NFL free agency in review: Additions, subtractions and the current vibe of all 32 teams

The preliminary NFL free agency rush of 2023 was a frenzy, as tons of of gamers got tens of millions of {dollars} to relocate to new cities.

There have been quarterbacks on the transfer (although the fates of the 2 huge names have but to be finalized), and groups such because the Bears and Broncos took huge swings to attempt to enhance. Different groups tried to climate the storm (together with the defending NFC champs), whereas many others tried to seek out good, budget-friendly options to roster points.

Now that we’re greater than per week faraway from the start of free agency, our NFL Nation reporters took the heartbeat of the groups they cowl. Not solely did they select huge additions (and expensive subtractions), however additionally they offered the vibes of every franchise and hints to what they could do subsequent within the second wave of free company or the draft in preparation for the upcoming season.

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Marquee additions: Jordan Poyer (S), Connor McGovern (G), Deonte Harty (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Tremaine Edmunds (LB), Case Keenum (QB), Isaiah McKenzie (WR)

Did the Payments hit their free company targets? Just about. There’s nonetheless work to be executed and additions to be made, however the Payments did not go into free company anticipating to make large strikes, and the workforce was in a position to handle some key areas in a manageable method, together with bringing again Poyer on a team-friendly deal.

One factor we heard: Security Damar Hamlin continues to have medical consultations as he recovers from going into cardiac arrest on the sphere in Week 17. Hamlin mentioned that his objective is to return to football. The Payments have extra safety at security with Poyer returning, however they have not signed further assist and there is little depth on the place. Normal supervisor Brandon Beane mentioned final week that “every part is checked out up to now, and so it is trending in the suitable route” for Hamlin to return to taking part in, however he nonetheless has steps to take.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: Center linebacker. There’s a huge gap with Edmunds gone. Whereas there are gamers on the roster whom the Payments wish to give the chance to compete — Tyrel Dodson, Terrel Bernard and Baylon Spector had been all talked about by Beane — there is not a lock to pair with Matt Milano. — Alaina Getzenberg

Marquee additions: Jalen Ramsey (CB), David Long Jr. (LB), Braxton Berrios (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Mike Gesicki (TE), Elandon Roberts (LB), Byron Jones (CB)

Did the Dolphins hit their free company targets? The Dolphins entered the brand new league 12 months with a bang, buying and selling for Ramsey — who technically wasn’t a free agent however a significant addition nonetheless. They addressed their want at linebacker by signing Lengthy, earlier than filling their operating again room by re-signing Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed.

One factor we heard: The Dolphins consider their championship window is now, which impressed the Ramsey commerce and their resolution to train quarterback Tua Tagovailoa‘s fifth-year option. Even earlier than any roster strikes, arguably their largest addition of the offseason got here in February once they hired defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. Future wage cap be darned, the Dolphins are all-in.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Dolphins may stand so as to add extra receiving expertise at tight finish. Durham Smythe nonetheless has one 12 months remaining on the two-year contract he signed final offseason, and Eric Saubert has flashed within the receiving recreation. The wild card within the room is 2022 undrafted free agent Tanner Conner, who was a big-play risk all through coaching camp. If he takes a step ahead this offseason, he’ll be an fascinating title to observe because the workforce fills the void left by Gesicki’s departure. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

Marquee additions: JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR); Mike Gesicki (TE); Jonathan Jones (CB)

Marquee subtractions: Jakobi Meyers (WR); Jonnu Smith (TE); Devin McCourty (S)

Did the Patriots hit their free company targets? The Patriots’ exercise is greatest summed up this fashion: Swapping out Meyers for Smith-Schuster; Smith (traded) for Gesicki, constructing OT depth at modest monetary costs; focusing on particular groups reinforcements; and bringing again as many defenders as doable.

One factor we heard: Gesicki may need a TE in entrance of his title on the roster, however he will probably be utilized extra as a giant slot receiver.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Offensive sort out. Whereas the Patriots signed Riley Reiff and Calvin Anderson, and return Trent Brown and backups Conor McDermott and Yodny Cajuste, they’re nonetheless searching for a long run reply on the all-important place. — Mike Reiss

Marquee additions: Allen Lazard (WR), Chuck Clark (S), Mecole Hardman (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Mike White (QB), Sheldon Rankins (DT), Elijah Moore (WR)

Did the Jets hit their free company targets? The Jets have been extra measured than in previous years, largely as a result of they anticipate to tackle a large quarterback contract (see: Aaron Rodgers). Lazard, Clark and Hardman are mid-level starters. The lack of Rankins, coupled with a large gap at middle, leaves them weak up the center.

