The 2020 NFL Free Agency was one for the record books. Every year the landscape of the entire league is changed during this one week, and this year’s was no different.
For us here at TWSN, free agency is like our Black Friday, Christmas, and New Years all combined into one. There are new deals every other minute, rumors flying all over the place, and teams improving and declining by the second. Now that the majority of the dust has settled, here are Daniel Alameda’s and Shaun Chornobroff’s winners.
Not only are the Chargers playing in their brand new stadium in Los Angeles in 2020, but they also added tons of talent to compete. They added the 2nd best lineman in FA, Bryan Bulaga, who immediately helps the offensive line, Chris Harris who gives the Chargers another star CB alongside Casey Hayward, and Linval Joseph to give the Chargers D Line some much needed punch.
All in all, the Chargers lost QB Phillip Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon, S Adrian Phillips, and OT Russell Okung, but replaced each with solid pieces that can all hold their own if not better. The only major concern I have is what they decide to do at QB.
This team has the talent to make a Super Bowl run, but it is all up to Tyrod Taylor. The organization views him as their starter who is a reliable option that CAN lead this team into the playoffs. The Chargers come out of free agency with a bolstered offensive line, star studded secondary, and a talented roster in general that if healthy, will be vastly improved in 2020.
Head Coach Sean McDermott was the Panthers Defensive Coordinator from 2011-2016, and with the moves he made this off-season, you’d think he was back in Carolina. He added CB Josh Norman, EDGE Mario Addison, DT Vernon Butler, and LB AJ Klein all of which played under McDermott.
Dominant defensive seasons in the NFL are so difficult to replicate, but the Bills have set themselves up perfectly to do so. Although those moves were important, arguably the most important was the trade for receiver Stefon Diggs.
Whether you think he’s overrated or underrated, the reality is he’s a great receiver to help out Josh Allen. The biggest reason the Bills are winners is because the Patriots have sustained MAJOR losses this off-season, so the AFC East is the Bills to lose.
Although they didn’t make any major splashes, they still came out of free agency as major winners. The Jets went a disappointing 7-9 due in large part to an abysmal offensive line. They went out and signed 3 projected starters, re-signed one, and added another for depth.
I’ve said this before and will say it again, games are won in the trenches and this is exactly what the Jets needed to do. Although that was great, the best part is the fact that GM Joe Douglas is keeping his cap flexibility open as next off-season they’re projected to have 80 million in cap. The Jets improved their O-Line and kept their eyes fixed on the future, so they are major winners here.
The Raiders quietly had themselves a very productive free agency. Heading into this period they had a major hole at linebacker and needed to add depth in the secondary and on the defensive line. They addressed these by adding two of the best linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski, DT Maliek Collins, and CB Eli Apple.
The Raiders now have to fill a couple holes in the draft, but with 2 first round picks, they have plenty of options to pick from. The Raiders got significantly better from a talent perspective, and they’re also preparing for the future with QB Marcus Mariota as a backup to Derek Carr and Jason Witten to mentor the Tight Ends. For a team that already had promising young talent, they now have a plethora of youth and leadership.
This off-season wasn’t so much about acquiring star talent, but rather it was all about getting healthy. With the Eagles starting to get healthy again, they went out and traded for a top 5 cornerback in Darius Slay and only gave up a 3rd & 5th round pick. Although this gives them a star on the back end, they still had work to do, which is why they signed CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, S Will Parks, and re-signed Rodney McLeod and Jalen Mills.
Now their secondary looks to be much improved, and they added a top defensive tackle with Javon Hargrave to make a DOMINANT defensive line. The Eagles still have to address the wide receiver position in the draft along with their linebackers, but besides this, they put themselves in a great position to compete this season.
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