2019 NFL Free Agency Recap
This has been the wildest Free Agency in quite a long time, with many ‘big name’ players finding new homes both in free agent signings and insane trades. The NFL landscape is going to look very, very different in 2019, and this was just the first week of the offseason. I’m sure things will get even crazier once the draft rolls around, because there’s usually one or two blockbuster draft trades. Now, let’s look at some of the biggest deals of this year’s NFL Free Agency frenzy.
Antonio Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders
Yes, superstar Wideout Antonio Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders for an unbelievably low price of a third and fifth round pick. I think it’s insane that the Raiders nabbed Antonio Brown, AND somehow managed to keep all five of their first round picks over the next two years. The Steelers were originally going to send Brown to Buffalo, but after AB nixed that, the Steelers sent him to their old arch rivals. Since the Jordy Nelson experiment fell on its ass, Jon Gruden is hoping that AB will help out Derek Carr.
The Arizona Cardinals sign Terrell Suggs
After 16 seasons in Baltimore, their ‘elder statesman’ T Sizzle shockingly signed a 1 year, $7 million contract with the worst team in the league, the Arizona Cardinals. Last year Suggs got 7 sacks, and while that doesn’t sound like much I’m sure that he’s going to give Arizona somewhat of a pass rushing presence, and if the Cards were smart they’d use the #1 overall pick on Nick Bosa.
The Washington Redskins sign Landon Collins
The Redskins seemed to have signed a ‘locker room leader,’ in hard hitting safety Landon Collins. Collins was a star on the Giants’ defense, being one of the only consistent players that they had. Collins may not have nabbed any interceptions last year, but he has gotten triple digit tackles almost every year, and tackling in the secondary was one of the Redskins’ biggest problems over the past couple of years. Collins will make the secondary better, and be a consistent playmaker on a defense severely lacking after DJ Swearinger was cut.
The Los Angeles Rams sign Eric Weddle
The Rams add yet another big name to an underwhelming star studded unit, with underrated safety Eric Weddle. Outside of New England, the Rams are Weddle’s best bet to try and win himself a championship. He signed a 2 year deal worth up to $12.5 Million. Weddle can bring some experience and a defensive locker room leader to a young Rams team. The weakness to the Rams’ defense last year was their secondary, and Weddle can certainly be an improvement.
The San Francisco 49ers trade for Dee Ford
The Niners needed a pass rusher, then they went and got one. The Niners traded for pro bowl outside linebacker Dee Ford, leaving Kansas City without a star pass rusher. Ford is coming off of the best season of his career, with a career high 13 sacks. The Niners also signed Tevin Coleman, helping their run game and he’ll most likely be paired alongside Matt Breida. The Niners have a solid outside linebacker, but they still need to invest the rest of their offseason spending on defense, and and offensive line.
The New York Jets sign CJ Mosley
Mosley signed a 5 year, $85 Million monster deal with the Jets. The Jets needed a defensive leader, and CJ Mosley can be just that alongside pro bowler Jamal Adams. Mosley is a solid linebacker, and he is certainly a start to improving the dumpster fire that is the New York Jets. Mosley will have to be the anchor of that defense, similar to how Luke Kuechly is in Carolina. He can’t make the Jets great all by himself, hopefully he’ll get some help in the coming years.
The Chicago Bears sign Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
The Bears may have lost Adrian Amos, but they were able to nab former all-pro Ha Ha Clinton-Dix for a shockingly low 1 year $3.5 million contract. He’ll be reunited with former Alabama teammate Eddie Jackson. Ha Ha is a great safety and makes the Bears defense even scarier, alongside Eddie Jackson, Danny Trevathan, Kyle Fuller, and transcendent megastar Khalil Mack. Watch out whoever has to play Chicago next year, and good luck throwing it over the top with Ha Ha and Eddie Jackson back there.
The Green Bay Packers sign Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, and Adrian Amos
I’m gonna lump these guys together because it happened on the same day. The biggest reason of the Packers tanking is because of their abhorrent defense, and now they’re actually gonna try to lighten the load off of A-Rod. Preston Smith is a solid outside linebacker, and was a solid compliment alongside Ryan Kerrigan in Washington. Za’Darius Smith was a key part of the Ravens’ #1 defense, and Adrian Amos was a big player in the Bears’ transformed defense. These guys should vastly improve the Packers’ defense, and the Pack should try to improve their offensive line, or get A-Rod some more reliable targets.
The New York Jets sign Le’Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell signed his death warrant. He went to the Jets for 4 years, and $54.5 million, less than what the Steelers were going to offer him. The Jets needed more than a running back to solve their problems, but it could be a start. The Jets should get an offensive line to protect Sam Darnold, and allow Le’Veon to run through holes. However, Le’Veon will vastly help in terms of getting Sam Darnold a reliable target to dump the ball off to, and be one of the more dangerous playmakers in a city that desperately needs one.
The Philadelphia Eagles trade for DeSean Jackson
That’s right y’all, D-Jax is back in Midnight Green, as the Eagles traded a sixth round pick this year, and a seventh round pick next year for their former wideout. D-Jax may be in his 30s now, but he is still blazing fast, and led the league in yards per catch last season. D-Jax is the big play receiver the Eagles need, and will be a fine complement to the physically dominant Alshon Jeffery.
The Baltimore Ravens sign Earl Thomas
Sorry (not really) Cowboys fans, but Earl Thomas signed with the Baltimore Ravens in a blockbuster 4 year, $55 million deal after their star safety Eric Weddle walked out. After having an injury shortened season, Thomas is sure to make an immediate impact on what was the NFL’s top ranked defense last year. However, several key pieces from that defense, the aforementioned Eric Weddle, Terrell Suggs, Za’Darius Smith, and CJ Mosley all left. Thomas will be the leader of the defense, and will hopefully get some good years in Baltimore.
The Cleveland Browns trade for Odell Beckham Jr.
After trading for Olivier Vernon, and signing Sheldon Richardson, the Browns made arguably the biggest deal of this offseason. The Browns traded a first round pick, a third round pick, and promising safety Jabrill Peppers to the New York Giants in exchange for megastar Odell Beckham Jr. This has many people saying that the browns are playoff bound next year, or even a dark horse super bowl contender now. I honestly can’t blame them for saying that, because their offense is extremely loaded. There’s the second year duo of Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt (once he’s back from suspension), David Njoku, and Antonio Callaway in the slot. Then on the outside, the Browns have two of the best hands in the league in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. The Browns have the offense capable of tearing the league to shreds, and they should spend the rest of their offseason spending of defense, and try to replace Jabrill Peppers and get a linebacker or two.
Who won Free Agency?
It’s pretty obvious to me that the winners of Free Agency are the Cleveland Browns. They stockpiled their roster with some pretty big names, and have arguably the best receiving corps in the AFC, if not the NFL. The Browns are a very dangerous team, and could be a dark horse Super Bowl team