Free agency has been wild in the NFL, and with plenty of big names going to different teams it’s time to recap which teams have won and which teams have lost so far.
Kirk Cousins/Minnesota Vikings
It’s a been a crazy year for Minnesota when it comes to the quarterback position, and honestly I wouldn’t have seen this coming a month ago. The Vikings once had three viable starting QB options on there roster but jettisoned them all for Cousins, and honestly it was the best move for them. The Vikings now get a very good quarterback entering his prime for, and they didn’t have to pay him 30 million a year. Cousins now gets to take over a team that made it to the NFC Championship game last year, and he has plenty of weapons to help take them back. It will be a dream for cousins to throw to Vikings receivers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, while having a tight end that can actually stay healthy in Kyle Rudolph. He also finally received the money he deserves with a fully guaranteed three-year 84-million-dollar contract. I honestly couldn’t see things working out much better for both parties involved.
The Browns missed out on the big money quarterback in Kirk Cousins, but they did make some very solid moves that should guarantee at least one win in 2018. The Browns were able to add some solid offensive lineman in Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, to deal with the blow of losing future HOF LT Joe Thomas. Cleveland was also able to sign three cornerbacks including former Packers starter Damarious Randall to help out in the secondary. The real moves that put Cleveland on this list however were there trades to acquire QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Jarvis Landry. Taylor is a solid QB that is capable of taking a team to the playoff if the right players are around him, and most importantly he rarely turns the ball over. That trait has been exceedingly rare to find in Browns QB’s over the last decade. Landry on the other hand, is possibly the best slot WR in the league and should fit perfectly with receivers Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman. The Browns also added help in their backfield by adding former 49ers running back Carlos hide, and if the Browns draft RB Saquan Barkley with one of their first round picks they could become a force in the AFC North.
The Ravens are only on here because they lucked out by getting out of free agent signee Ryan Grants contract. The former Redskins receiver was set to sign a four-year contract worth 29 million, before he failed his physical. The Ravens then signed the far superior WR Michael Crabtree to a three year 21 million contract. Crabtree should pair nicely with fellow Ravens free agent receiver John Brown.
Aside from resigning free agent inside linebacker Zach Brown the Redskins have failed in free agency. They lost their star QB in Kirk Cousins after years of undervaluing him and instead traded for QB Alex Smith. At 34 years old and only a couple million cheaper then Cousins its clearly a downgrade at the position. The Redskins then allowed CB Bashaud Breeland to walk after loosing CB Kendall Fuller in the trade to receive Smith. To top it all off they gave former Seahawks receiver a five-year deal worth 40 million. In four years in the NFL Richardson has topped 700 yards only one time and has an history of injuries. Washington needs to have a solid draft or they will be in serious trouble in the tough NFC East.
After sending their best receiver to Cleveland the Dolphins decided to sign receivers Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson. Amendola is 32 years old with a long injury history, and Wilson is pure speed receiver. Miami already has a burner in receiver Kenny Stills so I question where Wilson will fit in the offense. The Dolphins also let go of star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh after making him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL 3 years ago. The Dolphins had a disappointing 2017-18 season and I don’t see things better next year.