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Over the past few weeks we have witnessed the NFL offseason at its best. Free Agent Signings, trades, negotiations, and with all of that the NFL draft is coming up in about a month. So with that being said just about every team has added something of value and lost something of value at this point in the offseason. Here is every NFL teams Biggest addition and biggest subtraction.
New England Patriots:
Addition(s): WR Brandin Cooks (NO) CB Stephon Gilmore (BUF)
The reigning world champs are looking like the early favorite to win Super Bowl 52. The Patriots have added a key piece this offseason on both offense and defense. Adding Cooks gives Tom Brady a young, Number 1 Wide out to work with. Adding Cooks to an offense that already consists of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and Julian Edleman is scary just thinking about it. They also were able to sign former Pro-Bowl Cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a 5-year deal. Giving the patriots one of the best Corner tandems in football with Gilmore and Malcolm Butler.
Subtraction: RB LeGarrette Blount (FA)
LeGarrette Blount is coming off of his most successful NFL season, where he ran for 1161 Yards and 18 Touchdowns. But it appears that the Patriots and Blount had a falling out during extension talks, which enabled Blount to hit the open market. He has yet to be signed but chances are, he wont be back with New England.
Addition: TE Julius Thomas (JAC)
The only thing missing from a solid Dolphins passing game is a productive Tight End. Dion Sims and Jordan Cameron combined for under 700 Receiving Yards last season. The Dolphins were able to acquire Thomas in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason which makes their offense a lot scarier. A healthy Ryan Tannehill, Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker and Julius Thomas could have the Dolphins back in the wild card hunt come next season.
Subtraction: LT Branden Albert (JAC)
Albert had been one of the most consistent Offensive Tackles in football over the past several seasons and helped pave the way for Jay Ajayi to rush for over 1000 yards this past season. The Dolphins decided to let him go at age 35 and he signed a 3-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. This also means that the Dolphins will have to rely on an inexperienced Offensive line this season.
Addition(s): FB Mike Tolbert (CAR), FB Patrick DiMarco (ATL)
Adding two former Pro-Bowl Full backs to help block for LeSean McCoy and help an already impressive Offensive line is never a bad thing. Tolbert was signed to a 1-year deal and DiMarco was signed to a 3-year deal.
Subtraction: WR Robert Woods (LAR)
The Bills are thin as it is at Wide Reciever, Sammy Watkins was hurt for the majority of last season and it became harder and harder for the Bills to find Tyrod Taylor some weapons. Now Watkins is practically all alone as the only standout in the Bills receiving corps. Woods signed a 4-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason and now the Bills are even thinner at Wide Receiver.
New York Jets:
Addition: CB Morris Claiborne (DAL)
The Jets secondary was tough to watch last season. Claiborne is by no means an elite Corner but it was either him or Josh McCown and I figured their already screwed at Quarterback so might as well. Claiborne was signed to a 4-year deal.
Subtraction(s): WR Brandon Marshall (NYG)
The QB dilemma in New York left former Pro-Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall so frustrated that he decided he would stay in town but with a new team. He signed a 2-year deal with the Giants, giving them one of the deadliest receiving corps in the league.
Addition: CB Coty Sensabaugh (NYG)
He is literally the only signing they made this offseason. The biggest move they made this offseason was locking up Antonio Brown. But since we are talking additions; my hands are tied.
Subtraction: MLB Lawrence Timmons (MIA)
Timmons acted as a veteran leader for an otherwise young Linebacker Corps in Pittsburgh. Good news for those young linebackers because they still have James Harrison to go to for advice. But Timmons will be taking his talents to Miami on a 1-year deal.
Addition: S Tony Jefferson (ARI)
The Ravens were able to sign Safety Eric Weddle to a multi-year contract last season but he was basically the only thing the Ravens had going for their secondary. Adding Jefferson gives them a scary Safety tandem to go with a very experienced and talented front 7.
Subtraction: WR Steve Smith Sr (Retirement)
Its official. Steve Smith is no longer here to torment opposing defensive backs for the Ravens anymore. The Ravens lose a much needed deep threat but if Mike Wallace can produce like he did last season then there is no need to worry for Ravens fans.
Addition: CB Bene Benwikere (CAR)
I’m in another Coty Sensabaugh situation, Help! Much like that of the Steelers this is basically the only signing the Bengals made this offseason and all it does is add another body to the depth chart.
Subtraction(s): LT Andrew Whitworth (LAR), OG Kevin Zeitler (CLE)
Offensive line wasn’t a big need for the Bengals… but it is now. Losing arguably their two best and consistent Offensive Lineman to teams like the Rams and Browns can’t feel good.
