Nyck Grayson, March 29th, 2017
Just a few weeks into the NFL Offseason and teams are progressing and regressing as the days go by. So far looking at the transactions that have taken place, lets look at who’s grading well so far:
Additions: Patrick DiMarco (Falcons), Mike Tolbert (Panthers), Micah Hyde (Packers), Steven Hauschka (Seahawks), Jordan Poyer (Browns), Andre Holmes (Raiders), Vladimir Ducasse (Ravens), Ryan Davis (Cowboys), Philly Brown (Panthers), Leonard Johnson (Panthers),
Re-signings: Tyrod Taylor, Lorenzo Alexander, Jordan Mills, Brandon Tate,
Losses: Stephon Gilmore, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, Lerentee McCray, Justin Hunter, EJ Manuel
Grade: C+. Locking up potential franchise QB, Tyrod Taylor, for the next two seasons provides personnel stability for Buffalo heading into the new coaching regime. The additions of Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, the Bills believe they have added more depth to their top 10 Passing Defense (223.9 ypg allowed). Adding an elite Fullback in Patrick DiMarco does nothing but further boost the league’s top running game. Losing Stephon Gilmore and two dynamic weapons offensively (Woods and Goodwin) definitely hurts but the Bills seem headed in the right direction.
Additions: ILB Lawrence Timmons (Steelers), G Ted Larsen (Bears), FS Nate Allen (Raiders), TE Anthony Fasano (Titans), TE Julius Thomas (Trade w/ Jaguars), DE William Hayes (Trade w/ Rams)
Re-signings: G Jermon Bushrod, WR Kenny Stills, FS Reshad Jones, DE Andre Branch, LB Kiko Alonso
Losses: TE Dion Sims, DT Earl Mitchell, OLB Jelani Jenkins
Grade: C. Miami wasn’t as busy as Buffalo as far as signing players from other teams. The Dolphins resigned their big name in-house talents: WR Kenny Stills, FS Reshad Jones, DE Andre Branch, and LB Kiko Alonso all signed contract extensions. The trend of signing LBs from Pittsburgh continues as Lawrence Timmons joins the Dolphin LB core. An honest downgrade at the TE position was the trade for Julius Thomas with Jacksonville, since his career catching passes from Peyton Manning was over, Thomas has been a huge liability and constantly unhealthy. But a 7th round pick was just the right deal for the Dolphins to make.
Additions: LT Kelvin Beachum (Jaguars), CB Morris Claiborne (Cowboys), K Chandler Cantanzaro (Cardinals), QB Josh McCown (Browns),
Re-signings: LT Benjamin Ijalana, OLB Josh Martin, OLB Corey Lemonier,
Losses: WR Brandon Marshall, RB CJ Spiller, QB Geno Smith, K Nick Folk
Grade: D+. The belief is that New York is simply going to continue this awful rebuild through the draft losing their brightest spot offensively for cheap to the fellow New York Giants for cheap the current state of the Jets is grim. A decent signing was Morris Claiborne seemingly filling in the hole in the secondary that aging CB Darrelle Revis left this past season. Also as of today, no progress towards a proven starting QB have been made as they move forward with the trio of Hackenberg, new addition Josh McCown, and Bryce Petty.
Additions: CB Stephon Gilmore (Bills), DE Lawrence Guy (Ravens), RB Rex Burkhead (Bengals) WR Brandin Cooks (Trade w/ Saints), DE Kony Ealy (Trade w/Panthers), TE Dwayne Allen (Trade w/ Colts)
Re-Signings: ILB Donta Hightower
Losses: CB Logan Ryan, DE Chris Long, TE Martellus Bennett, DE Jabaal Sheard, OLB Barkevious Mingo
Grades: A. If you asked me right now who would win the Super Bowl in 2018, I’d just show you the number 6, as in six rings for Brady and Belichick. The defending Super Bowl champions worked as if they hadn’t made the playoffs. Trading for former Saints deep threat Brandin Cooks can only make Tom Brady look 20 years younger right? Retaining Donta Hightower and signing former Bills defensive game changer Stephon Gilmore almost seemingly keeps the ranking of number one scoring defense right where it is.