One factor we heard: The Jets are displaying curiosity in WR Odell Beckham Jr, who’s on Aaron Rodgers’ so-called want checklist. In the event that they signal him, it means Corey Davis could possibly be launched or maybe included in a proposed package deal for Rodgers.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Every little thing hinges on completing the trade for Rodgers. They’re too far down the highway to show again — a probably scary place, contemplating they haven’t any religion in Zach Wilson as a starter. It behooves them to get it executed before later to allow them to get on with enterprise. — Wealthy Cimini


Marquee additions: None

Marquee subtractions: Calais Campbell (DE), Ben Powers (G), Chuck Clark (S)

Did the Ravens hit their free company targets? No. The Ravens wish to improve their broad receiver group, and they should discover a substitute at beginning cornerback without cost agent Marcus Peters. Baltimore is considered one of two groups that has but to signal a free agent from one other workforce. Nevertheless it’s tough for the Ravens to make any main strikes when quarterback Lamar Jackson‘s $32.4 million franchise tag accounts for practically 15% of their wage cap.

One factor we heard: Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey took to social media to attempt to handle Baltimore’s largest want at broad receiver and created some buzz by mentioning a former division rival. “OBJ seems to be like a Raven to me is all I am saying.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: Vast receiver. Even when Jackson returns, who’s he throwing the ball to on the skin? Rashod Bateman is coming off foot surgery that brought about him to overlook the final 9 video games of the season. The opposite six broad receivers on Baltimore’s roster have by no means caught greater than 40 passes in a season. The issue is the Ravens have restricted cap room in free company and one choice among the many first 85 picks within the draft. — Jamison Hensley

Marquee additions: Orlando Brown Jr. (LT), Nick Scott (S), Cody Ford (OL)

Marquee subtractions: Jessie Bates III (S), Hayden Hurst (TE), Vonn Bell (S)

Did the Bengals hit their free company targets? The Bengals had been in a position to beef up the offensive line and exchange Bell at security however have not been in a position to fill gaps at tight finish or operating again. Cincinnati used the financial savings from among the departures to spend on Brown, who acquired a $31 million signing bonus on a four-year deal.

One factor we heard: Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow stays a high attraction without cost brokers. Brown and Scott each cited Burrow’s standing with the Bengals amongst their causes for signing with the membership. “With the ability to play with a man like [Burrow], that is a troublesome alternative to go up, realizing that we’re each the identical age and at comparable factors in our profession,” Brown mentioned.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Tight finish is the largest concern. The Bengals haven’t any beneath contract, with Mitchell Wilcox and Drew Sample free brokers after their offers expired. Including a veteran and discovering a high quality tight finish within the draft, together with bringing again Pattern or Wilcox, could possibly be the very best technique. — Ben Child

Marquee additions: Dalvin Tomlinson (DT), Elijah Moore (WR), Juan Thornhill (S)

Marquee subtractions: John Johnson III (S), Greedy Williams (CB), Jadeveon Clowney (DE)

Did the Browns hit their free company targets? The Browns entered free company hoping to bolster their line of defense, and so they achieved simply that. Tomlinson was one of many high 5 DTs in the marketplace, whereas defensive finish Ogbonnia Okoronkwo quietly was thirteenth final 12 months in go rush win price for the Texans. The Browns added depth inside as properly, signing veteran tackles Trysten Hill and Maurice Hurst.

One factor we heard: The Browns traded for Moore on Wednesday but additionally kicked the tires on different receivers, together with Denver’s Jerry Jeudy. The Browns in the end consider they did not must give up rather a lot (a second rounder) to get Moore, a younger participant who offers them a lot wanted pace and playmaking.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Browns have addressed virtually all of their obvious wants. They signed Tomlinson, Okoronkwo and Juan Thornhill, then traded for fast slot receiver Elijah Moore. In addition they addressed backup quarterback (bringing again Joshua Dobbs) and inside linebacker (re-signing Anthony Walker). Nonetheless, Cleveland may use one other veteran, starting-caliber defensive sort out alongside Tomlinson. The Browns had been subsequent to final in run protection anticipated factors added (EPA) final season. They do, nonetheless, have a number of younger defensive tackles they’re attempting to develop, notably Perrion Winfrey. — Jake Trotter

Marquee additions: Patrick Peterson (CB), Isaac Seumalo (OG), Cole Holcomb (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Cameron Sutton (CB), Myles Jack (LB)

Did the Steelers hit their free company targets? With common supervisor Omar Khan steering the ship, the Steelers had been uncharacteristically aggressive in free company for the second 12 months in a row. This time round, they checked vital containers by bringing in two inside offensive linemen, together with Eagles starter Seumalo. And in including Holcomb and Elandon Roberts, they improved their inside linebacker group with bodily run-stoppers.

