Has Giants general manager David Gettleman set the team up for success in 2020? Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a big offseason of moves across the NFL, and some teams have really stepped up and used their cap space smartly. Many teams that have struggled recently have aggressively tried to turn their fortunes by adding key free agents and making big trades.

Which teams have done the best with this? Here are five NFL teams that have improved the most during the offseason so far.

5. New York Giants

The Giants are moving up from a fairly low floor, but they’ve done well this offseason. Their two big moves have come on defense, adding linebacker Blake Martinez and cornerback James Bradberry. Both are solid players who will improve what was a very bad unit last year. The Giants are banking on improvement from Daniel Jones and the health of Saquon Barkley for 2020, and if they get both, they’ll definitely be better. If the defense follows suit, their improvement could be surprisingly quick.

Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden (left) talks to general manager Mike Mayock (right) during organized team activities at the Raiders practice facility.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

4. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders, too, are using their ample cap room to improve their defense with some sharp moves. Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski are really smart additions to the team’s linebacker corps, and should be good news for a defense that had its issues last season. Eli Apple is a worthwhile reclamation project at cornerback, and the addition of Jason Witten is an interesting one as well. They’ve also added Marcus Mariota, who should provide competition for Derek Carr. They’re good moves, and the Raiders haven’t really broken the bank, preferring to spread money around to address multiple needs.

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim speaks to the media during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

3. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals probably didn’t think they’d be able to clear David Johnson’s contract off the books without eating some money or dead cap. The fact that they did so while acquiring DeAndre Hopkins is nothing short of a miracle. Keeping Kenyan Drake was smart, and the addition of linebacker Devon Kennard is an underrated move that will certainly improve the defense. Don’t be surprised if the Cardinals take a significant step forward next year.

Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane looks on prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Era Field.  Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2. Buffalo Bills

Perhaps the Bills sense opportunity with Tom Brady leaving the Patriots and the AFC East. It would certainly make sense. Their moves have been aggressive and aimed at improving key areas. The Stefon Diggs trade got the most headlines, and could help unlock Josh Allen’s huge arm. He’s understandably excited about the move. Mario Addison’s signing is another good move, and the many members of the organization who used to work for the Carolina Panthers clearly believe they can find something left in Josh Norman. If they do, this has the potential to be a fantastic offseason and a division-winning team.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross (L) talks with Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier (R) prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins were regarded as a tanking team in 2019, but things certainly look different now. The team had plenty of cap space and is ready to use it. Byron Jones is the headline addition, pairing up with Xavien Howard to create a strong cornerback tandem. Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson will also help defensively, while Ereck Flowers should bolster the offensive line. The team has a big draft decision coming up, but this franchise finally looks to be on the right track after some very lean years.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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1986 / 4746 / 44
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1995 / 4413 / 38
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Kurt Warner
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Peyton Manning
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Tom Brady
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Tom Brady
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2012 / 4295 / 39
Aaron Rodgers
2012 / 4659 / 37
Peyton Manning
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