Now more than 10 days old, our look at players who were added, subtracted, retained, or still remain in the balance with every NFL franchise this offseason.
Not a lot of new faces to speak of just yet, but the Cardinals still have 12 free agents still without a home for 2022. Christian Kirk and Chandler Jones priced themselves out of favor pretty quickly, but keeping Conner and Ertz in tow keeps the ship afloat. It’ll be a big draft for the Cardinals.
In: Nick Vigil (LB, MIN)
Obviously the story here is the QB. Matt Ryan exits ATL after 14 solid seasons, making way for Marcus Mariota, who may be tasked with steering a sinking ship in 2022. There are some likable pieces on this roster (Pitts, Jarrett, Terrell), but it feels like this season is a setup for 2023.
It feels like the Ravens are still a move or two away this offseason, though the two new additions are seismic upgrades. The elephant in the room that is Lamar Jackson’s next contract still looms over the franchise, but they’ll be relevant in 2022 regardless.
For a team that was seconds from an AFC Championship berth, the Bills certainly added a lot of new faces this offseason. There was a concerted effort to flip the defensive line, and at least some of the right side of the offensive line, and Buffalo has successfully done so (at least on paper).
In: Von Miller (OLB, LAR), DaQuan Jones (DT, CAR), Tim Settle (DT, WAS), Rodger Saffold (G, TEN), Jordan Phillips (DL, ARI), O.J. Howard (TE, TB), Jamison Crowder (WR, NYJ), Duke Johnson (RB, MIA), Greg Mancz (OL, MIA), Marquel Lee (LB, LV), Case Keenum (QB, CLE)
Despite a QB situation that remains in question, the Panthers have been active both in adding new faces, and retaining many of their own. Two large losses on the defensive line could loom large for 2022 however.
Back: Donte Jackson (CB), Brandon Zylstra (WR), Rashaan Melvin (CB), Juston Burris (S), Ian Thomas (TE), Frankie Luvu (LB), Marquis Haynes (DE), Zane Gonzalez (K), J.J. Jansen (LS), Julian Stanford (LB)
A new front office and coaching staff generally means plenty of turnover, and that’s exactly what 2022 seems to be looking like in Chicago. A purge year generally precedes a big push year, and with draft capital, a rising salary cap, and a potential franchise QB in tow, the Bears could be setting themselves up nicely after this season.
In: Justin Jones (DT, LAC), Al-Quadin Muhammad (DE, IND), Lucas Patrick (G, GB), Byron Pringle (WR, KC), Trevor Siemian (QB, NO), Nicholas Morrow (LB, LV), Khari Blasingame (FB, TEN), Equanimeous St. Brown (WR, GB)
Out: Khalil Mack (OLB), Allen Robinson (WR), James Daniels (G), Jakeem Grant (WR), Bilal Nichols (DE), Pat O'Donnell (P), Artie Burns (CB), Alex Bars (G), Damien Williams (RB), Joel Iyiegbuniwe (LB), Elijah Wilkinson (G), Jalen Tabor (CB), Deon Bush (S)
Rebuild the offense line, and keep as many other players as possible. It was a pretty simple gameplan for Cincy heading into March, and thus far the results look extremely favorable. They’ll look to fill a few defensive holes in the draft, but should be right back at it come Semptember.
After underachieving according to most in 2021, the Browns will look wildly different for the upcoming season, most notably of course at the QB & WR positions. Cleveland continues to negotiate with many of their TBD free agents, hoping to build out a deep roster come camp.
Out: Case Keenum (QB)
On paper it looks like the Cowboys retained the majority of their expired contracts and are primed to run it back in 2022. But the quality of players that were let go either via trade or release this offseason are certain to have an impact on Dallas one way or another.
Back: Dalton Schultz (TE), Michael Gallup (WR), Malik Hooker (S), Jake McQuaide (LS), Noah Brown (WR), Jeremy Sprinkle (TE), Dorance Armstrong (DE), Jayron Kearse (S), Bryan Anger (P), Leighton Vander Esch (LB), Luke Gifford (LB), Carlos Watkins (DE)
Denver made maybe the biggest splash of the offseason, processing a 10 piece trade to acquire QB Russell Wilson from the Seahawks. They backed it up with significant adds to the defensive side of the ball , and may not be done in that regard.
