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Analyzing Team's Moves in Free Agency (AFC Edition)


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Now I know that a majority of moves made in Free Agency occurred during the first week, but I normally wait around a month before I fully analyze each team's moves during free agency. Now that it has been almost a month before free agency began let's take a look at what every AFC Team did during free agency by starting in the AFC North.


AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals

I am a man of my word, and a man admits when they are wrong about things. So I will admit that I was wrong about criticizing the Bengals for taking Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell. Ja'Marr Chase is one of the best receivers I have ever seen play in their rookie season. He was one of the main pieces to why they made the Superbowl this season. But, in making that move there was a weakness at the o-line. Now it did get better last year, but it is still a weakness on the team that remained in protecting Joe Burrow and he almost got severely hurt in Superbowl 58. So the main goal was to spend on the offensive line and they made a great investment. Signing offensive lineman La’el Collins, Alex Cappa, and Ted Karras. Good work Cincinnati as the o-line was a big weakness and it is wise to invest in the o-line. Oh, and add in another target for Joe Burrow to throw to in TE Hayden Hurst, who is the replacement to CJ Uzomah who left in free agency. Who also left are OT Riley Reiff, DT Larry Ogunjobi, CB Trae Waynes, and CB Darius Philips. Something I would keep an eye on is S Jessie Bates who got franchise tagged by the Bengals and is likely going to be in a holdout for a new deal. Better get that solved, but I give the Bengals a thumbs up this offseason.


Pittsburgh Steelers

I can’t believe I am saying this, but for the first time in 2-3 years, I really like what the Steelers are doing in free agency. It's amazing when a team is not over-relying on an injury-prone QB, who should have retired years ago and was only still playing due to the incompetent decision to resign him to another massive extension for some reason. But besides that, I love the signings this team made especially to the o-line. They got Mason Cole who was an underrated blocker in Minnesota when healthy and got James Daniels who was the only competent blocker in Chicago. Speaking of Chicago the Steelers brought in a former alumni as their QB in Mitchell Trubisky which is an interesting yet smart move. After a backup stint in Buffalo, I will be interested to see how Trubisky does. I like the Steelers investing in defense bringing in CB Levi Wallace and Myles Jack. Heck Special Teams the Steelers made a move getting WR/ST Gunner Olsewski.


Now the Steelers did lose players in free agency including QB Ben Roethlisberger (2 years too late), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR James Washington, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, and OL Trai Turner, LB Joe Schobert, CB Joe Haden, and S Terrell Edmunds. But so far the Steelers have done a good job replacing a lot of them


I am very hyped for what the Steelers have been doing and this is coming from a writer who openly criticized the Steelers. Especially, in keeping Mike Tomlin as the head coach which of course I will again admit to being wrong about. But what I am hyped about is the addition of Brian Flores. He should not have been the person that got fired in Miami as he was doing a great job coaching the team. I at one point called him a Top 3 coach in the AFC. Tomlin and Flores are on the same coaching staff. I mean that is a great duo on the coaching staff.


While I like what the Steelers have done this offseason, it has recently turned tragic for the team. As QB Dwayne Haskins tragically died on April 9, 2022, at the age of 24 due to a car accident. When I heard the news I was absolutely heartbroken as he still had plenty of life left to live and left this world way too young. He will be remembered by many due to his college career at Ohio State and he was one of the best Qb’s I ever saw in Ohio State History. While his career in the NFL has not gone well he still had a big opportunity to start in the league again in Pittsburgh. But sadly that is not going to happen anymore due to this tragic accident.


Rest in peace Dwayne. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the Pittsburgh Steelers organization.


Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore was a team struck with bad luck as they were heavily derailed by injuries. Especially at offensive tackle and cornerback. The Ravens helped by signing OT Morgan Moses and S Marcus Williams. They even added Michael Pierce for the defensive line. Heck, they even are reuniting with DE/EDGE Za'darius Smith, actually scratch that he backed out of the deal and signed with Minnesota. That stinks, but the Ravens need to add more for the Offensive tackle and cornerback as last year exposed how bad their depth was. They had to put in scrubs at the end of the season.