Additions: G Ron Leary (Cowboys), RT Menelik Watson (Raiders), DT Domata Peko (Bengals), DT Zach Kerr (Colts), OLB Kasim Edebali (Saints)
Losses: LT Russell Okung, DT Sylvester Williams, CB Kayvon Webster, OLB Dekota Watson, DE DeMarcus Ware (Retired)
Grade: C. I fully expected John Elway to sell the farm to Dallas for Tony Romo, or maybe he’s waiting for the potential release of Romo this summer? Regardless of who is QB the Broncos needed to address the issues at Offensive Line, signing former Cowboy G, Ron Leary, and singing Menelik Watson from the Raiders should be an improvement of what was shaky protection for Trevor Siemian in 2016.
Additions: DT Bennie Logan(Eagles), RB CJ Spiller (Jets), TE Gavin Escobar (Cowboys), FS Marqueston Huff (Raiders)
Re-Signings: G Michael Pearson, DE Jarvis Jenkins
Losses: QB Nick Foles, DT Dontari Poe, RB Knile Davis
Grade: C (mehh). Kansas City hasn’t been very active thus far in the offseason. A solid signing of Eagles DT Bennie Logan after the loss of Dontari Poe should keep the Chiefs among the better defenses in the league.
Additions: LT Russell Okung (Broncos), RB Kenjon Barner (Eagles)
Re-signings: DE Damion Square
Losses: RB Danny Woodhead, ILB Manti Te’o, G DJ Fluker, WR Jeremy Butler
Grade: D+. Getting used to the LA next to the Charger name will take some time and so will this ascent to the top of the AFC West. As of right now the Chargers still have issues among the offensive line although signing Russell Okung, who played all 16 games last season will hopefully improve LA’s (that’s really weird) protection.
Additions: TE Jared Cook (Packers), WR Cordarelle Patterson (Vikings), RT Marshall Newhouse (Giants), OLB Jelani Jenkins (Dolphins), QB EJ Manuel (Bills)
Losses: ILB Malcolm Smith, DT Stacy McGee, RT Menelik Watson, WR Andre Holmes, FS Nate Allen, TE Mychal Rivera, CB DJ Hayden, SS Brynden Trawick
Grade: B-. Derek Carr was on a MVP type pace before the leg injury in 2016. Any moves that help his progression continue are good moves. Signing a big target in Jared Cook will surely ensure that after losing Mychal Rivera. Also it’ll be interesting to see how the Oakland offense incorporates speedster and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson. The late Al Davis is probably grinning from ear to ear from this signing.
Additions: SS Tony Jefferson (Cardinals), CB Brandon Carr (Cowboys), RB Danny Woodhead (Chargers),
Re-Signings: DT Brandon Williams, FS Anthony Levine
Losses: RT Ricky Wagner, FB Kyle Juszcyzk, DE Lawrence Guy, G Vladami Ducasse, WR Kamar Aiken, FS Marqueston Huff, G Jeremy Zuttah (Trade w/ 49ers)
Grade: B+. On paper defensively, it seems as though the Ravens maybe returning to the Ravens we used to know and hate (if you’re any of the teams below). The signing of Tony Jefferson, an elite level safety from Arizona, makes the back end of the Ravens defense among the best in the NFL. Cornerback from Dallas, Brandon Carr doesn’t boast huge numbers but definitely is versatile and provides talent in the Baltimore secondary next to Eric Weddle and the aforementioned Jefferson. They also resigned their man in the middle, DT Brandon Williams, who is an absolute stud on the Defensive Line.
Additions: ILB Kevin Minter (Cardinals), G/T Andre Smith (Vikings),
Re-Signings: RT Eric Winston, DE Wallace Gilberry, RB Cedric Peerman
Losses: G Kevin Zeitler, LT Andrew Whitworth, DT Domata Peko, DE Margus Hunt, RB Rex Burkhead, ILB Rey Maualuga (Cut)
Grade: D. What Cincinnati has done thus far has not made much sense to me. After giving up 41 sacks in 2016, the Bengals were unable resign their two best offensive linemen. Losing Zeitler in division to the Browns, and Whitworth to good weather and cash to the Rams out in LA, the Bengals only add more needs to their list going forward. One positive was that by cutting Rey Mauluga and signing Kevin Minter from Arizona, the defense gets younger and faster which was a big priority for Cincy going into the 2017 campaign.
Additions: G Kevin Zeitler (Bengals), WR Kenny Britt (Rams), C JC Tretter (Packers), RT Matt McCants (Bears), QB Brock Osweiler (Trade w/ Texans)
Re-Signings: DL Jamie Meder
Losses: FS Jordan Poyer, QB Josh McCown, WR Terrelle Pryor, DE Stephen Paea
Grade: B. I was extremely impressed by Cleveland’s moves so far this offseason, the Moneyball gang in the front office of Cleveland really made an effort to improve and protect whoever Hue Jackson decides to put behind Center this season. Breaking the bank for a young proven Guard in Kevin Zeitler and signing JC Tretter and Matt McCants from the NFC North, in my opinion the Browns have made the first steps towards being respectable once again.
