Each NFL team’s most head-scratching offseason move


The 2021 NFL offseason has been crammed with large strikes, however a few of them have not made a lot sense in any respect. This is a take a look at all 32 groups’ most head-scratching transfer this offseason.


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Even after dropping Larry Fitzgerald, it did not look like broad receiver was excessive on Arizona’s record of wants. But, they signed Inexperienced a one-year, $8 million deal after which chosen explosive wideout Rondale Moore early within the draft. The Inexperienced addition is extra befuddling after he missed a lot of 2018 and 2019 to accidents, and struggled with Cincinnati final season.


Atlanta Falcons: Signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson

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Atlanta followers could haven’t loved seeing the franchise deal away Julio Jones, however the Falcons had main offseason cap points, and desperately wanted assist in a number of areas of the protection. Nonetheless, they spent $3 million on Patterson. He stays a beneficial particular groups participant, nevertheless it’s exhausting to consider that cash could not have been put to raised use. 


Baltimore Ravens: Re-signed DE Derek Wolfe

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Wolfe is coming off a down 12 months, recording just one sack in 14 video games with the Ravens. Nonetheless, that did not cease Baltimore from giving the veteran a three-year extension heading into his age 31 season. It is a dangerous transfer for what’s been an inconsistent participant lately.


Buffalo Bills: Signed WR Emmanuel Sanders

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The Payments launched John Brown and successfully changed him with Sanders. The veteran was very inconsistent final 12 months at age 33 in New Orleans, recording 61 catches in 14 video games and failing to take a lot of a step ahead when Michael Thomas was injured. The Payments aren’t asking a lot of Sanders as their seemingly No. 4 wideout, nevertheless it stays to be seen if he’ll be capable to actually assist.


Carolina Panthers: Traded for QB Sam Darnold

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The Panthers have been disenchanted by the manufacturing of Teddy Bridgewater final season, nevertheless it’s unclear if Darnold is definitely an enchancment. He struggled in three seasons with the Jets, and Carolina opted to accumulate him for 3 draft picks, together with a second rounder in 2022. Extra vital may very well be the chance price, because the Panthers might have drafted Justin Fields with the eighth general decide as an alternative.


Chicago Bears: Signed CB Desmond Trufant

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Chicago launched long-time cornerback Kyle Fuller after a sub-par season, and added Trufant as a potential substitute. That is an enormous danger contemplating Trufant has struggled with accidents over the past two seasons and performed poorly final 12 months in Detroit when he was wholesome.


Cincinnati Bengals: Signed CB Chidobe Awuzie

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Cincinnati made signings within the secondary final 12 months that did not work out, they usually run the chance of doing so once more after including Awuzie on a three-year deal. His play has been very inconsistent with the Cowboys over his first 4 seasons, and he performed solely eight video games in 2020.


Cleveland Browns: Signed OLB Tak McKinley

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The Browns wanted cross rush assist, and took fliers on Jadeveon Clowney and McKinley to deal with that space. Each signings are dangerous, and the $4 million the Browns gave McKinley is especially head scratching. The previous Falcons first-round decide has seen his profession decline over the past two seasons, and he performed solely 4 video games final 12 months because of harm. It is a vital worth for a flier.


Dallas Cowboys: Signed S Keanu Neal

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Dallas desperately wanted defensive assist after their disastrous 2020 season, however Neal appears extra like a giant title than a productive participant at this level in his profession. He performed a mixed 4 video games in 2018-2019 because of accidents and even final 12 months when he was capable of keep wholesome for many of the season, Neal made few influence performs for the Falcons. The $5 million worth is not low-cost on the security place, and he most likely will not have the best influence for the Cowboys. 


Denver Broncos: Re-signed DT Shelby Harris

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Denver had a principally stable offseason, however spending large to retain Harris was eye opening. Harris obtained a three-year, $27 million contract with $15 million assured, a large sum for a participant who appeared in solely 11 video games with 2.5 sacks final season and might be coming into his age 30 season. The Broncos protection seems fearsome in 2021, however the assets may need been higher spent on their quarterback and offensive line points.


Detroit Lions: Traded away QB Matthew Stafford

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Stafford has been Detroit’s franchise participant since he was drafted first general in 2009. Just one Professional Bowl over that point is likely to be a disappointment, however Stafford has been no worse than a second tier quarterback when wholesome and remains to be simply coming into his age 33 season. Quarterbacks of Stafford’s skill aren’t simple to seek out, however the Lions opted for yet one more rebuild as an alternative, getting Jared Goff and two first rounders from the Rams. Lions followers deserve higher than what seems like one other hopeless season forward.