But a big issue for Baltimore as well is that there are many free agents that they will have to replace. On offense, they will not have RB Latavius Murray, RB Devonta Freeman, WR Sammy Watkins, OL Bradley Bozeman, and OT Alejandro Villanueva. For defense, the Ravens are losing DE/EDGE Calais Campbell, DE/EDGE Justin Houston, LB Pernell Mcphee, CB Tavon Young, and CB Jimmy Smith. CB Anthony Averett (Who I am shocked they did not resign). This team still has a lot of work left to do when building the team.


Something that could become a big issue is the contract negotiations of Lamar Jackson’s new contract. Lamar is on the last year of his deal after they gave him a 5th year option and if they don’t come to a deal he could play for another team in 2024. Yes, I say 2024 as there is no question that the Ravens will franchise tag Lamar to keep him under contract in 2023. But the point is negotiations could get ugly soon for the team and it is absolutely something to keep an eye on.


Cleveland Browns

Every offseason there is at least one team that is pushing the panic button. I feel the Cleveland Browns are that team as they missed the playoffs last season. So they wanted to be active in the trade market. There are more rumors of Deshaun Watson being traded here but those looked to have been squandered as of now. We will get back to those rumors later but Cleveland is on the hunt for a new #1 receiver since Odell Beckham left to go ring chase in Los Angeles. Well, they got that receiver in Amari Cooper who they legit acquired from Dallas in exchange for some shoelaces. But with the cap hit of Cooper, some players had to be cut and those victims are OC JC Tretter and WR Jarvis Landry.


It's not just those two that are gone as DE/EDGE Jadevon Clowney, DE/EDGE Takk McKinley, DT Malik Jackson, TE Auston Hooper, FB Andy Janovich, and WR Rashard Higgins are gone now due to not agreeing to contracts in free agency. But the Browns did make moves to bring in players. They signed QB Jacoby Brissett, WR/ST Jakeem Grant, and DT Tavern Bryan. Ehhh not the best signings but I guess there are depth pieces. At least David Njoku is not going anywhere as he got franchise-tagged.


Going back to the trade rumors it was looking like Baker Mayfield and the Browns organization were heading for a divorce. Many were confused as Baker helped bring this team to the playoffs and only sucked because the Browns forced him to play with a bad shoulder injury. So off to the trading block they go and ohh they acquired a QB alright. Guess what Cleveland, you got him as Deshaun Watson is going to Cleveland. The Browns show their desperation as they threw a lot of futures in order to get him in. Three 1st Round picks, a third, and a 5th-round draft pick are spread out across the next three drafts. Plus the Browns gave a new contract that is worth, OH MY GOSH, WHAT ARE THEY DOING!!! A 5-year contract worth $230 million dollars that is fully guaranteed. You do realize how much this is going to wreck your salary cap for the next few years. Plus look at how a fully guaranteed contract is working so well with the Minnesota Vikings in regards to Kirk Cousins. My goodness, it is insanity but if the Browns are getting the Watson we know and love this is worth it. The risk however is still high as Watson has not played a snap in a year and there is a risk of injury with the way he plays.


So as a result of this move the Browns had to trade a QB away for a roster spot. In a surprising move that QB is Case Keenum as he is being shipped off to the Bills for a 7th-round pick. Alright jokes aside, I have to ask a question for Cleveland: Why is Baker Mayfield still here? You do realize the longer he is on the roster the more his trade value is going to plummet, right. You better hope someone takes him via trade during the NFL Draft.


AFC East


Buffalo Bills

It is clear that the three weaknesses for the Buffalo Bills this season are interior o-lineman, cornerback, and running back. Well, they did get better on one weakness by signing OG Rodger Saffold. As for running backs, they tried bringing in JD McKissic but he backed out of the deal. They have not done much for the secondary and might be looking at the draft to fix their big weaknesses.


