Every NFL offseason is filled with great moves — and some not so great. Here's a look at every team's most head-scratching offseason move.
The football world knew for months the the Cardinals would take Kyler Murray first overall, thus necessitating a trade of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen. The problem is that Arizona waited too long, forcing its hand to take a late second-round and fifth-round pick for who was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft.
Atlanta's secondary was blasted last season, allowing the sixth-most passing yards in the league. Rather than reinvest in secondary help, the Falcons cut Alford early in the offseason to save money. He had his share of struggles last season but has been durable and still young enough to rebound at age 30. Moving on from Alford is one thing, but it didn't seem like the Falcons had a viable backup plan to replace him heading into a critical season.
With new GM Eric DeCosta taking over for the retiring Ozzie Newsome, the offseason moves in Baltimore have been drastic. Among the defensive losses are Eric Weddle, C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith. One of the team's only veteran additions to compensate for those losses was Thomas, who played just four games last year mostly due to a fractured leg, and he is now entering his age 30 season. It would seem like an opportunity to buy low, especially in a deep safety market, but instead the Ravens signed him to a massive four-year, $55 million contract, thus putting all their eggs in one basket.
Arguably no team needed more help at wideout than the Bills, and they accomplished that this offseason by signing Beasley and John Brown. However, Beasley doesn't exactly fit young quarterback Josh Allen's strengths, and the team spent significant money (four years, $29 million) in the process. Allen is known for his strong arm, but he struggled with accuracy in college and completed only 52.8 percent of his passes in his rookie season. Meanwhile, Beasley has averaged only 10.3 yards per reception in the slot over seven seasons with Dallas, showing inconsistent production. It's hard to believe the Bills couldn't have found a cheaper but just as effective alternative.
There's no questioning the intent here, as the Panthers clearly needed pass-rush help after losing Julius Peppers and recording a total of 35 sacks last season. Rather, the question is what does Irvin has left? At age 31 last season, he recorded only 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles in 16 games as a situational pass rusher. His one-year, $4 million deal is just a flier, but it remains to be seen if Irvin's addition, along with rookie first-round pick Brian Burns, is enough to address Carolina's dire need in 2019.
Patterson has been an elite kick returner for most of his NFL career, but his contribution on offense has been inconsistent. The former first-round pick had more than 500 yards from scrimmage in 2014, but he's struggled to produce as a receiver with either Oakland or New England over the last two years. Head coach Matt Nagy has proved he knows how to get his weapons involved, but $10 million over two years is a lot of money for a player who is unlikely to contribute significantly beyond kickoffs.
The offensive line has been a problem in Cincinnati for several years, and one issue that the team addressed heavily last offseason. Still, starting quarterback Andy Dalton was injured last year, and Hart's play was up and down at tackle. The Bengals have committed to him on a relatively cheap three-year, $16.5 million contract, but it doesn't exactly do much to address what's still a team weakness.
GM John Dorsey signed Hunt, whom he drafted in Kansas City before getting fired. The move was controversial given Hunt's release last year after video surfaced of an altercation he had with a woman, and Hunt has been suspended for eight games to start 2019. Running back was already an area of strength for the Browns with Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson, so there was no reason to take this risk and bring bad publicity to a franchise that has had more than enough of it in recent years.
Owner Jerry Jones has been desperate for wide receivers over the last few years, adding the likes of Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns and Amari Cooper. Cobb's addition replaces departing slot receiver Cole Beasley, so there was a need. The problem is that the team is paying $5 million to a player who has been injury prone and ineffective over the last three seasons in Green Bay after a great start to his career. He's averaged only 549 yards per season and 10.0 yards per reception with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, so there's certainly no reason to expect improvement now, with all due respect to Dak Prescott.