Green Bay Packers: Re-signed TE Marcedes Lewis

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Aaron Rodgers has been begging for extra weapons over the past a number of years, however the workforce maintained establishment on offense, bringing again Aaron Jones and Lewis. A stable blocker, Lewis has a complete of 28 receptions over the past three seasons and is creeping up in age as he enters his age 37 season. As such, a two-year, $8 million contract looks like a large worth for an in decline backup tight finish.


Houston Texans: Signed RB Mark Ingram

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The Texans did not have a lot cash or draft capital to work with in what was a nightmarish offseason headlined by the Deshaun Watson off-field points. Their few vital personnel strikes have been additionally poor, led by the signing of Ingram for $3 million. Maybe he provides the workforce a veteran chief, however Ingram might enter the 12 months because the third operating again behind David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay. With all of Houston’s wants, there isn’t any doubt they might have carried out extra with the cash.


Indianapolis Colts: Traded for QB Carson Wentz

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It was one other sturdy offseason for GM Chris Ballard, however he took an enormous gamble by buying Wentz from the Eagles. The previous first-round decide has struggled to remain wholesome, and fell out of favor with the Philadelphia group. His play additionally went properly downhill in Philly. The fee definitely wasn’t outlandish with a 2021 third-round decide and 2022 second rounder that might develop into a first-round decide, however it is a roster ripe for achievement that might have used extra stability than what Wentz has supplied lately.


Jacksonville Jaguars: Drafted RB Travis Etienne

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Head coach City Meyer admitted that the Jaguars have been concentrating on Florida broad receiver Kadarius Toney with the twenty fifth general decide. After he was taken twentieth general by the Giants, the Jags chosen Etienne as an alternative. A speedy and productive runner at Clemson, Etienne had a disappointing ultimate season for the Tigers, and he performs a place the Jaguars did not want after James Robinson’s rookie breakout and the offseason addition of Carlos Hyde.


Kansas City Chiefs: Re-signed OT Mike Remmers

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Remmers did a pleasant job changing the injured Mitchell Schwartz at proper sort out final season, however was fully misplaced because the left sort out within the Tremendous Bowl. The Chiefs re-signed Remmers to an incentive-laden one-year deal earlier than a rush of different offensive line strikes that included including Joe Thuney, Kyle Lengthy, Orlando Brown, Austin Blythe, and draftees Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. With the return of 2021 optouts Laurent Durvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang, it is unclear how Remmers matches and the workforce might have used the cash on one other wideout.


Las Vegas Raiders: Drafted OT Alex Leatherwood

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The Jon Gruden period has included odd personnel strikes, and the workforce made their fair proportion this 12 months as properly. The offensive line is clearly downgraded after buying and selling Rodney Hudson and Trent Brown, arguably the 2 finest linemen on the workforce. Then the Raiders used the seventeenth general draft alternative on Leatherwood, who would have seemingly lasted till the workforce’s second-round decide. Hopefully Leatherwood makes the Raiders look good for getting their man, however Las Vegas might have addressed different wants with the decide.


Los Angeles Chargers: Signed TE Jared Cook

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The Chargers opted to spend cash on their offensive line as an alternative of bringing again tight finish Hunter Henry, which was a sensible transfer. To interchange Henry, the workforce added Cook dinner on a one-year deal. Cook dinner was a beneficial Pink Zone receiver for the Saints final 12 months, however he clearly declined with solely 37 catches and 504 yards in 15 video games. At $4.5 million assured, Cook dinner is not an extreme funding, however maybe one which the workforce might have used on extra wideout depth.


Los Angeles Rams: Signed WR DeSean Jackson

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The Rams have been lacking their deep menace final 12 months after buying and selling Brandin Cooks, however counting on Jackson most likely is not the reply. The veteran is coming into his age 35 season and has performed a mixed eight video games over the past two years. Second-round decide Tutu Atwell seems more likely to fill that function.


Miami Dolphins: Released OLB Kyle Van Noy

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The Dolphins minimize bait on Van Noy regardless of signing him to an enormous four-year $51 million contract final offseason. He had a tremendous 12 months with six sacks and 69 tackles in 14 video games, however the Dolphins felt the almost $10 million in opposition to the cap that they might save by reducing the veteran can be extra beneficial. We’ve got to ask why the workforce signed Van Noy to such a giant contract within the first place.