But looking at their other moves it is clear the goal was to bolster the teams depth and get stronger on defense. For depth pieces they signed WR Jamison Crowder, TE OJ Howard, DT DaQuan Jones, DE/EDGE Jordan Philips, and even acquired Case Keenum via trade. But a big signing that nobody saw coming this season was Von Miller. The Buffalo Bills decided to give Von Miller a 6-year deal worth a $120 million deal. I don’t hate this deal at all but the Bills are taking a lot of risk with this deal as Von Miller has durability concerns, and could be declining soon as he is 33 years old. This contract is a weird one as well because Buffalo is paying money on the idea of what he was over what he can do now. But the risk could be well worth the reward as Von Miller when healthy is an outstanding player.


The Bills still have work to do replacing some players that left. Including WR Cole Beasley, WR Emmanuel Sanders, CB Levi Wallace, DT Star Lotuleilei, and OG Jon Feliciano. But I trust GM Brandon Beane and HC Sean McDermott to get the job done for this team. They are a team to continue to keep an eye on for next season. I will even add the future as well because the Bills organization finally came to an agreement on a new stadium that will be built and ready to go in 2026 (Or later as construction always gets delayed when stadiums are being built).


New England Patriots

This has been another confusing offseason for the New England Patriots. It was super strange that the Patriots did not franchise tag JC Jackson or even offer him an extension. He was the best cornerback on this team and they lost him for next to nothing. It's not just that but the Patriots let go of OL Ted Karras, LB Kyle Van Noy, LB Jamie Collins, LB Dont'a Hightower, and WR Gunner Olszewski. Maybe it was because of them being tight on the salary cap. But this is Bill Belichick, despite his dark ways of coaching the guy is a football genius. He knows what he is doing I think. This team made solid additions in WR/RB Ty Mongomery, CB Terrance Mitchell, and S Jabrill Peppers. He even brought back Trent Brown on the offensive line giving him a two-year deal. But here is a signing nobody saw coming. A player that Bill betrayed was CB Malcolm Butler. I would never imagine him returning to a Belichick-coached team after the nonsense benching in Super Bowl 52 which still makes no sense to this day. But New England needs to build around QB Mac Jones by giving him a true #1 receiver. Well, they did it by acquiring DeVante Parker from Miami and all they had to do was downgrade a draft choice in two rounds. See Bill is a genius.


Miami Dolphins

I still can’t believe Brian Flores is not coaching this team next season as he was one of the bright spots for Miami the last few seasons. I don’t hate the Mike McDaniel hire but I would rather have Flores as the coach. But the Dolphins have a lot of work to fix their team.


Miami needs to fix their offensive line as it was a trainwreck last season. So the Dolphins did what they had to and paid for Terron Armstead who should be a great fit at Left tackle while moving Liam Eichenberg to right tackle. Austin Jackson has been a trainwreck since being drafted but they will give him another chance for the starting role. This time they just added competition for the guard spot by signing Connor Williams. Williams was not good in Dallas but a change of scenery was needed for him. Plus Miami can finally cut Jessie Davis who sucked for Miami last year at guard and tackle.


Mike McDaniel’s offense mainly focuses on the run defense. Miami already has a running back in Myles Gaskins but McDaniel is going to need two more backs on the team. So the Dolphins signed Chase Edmunds and Rasheem Mostert to contracts. That running back tandem is very good and It will be interesting to see how Miami utilizes the running game.


It looks like the Xavien Howard contract situation is taken care of as the Dolphins came to an agreement on an extension. This is a good sign as well and avoids a distraction of a holdout. But that might just change to a holdout for Mike Gesicki as he got franchise tagged before free agency began.


