Free Agency Winners and Losers
Free Agency Winners and Losers
The first day of NFL free agency has come and gone. There was a lot moves that happened in the first two hours. Including a move that no one saw coming. So here is a run down of how some teams fared on day one.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers are not often a factor when it comes to free agency. They usually play things close to the vest and keep their people in-house. The first day of free agency was no different. The Packers re-signed linebacker Nick Perry to a five-year deal. Perry is coming off of the best year of his career, where he had 52 tackles, 11 sacks, and one interception.
The part of the day that makes the Packers losers thus far is the signing of Micah Hyde by the Buffalo Bills. Hyde has been one of the few constants in the Packers secondary, especially with the youth at the cornerback position.
The Packers also face the potential of losing offensive lineman T.J. Lang and running back Eddie Lacy.
New York Jets
The Jets did not make any moves during the first day of free agency. This is their exact problem. They already lost Brandon Marshall to the Giants, but they also were unable to reach any agreements with quarterbacks that they were originally seeking. This leaves them with few options, the most talked about being, Jay Cutler. There have also been a few whispers that Trevor Siemian is a potential option as well.
The Redskins are having a very rough time in free agency. They fired general manager Scott McCloughan. They saw both of their 1,000 yard receivers leave, as DeSean Jackson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Pierre Garcon signed with the San Francisco 49ers. To top it all off, now there are rumors that Kirk Cousins is asking for a trade. The Redskins could see a majority of their offense depleted by the end of the week.
The Texans were the talk of NFL free agency last season with the signing of Brock Osweiler. They were given a lot of grief for giving such a rich contract to such an unproven talent. Turns out all of that grief was well deserved. They faced an entire season of sub-par quarterback play. However, thanks to a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the Texans are now free of the Osweiler contract and can focus on their next quarterback. The main pursuit seems to be Tony Romo for the time being.
The Cleveland Browns may have done more winning for themselves on the first day of free agency than they did all last season. They entered free agency with more than $100 million in cap space. They used part of that to sign wide receiver Kenny Britt. The other part they used to acquire Brock Osweiler from the Texans, along with a sixth-round pick in this draft and a second-round pick in the 2018 draft.
The rumors surrounding the trade are showing that the Browns will try to move Osweiler yet again. They were mostly interested in the draft picks. As of Thursday afternoon, they had received a few calls, but no names were released.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers already had a great number one receiver in Mike Evans, but the addition of DeSean Jackson gives them a speedy, deep threat. On paper, this duo looks to be one of the more compelling in the league.
San Francisco 49ers
This was a borderline winning situation with the 49ers. They added Pierre Garcon to boost their receiving core. They also added two quarterbacks, in Matt Barkley and Brian Hoyer. Hoyer figures to be the starting quarterback, unless the Redskins agree to move Kirk Cousins. That could result in a move to reunite Cousins with Kyle Shanahan.
The Eagles got one season under Carson Wentz’s belt and now are looking to provide him with a few more targets to throw to. The Eagles averaged around 224 yards passing per game last season as they struggled to find a clear-cut number one receiver. Tight end, Zach Ertz, led the team with 816 yards receiving.
They successfully added to their receiving core with the signing of Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey. Smith is a solid veteran presence, while Jeffrey adds a big play potential.
Malachi David is a contributor at MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD