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1 Big Regret Every NFL Team Should Have from the 2022 Offseason | Bleacher Report


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    The NFL offseason is a time for hope. Teams spend months acquiring fresh talent through free agency, the trade market and the draft.

    We’ll soon learn which of those acquisitions wind up panning out.

    Here, we’ll examine one move or non-move that every NFL team should regret heading into training camp and the preseason. Some decisions will impact the on-field product, while others are purely financial, and lots of of them shall be unique to the franchises involved.

    Would teams openly admit their regret? Probably not. But every team likely would want at the least one offseason do-over.

    Teams are listed in alphabetical order.

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    The Arizona Cardinals clearly didn’t wish to overpay wideout Christian Kirk, who landed a four-year, $72 million deal from the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. But his departure left a large void of their offense, which only got exacerbated by DeAndre Hopkins’ looming six-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

    On Day 1 of the 2022 NFL draft, Arizona dealt the twenty third overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens for wideout Marquise Brown and a third-round pick. That is an excessive amount of for a receiver who is not a transparent upgrade over Kirk.

    Brown is lightning quick, but he’s inconsistent and sometimes unreliable. He had a passer rating of only 87.9 when targeted in 2021.

    In Arizona, Brown shall be reunited along with his Oklahoma quarterback, Kyler Murray, which can help his production some. Nevertheless, he’s a pleasant complementary receiver, not a No. 1 wideout.

    Within the short term, Brown shall be cheaper than Kirk, as he has two years left on his rookie contract. Nevertheless, Arizona will eventually must pay Brown, and he’ll likely cost far more than Kirk given the rising cost of wide receivers.

    The Cardinals gave up quite a bit for a receiver who has proven little. They need to have kept Kirk as a substitute.

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    The Atlanta Falcons made a play for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson early within the offseason. Not only did they not land the three-time Pro Bowler, but they miffed longtime starter Matt Ryan in the method.

    The veteran, whom the Falcons later traded to the Indianapolis Colts,
    recently said he’d probably still be in Atlanta if not for the Watson

    “Had none of this gone down? There’s probably a probability—a reasonably good probability,” Ryan said on the Ryen Russillo Podcast (h/t Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk).

    The Falcons got only a 2022 third-round pick from the Colts for Ryan. That is far below what an above-average starter should command on the trade market.

    The Falcons are starting a full-on rebuild, but they may have done that with Ryan under center as a substitute of free-agent substitute Marcus Mariota. They still could have drafted Desmond Ridder on Day 2 and used 2022 as a transition 12 months.

    As a substitute, Atlanta got a paltry return for a quarterback with Hall of Fame-caliber numbers.

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    Quarterback Lamar Jackson did report to the Baltimore Ravens’ mandatory minicamp, but he did so and not using a latest contract. There’s still plenty of uncertainty surrounding Jackson’s future in Baltimore, because the Louisville product is entering the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract.

    It is going to likely cost way more to increase Jackson now than it might have been initially of the offseason. Baltimore can thank the rival Cleveland Browns for that, as they acquired Deshaun Watson from Houston and immediately gave him an unprecedented contract.

    Watson received a completely guaranteed five-year, $230 million deal from Cleveland. Not only did that make Watson the league’s second-highest-paid quarterback when it comes to annual salary—trailing only Aaron Rodgers—however it also sets a latest standard for long-term deals.

    Kirk Cousins previously received fully guaranteed contracts from the Minnesota Vikings, but his have been shorter deals and never at top-of-the-market prices. Jackson, who was the league MVP in 2019, should now be in search of at the least the sum of money and guarantees that Watson received.

    Had Baltimore signed Jackson to an extension before the Watson deal, it might need been in a position to avoid a contract of this magnitude.

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    Former Buffalo Bills receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley still remain unsigned. The Bills could still bring one or each of them back, although it might be difficult financially.

    Buffalo currently has only $5 million in cap space. Given the going rate for receivers on the open market—Jarvis Landry got a one-year, $3 million deal coming off a career-worst season—Buffalo can have already missed out.