One factor we heard: Peterson is open to taking part in a number of positions: “… it is no secret that I am not 28 years previous anymore. I will be 33 right here in July, however the physique feels nice. I would like to have the ability to be in place to proceed to assist my workforce but additionally be ready that is going to proceed to assist me achieve success.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: Outdoors linebacker. It isn’t sufficient that the Steelers have former Defensive Participant of the 12 months T.J. Watt and up-and-comer Alex Highsmith. They want high quality depth exterior, one thing that was uncovered final season when Watt missed an prolonged interval. Bringing in Bud Dupree, lately launched from the Titans, for a reunion could possibly be one method to examine that field. — Brooke Pryor



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Marquee additions: Dalton Schultz (TE), Robert Woods (WR), Jimmie Ward (S)

Marquee subtractions: Brandin Cooks (WR), Jonathan Owens (S), Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (DE)

Did the Texans hit their free company targets? The Texans improved their offensive line and tight finish place by buying guard Shaq Mason, who allowed one sack final season for the Buccaneers, and signed Schultz, a former Cowboy. On protection, they added two starters in Ward and defensive sort out Sheldon Rankins.

One factor we heard: The Texans added one of many higher tight ends within the NFL. Previously three seasons, Schultz ranks seventh amongst tight ends in receiving yards (2,000), fourth in catches (198) and fifth in landing receptions (17).

Greatest remaining roster gap: Receiver is a necessity to assist with the event of the Texans’ subsequent quarterback. Having an abundance of skill-position threats isn’t a nasty factor, and the Texans haven’t got sufficient. Proper now their main receiver is Woods, who had 53 catches for 527 yards and two TDs final season for the Titans. — DJ Bien-Aime

Marquee additions: Samson Ebukam (DE), Gardner Minshew (QB), Matt Gay (Ok)

Marquee subtractions: Stephon Gilmore (CB), Bobby Okereke (LB), Parris Campbell (WR)

Did the Colts hit their free company targets? That is dependent upon the way you outline the objective. The Colts did handle some key wants with a quarterback and kicker signing. However buying and selling Gilmore downgrades their secondary, and Ebukam will presumably be changing unsigned free agent Yannick Ngakoue, the Colts’ 2022 sack chief.

One factor we heard: The Colts have not dominated out a pursuit of Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who was designated a nonexclusive franchise participant. That mentioned, we’re a great distance from Indianapolis taking substantive steps towards buying the previous MVP, as it will take a historic contract supply and a call by the Ravens to not match it for the Colts to land the 26-year-old.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Quarterback is the first focus for the Colts proper now. They maintain the fourth general decide in subsequent month’s draft, nevertheless it’s anybody’s guess what the QB-needy groups in entrance of them will do earlier than the Colts are on the clock. Indianapolis possible will not have a lot management over which QB it finally ends up with. — Stephen Holder

Marquee additions: None

Marquee subtractions: Jawaan Taylor (RT), Arden Key (DE)

Did the Jaguars hit their free company targets? The Jaguars had roughly $9 million in wage cap area heading into free company after restructuring the contracts of receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones, guard Brandon Scherff and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun, in order that they weren’t going to be main gamers. They did put the franchise tag on tight finish Evan Engram, which was a high precedence, and re-signed cornerbacks Tre Herndon and Tevaughn Campbell, security Andrew Wingard and defensive finish Adam Gotsis. However they’ve but to signal a participant from one other workforce.

One factor we heard: The Jaguars came upon fairly shortly that Taylor can be out of their value vary (the Chiefs gave him $20 million annually) however believed they’d an excellent likelihood to carry Key again. As an alternative, Key signed with the Titans. Search for the Jaguars to start out discount procuring quickly.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Whereas Key wasn’t a big-time pass-rusher (4.5 sacks in 2022), dropping him and the uncertainty surrounding Dawuane Smoot (he stays unsigned and is coming off an Achilles damage) makes including to the go rush a high precedence. The Jaguars may add a lower-tier free agent, however the very best likelihood for shoring this up would be the draft. — Michael DiRocco

Marquee additions: Andre Dillard (LT), Arden Key (DE), Azeez Al-Shaair (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Nate Davis (RG), David Long Jr. (LB), DeMarcus Walker (DL)

Did the Titans hit their free company targets? No. Normal supervisor Ran Carthon plugged some roster holes with low-cost offers, particularly at offensive line. Nevertheless, the offense nonetheless wants assist. Vast receiver, tight finish and left guard stay positions of want. Coach Mike Vrabel wished extra pace on the roster, however not one of the additions make the Titans quicker.

One factor we heard: The Titans approached security Kevin Byard a couple of pay lower — which he declined. Byard feels his play doesn’t warrant the reduction. It has all the time been his objective to play for one workforce, the Titans. That continues to be his mission, even after this.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Titans desperately want a veteran broad receiver. Proper now the group lacks a confirmed playmaker, although second-year receiver Treylon Burks confirmed promise as a rookie. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine was retained on a one-year deal, however the group is incomplete even when the Titans choose a receiver within the first spherical. — Turron Davenport


Marquee additions: Mike McGlinchey (OT), Ben Powers (G), Zach Allen (DT)

Marquee subtractions: Dre’Mont Jones (DT), DeShawn Williams (DT), Graham Glasgow (G)

Did the Broncos hit their free company targets? It was straightforward to see the place Broncos common supervisor George Paton and coach Sean Payton thought the largest downside with the offense was the offensive line. They spent huge on McGlinchey and Powers, and added blocking tight finish Chris Manhertz and fullback Michael Burton.

