SPORTS, Grades 7–9, Honorable Mention
The 2019 NFL offseason has been filled with unexpected trades, signings, rumors and even players coming out of retirement. This offseason has been one of the most crazy and shocking offseasons ever.
Teams like the Browns, Raiders and Jets have landed some big-name players. With all these trades and rumors, you either saw it coming or you didn’t. With all trades and it’s like a whole new league. It’s going to take some time to get used to it. Let’s take a look at the teams that landed these sweet deals and have set the path for the 2019 season:
The Browns: It’s still hard to believe that this era of the Browns is real. General manager John Dorsey had made a huge splash this offseason—actually the biggest splash in a trade including two draft picks and safety Jarill Peppers to the New York Giants in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr. This shocked the whole league—no one saw it coming. The Browns also traded a guard for the Giants pass rusher Oliver Vernon. Dorsey might just have assembled an unstoppable duo of pass rushers.
The Browns also signed Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal worth $39 million. This deal right here has the Browns defensive line stacked. But what should really worry people is they still have $49 million in cap space to sign anyone and they still have the draft.
The New York Jets: The Jets have been one of the most aggressive teams in free agency. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. Their General Manager Mike Maccagnan went into the offseason with approximately $100 million in cap space and much motivation to use it.
Over the past three seasons, the Jets have only won a combined 14 wins. This horrible record cost former head coach Todd Bowles his job in December.
If things don’t change around, Maccagnan will be the next to go. When the free agency period opened up, Maccagnan came out swinging, he signed former Ravens Captain C.J. Mosely—the highest of all linebackers in the NFL—with a five-year $85 million contract.
The Jets also chased down former Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr, who initially agreed to a deal before getting cold feet and signing an extension with his old team. The biggest pickup of the offseason was former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.
The Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden and Mike May Ocks may not be taking the same route as Maccagnan has, but the Raiders seem to be throwing caution to the wind. The Raiders gave the Steelers a third- and fifth-round pick for the Steelers’ Antonio Brown and then gave him a new contract worth $50 million over the first three years.