Minnesota Vikings: Signed CB Patrick Peterson

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Peterson was terribly inconsistent over the past two seasons in Arizona, and the franchise lastly moved on after 10 seasons. Minnesota desperately wanted assist at cornerback after struggles from their younger corners final season, however $10 million for one 12 months is a giant dedication for a participant who’s clearly on the draw back of his profession.


New England Patriots: Re-signed QB Cam Newton

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Newton actually struggled as New England’s starter final season, so it was stunning that the workforce gave him $5 million plus incentives to stay round. It is intriguing to see what Newton can do with the receiver assist that the Patriots added this offseason, however he is now only a placeholder for first-round decide Mac Jones.


New Orleans Saints: Drafted DE Payton Turner

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The Saints had main cap points within the offseason, and have been unable to convey again extremely productive cross rusher Trey Hendrickson. They’d a necessity going into the draft, however taking Turner with their first-round decide may need been placing want over worth. Turner has the dimensions and athleticism to succeed at defensive finish, however had solely 9.5 sacks in 4 seasons at College of Houston.


New York Giants: Signed CB Adoree' Jackson

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The Giants have carried out a pleasant job remaking their secondary over the past two years, however they’re taking up an enormous danger with Jackson. The previous Titan has struggled to remain wholesome over the past two years, together with solely three video games performed final season, however he was assured $26.5 million on a three-year deal from the Giants.


New York Jets: Signed DT Sheldon Rankins

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The Jets made their line of defense a workforce power by including Rankins and Carl Lawson to already in-house younger stud Quinnen Williams. Nonetheless, they’re taking a giant danger with Rankins. He hasn’t been the identical participant over the past two years because of accidents and but he nonetheless obtained a two-year, $17 million contract from New York.


Philadelphia Eagles: Signed S Anthony Harris

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Harris was franchised by Minnesota after a profession 12 months in 2019, solely to wrestle final season. He’ll already flip 30 in October, and doubtless is not the remedy to Philadelphia’s vital troubles within the secondary after receiving a $5 million contract.


Pittsburgh Steelers: Released CB Steven Nelson

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Nelson was a cap casualty after two sturdy seasons in Pittsburgh, releasing up over $8 million. It was a troublesome resolution that the Steelers needing to make with large cap points, however their secondary will undoubtedly be worse subsequent season after dropping Nelson and Mike Hilton.


San Francisco 49ers: Re-signed FB Kyle Juszczyk

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The 49ers have been seemingly bidding in opposition to themselves once more to retain Juszczyk to a five-year, $27 million contract. He stays the gold customary on the fullback place, however the skillset can be simply replaceable in right now’s NFL.


Seattle Seahawks: Signed DE Aldon Smith

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Seattle has been identified to tackle gamers with character considerations, and shortly after Smith signed, he was arrested for second diploma battery. It is the newest of a number of run-ins with the regulation for Smith, and probably a distraction for the Seahawks. After dropping Jarran Reed, the Seahawks wanted cross rush assist, however its an open query on whether or not Smith will be capable to present it.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signed OLB Shaquil Barrett

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The Bucs deserve kudos for bringing again most of their Tremendous Bowl squad, nevertheless it would not come with out dangers. Barrett signed a large four-year, $72 million contract, however he regressed to eight sacks final 12 months from 19.5 sacks in 2019 and turns 29 in November. With Bruce Arians and Tom Brady on the helm, it is clear why the Bucs spent a lot to maintain Barrett round, however they are going to seemingly remorse this deal on the backend.


Tennessee Titans: Signed WR Josh Reynolds

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Earlier than including Julio Jones to the combo, the Titans misplaced wideouts Corey Davis and Adam Humphries, in addition to tight finish Jonnu Smith. Reynolds was one among their solely early efforts to switch that trio, and it stays to be seen if he can truly assist. He had a career-high 52 catches for 618 yards with the Rams final 12 months after being given a a lot greater alternative, and did not appear to have a giant market within the offseason. 


Washington Football Team: Signed OT Charles Leno

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Washington wanted assistance on their offensive line, notably at left sort out, however their efforts to guard Ryan Fitzpatrick’s blindside are dangerous. Leno has expertise however is hardly a high tier left sort out, and the fallback choice is second-round decide Sam Cosmi.


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