One factor we heard: The Broncos thought-about Dre’Mont Jones‘ asking value an excessive amount of, so he both lowered his calls for for others or simply wished to maneuver on. The Broncos signed Allen for a deal that averages $16 million per 12 months, Jones signed in Seattle for about $17.1 million per 12 months. That would not appear that huge a distinction if the Broncos actually wished to maintain him or if he actually wished to remain.

Greatest remaining roster gap: They want offensive line depth and one other defensive lineman, nevertheless it stays to be seen if they are going to create their largest roster gap themselves within the coming weeks by buying and selling a large receiver earlier than the draft. They’re listening to gives. — Jeff Legwold

Marquee additions: Jawaan Taylor (OT), Charles Omenihu (DE)

Marquee subtractions: Orlando Brown Jr. (OT), Frank Clark (DE), JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR)

Did the Chiefs hit their free company targets? Not utterly. The Chiefs wished to re-sign Smith-Schuster, whose departure in free company to the Patriots leaves a gap of their receiving group that they’ve but to fill. In Taylor and Omenihu, they added youthful replacements for Brown and Clark.

One factor we heard: Whereas the Chiefs aren’t essentially executed in free company, they’re wanting towards the draft, the place they’ve 10 picks and be ok with their means to get good gamers. They Chiefs have discovered a number of productive gamers in later rounds in recent times.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Chiefs misplaced Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman, in order that they have work to do at broad receiver. They’ve a begin on subsequent 12 months’s group with Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore, however there’s loads of room for a veteran or a draft decide to come back in and declare taking part in time. — Adam Teicher

Marquee additions: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Marcus Epps (S), Jakobi Meyers (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Derek Carr (QB), Darren Waller (TE), Jarrett Stidham (QB)

Did the Raiders hit their free company targets? Relies upon. They obtained their quarterback, a veteran with expertise in coach Josh McDaniels’ system who’s a locker room chief in Garoppolo. They usually obtained a strong No. 2 receiver in Meyers and an alpha for the secondary in Epps. However a lot of the others inked within the first wave of free company felt like second- or third-wave signings.

One factor we heard: Whereas there isn’t a query Garoppolo is QB1, he doesn’t wish to be handed something. “I wish to are available and earn it,” he mentioned. “I wish to be the chief as a result of guys respect me and consider in me … I believe it can occur naturally. I do not wish to drive something, be inauthentic. I simply wish to be myself, and it is executed me properly prior to now.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: How about one other defensive again — or two? As a result of whereas Las Vegas signed Epps and CB Brandon Facyson and return corners Nate Hobbs and Amik Robertson together with security Tre’von Moehrig, CB Rock Ya-Sin stays in the marketplace. Plus, Raiders Corridor of Famer Charles Woodson went on Twitter and advocated his previous workforce signing security C.J. Gardner-Johnson earlier than he signed with the Lions on Sunday, so DB is a acknowledged want. — Paul Gutierrez



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Marquee additions: Eric Kendricks (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Drue Tranquill (LB), Nasir Adderley (S), Kyle Van Noy (OL)

Did the Chargers hit their free company targets? The Chargers entered free company with a brief checklist of priorities, amongst them: re-signing offensive sort out Trey Pipkins III and defensive lineman Morgan Fox and filling the position of Tranquill. Pipkins — a high precedence after demonstrating marked enchancment in his fourth season — signed a three-year, $21.75 million deal, and Fox will stick round on a two-year, $7.25 million contract after producing a career-best season. The Bolts additionally had been in a position to signal Kendricks, a salary-cap casualty in Minnesota, the place he performed for eight seasons. Kendricks instantly offers management and playmaking means.

One factor we heard: A number of groups expressed curiosity in Kendricks, and there is buzz that he acquired a robust supply from Pittsburgh, however in the end Kendricks determined to return to Los Angeles, the place he starred at UCLA. The Chargers are thrilled so as to add the ninth-year professional, who one particular person contained in the group mentioned has the “it” issue and he’ll show particularly useful to the continued improvement of teammate Kenneth Murray Jr.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Security. The Chargers let Adderley depart in free company, and a day later, the 2019 second-round decide announced his retirement. Although Adderley was not a part of the plan going ahead, the Bolts should fill the outlet the three-year starter left behind. Alohi Gilman proved final season that he may step in, nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not he’s a long-term resolution. The Chargers have expressed curiosity in signing free agent security John Johnson III, whom the Cleveland Browns launched. — Lindsey Thiry


Marquee additions: Stephon Gilmore (CB), Brandin Cooks (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Connor McGovern (G)

Did the Cowboys hit their free company targets? The objective was to maintain their very own, so the reply is sure. For now. They re-signed security Donovan Wilson, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, defensive finish Dante Fowler Jr. and quarterback Cooper Rush. Their largest strikes had been trades for Gilmore and Cooks.