The Lions haven’t made any “splashy” new signings, but did retain an awful lot of their 2021 pieces. Will they all collectively take another step forward this season, or will it be much of the same, and a bridge to a more brash rebuild - starting at the QB position in 2023.
Obviously much of the attention for this team has been placed on Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams this winter, but the Packers have seen 9 notable players exit the roster this month, with just two new faces added to the mix. Green Bay almost always waits a few weeks to get into the free agent pool, but there’s work to be done here to get deeper for 2022.
Out: Davante Adams (WR), Za'Darius Smith (OLB), Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR), Equanimeous St. Brown (WR), Lucas Patrick (G), Oren Burks (LB), Isaac Yiadom (CB), Chandon Sullivan (CB), Billy Turner (G)
The team of a few dozen 1 year contracts last offseason is right back at it in 2022. Plenty of players were retained, but to say this is an improved team on paper would be nearsighted. The large move of course was the trade away of their franchise QB, signaling a new era in Houston.
In: Blake Cashman (LB, NYJ), A.J. Cann (G, JAX), Jalen Reeves-Maybin (OLB, DET), Andy Janovich (FB, CLE), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (OLB, LAR), Dare Ogunbowale (RB, JAX), Kyle Allen (QB, WAS), M.J. Stewart (CB, CLE), Scott Quessenberry (C, LAC), Isaac Yiadom (CB, GB)
Back: Maliek Collins (LB), Christian Kirksey (LB), Justin Britt (OL), Desmond King (CB), Pharaoh Brown (TE), Rex Burkhead (RB), Chris Conley (WR), Tae Davis (LB), Chris Moore (WR), Jeff Driskel (QB), Jon Weeks (LS), Antony Auclair (TE), Terrence Brooks (S), Kamu Grugier-Hill (OLB), Royce Freeman (RB), Neville Hewitt (LB)
The Colts have done all of their damage via the trade, sending a QB & A CB away, while bringing back a pass rusher and a new QB in the process. They’ve yet to dip into the free agency pool, but with cap space and needs, they’ll get after it soon.
Stop me if you’ve heard this already: The Jaguars are adding & spending a lot this free agency season. They’re certainly not being shy, but I wouldn’t say they’re “recklessly overpaying” either. They’re doing what a bad, small market, team has to do once they have their QB in place on a rookie contract and deem it “go time”. Will they all be slam dunks? Not even close. But there’s reason to believe Jacksonville can take a big step forward in 2022.
Well we certainly didn’t see this one coming. The Chiefs shocked us all by moving on from stud WR Tyreek Hill, but at least have two notable signings at the position to ease the pain for now. They’re at least one addition in their secondary away from being comfortable, though a few notable pieces would make sense.
New GM. New Coach. Plenty of New Players. Did the Raiders stir the pot too much this offseason to be able to maintain - let alone build upon - their small level of 2021 success? This is a franchise that liked their offensive line, saw progress in their running game, and just made significant upgrades to the pass catchers and pass rusher. If it can all come together quickly, it’ll be fun to watch.
In: Davante Adams (WR, GB), Rock Ya-Sin (CB, IND), Chandler Jones (OLB, ARI), Bilal Nichols (DE, CHI), Brandon Bolden (RB, NE), Anthony Averett (CB, LV), Mack Hollins (WR, MIA), Alex Bars (G, CHI), Jakob Johnson (FB, NE), Darius Phillips (CB, CIN), Vernon Butler (DT, BUF), Demarcus Robinson (WR, KC), Ameer Abdullah (RB, CAR), Jacob Hollister (TE, JAC), Kyler Fackrell (LB, LAC), Micah Kiser (LB, DEN), Kyle Peko (DT, TEN), Duron Harmon (S, ATL), Jayon Brown (LB, TEN)
A good team with a young QB, and notable pieces at all the positions of power entering March with ample cap space? The Chargers were dangerous on paper from the get go, and they made a few splashes that should pay dividends come September.
Robert Woods out, Allen Robinson in was one of the bigger and more surprising moves thus far, while Von Miller choosing Buffalo over a return to LA ranks up there with it. Most of the offseason money will go to an already signed deal for QB Matthew Stafford, and an Aaron Donald extension certain to be on deck.