One thing is for sure Miami has to give Tua Tagovailoa more receivers to surround him with. Jaylen Waddle is a great starting point and he looked solid last season. So the Dolphins went out and signed Cedrick Wilson to a 3-year 22.8 million dollar extension. Oh and they also have a cheetah on their roster, his name is Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins acquired him via a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a 2022 1st Round Pick (29th Overall), 2022 Second Round Pick (50th Overall), 2022 4th Round Pick, 2023 4th Round Pick, and 2023 6th Round Pick. It is an insane offer but worth it for Tyreek Hill if he can stay out of trouble, continue his success in Kansas City, and stay healthy. Acquiring Tyreek means that they have no use for DeVante Parker so let's trade him to New England for next to nothing. But there is no excuse for QB Tua Tagovailoa. If he fails next season then he may be looking for a new team next season. Worse for worse if he struggles next year Teddy Bridgewater is the backup.


The Dolphins really did not lose too much in regards to free agents. QB Jacoby Brissett was not going to be a fit in this system, WR Will Fuller can’t stay healthy, and CB Jason McCourty is past his prime. Overall Miami made some solid moves and I am intrigued to see how this team plays next season, even though I would be more confident with Flores as the coach instead of McDaniels. By the way, that lawsuit is going to be something to watch as if Brian Flores’s allegations are true then it might force Stephen Ross to sell the Miami Dolphins.


New York Jets

Alright, let's get to my favorite team in the NFL. I will start a little differently and talk about how they almost acquired Tyreek Hill via trade. When I heard my team almost acquired Tyreek Hill it was very telling. I ask everyone this question, When was the last time the Jets were involved in a trade battle for an excellent receiver? The last time I can remember was when the Jets acquired Brandon Marshall years ago. The Jets could not acquire Hill as he did not want to play in the Meadowlands and the Dolphins were willing to trade their 1st round pick this year to do it. I don’t blame the Jets for not trading a 1st for Hill as there is a risk with all the off-the-field issues. It sucks they could not come to a deal as it would have been cool to see Tyreek Hill in a Jets uniform.


Next, let's go to another receiver who blossomed last season Braxton Berrios. He was super effective on both offense and special teams. He was so impressive that in my latest articles I asked GM Joe Douglas to please sign WR Braxton Berrios to a new deal. It was getting close to free agency but the deal was reached at a 2-year deal worth 12 million dollars. I could not believe the Jets signed him for that little money. I was thinking the Jets would sign him to a 30 or 40 million dollars. But 12 Million dollars and 7 million dollars is guaranteed is a steal for WR Braxton Berrios. Well done Joe Douglas you have impressed me with this contract as I thought it was going to go for a lot more money. I still don’t understand why the Jets re-signed Joe Flacco as he has been horrendous lately. At least they gave a tender to Mike White.


The Jets finally spent in free agency. Let's start at the one position that has been a weakness since the Mickey Shuler days, tight ends. It has been years since the Jets have had one and I got to say there is a good chance that might change, as the Jets signed former Bengals TE CJ Uzomah to a three-year, $24 million and former Vikings TE Tyler Conklin to a three-year, $20.25 million deal. Uzomah was excellent last season and Conklin showed fashes but will mainly be used as a blocking tight end. I really hope that both work out because I am sick and tired of the Tight End position being terrible for many years.


The Jets needed to get another guard on this team as Greg Van Roten has been a disaster since he signed with the team and the Jets need to do whatever they can to protect Zach Wilson. So in order to fix that hole on the o-line, the Jets decided to sign Guard Laken Tomlinson to a three-year deal worth $41.2 million dollars. Tomlinson was a late bloomer coming into the league but has gotten better and better with time. The question now is on Mekhi Becton as he needs to get healthier as he is one of the best o-linemen when healthy. The goal for Becton is to lose weight as it would make him recover quicker and Imagine how much faster he would move in the o-line if he lost 30-40 pounds. Next up is improving the secondary which was the biggest weakness of the Jets defense last year. The Jets made two key signings that will help in CB/S DJ Reed and S Jordan Whitehead that should have an impact on the Jets secondary. Also, the Jets got a new kicker in Greg the Leg Zuerlein. If he can kick as he did as a Ram then the Jets may have finally found their kicker. But, Zuerlein has been on a decline for years now and I'm taking it with a grain of salt.


