AFC Offseason Moves

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Replacing Private Ryan

The Dolphins had a quiet yet successful offseason. Their whole offseason strategy seem to revolve around 1 thing: replacing Ryan Tannehill. It was obvious, finishing the season ranked 30th in points per game and landing themselves with the number 2 pick, that the Dolphin's were looking to use their pick for a quarterback of the future. With Murray going 1, Dolphins quickly drafted QB Tua Tagovailoa at the 2nd pick. They also gave him some insurance by brining in veteran TE Dwayne Allen and G Joe Thuney and grabbing  young talented OL and the 6'6" freak of an athlete WR that calls itself TJ Vasher in the draft. Most notably for the team is in fact a move they did not make in the offseason. Although there were several rumors and confirmed trade talks the Dolphins managed to keep WR Kenny Stills and Devante Parker. That'll be great for a young Tua to have a few reliable targets but don't be surprise if we see at least one of those two switch jerseys this season.

Grade: B-



Trade Up

The Bills front office has had the same philosophy this year as they did last year. Trading for talent playmakers to benefit an all ready solid team. The team traded for offensive stars HB Kareem Hunt and WR Jarvis Landry this offseason and picked up some nice defensive pieces in free agency with RE Justin Houston and DT Marcell Dareus. They lost SS Jordan Poyer but with the move of Adrian Amos to SS last season this was an expected lost. Also of note is 2nd round draft pick edge rusher Rashan Gary. The Bills have been dominate in the AFC East and with this offseason its hard to expect anything different.

Grade: A-



Out of the Office

I'm gonna be honest with you, I think the Jets front office just kinda skipped the offseason this year. They were having such a good time during their annual postseason vacation in January that they just let it ride another few months. They get a few points for hitting on a few picks in the draft like lighting speed CB Bryon Murphy and the worst rushing defense in the league last season will surely benefit from the addition of DT Dexter Lawrence clogging it up in the middle, but I feel like the Jets could have done a lot more. Who knows? Maybe they like having that vacationing time in January. I mean I wouldn't wanna have to be in New Jersey in the middle of winter.

Grade: F



It's Duck Season

The good news is the Patriots didn't shoot themselves in the foot like they did last year trading away future HOF TE Rob Gronkowski to their DIVISION OPPONENTS. No, this year the Patriot's pulled a Daffy Duck and just turned the gun on themselves and told Elmer to fire. The Pats had a rough season last year ranked 2nd to last in Offense and 3rd in points given up, in an effort to right the ship Pats traded for Kansas City backup Shea Patterson losing Sony Michel. The Chiefs return the favor by sending pro bowl running back Kareem Hunt to who else but Patriot's division rival Bills. This move forcing the Pats to overpay for Kenyan Drake (a player arguably the same caliber as Michel for 2x the price). Added to the loss of Stephon Gilmore via trade and WR Julian Edelman enjoying an early retirement, the Pats offseason was narrowly saved by a pretty great draft hall. Expect Devin White and AJ Brown to make an impact early cause Lord knows the Patriots sure do need it.

Grade: C-



New Phone, Who Dis?

If you were on a social media/news hiatus this offseason and randomly stumbled across a Broncos game on TV (and you recently hit your head and broke your glasses so you forgot/couldn’t read the team logos and colors) you wouldn't even recognize this new look Broncos team. They added some big names to the roster this season, scoring on MLB Danny Travathan, OLBs Sean Lee and KJ Wright, and RB Jordan Howard the Broncos went on a spending spree this offseason. Walking away from some major contract negotiations like with WR Emmanuel Sanders and QB Case Keenum definitely helped free some cap space. This season we will see if an aging Tyrod Taylor and a speedy young Jordan Scarlett make a difference for Denver.

Grade: A-



Odell in Oakland

The Raiders may have won the entire offseason with their blockbuster trade. Trading away the 1st overall pick and swapping pick 17 for 23 got them superstar WR Odell Beckham Jr. The team was in the need of a number 1 WR as they seem to have ended talks with their star WR Amari Cooper, unhappy with his production and his seeming unwillingness to play for the team. However the addition of Beckham seem to have magically changed everything as they were able to ink a deal with Cooper shortly before anouncing the trade. Also of note were the signing of 2nd team all-pro SS Karl Joseph and the drafting of QB Daniel Jones and HB Anderson Cooper, a replacement for the recently retired Marshawn Lynch. Oakland had the 30th rank offense in the league even though they managed a 9-7 record. On the cusp of the playoff picture last season hopefully Odell can bring them all the way this year.

