The offseason is a time for teams to re-evaluate their rosters, make trades, and sign players in free agency. So far, we’ve seen superstars get traded and some of the top free agents signed. Here are some of the winners and losers during the off-season up to this point.
For the final game of the 2018 season, the Raiders lined up Jordy Nelson, Seth Roberts, and Marcell Ateman as their primary receivers. They fixed this problem by first trading for Antonio Brown for a 2019 third and fifth round pick. They’ve then gone on to sign wide receivers J.J. Nelson from the Arizona Cardinals and Tyrell Williams from the Los Angeles Chargers.
Other signings so far include OT Trent Brown, FS Lamarcus Joyner, and DT Johnathan Hankins.
The Ravens said goodbye to Joe Flacco by trading him to the Denver Broncos and have officially started the Lamar Jackson era.
The team released RB Alex Collins after being arrested following a car accident. They responded by signing Mark Ingram to a three-year deal. Ingram split time in the backfield with Alvin Kamara last season with the New Orleans Saints but will look to be the lead back in Baltimore. Now, the Ravens have a true RB1 and someone Jackson can rely on to hand the ball off to. Collins only averaged 3.6 yards per carry last season while Ingram averaged 4.7.
It didn’t look good after the Ravens lost FS Eric Weddle to the Los Angeles Rams but they quickly replaced him with long time Seattle Seahawk Earl Thomas. Thomas is joining one of the best defenses in the league. The Ravens ranked first in yards allowed and second in points allowed last season. Hopefully, the loss of Weddle and Terrell Suggs isn’t too much for the defense to overcome but Earl Thomas is one of the best in the business.
The team also signed CB Justin Bethel to a two-year deal.
The Browns nearly broke Twitter when the Odell Beckham Jr. trade was announced. The Giants sent OBJ and Olivier Vernon to the Browns in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, a 2019 first round pick, and a 2019 third round pick. The addition of Beckham gives Baker Mayfield another weapon and reunites Beckham with former high school and college teammate Jarvis Landry.
Along with Vernon, the Browns added Sheldon Richardson to their defensive line this offseason. The two combined for 11.5 sacks last season and will join 23-year-old Myles Garrett.
The Browns have also signed TE Demetrius Harris and OT Greg Robinson.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers made a huge splash in free agency be signing linebackers Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander. Ford finished last season with 13.0 sacks and seven forced fumbles while 24-year-old Alexander contributed a sack and two forced fumbles in seven games. The 49ers ranked 22nd in sacks last season and the middle of the pick in forced fumbles but the addition of these two linebackers should bolster this defense.
The team also added RB Tevin Coleman to it’s running back committee that already includes Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida, and another free agent signee, Raheem Mostert. Coleman is the only player to remain healthy all of last season and his hoping to become the number one back after sitting behind Devonta Freeman in Atlanta for so long.
The 49ers couldn’t complete a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers to aquire Antonio Brown which would’ve made them the hottest team in free agency so they settled for Jordan Matthews who has spent a majority of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Matthews will join the wide receiver core of Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, and Pierre Garcon.
The team has also signed DB Jimmie Ward, OG Mike Person, and CB Jason Verrett.
New York Jets
After sitting out last season, Le’Veon Bell has found a new home in New York. Bell is a huge upgrade from last season and completely gives this Jets offense some new life after finishing 26th in rushing last season. To be considered one of the leagues best backs anymore, you need to be a dual-threat back, and Bell brings that to the table. Throughout his career, Bell averages five catches and 42.9 receiving yards per game.
The Jets also signed WR’s Josh Bellamy, Jamison Crowder, LB C.J. Mosley, K Chandler Catanzaro, re-signed DL Henry Anderson, and traded for OG Kelechi Osemele.
The Steelers lost two huge skill position players in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. The wide receiver position is thin now with JuJu Smith-Schuster as their only legitimate threat. These two losses are huge for a team that has been in discussion as one of the best AFC teams for so long, and if we look at two of my winners above, the Ravens and Browns happen to be in the same division.
New York Giants
Much like the Steelers, the Giants lost a top five wide receiver in Odell Beckham Jr., but at least they received something in return. They managed to land a first and third round pick, along with safety Jabrill Peppers in the trade. However, the Giants were about ready to revamp their offense with a new quarterback in the near future and they drafted a stud in a running back in Saquon Barkley last year. Now their future quarterback will have Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman as his top two receivers. In fact here is how Eli Manning has fared without OBJ over the last couple seasons.
The Giants have also traded away Olivier Vernon and lost Landon Collins to the Washington Redskins in free agency.
Who Else is Left?
Although many big names have already been signed there are still some guys that are needing new contracts and/or new homes. Some names left to be signed include Ndamukong Suh, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Berry, Ezekiel Ansah, Jordy Nelson, and Adrian Clayborn, .