It’s been about two months since the Eagles defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII. Football fans have met and overcome the most boring month in the sport, the post Super Bowl and pre-free agency period. Now, we’re a couple weeks into free agency. Teams have cut, traded, and signed numerous big name free agents and players and rosters are being reshaped in order to prepare for training camp and the NFL Draft. The following are power rankings based on teams’ moves and rosters up until this point in free agency. After the NFL Draft in late April, we’ll come back and take a look at where these teams stand. Enjoy!
32) New York Giants
The Giants are in a really, really tough spot. It seems like every team in their division improved during the offseason, but New York seemed to take a few steps back. They lost several key offensive line pieces, in Weston Richburg, Justin Pugh, and D.J. Fluker. They lost defensive linemen Jason Pierre Paul, linebacker and edge rusher Devon Kennard, as well as a depth corner in Ross Cockrell. They did sign Nate Solder, a left tackle who is one of the best in the business. Other than that signing, the Giants haven’t addressed very much else. They still have holes on the both lines, as well as a lack of skill players, outside of Odell Beckham Jr. on offense. Oh, and to make things worse, Eli Manning is nearing a zillion years old, and there are reports that the Giants may not draft a quarterback with the second overall pick, because it would upset those near the team. Yikes.
31) Miami Dolphins
Well, this Dolphins team is going to look like a completely different team in 2018. Miami lost a lot this offseason, and didn’t do very much to accommodate. They lost elite defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, and reliable receiver Jarvis Landry to free agency, along with 2017 starting quarterback Jay Cutler. Miami cut center Mike Pouncey as well. In terms of additions, the Dolphins signed offensive linemen Josh Sitton, who will provide an immediate starter to a battered offensive line. The team also signed wide receivers Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola to help ease the pain of losing Landry. Overall, this was a tough offseason for the Fins’. They still play in a division that features the Patriots, and lost several key pieces from an already mediocre roster. Miami might be headed overboard in 2018.
30) Cincinnati Bengals
For many Bengals fans, this season was a lost hope the second the front office decided to retain head coach Marvin Lewis. The offseason and roster kind of play to that same tune. They lost a pretty good center in Russell Bodine, and defensive back Adam Jones. They retained offensive threat, when healthy, Tyler Eifert, and also signed quarterback Matt Barkley. Cincy also signed linebacker Preston Brown, which should at least add a starter to a shaky defensive front seven. It might be a tough year for Bengals fans, who are used to at least competing for a playoff spot. With the Browns, Steelers, and Ravens improving in the offseason, the Bengals may find themselves in an unusual spot: in the bottom of the AFC North.
29) Arizona Cardinals
Arizona had a rough season in 2017. They lost All Pro running back David Johnson in week one, and played without veteran quarterback Carson Palmer for large parts of the season. To make matters worse, they couldn’t find a way to get a deal done with elite safety, “Honey Badger”, Tyrann Mathieu. The additions were notable as well, though. They reached a deal with offensive linemen Justin Pugh to shore up the guard position, and Andre Smith to provide depth to the tackle spot. The Cardinals also signed veteran quarterbacks Mike Glennon and Sam Bradford in order to try and bridge the gap between Palmer and the next franchise guy. Bradford will most likely start day one, but his injury history along with inconsistent recent play lead me to believe he’s not the answer moving forward, and the Cardinals will struggle because of it.
28) Buffalo Bills
The Bills had an interesting offseason to say the least. They lost several key starters, including quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback E.J. Gaines, both of which ended up in Cleveland. They did, however, pick up some complementary pieces that should help them down the road a bit. Former Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron highlights the offseason pickups, and should be the immediate starter come week one. Buffalo also signed defensive end Trent Murphy, and defensive tackles Star Lotulelei and Kyle Williams, all three being good pieces on a shaky defensive front. The team also signed former Colt corner Vontae Davis to put some security in the defensive backfield, for now. The Bills, even after signing McCarron, still are in the market for a quarterback in the draft, and until they find a capable starter, the team may take a few steps back from past seasons.
27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay was frankly a disappointment last year. Jameis Winston took a couple steps back, and both the offensive and defensive playmakers underwhelmed. Outside defensive linemen Gerald McCoy, who still is one of the best in the game, the Tampa Bay defense was very poor. The offense, plagued with injuries to the running back, receiver, and quarterback position, really never got going. This offseason, Tampa Bay added edge rusher Vinny Curry. He should help a defensive line which performed near the bottom of the league last year. They also added center Ryan Jensen to a very nice deal which locks him up as a Buc’ for the foreseeable future. Next season might just be a “what do we have” season for the Buccaneers. Winston must play better, and the coaching staff needs to get more production from an offense that features a couple of playmakers. The defense should improve, with more depth at several key positions.
26) New York Jets
The Jets, although not mentioned a bunch in free agency talk this season, have had a productive offseason. They added quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, along with running back Isaiah Crowell and receiver Terrelle Pryor. Their biggest acquisition, though, came on the defensive side in the form of corner Trumaine Johnson. Johnson received a five year, 72.5 million dollar deal with over 30 million in guarantees. The Jets traded picks with the Colts, and now have the third overall pick in the NFL draft. Quarterback will presumably be on the mind of the Jets front office, as this draft is heavy in that department. Even though division includes the Patriots, the Jets probably bolster the most ready made roster outside New England. That being said, they’re still far away from competing for a divisional title.
25) Cleveland Browns
The Browns had themselves quite the offseason. Wow. The first week of the tampering period and into legal free agency was a firestorm of moves coming from the team that won zero games in 2017. In terms of big impact moves, the Browns made several moves. The Browns traded their starting quarterback from 2017, Deshone Kizer, to the Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall. They also managed to acquire several pieces on offense, including a new quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver, Jarvis Landry, running back, Carlos Hyde, and offensive linemen Chris Hubbard. The team also signed cornerbacks E.J. Gaines and Travis Carrie, both of which should provide immediate impact to the team. Look fo the Browns to finally, finally win more than just a game this upcoming season.