Additions: DT Tyson Alualu (Jaguars), CB Coty Sensabaugh (Giants), WR Justin Hunter (Bills), RB Knile Davis (Chiefs)
Re-Signings: QB Landry Jones, TE David Johnson
Losses: ILB Lawrence Timmons, WR Markus Wheaton, OLB Jarvis Jones
Grade: C. This season was a typical Pittsburgh offseason. Not super active in Free Agency and yet find a way to improve every year. The big news out of Steeler nation was resigning Antonio Brown to a five year extension and keeping longtime LB James Harrison in black and yellow. The signing of Tyson Alualu may prove to be solid as they add more depth to their DLine.
Additions: DE Jabaal Sheard (Patriots), OLB John Simon (Texans), DT Al Woods (Titans), DE Margus Hunt (Bengals), P Jeff Locke (Vikings), WR Kamar Aiken (Ravens), ILB Sean Spence (Titans), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Patriots), C Brian Schwenke (Titans), TE Brandon Williams (Seahawks)
Re-Signings: CB Darius Butler, RB Robert Turbin,
Losses: SS Mike Adams, DT Zach Kerr, CB Patrick Robinson, OLB Chris Carter, G Hugh Thorton
Grade: B. I’m liking what new Colts GM Chris Ballard is doing so far in Indy, they have clearly made it a point to add more game changing players among their front seven. The big signing in my opinion is nabbing Jabaal Sheard from the FA pool. Now they need to flip the priority from getting to the Quarterback to PROTECTING the Quarterback.
Re-Signings: TE Ryan Griffin
Losses: CB AJ Bouye, OLB John Simon, SS Quintin Demps, G Oday Aboushi
Grade. D. Not much to really report here with Houston, they lose two key pieces in the secondary and a viable option for the pass rushing depth in the front office. All while sticking to Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden at QB.
Additions: CB AJ Bouye (Texans), DE Calais Campbell (Cardinals), SS Barry Church (Cowboys), RT Earl Watford (Cardinals), DT Stefan Charles (Lions), TE Mychal Rivera (Raiders), ILB Audie Cole (Vikings), Lerentee McCray (Bills), T Branden Albert (Trade w/ Dolphins)
Re-Signings: WR Bryan Walters
Losses: SS John Cyprien, LT Kelvin Beachum, G Luke Joeckel, CB Prince Amukamara, DT Tyson Alualu, CB Davon House, DT Jordan Hill
Grade: B. We find ourselves at another offseason where Jacksonville makes moves to improve their defense on paper, we’ll see what they can put on the field but adding Calais Campbell in the front seven and AJ Bouye and Barry Church in the secondary should be a vast improvement for the Jaguars defense. Trading for Branden Albert after losing Kelvin Beachum can potentially be a solid accusation as well.
Additions: CB Logan Ryan (Patriots), SS John Cyprien (Jaguars), DT Sylvester Williams (Broncos), SS Branden Trawick (Raiders), WR Eric Weems (Falcons), G Tim Lelito (Saints)
Re-Signings: DT Karl Klug, TE Phillip Supernaw, ILB Nate Palmer
Losses: DT Al Woods, TE Anthony Fasano, ILB Sean Spence, RT Byron Bell, WR Kendall Wright, G Chance Warmack, C Brian Schwenke, CB Valentino Blake
Grade: B. Similar to Jacksonville the Titans also boost their talent in the secondary as well bringing in Sylvester Williams from Denver. Logan Ryan and John Cyprien have enough talent to help improve the league’s 30th ranked passing offense (269 ypg)
Additions: CB Nolan Carroll (Eagles), RT Byron Bell (Titans), DE Stephen Paea (Browns), DE Damontre Moore (Seahawks),
Re-Signings: WR Terrance Williams, RB Darren McFadden, QB Kellen Moore
Losses: G Ron Leary, SS Barry Church, CB Brandon Carr, DT Terrell McClain, DE Jack Crawford, FS JJ Wilcox, CB Morris Claiborne, DE Ryan Davis, QB Mark Sanchez, RB Lance Dunbar
Grade: C-. I think Dallas takes a slight step back if the season started with their current roster. Losing Ron Leary and Doug Free add potentially add questions to what lineup they’ll bring into 2017. Also a team that plays solid team defense loses many pieces in the secondary, only somewhat salvaging that by signing Nolan Carroll from division rival Philadelphia after an off 2016 season compared to his 2015 year.