Addition(s): WR Kenny Britt (LAR), OG Kevin Zeitler (CIN)
Adding another “weapon” on the outside in Britt and adding protection for your Quarterback is always a plus. If the Browns can keep Corey Coleman healthy and Josh Gordon off of the suspension list we could see a much improved offense.
Subtraction: WR Terrelle Pryor (WAS)
Pryor was literally the only bright spot in the Browns offense last season. He totaled over 1000 receiving yards and 3 Touchdowns. He left in Free Agency and signed a 1-year deal with the Redskins.
Addition: 2017 Fourth Round Pick (CLE)
The Texans literally have done nothing this offseason other than trade starting Quarterback Brock Osweiler (and his huge contract) to the Cleveland Browns for a 4th round draft choice. The Texans were able to clear cap space and acquire something in exchange for Osweiler.
Subtraction: CB AJ Bouye (JAC)
The Leagues Number 1 ranked defense from last season will be without its Number 1 Cornerback. Bouye left in free agency and signed a multi-year deal with the Jaguars.
Addition: DE Jabaal Sheard (NE)
The Colts had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL last season. Adding a reigning World Champion from New England to your D-line is always a good thing.
Subtraction(s): S Mike Adams (CAR), OLB Robert Mathis (Retirement)
Adams really had been the only solid playmaker in the Colts secondary and he decided to walk in Free Agency at the age of 36. Robert Mathis, one of the longest tendered and solid Linebackers in Colts history retired this past offseason. Both players leave big gaps in the Colts defense.
Addition: S John Cyprien (JAC)
The Titans secondary was tough to watch at times last season. Adding a solid Safety to the mix like Cyprien and taking him away from a division rival like the Jaguars is always a plus.
Subtraction: TE Anthony Fasano (MIA)
Honestly this isn’t that big of a loss. Fasano was a back-up Tight End but the Titans didn’t really lose anyone of more importance this offseason.
Addition(s): DT Calais Campbell (ARI), CB AJ Bouye (HOU)
The Jaguars may have had the best offseason of any team to this point. Signing Calais Campbell makes their defensive front deadly with Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler Jr and now adding Campbell to the mix. Bouye was the highest rated Defensive back on the market and his signing with Jacksonville gives them a young, talented Corner tandem that consists of Jalen Ramsey and AJ Bouye.
Subtraction: S John Cyprien (TEN)
The loss of Cyprien does leave a hole at Safety despite their new Corner tandem, and whats even worse is he lost them to division rival Tennessee.
Kansas City Chiefs:
Addition: DT Bennie Logan (PHI)
Adding Logan on a 1-year “Show me” contract was a good idea. He hopes to stay healthy and will make more money next offseason by doing so. He also helps out the D-line after the loss of their biggest subtraction.
Subtraction: DT Dontari Poe (ATL)
Poe was signed to a 3-year deal by the reigning NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. Which also gives them a back-up QB option. Even though they added Logan, it will be interesting to see whether or not he can fully replace Poe in KC.
Addition: TE Jared Cook (GB)
The only thing missing from the Raiders offense was a Tight End, they solved that by signing Cook who had a Bounce-back season after playing with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. A passing attack that consists of Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook is deadly no matter who is throwing the ball. It also helps that the person throwing the ball is Derek Carr.
Subtraction: LB Perry Riley (FA)
The Raiders Linebacker corps was one of the bright spots of their defense last year. The loss of Riley hurts their defense even more.
Addition: OG Ronald Leary (DAL)
Adding more consistent blockers to the Broncos offensive line was a must this season. Adding Leary who was a starter in the Cowboys league best O-line for quite some time, will do nothing but help the Broncos and their struggling rushing attack.
Subtraction: LT Russell Okung (LAC)
Losing Okung doesn’t help their O-line problems. And on top of it they lost him to a division rival.
Los Angeles Chargers:
Addition: LT Russell Okung (DEN)
Adding Okung helps the O-line that wasn’t able to keep either Danny Woodhead or Melvin Gordon healthy for all 16 games last season. At this point, anything helps.
Subtraction: San Diego, California
The Chargers made probably the most schocking move of the offseason and that was moving from their long-time home of San Diego to Los Angeles. They will be sharing a stadium with the Rams and will be likely adopting an entirely new fan base. San Diego is left with the Sharks, and Padres. But, it just won’t be the same without football.
NFC: NFC East:
Addition: CB Nolan Carroll III (PHI)
You would think that after watching Dez Bryant, Terrence Williams and basically any receiver that went against him the Cowboys wouldn’ want anything to do with Nolan Carroll. Well they are getting so desperate for Corners that he is practically their only projected starter at this point. Talk about a Downgrade.
Subtraction(s): CB Barry Church (JAC), Morris Claiborne (BAL)
The Cowboys continue to get thin at Corner and losing their two starters is where it all started. What’s funny Is these guys weren’t that good to begin with, but Nolan Carroll can make just about anyone look like a Pro-Bowler.