Now the Jets did lose free agents. On offense WR Jameson Crowder, TE Ryan Griffin, OT Morgan Moses, and OG Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (for now). The big loss was probably Dr. Tardif as the others were not very surprising. On defense, the Jets lost S Marcus Maye, LB Jarrad Davis, and the hidden gem DT Foley Fatukasi. The big loss in my opinion is Fatukasi as he was an underrated piece to the Jets defensive line. Maye was not shocked due to his injury and it seemed a breakup was inevitable. Jarrad Davis was terrible so anyone surprised that he wasn’t re-signed should look at how bad he was in coverage.

Joe Douglas has done a fantastic job this free agency, but he has to nail his draft choices as he has a ton of them in this draft. Two Top 10 Picks in the 1st Round (Own and Seattle’s), Two-Second Round picks (Own and Carolina’s), One third-round pick (Own), Two 4th Round picks (Minnesota’s and Carolina’s), and two 5th Round Picks (Pittsburgh’s and Own). According to Tankathon, the Jets are #1 in total draft capital value. He did well in the 2021 draft class but the 2020 draft class has been mostly terrible for the Jets. Douglas better make good choices or else this could cost him his job in 2-3 years. I wish them luck this season.


AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Tennessee really could not do much this offseason as they don’t have a ton of cap space to work with. This is a shame because the Titans need help for next season as they were heavily exposed with their playoff loss against Cincinnati. They had to make many cuts to get salary help OG Roger Saffold and CB Janoris Jenkins being two. But the other player who got cut was WR Julio Jones. What a difference a year can make as Julio was regarded as a Top 10 receiver, then he got traded to Tennessee and he never was a fit with the team. Plus injuries have taken their toll and have led to Julio suffering massive levels of regression. It was not a shock Julio was released, I am more shocked that nobody has signed Julio to this date and I hope Julio signs with another team as he was one of the best receivers I have ever seen. His catch in Super Bowl 51 was fantastic and is in my Top 5 catches in Super Bowl history.


Since Julio Jones did not work the Titans needed to get another receiver for Ryan Tannehill. So they decided to acquire Robert Woods from the Los Angeles Rams for pennies on the dollar in a late-round pick. The injury risk is there but when healthy Robert Woods is a fantastic receiver in any offense. The Titans also signed TE Austin Hooper to a deal to give Tannehill more targets. But besides that, they have not done much except get depth pieces in OT Jamarco Jones and S AJ Moore. The Titans are focusing on the draft to help fill the team needs. Also might be a good idea to start looking at ways to improve this defense as they have done next to nothing. Next year is a must for a deep playoff push.


Indianapolis Colts

The way the Colts ended last season was absolutely disgraceful. It signaled that a change had to be made especially at the QB position. Maybe a Top 20 1st round pick would come in handy for the team to help get a young quarterback, Oh yeah it's Philadelphia Eagles due to acquiring Wentz. Never mind it's Saints property now. But after that disgraceful Jags game, the Colts were going to part ways with him. It is clear Carson Wentz can’t stay healthy and he is not worth the contract that they were paying him. Thank goodness the Washington Commanders want to keep the tradition of overpaying for players via salary cap and draft picks. So Indianapolis got lucky and got extra picks for a guy they were going to cut. So now the question is who will start at QB. Well, Philip Rivers was solid for us when he was in his decline, so why not see if lightning can strike twice by acquiring Matt Ryan via trade. They only sacrificed a 3rd round pick and draft capital so it won't heavily backfire if it does not work.


