Exactly one week after the start of the new league year, there has been quite a shake-up all across the league. The off-season trades of Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. to the free agent signings of Le’veon Bell and Nick Foles have claimed headlines across the lead. Let’s recap some of the transactions made this off-season:
- WR Antonio Brown traded to Oakland for a 2019 3rd & fifth round picks.
- S Landon Collins signs 6-year $84 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
- WR DeSean Jackson traded back to Philadelphia from Tampa for a 2020 7th round and 2019 6th round.
- DT Malik Jackson signs 3-year $30 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
- WR Adam Humphries signs with the Tennessee Titans.
- FS Tyrann Mathieu signs 3-year $42 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
- WR Jamison Crowder signs 3-year $28.5 million contract with the NY Jets.
- DE/LB Cameron Wake signs 3-year $23 million contract with the Tennessee Titans
- DT Sheldon Richardson signs 3-year $37 million contract with the Cleveland Browns.
- RB Adrian Peterson signs 2-year $5.03 million contract with the Washington Redskins.
- RB Tevin Coleman signs 2-year $8.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
- RB Le’veon Bell signs 4-year $52.5 million contract with the NY Jets
- WR Odell Beckham Jr. traded from the NY Giants to the Cleveland Browns with Olivier Vernon FOR Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and a 2019 1st and 3rd round pick.
- QB Nick Foles signs 4-year $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- FS Earl Thomas signs a 4-year $55 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
- WR Donte Moncrief signs a 2-year $9 million contract with the Steelers.
- Ha-Ha Clinton Dix signs a 1-year $3.5 million contract with the Chicago Bears.
- QB Ryan Tannehill traded from Miami with a 2019 6th round pick FOR a 2019 7th rounder and 2020 4th round pick.
- RB Kareem Hunt, signed with the Cleveland Browns early, but lands 8 game suspension for violating the Domestic Violence policy.
- CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie signs with the Redskins.
- QB Ryan Fitzpatrick signs a 2-year $11 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.
- WR Randall Cobb signs a 1-year $5 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
- OLB Clay Matthews signs a 2-year $16.75 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams.
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?!?!?
It means a lot has changed as far as who’s going to be competing for a Super Bowl and who’s gonna be fighting for that first overall pick in the 2020 draft. Will Baker Mayfield and the Browns really compete for a playoff spot? Are the Giants in full tank mode with an aged Eli Manning? Will the Cowboys actually win a playoff game this year with their additions? Let’s dive deeper into what the implications of an already crazy off-season will be in terms of who improved and who’s gonna be 2020 draft ready.
On the Decline:
- New York Giants (5-11 in 2018)
- When you trade one of the best receivers in the league, people will expect your team to decline, but with Saquon Barkley being one of the great up and coming players in the league, results could go either way. The Giants signed WR Golden Tate to try and fill some of the void left behind by OBJ, but Tate will have a tough time filling the shoes Odell left behind.
- Miami Dolphins (7-9 in 2018)
- With the trade of Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans and the firing of Adam Gase the Dolphins look to be in a direction of rebuilding. The Dolphins have many holes in the offensive line especially after T Ja’Wuan James signed with the Denver Broncos. They also need to find a true 1 wide-receiver with the disappointing season the corps had last year.
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-10 in 2018)
- Marvin Lewis was finally fired after 16 season with the Bengals and not once winning a playoff game. The Bengals will look to regroup from the mediocrity and build a contender in the next couple years.
One the Rise:
- Cleveland Browns (7-8-1 in 2018)
- The Browns made quite the splash when they traded for wide-out Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ joins LSU-teammate WR Jarvis Landry along with budding sophomore QB Baker Mayfield, RB Nick Chubb, RB Kareem Hunt (for the last half of the season), and TE David Njoku. The Browns offense looks to be explosive with the talent it has, but it’ll be up to new head coach Freddie Kitchens to ensure that the potential doesn’t go to waste. Cleveland looks to win their division for the first time since 1989.
- Oakland Raiders (4-12 in 2018)
- After trading away essentially all of their major players, the Oakland Raiders are looking to be back on the map with the steal of the century in Antonio Brown and the multitude of draft picks acquired from all the trades. The Raiders have 3 first round picks in the 2019 draft and will look to beef up their roster with the remnants of the players on the team a year and a half ago and the players they have added so far. Look for the Raiders to challenge a Chiefs team that took one step forward and three steps back on defense, and a Chargers team that could collapse if Phillip Rivers’ age catches up to him during the season.
- New York Jets (4-12 in 2018)
- The New York Jets added key offensive weapons RB Le’veon Bell and WR Jamison Crowder to help sophomore QB Sam Darnold dig the Jets out of last in the AFC East. The Jets also added LB C.J. Moseley and CB Brian Poole to help LB Avery Williamson and stud safety Jamaal Adams on the defensive side of the ball. Look for Bell to take the league by storm after sitting out a year to ‘help’ contract negotiations, but we’ll let you decide if his sitting out was a success. Darnold will need to answer the call of the hungry Jets faithful and be as productive as the hype was a year ago when the Jets selected him at number 3 overall.
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