One factor we heard: Everyone wished to hyperlink the Cowboys to Odell Beckham Jr., nevertheless it wasn’t going to occur earlier than the addition of Cooks and particularly not after even after final 12 months’s flirtation. They wished anyone to take the highest off the protection. That is Cooks, not Beckham.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Cowboys have lined nearly each spot with their offseason strikes to this point, however including one other linebacker may make some sense even after re-signing Vander Esch. They misplaced Luke Gifford to Tennessee and Anthony Barr is not going to be again. The Cowboys love Damone Clark, however nonetheless have questions on Jabril Cox and Devin Harper. Oh, and Micah Parsons is extra go rusher than linebacker now. — Todd Archer

Marquee additions: Darren Waller (TE), Bobby Okereke (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Julian Love (S)

Did the Giants hit their free company targets? Normal supervisor Joe Schoen fulfilled his high targets in free company: discover a younger center linebacker, enhance the offensive playmakers and add line of defense depth. The Giants had been real looking about this workforce, regardless of making the playoffs. It wasn’t about making an enormous splash to get excessive, however quite the long-term imaginative and prescient.

One factor we heard: “They seem to be a heck of rather a lot quicker,” one supply mentioned in regards to the Giants’ free agent strikes. Velocity, pace, pace. That’s what Schoen was wanting so as to add to this offense. They’ve that now with receivers Darius Slayton, Parris Campbell and Jeff Smith, together with Waller, within the combine.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Cornerback. Adoree’ Jackson is the one confirmed exterior nook on the roster, and he has an intensive damage historical past and is within the final 12 months of his contract. Count on the Giants so as to add veterans shifting ahead and a cornerback early within the draft, even perhaps within the first spherical. — Jordan Raanan

Marquee additions: Rashaad Penny (RB), Marcus Mariota (QB), Greedy Williams (CB)

Marquee subtractions: Javon Hargrave (DT), C.J. Gardner-Johnson (S), Miles Sanders (RB)

Did the Eagles hit their free company targets? Just about. With 19 free brokers of their very own, the Eagles knew they had been going to lose key contributors. However they had been in a position to re-sign cornerback James Bradberry, defensive sort out Fletcher Cox and defensive finish Brandon Graham and labored out a brand new cope with nook Darius Slay to maintain the protection at the very least partially intact. Backup quarterback is all the time a precedence for this group. The addition of Mariota helps offset the lack of Gardner Minshew to the Colts.

One factor we heard: Philly supplied Gardner-Johnson a multiyear deal early in free company, however he did not really feel it mirrored his worth and declined. The Eagles then shifted their focus to bringing again Bradberry and Slay. With the market not materializing the way in which he hoped, Gardner-Johnson opted for a one-year cope with Detroit.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Security. Each of their 2022 starters, Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps, moved on in free company. Reed Blankenship confirmed promise in spot obligation his rookie season, however the Eagles want so as to add at the very least one veteran security between now and the beginning of the season. It is value retaining in thoughts that they did not purchase Gardner-Johnson till late August final 12 months. There’s nonetheless loads of time to fill out the roster. — Tim McManus

Marquee additions: Jacoby Brissett (QB), Andrew Wylie (RT), Cody Barton (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Taylor Heinicke (QB), Cole Holcomb (LB), Carson Wentz (QB)

Did the Commanders hit their free company targets? Kind of. They discovered a quarterback who can both problem Sam Howell or function a robust mentor. They added a starter in Wylie and depth or one other starter in C/G Nick Gates. Barton replaces Holcomb, however they wished — and are nonetheless searching for — extra assist at linebacker.

One factor we heard: After dropping Heinicke, Washington shortly pounced on Brissett. The Commanders had been in a position to for 2 causes: First-year quarterback coach Tavita Pritchard known as his previous Stanford QB Andrew Luck to choose his mind in regards to the former Colt, and defensive sort out Daron Payne‘s extension earlier than free company offered the required cap area.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Offensive line. Questions will encompass Howell, however he is possible going to start out. So they need to work out the group in entrance. They will slide Sam Cosmi to proper guard, however who will play left guard and who will begin at middle? Washington possible will search extra line assist in the draft. — John Keim


Marquee additions: DJ Moore (WR), Tremaine Edmunds (LB), Nate Davis (G)

Marquee subtractions: David Montgomery (RB), Riley Reiff (OT)

Did the Bears hit their free company targets? Getting a No. 1 receiver is pivotal for Justin Fields‘ improvement at quarterback, which was why common supervisor Ryan Poles was comfy trading the top overall draft pick to Carolina in alternate for Moore and 4 picks forward of free company. The Bears nonetheless have roster holes — notably with their go rush — and may’t realistically fill each void in a single offseason, however the strikes they made within the first wave and secondary signings equivalent to TE Robert Tonyan and RB D’Onta Foreman examine the worth and want containers.