It's not just at QB they needed to improve as it is also with the pass rush. So why not acquire Yannik Ngakoue from the Raiders for S/CB Rock Ya-Sin. Honestly not a terrible move as Ngakoue will come along with last year's defensive coordinator for the Raiders in Gus Bradley. The Colts replace Rock Ya-Sin with Stephone Gilmore who at the time of writing this has agreed to a 2-year contract worth 23 million dollars.


But besides those moves not much has been added from the Colts. But they did lose a few talented players mainly on offense as RB Marlon Mack, WR TY Hilton, OG Mark Glowinski, and Eric Fisher are free agents. TE Jack Doyle also announced his retirement from the game as well. On defense, the Colts did not lose much excluding S George Odom. There is still more work that has to be done with the Colts. Like who Matt Ryan is going to throw the ball to. Excluding Michael Pittman and TE Mo Alie-Cox I was not impressed with any receiver on the Colts. Maybe it will be fixed in the draft.


Houston Texans

Ahh, Houston. One of the worst teams last season. There was one goal that the Texans had and that was to trade QB Deshaun Watson now that it looks like his legal situation is mostly taken care of as he won’t be charged civilly. So let the bidding war continue and they set it high. 3 1st Round picks, a third, and a 5th-round draft pick. Well, it's better than losing Watson for next to nothing.


Ever since that trade was made, let's see what they have done. If you answered next to nothing you would be correct. They did sign declining OG AJ Cann to a two-year, $8.5 million. Plus GM Nick Caserio and the Texans organization gave the New York Jets a gift in an extra draft pick for a linebacker (Blake Cashman) who can’t stay healthy, is terrible on the field and was likely going to be cut in a few weeks. As I was writing this the Texans have come to a deal in acquiring CB Stevan Nelson. My goodness, it's a miracle the Texans made a move that makes sense. What doesn’t ignore upgrading the pass rush? It was their biggest issue last season and the Texans did not upgrade. By the way, did I mention DE/EDGE Jacob Martin one of the small bright spots on defense is gone as well? Plus S Justin Reid, QB Tyrod Taylor, OT Geron Christien, S Terrance Mitchell, and S AJ Moore also are free agents this season.


This team is an absolute mess right now, but on the bright side at least they got 2 1st round picks to play with this season. But it is going to be a long rebuilding process for the team. But I have to ask the Houston Texans one question. Why is Jack Easterby still a part of this organization?


Jacksonville Jaguars

This is my second favorite team in the NFL and looking at what the Jaguars did this offseason I don’t understand what they are doing, like at all. Then again this team decided to hire Trent Baalke as GM who straight-up self-destructed a super Bowl squad in San Francisco. What he is also known for is overpaying players in free agency. Let's start with the signing of LB Foye Oluokun. Now I don’t completely hate this deal as he leads the league in tackles, but he sucks in every other way being a linebacker. So what do the Jaguars do? They gave him a 3-year deal worth 45 million dollars. It's not just him that's overpaid on defense but Folorunso Fatukasi who I called the hidden gem of the New York Jets as he was the rotational defensive lineman for the team who was effective as a run stopper. But you don’t pay 30 million dollars for a rotational defensive lineman. Plus this is coming from a guy who likes Fatukasi. The next set of overpayments by the team was on offense at the receiver position. The first is WR Zay Jones. It's amazing how a player that has not gotten above 550 yards receiving yards since the 2018 season was able to get a 3 years 24 million dollar contract. Now we get into the one I call the big one. WR Christian Kirk who was a solid receiver for Arizona but was inconsistent and was the #3 sometimes #4 receiver on the team. But he impressed in 2021 and Arizona did not want to pay him any money. So Jacksonville he is yours at a 4 YEAR CONTRACT WORTH 72 MILLION DOLLARS (18 MILLION PER YEAR)!!!! What in the literal heck is this, no look I'm not saying Kirk is a scrub, he's a decent receiver but you overpaid him by at least 10 million dollars per year.


