of course.

For those that are not under contract, and don’t receive the Franchise Tag, there is a chance to sign with another NFL team and further their career elsewhere, or maybe even re-sign with the former team on a newly structured deal.

As such, it is a big time in the NFL and a period of the year when teams can make significant changes to their roster. Some teams getting much stronger while others seemingly have been made weaker.

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Winners So Far In Free Agency

Denver Broncos

It has been abundantly clear that ever since Peyton Manning hung up his cleats, the Broncos needed a stellar quarterback to lead their offense. They’ve tried lots of options, but none have succeeded.

Russell Wilson’s goal is to play 10-12 more years and win 3-4 more Super Bowls. https://t.co/SJg8QzNeaO

— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 17, 2022

This year, they bit the bullet and traded for the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl winning quarterback Russell Wilson, an A-Grade quarterback who is one of the most talented, consistent and dangerous in the NFL.

They also added Randy Gregory, Ben Braden, D.J.Jones and Josey Jewell to add depth on the offensive line and on what is already a very strong defense. With a solid draft pick to come at number 9, the Broncos are looking much stronger already. Super Bowl odds – 14/1.

Buffalo Bills

Already a solid team, the Bills have massively upgraded on defense by landing Von Miller, while Siran Neal and Tim Settle add depth. Offense has also been addressed with J.D.McKissic, O.J.Howard and Rodger Saffold coming in.

Broke his own news. 🙌@VonMiller | #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/zppppWQ5Y3

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) March 17, 2022

The Bills were already a scarily good all-round team and these signings, especially Von Miller should make them even stronger, which is not great news if you are in the AFC East. Super Bowl odds – 13/2 Favourites

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers needed to improve on defense significantly and they have done that and how by landing Khalil Mack, J.C.Jackson, Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day.

Add to that retaining Mike Williams at wide receiver, and Justin Herbert will be more than happy at the business completed by his team.

Chargers trading for pass-rusher Khalil Mack (via @RapSheet) pic.twitter.com/38Am4SBFzA

— NFL (@NFL) March 10, 2022

Too often last year the Chargers were involved in shootouts as their defense could not get the opposing offense off the field, with those upgrades across the spine of the defense, that should not be a problem this time around. Super Bowl Odds – 16/1.

Losers So Far In Free Agency

Seattle Seahawks

On the plus side, the Hawks have persuaded Quandre Diggs to stay, but at a price and they have landed some draft capital and a couple of players from the Broncos in the Russell Wilson trade.

However, Drew Lock is not the answer to Wilson’s departure and with Bobby Wagner also now a free agent, the Seahawks look to be very much in rebuilding mode.

And worryingly for them, their head coach Pete Carroll has said that he didn’t really want to be part of a rebuild at the ball club. Super Bowl odds – 100/1

Houston Texans

With DeShaun Watson seemingly nearing the exit, the Texans fans desperately needed their team to make a splash in free agency, but despite signing nine players, none of those deals are for players you would call good, let alone elite.

Whether it is simply a case of just getting bodies in the building for the new head coach to sort through, I’m not sure but there isn’t a single Texans signing that makes me feel they are going to be any better off this season than last. Super Bowl Odds – 200/1

Atlanta Falcons

Sure the Falcons were in a bit of cap bother, but Matt Ryan has restructured his deal and what have they done so far? Snapped up their kicker on a long term deal.

There’s so many problems with the Falcons at the moment. Ryan is not getting any younger, or better, Calvin Ridley is suspended for the year and the team essentially has just one playmaker in tight end Kyle Pitts. Much more was needed but has not been forthcoming. Super Bowl Odds – 66/1.

We will revisit how Free Agency has gone just before April’s NFL Draft and see which teams have made some better decisions and those that seem to be hoping their draft skills will provide them with the talent they need to improve their roster.

 

Author: Paula Dunn