One factor we heard: Tonyan, who has a profession a 77.8% catch price and averages 10.5 yards per reception, has the Bears keen about his means to stretch the sphere. I am listening to that Chicago coaches envision fellow tight finish Cole Kmet taking part in extra of the “Y” place, the place he’ll be counted on as a blocker. Kmet is eligible for an extension this offseason. Keep watch over how this impacts what the Bears choose to do with a possible second contract.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The offensive and defensive strains. The Bears personal the ninth decide within the draft and could possibly be in play for a high offensive sort out — like Northwestern’s Peter Skoronski or Ohio State’s Paris Johnson Jr. — or draft a pass-rusher at that spot. Nevertheless Chicago chooses to enhance its go safety and blocking will result in a shuffle of personnel throughout offseason exercises. — Courtney Cronin

Marquee additions: C.J. Gardner-Johnson (S), Cameron Sutton (CB), David Montgomery (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Jamaal Williams (RB)

Did the Lions hit their free company targets? Completely. The secondary was by far the largest weak spot on the roster final season, and the entrance workplace addressed it by signing former Eagles security Gardner-Johnson, ex-Steelers defensive again Sutton and former 49ers cornerback Emmanuel Moseley.

One factor we heard: Montgomery says he sees the Lions “beginning one thing loopy” in Detroit and desires to do his half. “I am right here to be me,” Montgomery mentioned. “I do know I can carry rather a lot to the desk. I do not wish to be labeled as simply ‘can do that for a workforce or for the offense.’ I would like to have the ability to do every part or no matter [offensive coordinator] Ben [Johnson] or Coach [Dan] Campbell asks me to do.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: Backup quarterback. Though Jared Goff has proved himself, the entrance workplace nonetheless wants to deal with who performs behind him. The Lions lower each Tim Boyle and David Blough popping out of coaching camp final season, and GM Brad Holmes has vowed to do a greater job managing the place in 2023. — Eric Woodyard

Marquee additions: Keisean Nixon (KR/DB), Tarvarius Moore (S), Matthew Orzech (LS)

Marquee subtractions: Aaron Rodgers (QB), Allen Lazard (WR), Robert Tonyan (TE)

Did the Packers hit their free company targets? They wanted readability on the Rodgers’ situation, and whereas they have not executed a commerce to the Jets but, it is clear his period is over in Inexperienced Bay. Not surprisingly, at the very least one Packers free agent (Lazard) is going with him. As for the additions, apart from re-signing Nixon — the All-Professional return man — they added a special-teamer (Moore) and a long-snapper (Orzech).

One factor we heard: One former Packers worker on an underrated motive the workforce may need been so prepared to maneuver on from Rodgers: “I may see them saying, ‘You already know what? It would be good to have type of a low-maintenance state of affairs and anyone who thinks we are the best that ever lived at what we do.'”

Greatest remaining roster gap: Move-catchers: With Lazard and Tonyan gone, the Packers misplaced a mixed 113 catches for 1,258 yards and eight touchdowns from final season. Throw in receiver Randall Cobb and tight finish Marcedes Lewis, who will not be re-signed, and 42.3% of final season’s receptions, 44.8% of final season’s receiving yards and 40.7% of final season’s landing catches are out the door. — Rob Demovsky



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Marquee additions: Josh Oliver (TE), Byron Murphy Jr. (CB), Marcus Davenport (DE)

Marquee subtractions: Patrick Peterson (CB), Dalvin Tomlinson (DT), Adam Thielen (WR)

Did the Vikings hit their free company targets? The brief reply is sure. As a result of they had been $24 million over the wage cap per week earlier than the market opened, they knew they weren’t going to have a ton of cap area to work with. However they managed to seize two possible starters in Murphy and Davenport, whereas Oliver’s arrival is more likely to result in in depth use of two-TE personnel.

One factor we heard: Probably the most notable takeaway from the Vikings’ first week of free company is the obvious resolution to not lengthen quarterback Kirk Cousins‘ contract in a significant method and as a substitute decrease his 2023 cap quantity by $16 million. Meaning the Vikings envision shifting previous Cousins as early because the 2024 season. The large query: With whom?

Greatest remaining roster gap: Though Murphy is a probable starter at cornerback, the Vikings nonetheless have a giant gap on the place. They launched 2022 starter Cameron Dantzler, bid farewell to Peterson and have not re-signed both Chandon Sullivan or Duke Shelley. Even when 2022 draft picks Andrew Booth Jr. and Akayleb Evans recuperate from a collection of accidents, this group in all probability wants reinforcements within the draft. — Kevin Seifert


Marquee additions: Jessie Bates III (S), David Onyemata (DT), Kaden Elliss (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Isaiah Oliver (CB), Rashaan Evans (LB)

Did the Falcons hit their free company targets? Atlanta made its protection higher on all three ranges with the signings of Bates, Onyemata and Elliss, plus took care of their very own on offense with a brand new contract for proper sort out Kaleb McGary and a monster extension for proper guard Chris Lindstrom. So general — sure, though there’s nonetheless extra to do.