New York Giants:
Addition: WR Brandon Marshall (NYJ)
Marshall decided that the Quarterback dilemma for the AFC New York team was getting to be too much. So, he decided he would make the move across town to the NFC. He signed on a 2-year deal, giving the Giants one of the deadliest receiving corps in all of football.
Subtraction: RB Rashad Jennings (FA)
The Giants had one of the worst rushing attacks in football last season. You would think the one person they wouldn’t want to let go would be Rashad Jennings. They decided that Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa would be more suitable for the job.
Addition: WR Terrelle Pryor (CLE)
The Redskins may have had the worst offseason to this point. They fired their GM, lost their two best Offensive weapons and reports came out that their star Quarterback Kirk Cousins wanted to be traded. Adding Pryor, who was the only bright spot in an otherwise terrible Browns offense to an offensive system that has a steady Quarterback has been in many ways the only bright spot of the offseason for the Redskins as well.
Subtraction(s): WR Desean Jackson (TB), WR Pierre Garcon (SF)
The Redskins did not have a great running game last season and their passing attack was the majority of their offense. Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both had over 1000 receiving yards last season and the Redskins were not able to retain either of them. Jackson signed a 3-year deal with the Buccaneers and Garcon signed a 5-year deal with the 49ers. Adding Pryor helps but there is no way he can match the production of both Jackson and Garcon.
Addition(s): WR Alshon Jeffery (CHI), WR Torrey Smith (SF)
The Eagles had the worst Wide Receiver corps in football last season and on top of that their best receiver (Jordan Matthews) was hurt for 4 games. The Eagles need to develop Quarterback Carson Wentz in his second NFL season. They went out and signed top Free Agent receiver Alshon Jeffery to a 1-year deal so that when they have more cap space they can sign him to a possible extension. They also signed veteran deep threat Torrey Smith to a 3-year deal. Adding two Wide Receivers that have the ability to take the top off the defense could be essential for Carson Wentz’s development.
Subtraction: DT Bennie Logan (KC)
The Eagles biggest strength on defense is their defensive line. A line that consists of Pro-Bowlers Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. The Eagles lost a big piece of that D-line this offseason as DT Bennie Logan signed a 1-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Green Bay Packers:
Addition: TE Martellus Bennett (NE)
Martellus Bennett sure knows how to pick Quarterbacks. He goes from playing with Tom Brady and winning a championship last year and now he is taking his talents to Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers now has Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, and Martellus Bennett at his disposal. Look out NFC North.
Subtraction: OG TJ Lang (DET)
Not only do you lose arguably your best Offensive lineman this offseason but you lose him to the only team in you division that ever really competes with you. Ouch.
Addition: OG TJ Lang (GB)
The Lions only have Running Backs on their roster that are good at catching passes out of the backfield. In the rare case that they actually hand one of them the ball a few times a game adding someone like TJ Lang is always a plus. Not to mention you take one more asset away from Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Subtraction: MLB DeAndre Levy (FA)
The Lions don’t have much of a Linebacker corps anymore and they released 30-Year old Linebakcer DeAndre Levy and he has yet to be signed. This leaves a major hole at Linebacker and it also left most Lions fans scratching their heads.
Addition: RB Latavius Murray (OAK)
The Vikings had an awful rushing attack last season behind the worst Offensive line in football. They released Running back Adrian Peterson which only makes their rushing attack that much weaker. So they went out and signed what many believed to be the Number 1 Running Back on the market in Latavius Murray. This upgrades their Running game a lot but something tells me it won’t be that much better than their 2016 performance.
Subtraction: CB Captain Munnerlyn (CAR)
The Vikings had one of the best defenses in the NFL last season and they lost one of their key corners to Carolina probably wasn’t in their plans. They need so much help on offense the one thing they cant afford to do it deteriorate on defense.
Addition: S Quintin Demps (HOU)
The Bears secondary was not good at all last season. 31-year-old Tracy Porter was their best defensive back last season. Adding Demps to the secondary as a starter on a mid-range deal was a great move for both parties.
Subtraction: WR Alshon Jeffery (PHI)
The loss of Jeffery to Philadelphia on a 1-year deal leaves the Bears without a proven, bona-fide Wide Receiver on their roster. Good luck with Eddie Royal and Cameron Meredith on the outside Chicago.
Addition: WR Andre Roberts (DET)
Adding more depth to one of the best receiving corps in football that already consists of receivers like Julio Jones and Muhammad Sanu. Adding depth on a short-term deal was the right move.