The Broncos have been in search of a quarterback since Peyton Manning retired and have whiffed with Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum. Flacco is their next attempt at fixing the issue after trading the No. 113 overall pick in the draft. The last four seasons have been an exhibit of mediocrity for Flacco in Baltimore, going 24-27 as a starter with only 6.3 yards per pass attempt. The talent around Flacco now really isn't any better than what he's had in Baltimore, and he will be pushed by a rookie for the second straight year after the Broncos selected Drew Lock in the second round.
James is a quality all-around tight end, but the Lions committed significant resources on a five-year deal for James, only to take Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson eighth overall in the draft. Limited as a pass catcher, James is likely to be the team's No. 2 tight end sooner than later, so it's questionable why the team signed him.
Green Bay made a splash in free agency by adding Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith to help improve the pass rush. Gary completes the trifecta, but the former top college recruit had a disappointing career at Michigan with only 9.5 sacks in three seasons. He needs a lot of seasoning and is a high-risk prospect. With Aaron Rodgers' time winding down, the team could have found a more NFL-ready player with the 12th overall pick.
Houston desperately needed offensive line help after Deshaun Watson was sacked more than any quarterback in the league last year. That said, Howard's readiness for the NFL is questionable after facing sub-par competition at Alabama State, and the team bypassed what could be more ready offensive linemen like Kaleb McGary, Jawaan Taylor, and Cody Ford to take Howard 23rd overall.
The Colts gave Funchess $10 million to become their No. 2 wideout behind T.Y. Hilton. GM Chris Ballard deserves the benefit of the doubt after finding a perfect fit with tight end Eric Ebron last year, but Funchess has limited speed and fell out of favor in the Panthers offense last year.
Jacksonville had a desperate need for more receivers after signing Nick Foles, but its only significant addition to address that need was Conley. An athletic wideout, Conley failed to meet expectations in a receiver-friendly offense in Kansas City, so it's hard to see how he adequately addresses his new team's greatest need.
The Chiefs wanted to find better defensive line fits as they made the offseason transition from the 3-4 to Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 defense. In the process, they moved on from Dee Ford and Justin Houston, adding former Seahawks star Frank Clark. There's no doubt Clark is an elite player, but the resources to add him were extraordinary, including a 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick, along with a $105 million extension. It's clear the Chiefs are going all in, but it remains to be seen if this price was worth it.
The Chargers needed linebacker depth, and at his best Davis has been an excellent player during his NFL career. Still, there's a reason why Carolina was so willing to move on from him after 14 years. Davis, now in his mid-30s, has started to slow down, yet the Chargers still gave him a significant two-year, $10.5 million contract.
The Rams acquired Fowler from the Jaguars at the trade deadline last year, and the former first-round pick went on to record two sacks in eight regular-season games, adding 1.5 sacks in the playoffs. Through three seasons on the field, Fowler has only 16 sacks during the regular season, but the Rams are paying him like a potential star with a one-year, $12 million contract. It's not a big risk, but the team likely could have found better value for the price.
Miami struggled to rush the passer last season, and former star Robert Quinn is partly to blame. Still, he had 6.5 sacks in his first season with the Dolphins and has 69 sacks in his eight-year career. Quinn is no longer an elite player, but the Dolphins might have been better off keeping him,considering the minimal value they received from the Cowboys.
Backup running back was a big need for Minnesota this offseason with Dalvin Cook's struggles to stay healthy through two seasons. The Vikings addressed the need by taking Mattison with the 102nd overall pick. Mattison is a capable three-down back but didn't test particularly well at the combine, running a 4.67 second 40-yard dash. The teams took him ahead of more explosive runners like Trayveon Williams and Justice Hill, and only time will tell if this pick was enough to give the team viable depth.
Among the Patriots needs heading into the draft, running back was low on the list. New England had one of the best running back situations in the league with 2018 first-round pick Sony Michel, along with James White and Rex Burkhead. Harris is an early-down runner with a lot of potential, but the team really needed more receivers, on top of first-round pick N'Keal Harry, after losing Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan in the offseason.