One factor we heard: Here is what new Falcons quarterback Taylor Heinicke mentioned about his position: “Attempt to be the very best backup I can and attempt to assist him any method I can. I bear in mind as a rookie, my second 12 months as properly, we had Shaun Hill within the room after I was in Minnesota. … Shaun was a terrific mentor for me, helped me by means of that course of, and I hope to be the identical to Desmond [Ridder].”

Greatest remaining roster gap: It is nonetheless within the entrance seven regardless of the additions of Elliss and Onyemata. Including them should not preclude Atlanta from signing a veteran nonetheless on the market or seeking to the draft, notably on the defensive inside. Edge rusher and inside line of defense nonetheless have to be deeper, adopted intently by the receiving corps. — Michael Rothstein

Marquee additions: Miles Sanders (RB), Hayden Hurst (TE), Adam Thielen (WR)

Marquee subtractions: DJ Moore (WR), D’Onta Foreman (RB)

Did the Panthers hit their free company targets? Sanders, Hurst and Thielen give Carolina veteran talent gamers who will take the stress off whichever quarterback the workforce takes with the highest decide of the draft. Thielen, regardless of his age (32), will carry vocal management to a younger receiver room the place Moore used to guide extra by instance. Hurst is a giant goal the workforce hasn’t had since Greg Olsen in 2019. Sanders is a extra versatile model of Foreman due to his pass-catching means. The additions by far outweigh the subtractions.

One factor we heard: Coach Frank Reich when requested how a lot weight he places right into a quarterback’s peak — particularly in reference to the 5-foot-10 Bryce Young being thought-about for the highest decide — mentioned that might be like Kentucky Fried Hen making a gift of its “proprietary formulation” on its secret recipe. He added he had a “very excessive grade” on the 5-11 Russell Wilson within the 2012 draft in his try to dissuade those that say he likes solely tall quarterbacks.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Quarterback. The Panthers traded Moore, the No. 9 general decide this 12 months, subsequent 12 months’s first-rounder and extra picks, so they are going to have their alternative of Younger, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, Kentucky’s Will Levis or Florida’s Anthony Richardson with the highest decide of the draft. They constructed a veteran roster in free company that may give that participant an opportunity to succeed straight away because the starter. — David Newton

Marquee additions: Derek Carr (QB), Jamaal Williams (RB), Khalen Saunders (DT)

Marquee subtractions: David Onyemata (DT), Marcus Davenport (DE), Andy Dalton (QB)

Did the Saints hit their free company targets? Sure. The Saints wanted to show their offense round after struggling to discover a quarterback following Drew Brees’ retirement, and securing Carr matches that mildew. Moreover, they added a operating again and replenished the inside of their line of defense after dropping a number of gamers in free company.

One factor we heard: Pleasure. It is clear what number of gamers are wanting ahead to a secure state of affairs at quarterback after the previous two seasons, and broad receiver Michael Thomas‘ response alone mentioned all of it after he tweeted, “Thanks Jesus,” when the acquisition of Carr was introduced. Each Thomas and lately re-signed tight finish Juwan Johnson mentioned they’re able to get to work with him.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Move-rusher. Cameron Jordan will probably be 34 this season, and former first-round decide Davenport left in free company. Payton Turner, 2021 first-rounder, must step up in a giant method, and whereas Carl Granderson had 5.5 sacks in 2022, the Saints must proceed to search for the following Jordan. — Katherine Terrell

Marquee additions: Baker Mayfield (QB), Greg Gaines (DT), Chase Edmonds (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Leonard Fournette (RB), Donovan Smith (LT), Cameron Brate (TE)

Did the Buccaneers hit their free company targets? They managed to erase a $55 million wage cap overlap whereas re-signing cornerback Jamel Dean, considered one of many high gamers at any place, in free company. They introduced again longtime captain Lavonte David and signed a former No. 1 general draft decide in Mayfield. They met and probably exceeded expectations in what they had been financially able to delivering however nonetheless have numerous wants, together with who will begin reverse Antoine Winfield Jr., assuming he strikes again to security full time, and offensive and line of defense assist.