The only contract that I liked the Jaguars signing was CB Darious Williams as he was an underrated part of the Rams secondary in their Super Bowl run. 3 years 30 million is also a really good contract by the team. OG Brandon Scherff who signed a three-year, $49.5 million contract is a great move as well. TE Evan Engram is on a solid 1 year prove-it deal with the team. Engram should be an upgrade over Dan Arnold who was a scrub they acquired in the CJ Henderson deal. But the Jaguars have made some awful moves in free agency. The Jaguars have a lot more work to do especially with replacing those that left in free agency in RB Carlos Hyde, RB Dare Ogunbowale, WR DJ Chark, OG AJ Cann, OG Andrew Norwell, DT Taven Bryan, and LB Myles Jack. At least the Jaguars have the 1st overall pick again and have a new head coach not named Urban Meyer.


AFC West

Now before I go into this division. Let's just say there is a reason I put this last. Each team made Blockbuster moves that Shook the Richter scale in the NFL Free Agency. It was absolutely crazy to witness. Let's start with the team that won the AFC West last season in the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs made some interesting additions on offense. Signing RB Ronald Jones to a 1-year deal worth 1.5 million dollars. It is an absolute change of scenery for Jones who the Buccaneers last season gave up on. The Chiefs also signed more receivers for Mahomes to throw the ball to in Juju Smith-Schuster (1 year 8 million dollars.) and Marquez Valdes-Scantling (3 years 30 million dollars). On defense, the Chiefs replace Tyrann Mathieu with Justin Reid who is now free from the mess that is the Houston Texans.


A big problem grew as WR Tyreek Hill wanted a pay raise and reportedly requested to be traded next season. But the problem is that the Chiefs need cap space as Mahomes' gigantic contract kicks in. So incomes the blockbuster trade #1 in this division. The Chiefs decided to trade Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for 5 draft picks including a 1st round pick, a 2nd round pick, two 4th round picks, and a 6th round pick. Say what you want on how talented Tyreek is but the Chiefs clearly won this deal. The Cheifs get rid of a nasty distraction in the offseason, grow their draft capital, and won’t have to worry about the salary cap.


Not bad but there is still work that needs to be done on defense as DT Jarran Reed, S Tyrann Mathieu, DE/EDGE Melvin Ingram, CB Charvarious Ward, and LB Anthony Hitchens left in free agency. The defense needs to be improved and that might be done during the draft.


Las Vegas Raiders

Despite the Dark Season the team went through last season, they made the playoffs which impressed me. But one thing is for sure the Raiders needed to keep Bisaccia as the coach and … They decided to let his contract expire. Ok, that sucks as he was a great leader but maybe they have someone in mind. JOSH MCDANIELS? Did you bring him to coach? After all his controversies in Denver and being a Belichick disciple. Almost all of the coaches coming out of Belichick’s coaching tree most of the time fail. Heck even goes for executives too as the Raiders hired Dave Ziegler as the GM.


But a lot of their moves have mostly been solid. Signing DE/EDGE Bilal Nichols and CB Anthony Averett are solid depth pieces. Of course, every Patriots coach/executive always tries to copycat the New England Patriots by signing their former players. First is RB Brandon Bolden who I am shocked is still in the league as he has mainly been a backup rotational player. The second one is a signing I initially liked in DE/EDGE Chandler Jones. The keyword is initial until I saw his contract 3 years 51 million dollars, for a past his prime defender with signs of decline. Very risky. But the Raiders also made a trade acquiring S Rock Ya-Sin from Indianapolis in exchange for DE/EDGE Yannick Ngakoue. The Raiders desperately need a number one receiver on this team. They absolutely got one as we head to Blockbuster trade #2