Additions: TE Rhett Ellison (Vikings), WR Brandon Marshall (Jets), G DJ Fluker (Chargers), QB Geno Smith (Jets), RB Shaun Draughn (49ers), CB Valentino Blake (Titans)
Re-Signings: QB Josh Johnson, OLB Mark Herzlich
Losses: K Robbie Gould, RT Marshall Newhouse, CB Coty Sensabaugh
Grade: C. The Giants go into this offseason with issues among the offensive line for sure. Ereck Flowers was a liability in 2016 and the loss of Marshall Newhouse doesn’t help either. The G-Men hope the new Guard, former Charger DJ Fluker,can return to form from his first two seasons in the league. Injuries have hindered his progression but he can help on the interior. A big addition literally and figuratively was nabbing Brandon Marshall from the Jets, they now have multiple weapons in the WR meeting room as well as an improvement to the TE room with former Viking Rhett Ellison.
Additions: WR Torrey Smith (49ers), QB Nick Foles (Chiefs), WR Alshon Jeffrey (Bears), DE Chris Long (Patriots), G Chance Warmack (Titans), CB Patrick Robinson (Colts)
Re-Signings: C Stefan Wisniewiski
Losses: CB Nolan Carroll, DT Bennie Logan, OLB Connor Barwin, QB Chase Daniel, RB Kenjon Barner.
Grade: C+. Weapons. The Eagles NEED weapons. Putting talent around Carson Wentz only makes his progression easier and the Eagles, at least for 2017, have added two respectable pieces to their Wide Receiver crew. WR Alshon Jeffrey finally escapes the purgatory of playing in Chicago and Torrey Smith, although still speedy, is winding down his career and can help a young Carson Wentz a before its all said and done.
Additions: DT Stacey McGee (Raiders), DT Terrell McClain (Cowboys), SS DJ Swearinger (Cardinals), WR Terrelle Pryor (Browns), OLB Chris Carter (Colts), WR Brian Quick (Rams)
Re-Signings: DE Evander Hood
Losses: WR Pierre Garcon, WR DeSean Jackson, DE Chris Baker, DE Ricky Jean Francois, ILB Terence Garvin
Grade: C. The saga in the Washington front office is confusing and may need an entire story by itself, but so far they have done a decent job at staying afloat. Giving Kirk Cousins the exclusive Franchise Tag, Washington brings back their leader of the offense. They lose a deep threat in DeSean Jackson and a good #2 in Pierre Garcon but sign a budding big target receiver in Terrelle Pryor. They also address the issues of their interior defensive line by grabbing Stacey McGee and Terrell McClain.
Additions: SS Antoine Bethea (49ers), K Phil Dawson (49ers), OLB Jarvis Jones (Steelers)
Re-Signings: DT Frostee Rucker, WR Andre Ellington
Losses: DE Calais Campbell, SS Tony Jefferson, CB Marcus Cooper, SS DJ Swearinger, RT Earl Watford, ILB Kevin Winter, OLB Alex Okafor, TE Darren Fells, K Chandler Catanzaro
Grade: D+. Arizona lost a lot so far this offseason, the familiar faces that Cardinals remember from a season ago are now scattered around the league and not many have been replaced. They can only hope that they can maximize Jarvis Jones’ potential when he was drafted and that Antoine Bethea can return to some form of his Colts years as he tries to replace Tony Jefferson.
Additions: WR Robert Woods (Bills), LT Andrew Whitworth (Bengals), CB Kayvon Webster (Broncos), OLB Connor Barwin (Eagles), RB Lance Dunbar (Cowboys), QB Aaron Murray (Eagles),
Re-Signings: K Greg Zuerlein
Losses: WR Kenny Britt, TE Lance Kendricks, WR Brian Quick, RB Benny Cunningham
Grade: C. Year two in LA for the Rams starts with the hire of the youngest head coach in NFL history and potentially a full year of QB Jared Goff taking snaps. The new offense that helped make Kirk Cousins money has now flown across the country to LA. The big signings of Andrew Whitworth and Robert Woods add talent around Goff that give him a chance to improve and succeed. In my opinion the biggest acquisition for the Rams is the hire of Wade Phillips as Defensive Coordinator. Phillips + Aaron Mcdonald = Only God knows.