One factor we heard: Here is what common supervisor Jason Licht mentioned in regards to the workforce’s run to the Super Bowl LV title, which required wage cap maneuvering: “If I am going again in time, I might do all of it once more. We pushed, we borrowed about $100 million towards this 12 months’s cap and future cap to do what we did. Got here shut the second time, however you understand if anyone desires to criticize what they did, they will come to any of our three houses and have a look at our ring.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: How do they fill the left sort out and each guard spots? There are too many unknowns proper now. Licht mentioned the workforce was wanting into shifting All-Professional proper sort out Tristan Wirfs to the left facet, however who steps in at proper sort out? Luke Goedeke, a second-round draft decide who struggled at left guard final season, is sensible since proper sort out was his place in faculty. Or there’s Brandon Walton, who began two video games there final season. However they might use a bona fide starter there. Then at guard, they will have Robert Hainsey, Nick Leverett, Aaron Stinnie and John Molchon competing. — Jenna Laine


Marquee additions: Kyzir White (LB), Hjalte Froholdt (OL)

Marquee subtractions: Zach Allen (DL), Byron Murphy Jr. (CB)

Did the Cardinals hit their free company targets? No. The Cardinals left fairly a number of wants throughout its roster unfilled throughout free company. They introduced again a handful of gamers however did not handle vital holes.

One factor we heard: White involves Arizona with appreciable information of head coach Jonathan Gannon and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis, since he performed for them final season in Philadelphia, however White’s means to make performs because the off-ball linebacker ought to maintain him on the sphere fairly a bit.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Edge rusher. By releasing Markus Golden and dropping Allen to the Broncos, the Cardinals haven’t got a lot expertise on the edge. And people strikes present they’ll trip with second-year linebackers Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders for now. — Josh Weinfuss

Marquee additions: None

Marquee subtractions: Jalen Ramsey (CB), Bobby Wagner (LB), Leonard Floyd (LB)

Did the Rams hit their free company targets? After years of aggressively including gamers, even when it meant sacrificing excessive draft capital and incurring useless cash, the Rams have clearly taken a step again to attempt to repair their cap and money state of affairs. That began with reducing Wagner and Floyd after which buying and selling Ramsey to the Dolphins.

One factor we heard: Here is what common supervisor Les Snead mentioned: “Our DNA is to assault, hit the gasoline, [but] we will hit the brakes somewhat bit. That doesn’t change how we will method the season, how we will method the day-to-day, however it can undoubtedly change how we method developing the roster.”

Greatest remaining roster gap: There are fairly a number of, as retaining offensive lineman Coleman Shelton is the Rams’ solely vital signing in free company. Los Angeles has misplaced starters on all three ranges of the protection and should draft closely on that facet of the ball or assault the later levels of free company so as to add gamers on short-term offers. — Sarah Barshop

Marquee additions: Javon Hargrave (DT), Sam Darnold (QB), Isaiah Oliver (CB)

Marquee subtractions: Mike McGlinchey (OT), Jimmy Garoppolo (QB), Jimmie Ward (DB)

Did the 49ers hit their free company targets? Sure. For the second straight 12 months, the 49ers knew they had been going to lose key gamers and approached free company with the concept to take one huge swing after which discount hunt. Hargrave helps atone for buying and selling DeForest Buckner and drafting Javon Kinlaw, who has fallen wanting expectations since being chosen within the first spherical in 2020. And although the Niners misplaced many contributors, they will once more reap the rewards with compensatory draft picks subsequent 12 months.

One factor we heard: The Niners had so as to add a quarterback from someplace, however Darnold’s deal left some questioning if he is anticipated to be simply QB3 or if he has a shot to compete for the No. 2 job and even the beginning position. Darnold was diplomatic when requested about it however acknowledged there are some unknowns that might change his position. “As a competitor, you wanna play, however on the finish of the day, you gotta do what’s proper for the workforce,” Darnold mentioned. Regardless, with Brock Purdy out till close to the season opener, Darnold will get loads of snaps.

Greatest remaining roster gap: Kicker. The Niners want further assistance on each strains and elsewhere, however changing Robbie Gould at kicker will not be straightforward. Gould has by no means missed a kick within the postseason. It would seem to be a luxurious to have a high-priced kicker, however groups and not using a reliable one would say it is value it. That is very true for a workforce that expects to play in huge video games just like the 49ers do. — Nick Wagoner



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Marquee additions: Dre’Mont Jones (DL), Julian Love (S), Jarran Reed (DL)

Marquee subtractions: Rashaad Penny (RB), Cody Barton (LB), Shelby Harris (DL)

Did the Seahawks hit their free company targets? Up to now, so good. Re-signing QB Geno Smith to a team-friendly contract earlier than free company has allowed the Seahawks to focus their efforts — and cash — on upgrading their entrance seven. That included an out-of-character splurge on Jones and a reunion with Reed on a smaller deal.

One factor we heard: Including Love is under no circumstances a sign that Seattle plans to chop Jamal Adams this offseason. It’s a signal of their uncertainty over Adams’ availability for the beginning of the season. They had been shocked Love was nonetheless in the marketplace and pounced on the likelihood so as to add a younger and versatile participant.

Greatest remaining roster gap: The Seahawks want one other exterior linebacker to start out reverse Uchenna Nwosu — a place they might fill with the fifth general decide — and extra assist in the inside of their D-line. Love’s addition permits Adams to play some linebacker, however Seattle wants one other participant there along with newcomer Devin Bush. — Brady Henderson

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