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Which NFL Teams Had the Best and Worst Offseasons?

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Since we’re so close the start of most NFL training camps, let’s take a look at which teams improved the most and which teams improved the least, or took a step backward, by having the best and worst offseasons.


Best Offseasons

Minnesota Vikings

Notable additions: QB Kirk Cousins, DT Sheldon Richardson, CB Mike Hughes, Offensive Coordinator John DeFilippo

Is Kirk Cousins an upgrade of Case Keenum?  How quickly will the offense gel with a new quarterback and offensive coordinator?  We shall see.  Acquiring Sheldon Richardson should help the top-ranked defense from last year.


Chicago Bears

Notable additions: Head coach Matt Nagy, LB Roquan Smith, TE Zach Miller, WR Allen Robinson, WR Taylor Gabriel, WR Trey Burton, K Cody Parkey

The Bears made the right move getting rid of John Fox, but how will offensive-minded Matt Nagy do in his first stint as head coach?  Getting a trio of wide receivers for Mitchell Trubisky shouldn’t hurt, but it may take a while for the offense to gel. First round pick Roquan Smith could be a beast at linebacker.


New York Giants

Notable additions: Head coach Pat Shurmur, RB Saquon Barkley, G Will Hernandez, , LB Alec Ogletree, T Nate Solder, G Patrick Omameh

The Giants made significant moves to bolster the offense, and having a healthy Odell Beckham Jr. back will help immensely. Now if they can sign OBJ to a long-term deal, they’ll eliminate the possible distraction.


Los Angeles Rams

Notable additions: CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib, CB Sam Shields, DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Brandin Cooks

If there was a offseason Super Bowl, the Rams would’ve won it.  They acquired some great talent, but will their personalities fit?


Cleveland Browns

Notable additions: QB Tyrod Taylor, QB Baker Mayfield, WR Jarvis Landry, CB Denzel Ward, FS Damarious Randall, OT Chris Hubbard, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Nick Chubb, LB Mychal Kendricks, CB TJ Carrie, CB E.J. Gaines, Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley

Have the Browns finally figured it out? Tyrod Taylor is a solid choice for quarterback and gives Baker Mayfield a year to learn.  Jarvis Landry and Josh Gordon can form a deadly WR combo, and the secondary has potential to be greatly improved with the addition of Ward, Carrie, Gains and Randall.


Worst Offseasons

Dallas Cowboys

Notable additions: WR Allen Hurns, WR Tavon Austin, OT Cameron Fleming, LB Leighton Vander Esch, LB Joe Thomas

The Cowboys lost Jason Witten and released Dez Bryant.  The Cowboys believe getting rid of Dez will actually help the offense because Dak Prescott won’t have to worry about forcing it to Dez. We’ll see!


Buffalo Bills

Notable additions: QB Josh Allen, LB Tremaine Edmunds, QB AJ McCarron, RB Chris Ivory

The Bills made the playoffs last year, but traded QB Tyrod Taylor. Josh Allen is the long-term answer at quarterback, but what about the short term? AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman have the potential to be horrific, and now their running back situation is up in the air with the LeSean McCoy debacle.


Miami Dolphins

Notable additions: RB Frank Gore, WR Danny Amendola, G Josh Sitton

The Dolphins lost Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and signed three older players. Do they have a plan besides hoping Ryan Tannehill is the answer at quarterback?


Seattle Seahawks

Notable additions: RB Rashaad Penny, WR Brandon Marshall

Goodbye Legion of Boom.  Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor and Sheldon Richardson are gone. With all their needs, why did they draft a running back in the first round when they have Chris Carson? On top of that, Seattle also lost Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson from their offense.

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