Subtraction: FB Patrick DiMarco (BUF)
The Falcons also had one of the best rushing attacks in football, led by Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. But one of the most underrated blockers for Atlanta was Fullback Patrick DiMarco. Dimarco signed a 3-year deal with the Bills, leaving both Freeman and Coleman without one of their essential blockers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Addition: WR Desean Jackson (WAS)
Giving Jameis Winston another weapon to work with shows that the Bucs have the right idea. Jameis Winston now has the option of throwing to either Mike Evans or Desean Jackson. As for defensive backs… its pick your poison.
Subtraction: S Bradley McDougald (SEA)
While the Buccaneers have taken major steps forward on offense its defense where they needed help. McDougald started all 16 games for the first time in his career and had a very good year. Losing a solid defensive starter to a team like Seattle doesn’t help your defense.
New Orleans Saints:
Addition: OG Larry Warford (DET)
The Saints need to make sure that Mark Ingram stays healthy for a full 16-game season. If Ingram can take some of the pressure off of Drew Brees and the passing game then the Saints may be able to take even more pressure off of their struggling defense. Signing Warford to protect Ingram by any means necessary is a good game plan for the Saints.
Subtraction: WR Brandin Cooks (NE)
The Saints did acquire another first round pick for Cooks but they took a very productive weapon away from Drew Brees. Good news for Cooks is that he goes from one Hall of Fame Quarter back to another.
Addition: S Mike Adams (IND)
The Panthers secondary was lacking a lot after the departure of Josh Norman. Adding a veteran Safety with play-making experience like Adams can’t do anything but help the Panthers secondary.
Subtraction: OG Andrew Norwell (FA)
The Panthers offensive line needs to be in top shape to protect franchise Quarter back Cam Newton, who is statistically the most hit Quarterback in football. Losing a key piece like Norwell can really hurt.
Addition: RB Eddie Lacy (GB)
Since losing Marshawn Lynch the Seahawks Running game hasn’t been the same. Thomas Rawls hasn’t been able to stay healthy since he entered the league 2 years ago and some of the other backs they have brought in haven’t been able to carry the load. Adding a physical runner like Lacy to the offense can take some pressure off of the Offensive line in Seattle.
Subtraction: LB Brock Coyle (SF)
To be honest, the Seahawks didn’t lose too much this offseason. Coyle is the only person the Seahawks lost of any importance and he was just a back-up Linebacker. No real loss here.
Addition: DE Jarvis Jones (PIT)
Adding a young edge rusher with potential upside in Jones could prove to be a very solid pass rush. This helps a lot especially after the loss of their biggest subtraction.
Subtraction: DT Calais Campbell (JAC)
Losing one of the best, young interior defensive lineman in the game probably wasn’t in the Cardinals offseason plans. Jacksonville offered up the most money over the longest period of time and Campbell will be taking his talents to Jacksonville.
Los Angeles Rams:
Addition: LT Andrew Whitworth (CIN)
Todd Gurley had a pretty serious sophomore slump this past season. Adding Offensive Lineman that have proven to be consistent won’t do anything but help Gurley get back to where he was in his rookie season. Also they have a former Number 1 pick starting at Quarter back this season and adding Whitworth helps to protect him too.
Subtraction: DE William Hayes (MIA)
The Rams strength on defense is their Defensive Line. One that consists of Aaron Donald and Robert Quinn. Hayes was an affective starter at Defensive End that complimented both Donald and Quinn. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
San Francisco 49ers:
Addition(s): FB Kyle Juszczyk (BAL), WR Pierre Garcon (WAS), QB Brian Hoyer (CHI)
Kyle Shanahan is now the Head Coach of the San Francisco 49ers and their offense is already looking much better than it did last season. Juszczyk earned his first Pro-Bowl appearance and adding one of the best Full-backs in the game to help protect a potential superstar Running Back (when healthy) in Carlos Hyde. The 49ers also had a very unproductive Receiving Corps last season, adding a veteran receiver coming off of a career year like Garcon is was a smart move. And of course you need someone to throw to those receivers, adding someone like Hoyer who had a very good year when healthy last season to a short-term deal with the potential to be a productive back-up in the future makes the 49ers offense a lot better.
Subtraction: QB Colin Kaepernick (FA), WR Torrey Smith (PHI)
Kaepernick, while controversial, had a very good season last year. Throwing for 16 Touchdowns compared to just 4 Interceptions while taking over starting duties midway through the season for Blaine Gabbert. They let Kaepernick walk and he most likely would’ve been a better option than Brian Hoyer. I had previously mentioned that the 49ers Receiving corps from last season was unproductive. One of the biggest pieces of that receiving corps was let walk in Free Agency and that was Torrey Smith. Smith signed a 3-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles leaving the 49ers with Jeremy Kerley as their only alternative. The 49ers offense is much improved but it would look even better if both of these options were still there.