SportsPulse: the NFL Free agency gave us everything we wanted most. Trysta Krick describes the beauty, the chaos, the winners and the losers from all this.
Some notable names remain – and Josh Rosen is still a cardinal of the Arizona – but the free agency of the NFL seems to have run its course to a large extent.
Who came out on top (and who is not?) In the avalanche of this week of purchases and exchanges? Continue reading …
Browns: They will clearly be the sexy team that will enter the 2019 season after adding DE Olivier Vernon, DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Kareem Hunt and that OBJ dude this month. The trade for WR Odell Beckham Jr. was the story of the free agency period, given its relatively cheap price tag (two choices, only one first rounder and S Jabrill Peppers) and reunion with BFF Jarvis Landry, not to mention the obvious regression of Ravens and Steelers. It seems very likely that the league's longest playoff drought ends at 17, at least, but this team could also challenge for a first-round hello and more.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates after launching a second-half touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons at the FirstEnergy stadium. (Photo: Ken Blaze, USA TODAY Sports)
Safties: The lottery started with Washington's decision to give Landon Collins a whopping $ 84 million deal ($ 44 , 5 million dollars) is guaranteed) – the same Landon Collins that the Giants considered unworthy of a franchise tag worth 11 million dollars. The scheme continued with Tyrann Mathieu of Kansas City who reached his agreement with an average of $ 14 million, while the Earl Thomas of Baltimore reached less than $ 13.8 million, although his guarantees signing ($ 32 million) exceeded others in the position. Kareem Jackson of Denver, Lamarcus Joyner of Oakland, Adrian Amos of Greenland and Kenny Vaccaro of Tennessee also did their part to ensure that the securities no longer reside in the business basket – and only a year after players like Eric Reid and Tre Boston had to wait months to find
Jets: Now more than half a century after their lone championship, they have been prominent free-game players many times before … with no hardware to show for it. This could be GM Mike Maccagnan's last chance to turn around a solution, and he generously paid ILB CJ Mosley (5 years, $ 85 million) and the WR Jamison Crowder slot (3 years, $ 28.5 million), but added RB Le & # 39; Veon Bell (4 years, $ 52.5 million) and G Kelechi Osemele (Day 3 draft exchange with Oakland) at reasonable costs.
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The crack: The defenses of the NFL have spent about 70% of their time in the nickel package (five defensive backs) for years, although many observers of the league are still obsessed with the distinction between 4-3 and 3-4 fronts as regards the basic defenses. At the same time, most crimes mainly employ three large receivers. Nevertheless, it took a while for the receivers n. 3 and the rear parts in nickel to be considered as a starter. However it seems that it is changing. Slot receivers Crowder and Adam Humphries (Titans) have reached an average of eight figures per season, while Cole Beasley (Bills) will earn 7.3 million dollars a year in the next four. The downside, Justin Coleman (Lions), Tavon Young (Ravens) and Denver & # 39; s Jackson – all these defensive backs survive mainly against internal receivers – are also earning a serious financial reward for their unique abilities.
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Packers fans: So, welcome to the free agency … what do you think? Things have clearly changed under the new GM Brian Gutekunst, who is obviously willing to open the checkbook in a way that his predecessor Ted Thompson did not want (although we are still not sure of the signing of Billy Turner, Bri). Amos and OLB Za & # 39; Darius Smith and Preston Smith are all excellent players, albeit undervalued, that Green Bay fans have already deduced considering their trio of four-year contracts amount to $ 154 million.
New Jag: Nick Foles cut down $ 88 million in four years, making him rise to the top 10 among the quarterbacks in terms of total value (ahead of Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger and many others). A big coup for Foles didn't seem to be a strong demand for him outside of North Florida.
Old Jags: DT Malik Jackson (3 years, $ 30 million from Philadelphia), S Tashaun Gipson (3 years, $ 22.6 million from Houston) and OLB Dante Fowler (1 year, $ 12 million from Rams) have all landed on their feet after prematurely showing the door to Jacksonville in the last year.
Josh Allen: The Bills did not attack the blue chippers, but he reinforced the offensive line in front of the second-year passer-by, in particular the addition of C Mitch Morse, giving him a short-range goal in Beasley and a threat of home runs tearing the fast WR John "Smokey" Brown.
Josh Allen: Not a lot of premium passes spill onto the market, especially for desperate teams like Oakland, so the Kentucky star still looks like a top-five virtual lock in next month's draft.
Raiders: They may not be ready to dethrone the garments in the AFC West, yet, but WR Antonio Brown, OT Trent Brown, WR Tyrell Williams and Joyner should immediately bring the Silver & Black back to relevance. And given the new GM Mike Mayock has not had to give up any of the four choices he has in the selections of the 35 best projects of this draft to let Brown out of Pittsburgh, there are still many talents still to arrive in Oakland this year  Kwon Alexander agents: Rosenhaus Sports somehow got the 49ers for ponies for a four-year deal, $ 54 million for a Pro Bowl once inside the linebacker that tore his ACL off him last October. San Francisco has a haven of salvation by 2020 if Alexander fails to bounce physically, but still feels like he has come out on the winning side of this negotiation.