Additions: WR Pierre Garcon (Washington), ILB Malcolm Smith (Raiders), FB Kyle Juszczyk (Ravens), DT Earl Mitchell (Dolphins), QB Brian Hoyer (Bears), OLB Dekoda Watson (Broncos), WR Marquise Goodwin (Bills), WR Aldrick Robinson (Falcons), QB Matt Barkley (Bears), K Robbie Gould (Giants), TE Logan Paulsen (Bears), G Jeremy Zuttah (Trade w/ Ravens)
Re-Signings: DT Chris Jones, RB DuJuan Harris
Losses: WR Torrey Smith, SS Antoine Bethea, K Phil Dawson, ILB Michael Wilhoite, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Quinton Patton, QB Colin Kaepernick (Opted out of contract.)
Grade: B-. Chip Kelly out, Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch in. In my opinion the best playcaller in football is now the 49er head coach and has started the rebuild of the San Francisco franchise. They improve the weapons around their QB, whoever that may be, with the signing of Pierre Garcon, versatile FB Kyle Juszczyk, and olympic speedster Marquise Goodwin. Obvious questions at QB, bringing in Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley from Chicago, Shanahan needs to once again work his magic. After recent years and front office turmoil, there’s only one way to go and thats up.
Additions: RB Eddie Lacy (Packers), G Luke Joeckel (Jaguars), ILB Michael Wilhoite (49ers), FS Bradley McDouglad (Buccaneers), G Oday Aboushi (Texans)
Re-Signings: TE Luke Wilson, CB Neiko Thorpe, FS DeShawn Shead
Losses: K Steven Hauschka, DE Damontre Moore, DT John Jenkins, TE Brandon Williams
Grade: C-. The Seahawks are another team that hasn’t been overly active in Free Agency thus far. They add needed depth to their RB Room with the signing of Eddie Lacy. The signing of Luke Joeckel shocked me as he hasn’t really been that good, but maybe the switch to guard will work in Seattle rather than Jacksonville, theres still time for him.
Additions: QB Mike Glennon (Buccaneers), TE Dion Sims (Dolphins), CB Marcus Cooper (Cardinals), SS Quintin Demps (Texans), WR Markus Wheaton (Steelers), CB Prince Amukamara (Jaguars), QB Mark Sanchez (Cowboys), WR Kendall Wright (Titans), T Tom Compton (Falcons), RB Benny Cunningham (Rams), DT John Jenkins (Seahawks),
Re-Signings: ILB Christian Jones, K Connor Barth, WR Deonte Thompson, SS Chris Prosinski, CB Johnathan Banks.
Losses: QB Brian Hoyer, WR Alshon Jeffrey, DE Cornelius Washington, G Ted Larsen, QB Matt Barkley, TE Logan Paulsen, RT Matt McCants
Grade: C+. I’ll be the first to admit that the Glennon signing confuses me, committing big money to a QB that was benched and then replaced by Jameis Winston seems rather strange. But with that said the pieces around Glennon are improving, the signing of Dion Sims and Markus Wheaton may breed confidence into the five year man out of NC State. Defensively the Bears scoop three defensive backs (Cooper, Demps, Amukamara) to stabilize that 7th ranked defense against the pass (225 ypg)
Additions: RT Ricky Wagner (Ravens), G TJ Lang (Packers), DT Akeem Spence (Buccaneers), DE Cornelius Washington (Bears), CB DJ Hayden (Raiders), ILB Paul Worrilow (Falcons), TE Darren Fells (Cardinals), DT Jordan Hill (Jaguars)
Re-Signings: OLB Armonty Bryant
Losses: LT Riley Reiff, G Larry Warford, DT Stefan Charles, WR Andre Roberts, DT Tyrunn Walker
Grade: B-. Detroit early this offseason has made a point to protect Matthew Stafford and stabilize the league’s 30th ranked rushing attack (81.9 ypg). Signing Wagner and Lang after losing Riley Reiff and Larry Warford should help with the mentality that the running game finally matters in Detroit again.
Additions: TE Martellus Bennett (Patriots), TE Lance Kendricks (Rams), DE Rickey Jean Francois (Washington), CB Davon House (Jaguars)
Re-Signings: OLB Jayrone Elliot, RT Don Barclay, RB Christine Michael, OLB Jordan Tripp
Losses: SS Micah Hyde, G TJ Lang, C J.C Tretter, TE Jared Cook, RB Eddie Lacy, OLB Datone Jones, OLB Julius Peppers
Grade: C. For Aaron Rodgers’ sake I truly hope that Green Bay addresses the secondary issues in the draft or later this offseason. Atlanta had their way with the Packers in the NFC Championship game and a low level signing in Davon House isn’t going to all of a sudden fix the issues for that defense. Replacing the losses at OLB with Rickey Jean Francois will help get pressure though. With that said they gave Aaron new toys in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks at the TE position.