In: Allen Robinson (WR, CHI),
Splashy. QB Tua Tagovailoa won’t have any excuses in terms of the pieces that have been put in front of and around him this season. Though it stands to reason that a new coaching staff plus a bevy of new players will need some time to marinade before real success can start happening.
In: Tyreek Hill (WR, KC), Terron Armstead (OT, NO), Cedrick Wilson (WR, DAL), Connor Williams (G, DAL), Chase Edmonds (RB, ARI), Keion Crossen (CB, NYG), Alec Ingold (FB, LV), Teddy Bridgewater (QB, DEN), Raheem Mostert (RB, SF), Trent Sherfield (WR, SF)
After plenty of speculation, the Vikings will run it back with a freshly extended Kirk Cousins, and a few much needed upgrades on the defensive side of the ball. Danielle Hunter is back in the fold, Adam Thielen is back in the fold, and there’s a sense of optimism for this franchise in 2022.
After a monster offseason in 2021, the Patriots have been nearly nonexistent this time around, though retaining Trent Brown seems to be good business. There are significant question marks on the rest of the offensive line, and the weapons didn’t prove to be adequate down the stretch last season, so there’s work to be done in New England.
The Saints have had a roller coaster few weeks, starting with $80M of cap to free up, to a retiring coach, a near major QB acquisition, all the way back to a situation that looks a lot like last year, minus a star safety and left tackle. The few offseason signings have made sense, but they’ll need to hit big with a few early draft picks to round out this roster.
Back: Jameis Winston (QB)
A new front office/coaching staff generally means at least some roster purge in year one, and the Giants early offseason lends itself to that trend (with potentially more to come). Loading up on interior offensive linemen and a few depth weapons appears to be focused on giving Daniel Jones a bit of showcase season, which makes a lot of sense for the 2022 campaign.
In: Mark Glowinski (G, IND), Tyrod Taylor (QB, HOU), Jon Feliciano (G, BUF), Justin Ellis (DT, BAL), Jihad Ward (DE, JAX), Matt Breida (RB, BUF), Jamil Douglas (G, WAS), Ricky Seals-Jones (TE, WAS), Matt Gono (T, ATL), Richie James (WR, SF)
With three first round picks, and a draft loaded with wideouts and offensive tackles, the Eagles focused on retaining, and adding to, their pass rush this March. They’ll be one of the teams to watch throughout the draft both for who they take, and potentially how they move around.
The Steelers had an offensive line problem in 2021, and have already added a few veteran pieces in that regard. Toss in a potential QB1 in Trubisky, and a few upgrades on the defensive side of the ball, and Pittsburgh is off to a good start this offseason.
The Niners appear to be getting younger (and cheaper) in a lot of areas going forward, and are expected to follow suit at the QB position. Are they building for a team that might need a year or two to find its sea legs? A lack of splashy signings thus far signals that may be the case.
The Russ era comes to a close in Seattle and with it comes a roster full of doubt - despite notable talent at the WR, TE, and safety positions. Will they concede their future in a loaded division and continue to strip down, or upgrade the QB position and build this thing back up on the fly? The Seahawks remain fascinating, even if they might not be successful this season.
In: Drew Lock (QB, DEN), Noah Fant (TE, DEN), Shelby Harris (DT, DEN), Uchenna Nwosu (LB, LAC), Quinton Jefferson (DE, LV), Austin Blythe (G, KC), Artie Burns (CB, CHI), Joel Iyiegbuniwe (LB, CHI), Justin Coleman (CB, MIA)
With Brady back in the fold, so come plenty of once thought to be departed free agents. The O-Line and secondary still seem a piece or two away, and there’s another TE to drop into the offense at some point this offseason, but the Bucs get themselves right back into NFC South division title conversations.
Bringing back a player like Harold Landry keeps the Titans relevant defensively, while a surprise acquisition of Robert Woods from LA could prove to be one of the top NFL moves of the offseason. Tennessee needs a few offensive linemen and maybe another experienced run stuffer, but this team did well to stay afloat thus far.
The Wentz acquisition remains a head scratcher, but the rest of the Commander’s offseason thus far seems relatively logical. In fact one may argue that this team has retained more than probably expected, and could have a chance to succeed through the regular season if Wentz can manage games halfway decently. It might be too much to ask though.