Steelers … in the long term: The Brown Brown the situation had become unsustainable. And the story will show that Pittsburgh tried to give Bell a major deal in 2018, not to look for a hometown discount. The organizational compass – pointing to continuity, loyalty, principle and similar relations – remains true and should maintain a cutting edge franchise to a large extent provided the Rooneys rule.
Steelers … short-term: A club that failed to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2013 appears to be further weakened and it will be difficult to get past Ravens and Browns in this division, and much less fight the Patriots for the supremacy of the AFC. Roethlisberger's window should be open for a few more years, but no Lombardi trophy will have passed after this season.
Le Veon Bell: Did you have a guaranteed $ 35 million cheddar compared to its rather impassable position? Ok sure. Did you get a better deal than the $ 70 million five-year deal offered by the Steelers last year, per report? Almost certainly not. Did he "extend" his career by taking a year off? Doubtful presumption, especially if you will certainly take a lot more punishment with the Jets than you would at a timeshare with James Conner of Pittsburgh. Don't buy the rotation, no matter what Team Bell could try to sell. When you play, you often lose. Sorry, Veon … maybe you should have spent 2018 turning into a strong security or linebacker.
Running backs: We are far from the times when Adrian Peterson commanded packages in the $ 100 million range. Bell was certainly not the only one to serve as a reminder of "Mamas, don't let your children grow to be tailback". They are not destitute, but it was shocking to see how little Mark Ingram (3 years, $ 15 million), Latavius Murray (4 years, $ 14.4 million), Tevin Coleman (2 years, $ 8.5 million) , Carlos Hyde (1 year, $ 2.8 million) and others have settled for. As dangerous as it still is, Peterson also got just a touch of over $ 5 million for another two years in Washington. Apart from Bell and perhaps Ingram, one could literally be better – financially and, of course, physically – be a kicker or punter.
Giants: Dear Mr. Gettleman, although I fully agree with Collins' divorce, I fear you will never live the decision to export Beckham. Never. Ever.
Deshaun Watson: Houston quarterback was beaten for 62 bags in 2018, more than any passerin has been subjected since 2006. Of course, Watson could help himself by getting rid of the ball when he's not it's a game to play. But surely it wouldn't have been too much to ask (or pay for) for Matt Paradis or Rodger Saffold or Daryl Williams, right?
Anthony Barr: We hope the Vikings linebacker has peace of mind after he disavowed Jets of taking less money to stay in Minnesota and stay in a system that will probably never show his skills.
Bengals: The 2018 team – ILB Preston Brown, TE CJ Uzomah, RT Bobby Hart – are feverishly rebuilding – for reasons that are clear only at the Cincinnati front office.
Ravens Defense: The new GM Eric DeCosta has worked in Baltimore for two decades, but this is the first free agency class with its fully connected name. Apparently he didn't pay more than he owed for Ingram, even though Gok Edwards didn't seem more comfortable as a protagonist of last season? But DeCosta's decision to dismantle the league's first-class defense was the real head scratch card. Separating with veterans like OLB Terrell Suggs and S Eric Weddle or choosing not to pay the players who enter their prime numbers – Mosley and Za & # 39; Darius Smith – all seem perfectly reasonable choices on a case by case basis, but the collective loss seems staggering with Thomas who will come on board. This secondary is elitist, but the first seven seem suspicious upon entering the gusting season.
Ryan Tannehill: His new dolphin bosses clearly don't think much of him, yet they haven't even been willing to give Tannehill freedom while unsuccessfully trying to lure Teddy Bridgewater home in Miami.
Colts fans: Don't misinterpret it as a dig at the Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard, who brought this franchise back to life in a Super Bowl despite effectively missing a head coach and quarterback just 13 months ago. However, after entering a free agency with a salary of over $ 100 million, fans can be forgiven for hoping for more than the preservation of CB Pierre Desir and the addition of WR Devin Funchess.
NFL sportswriters: A flurry The activity started even before the negotiation window opened on Monday afternoon. Brown's transition to the Raiders emerged just as the now-lost daylight saving time was starting early Sunday morning. Bell's agreement fell even after midnight ET. Complaint? Nah. Just denote this in the "L" column.
Ball So Hard University: Welp. His main campus in Baltimore seemed permanent after it was founded in 2003. Alas, the school president Suggs was expelled and can only hope that a satellite will take root in the great Phoenix area. On a positive note, BSHU was not tainted by this week's university corruption scandal, unlike the slightly more important institutions, including USC, Wake Forest and Texas.
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