Grade: A+



Broken Clock is Right 2x a Day

The Phillip River Era Chargers are officially no more with the retirements of Rivers and his longtime LT Russell Okung. Will Grier is team leader now although and hopefully can fill in the big shoes left for him. The front office is either really invested in Grier's success or lost every draft profile except the ones for offensive lineman. The Chargers drafted a record 6 rookie lineman. Let's hope a few of those picks pan out for Grier's sake.

Grade: C+



Rich Get Richer

We've already been over the Shea Paterson trade and Kareem Hunt to the Bills. Outside of that the Chiefs quietly cut Justin Houston for salary and grabbed up Bruce Irvin and Jamie Collins. Joyner, Irvin, and Collins make one of the scariest defenses from last season scarier. They also sign Deandre Swift and Collin Johnson. That front office is on a roll and I would hate to be in Kansas City's way this season.

Grade: A+



Defenders Assemble!

Bengals bringing in DT Mike Daniels and DaQuan Jones feels like the first time the Avengers did that circle up pan the camera stunt. Like that defensive line is going to be deadly. I don't exactly know how or where BOTH these players are gonna fit on this team with such an already stellar cast of defensive lineman. We will see how the Bengals Defensive Coordinator brings in and out a personnel of Geno Atkins, Mike Daniels, DaQuan Jones, Lawson, Dunlap, and Willis but I'm sure it will be glorious. Also don't be surprise if they try and move a DT in the preaseason. Also of note the Bengals have chosen to go with Jordan Ta'amu as their man under center. Ta'amu had a decent season behind Andy Dalton's tutelage so expect good things from the young QB. Their most impactful departure might end up being Giovanni Bernard, however. 

Grade: A




The big flashy move of the offseason was the trade Jarvis Landry forced the Browns to make as he outright refused to practice much less play with the team, even going so far as to sell his $2.98 million dollar house in Cleveland. When questioned Landry said he'd been looking to move since his old neighbor Lebron left however the timing of the sale aligned a little too conveniently with his trade announcement the following day. Landry's trade gave the Browns 5th rd pick QB Kellen Mond and a 2nd in next year's draft. The Browns also picked up C Marcus Keyes and RE Arfernee Jennings who both can make a big impact early in Cleveland.

Grade: B



If it Ain't Broke…

The GOAT Marshal Yanda retires on top! A Superbowl winning team, the Ravens made the right move and were very quiet in this ofseason letting Michael Crabtree walk and get signed to Green Bay but replacing him with two young exciting rookies in WRs JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Lil'Jordan Humphrey.

Grade: B+



It's a Start

The Steelers had a bottom 5 passing defense last season and so they let Joe Haden make the move to Minnesota and drafted a young talent in Taylor Rapp and edge rusher Sutton Smith. IA good start but not sure this defense has made enough moves to compete in their hellish division.

Grade: D



Run Colts Run!

Marlon Mack, Giovanni Bernard, and 5th round draft steal Eno Benjamin. Combine that with Andrew Lucks deceptive speed and quickness outside the pocket and it's clear what direction the Colts offense is leaning towards. Expect a smash mouth run and gun style offense in Indianapolis this year. Add that to the additions of OLB Jordan Jenkins and WR N'Keal Harry and you got yourselves a very exciting Colts team this year.

Grade: B+




The Jaguars were a Top 10 Defense and Top 5 Offense last season so their offseason was less about who they brought in but more so about who they managed to keep. Although it wasn't easy and created a little offseason controversy, Jalen Ramsey and Yannick Ngakoue got PAID this offseason. Ramsey and Ngakoue were vital to Jacksonville's top 10 defense last year and keeping their young talented core together was number one priority for the Jaguars front office. Hopefully with the additions of exciting young rookies Johnathan Taylor and Jacob Breeland the Jaguars can translate their stellar numbers and stats on the page to more Ws in the season.

Grade: A



Head scratcher

The Texans were amongst the top 10 worst passing defenses last season however rather than addressing that this offseason they let Whitney Mercilus walk and drafted a few mid tier OL and Auburn star QB Jarrett Stidham as backup to Deshaun Watson. Let's hope JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney can stay healthy and anchor this defense.

Grade: D



Defense wins championships

Titans led the AFC South last season and were a Top 10 defense last year however they lacked explosiveness on offense to make it in the postseason. The front office went and drafted some young OL for Henry and Mariota to operate behind. With 3 young inexperienced OL starting this season lets hope the OL coach can get them rocking and rolling quickly to give this team another shot in the playoffs.

Grade: B-