Additions: LT Riley Reiff (Lions), RT Mike Remmers (Panthers), OLB Datone Jones (Packers)
Re-Signings: CB Terence Newman
Losses: LT Matt Kalil, TE Rhett Ellison, CB Captain Munnerlyn, WR Cordarrelle Patterson, P Jeff Locke, G Andre Smith, ILB Audi Cole, WR Charles Johnson, RB Adrian Peterson (Did not resign)
Grade: C-. What if I told you that the Vikings would lose Adrian Peterson and get better? The offensive linemen situation in Minnesota is a mess but the loss of Matt Kalil makes them better as well. Riley Reiff was solid in Detroit and can only improve that front five. Mike Remmers was also a decent signing, fresh faces on that line can get this offense back on track.
Additions: DE Jack Crawford (Cowboys), DT Dontari Poe (Chiefs), WR Andre Roberts (Lions), G Hugh Thornton
Re-Signings: TE Levine Toilolo, SS Kemal Ishmael, ILB LaRoy Reynolds, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Losses: FB Patrick DiMarco, WR Aldrick Robinson, ILB Paul Worrilow, WR Eric Weems, T Tom Compton
Grade: C+. It’s going to be interesting to see how Atlanta bounces back after that collapse in the Super Bowl. Like I said in my mock draft the Falcons need to add depth to their defensive line to ensure that bodies are fresh to finish the big games. Dontari Poe coming in from Kansas City makes them deeper and if he can be the monster he was before the back injury the Falcons will have to keep him for longer.
Additions: LT Matt Kalil (Vikings), CB Captain Munnerlyn (Vikings), WR Russell Shepard (Buccaneers), SS Mike Adams (Colts), OLB Julius Peppers (Packers), WR Charles Johnson
Re-Signings: DT Kyle Love, G Chris Scott, CB Teddy Williams
Losses: RT Mike Remmers, ILB AJ Klein, WR Tedd Ginn Jr, FB Mike Tolbert, CB Leonard Robinson, WR Philly Brown
Grade: D+. The Panthers were busy on defense but the issues of their 2016 campaign stem from their inability to keep Cam Newton upright and help him with play making. Kelvin Benjamin returned and the offense regressed and as of right now they go into 2017 with just him and Greg Olson after losing Ted Ginn and Philly Brown. They also signed a LT in Matt Kalil that joins his brother Ryan and they have to pray that Kalil wasn’t as bad as he was in 2016 for Minnesota.
Additions: G Larry Warford (Lions), ILB AJ Klein (Panthers), WR Tedd Ginn Jr (Panthers), OLB Alex Okafor (Cardinals), ILB Manti Te’o (Chargers), QB Chase Daniel (Eagles)
Re-Signings: DT Nick Fairley, DE Darryl Tapp, RB Tavaris Cadet, CB Sterling Moore, TE John Phillips
Losses: G Tim Lelito, OLB Kasim Edebali, WR Brandin Cooks (Trade w/ Patriots)
Grade: C+. It seems like every year we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the Payton/Brees era. But we know defense is the real issue with this team. So far this offseason the Saints have made it a point to polish the middle of the defense by signing two good replacement level inside LBs in Te’o and Klein.
Additions: WR DeSean Jackson (Washington), DE Chris Baker (Washington), K Nick Folk (Jets), FS JJ Wilcox (Cowboys), LS Garrison Sanborn (Bills)
Re-Signings: C Joe Hawley, CB Josh Robinson, FS Chris Conte, RB Jacquizz Rodgers, DT Sealver Siliga
Losses: QB Mike Glennon, WR Russell Shepard, DT Akeem Spence, FS Bradley McDougald
Grade: B-. I really like what Tampa Bay has done with the offseason so far, they adequately replaced McDougald with JJ Wilcox from the Cowboys and added what is still one of the top deep ball threats in the NFL in DeSean Jackson. Chris Baker joins Gerald McCoy on the defensive line and now they have a proven kicker in Nick Folk that can mask the flaws of reaching for Roberto Aguayo in the second round of last years draft.