It's justifiable that the Saints would sign a running back after losing longtime back Mark Ingram in the offseason. However, Murray might not have been the best choice, especially on a four-year, $14.4 million deal. The big back has averaged only 4.1 yards per carry for his career between Oakland and Minnesota, and he is more of a short-yardage runner than the insurance the team needs for the slight Alvin Kamara.
GM Dave Gettleman has made plenty of questionable moves this offseason, but the selection of Jones sixth overall tops the list. The former Duke quarterback simply wasn't productive in college, finishing out his career with 2,674 yards passing and only 6.8 yards per attempt last season. He has adequate arm strength and has been coached up by David Cutcliffe, who also happened to coach the Manning brothers in college. Still, the Giants could have drafted Dwayne Haskins or Drew Lock with this pick, or better yet, taken Sam Darnold No. 2 overall last year rather than Saquon Barkley. Jones will ride the bench for the foreseeable future while Eli Manning plays, and that creates a potentially ugly situation for the Giants legend.
The Jets had been considered the favorites to sign Bell since his holdout in Pittsburgh last season, and the addition isn't a bad one...on the surface. However, it's a hefty price at four-years, $52.5 million for a position that has become easily replaceable in today's NFL. It also shouldn't be forgotten that Bell missed an entire year of football after averaging only 4.0 yards per carry in 2017.
Oakland desperately needed pass rush help after recording only 13 sacks last season, so it can't be faulted for taking a pass rusher fourth overall. However, it's unlikely Ferrell would have been selected in the top 10 had the Raiders not selected him with the fourth pick, and the team had the opportunity to take the likes of Josh Allen or Ed Oliver with the pick. Only time will tell if the Raiders made the right selection.
Philadelphia needed running back help and didn't spend much to acquire Howard from the Bears, using only a 2020 sixth-round pick. However, Howard wasn't a fit for the Bears because of his inability as a receiver, and the offense is the same in Philly. Additionally, the team used its second-round pick on Penn State running back Miles Sanders, so now it's not a given that Howard will even make the team.
Pittsburgh had problems in the secondary last season and addressed them by giving Nelson a three-year, $25.5 million contract. The former Chief is most effective in the slot and is a quality corner, but he also draws too many penalties. It's a leap of faith for the price, as the Steelers try to fix their defensive issues.
Kyle Shanahan has experience coaching Coleman in Atlanta, and the running back is coming off a career year while playing in place of Devonta Freeman. Still, running back was one of San Francisco's last needs after getting strong production from Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert last season and also having 2018 free agent signing Jerick McKinnon return from injury. The team should have spent Coleman's two-year, $8.5 million contract on another need.
Kicker has been a problem for the Seahawks in recent years, and they clearly wanted to solve it by giving reigning AFC Pro Bowler Jason Myers a four-year, $15.5 million contract. He becomes one of the highest-paid kickers in the league, which is a questionable way to allocate resources now up against the cap due to Russell Wilson's extension. Plus, Myers made less than 80 percent of his field goals in the two seasons leading up to 2018.
The Bucs lost DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries in the offseason, thus promoting the capable Chris Godwin as their No. 2 wideout option behind star Mike Evans. They gave Perriman, a former first-round pick by the Ravens, $4 million to potentially become the third option. He's a deep threat, which new head coach Bruce Arians loves, but has had injury issues and has accumulated only 59 catches over the last three years. The team is paying for upside, when it would have been better off with a safer bet at a critical spot.
New England has been known for signing veterans over the years, and it's not surprising that the Titans are going by that design once again by signing Wake. The former Dolphins star effectively replaces Brian Orakpo, but he's coming off arguably the worst year of his career at age 36, recording only six sacks. Tennessee is banking that he has something left in an area that was a critical need after last season. If the Titans are wrong, the move could haunt them in 2019.
The Collins addition isn't bad in and of itself, but it's a big bet that could hurt the team. Washington had many needs this offseason, including receivers and linebackers. Instead, it spent most of the available cap space on Collins, who received a massive six-year, $84 million contract. The team couldn't afford to do much more after that signing, other than address its free-agent losses in the draft.