WR Davante Adams who originally got franchise tagged by the Green Bay Packers did not want to play on the tag and demanded to be traded from the team. Well the Packers did it and the Raiders were the highest bidders trading a 1st and 2nd round pick this year in order for this to happen. This is an excellent move as ever since Henry Ruggs suffered his fall from grace the Raiders have lacked that true #1 receiver. Adams can fulfill that role. Plus Adams is getting 28 million dollars per year as the Raiders signed him to a 5-year contract worth 141 million. Something not a lot of people are not talking about is that Davante Adams and Derek Carr played in college. Speaking of Carr he recently signed a three-year, $121.5 million


The Raiders did lose a lot of players in free agency including QB Marcus Mariota, WR Zay Jones, WR Desean Jackson, DE/EDGE Carl Nassib, DT Gerald McCoy, DT Quinton Jefferson, LB K.J. Wright, and CB Casey Hayward. But the Raiders making those earlier moves are trying to go all-in for another playoff appearance.


Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers are a team that had huge disappointments last season as they were projected to go to the playoffs. A big issue for them was on defense, especially as the secondary had issues. Well, the Chargers decided to invest heavily in that position like they did last year on the o-line. By signing CB J.C. Jackson to a 5-year deal worth 82.5 million dollars. It's a steep bill but the Chargers had to do this to fill a need and J.C. Jackson does not come cheap. That helps in proving the defense along with signing defensive lineman Austin Jackson and Sebastian Joseph. The Chargers even added on offense bringing in TE Gerald Everett who is a solid receiver for Justin Herbert to throw to.


The Chargers always have that one move that always shows their desperation. Well, that move came via Blockbuster trade #3. That player is DE/EDGE Khalil Mack who was acquired in a trade with the Chicago Bears and all the Chargers gave up was a 2nd round pick, a 6th round pick, and a lot of cap space. I would have loved this move years ago but a problem is that Mack is showing signs of regression due to his durability and the fact that he is 31. This felt like the Chargers were panicking due to the other moves made by the division and they wanted to bolster the pass rush. The team is desperate to have a deep run after failing yet again to make the playoffs.


This is great and all and the Chargers did a decent job replacing BT Linval Joseph, CB Chris Harris, and TE Jared Cook. But one question, Who is going to replace OT Bryan Bulaga? The Chargers did next to nothing replacing him and the Chargers have to protect Justin Herbert as much as they can.


Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos had two goals for the offseason. The first was solved by firing Vic Fangio and hiring Nathanial Hackett. The second was to get a real QB. I hate to say it but Bridgewater has the tools to be a good QB but can’t stay healthy. Drew Lock the team gave up on last year and he is a scrub anyways. Brett Rypein stinks as well. This team literally has not had a QB since Peyton Manning, until now. Let's cue up Blockbuster Trade #4.


Last year there were rumors that there was tension between Wilson and the Seahawks organization/coaching and was almost traded to Chicago. With the Seahawks entering a rebuild it was clear that Wilson wanted no part and demanded a trade. Well, he got that wish and he was traded to Denver for a lot. Denver traded TE Noah Fant, DT Shelby Harris, Scrub QB Drew Lock, Two 1st Round Picks, Two 2nd Round Picks, and a 5th Round Pick. It is a lot to give away but this needed to be done. The Broncos offense was abysmal and just needed the franchise QB. This is not the only big addition for Denver.


Another addition to the team was DE/EDGE Randy Gregory who helps bolster this defense and gives Bradley Chubb a player to tag team when trying to sack the QB. Thank Dallas for acquiring him, as they lowballed him in contract negotiations and Gregory chose to come to Denver. Again I will say never change Jerry.


Now the Broncos still have a lot of work to do, especially fixing the secondary as CB Bryce Callahan, CB Kyle Fuller, and S Kareem Jackson are all free agents and Denver did not do much to replace them.


What about Melvin Gordon? Yes Javonte Williams showed promise and he may be great as the full-time starter but Gordon had a big impact on offense as well. But the Broncos at least filled a big need at QB. But man the AFC West has never been this loaded before. I am excited to see if these investments work or fail.




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