    In all likelihood, Beasley and Sanders won’t be returning to Buffalo, which presents a possible problem. Each were reliable targets for quarterback Josh Allen in 2021.

    Sanders tallied 626 yards and 4 touchdowns last season, while Beasley had 693 yards and one rating. Buffalo did usher in Jamison Crowder, who had 447 receiving yards with the Latest York Jets last season, but he is not going to interchange each Sanders and Beasley.

    If Buffalo is not in a position to bring back considered one of them, its ninth-ranked passing attack from 2021 could also be poised for a slight step back in 2022.

    This may occasionally feel like nitpicking, and it’s to a level. The Bills have otherwise had an amazing offseason—they brought in Von Miller, signed Stefon Diggs to an extension and strengthened their cornerback and running back corps within the draft—but parting with proven pass-catching talent is at all times regrettable.

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    Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is an elite dual threat when healthy. Nevertheless, ankle, shoulder, quadricep and hamstring injuries limited him to only 10 games between the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

    McCaffrey is now heading into the primary season of the four-year, $64 million extension that he signed in April 2020. Carolina could also be stuck with that contract for the foreseeable future, though it was reportedly listening to trade offers for McCaffrey early within the offseason.

    “Although the Panthers aren’t trying to unload McCaffrey, multiple league sources said they might consider a deal if offered a first-round pick and one other player and not using a big salary-cap number,” ESPN’s David Newton wrote in early March.

    No team was apparently willing to satisfy Carolina’s asking price, and any probability of dealing McCaffrey this offseason likely vanished with the 2022 draft. Only six teams have greater than $20 million in available cap space for the time being.

    The Panthers still have loads of uncertainty at quarterback, they usually’re now heading into the 2022 season with a 26-year-old injury-prone running back who has nearly $27 million in dead money remaining on the books.

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    The Chicago Bears hope they’ve their quarterback of the long run in 2021 first-round pick Justin Fields. Nevertheless, Fields struggled as a rookie, and it’s fair to wonder what kind of leap he could make in Yr 2.

    Chicago did move on from head coach Matt Nagy, replacing him with Matt Eberflus and latest offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. Nevertheless, they did little to upgrade Fields’ supporting solid.

    Wide receiver Allen Robinson II and versatile lineman James Daniels each departed in free agency. Chicago’s big additions include receivers Equanimeous St. Brown and Byron Pringle, linemen Dakota Dozier and Lucas Patrick and rookie wideout Velus Jones Jr.

    That may not enough to support a quarterback who had only seven touchdown passes and 10 interceptions as a rookie while steadily being under pressure. Fields got sacked 36 times in 12 games and was under pressure on 27.3 percent of his dropbacks.

    Chicago’s offensive line is unlikely to make a big jump, and its receiving corps stays underwhelming, though Fields has expressed “loads of confidence” in his pass-catchers.

    The Bears showed that they were willing to wheel and deal this offseason once they sent Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick. Yet they did nothing to place top-tier, proven talent around their second-year quarterback.

    If Fields flounders in 2022, the fault will fall firmly on Chicago’s front office.

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    The Cincinnati Bengals have had a robust offseason up to now. They addressed their biggest need—the offensive line—by bringing in Alex Cappa, Ted Karras and La’el Collins. Additionally they replaced tight end C.J. Uzomah with Hayden Hurst and added some nice developmental pieces within the draft.

    Nevertheless, Cincinnati may now regret its decision to make use of the franchise tag on Jessie Bates III. The standout safety has little interest in playing under the franchise tag this season.

    “The protection has ‘no intentions’ of playing the 2022 season
    under the franchise tag, an individual near the situation” told Tyler Dragon of USA TODAY Sports+.

    If the Bengals someway persuade Bates to play under the tag, they’ll likely lose him next offseason, in accordance with Kelsey Conway of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

    Cincinnati did draft versatile Michigan defensive back Daxton Hill in the primary round, but he is not the proven safety that Bates is. If Bates is willing to proceed his holdout, the Bengals could have to work out a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline or consider trading him.

    The query is whether or not the Bengals can land an adequate return this late within the offseason.

    This just isn’t where Cincinnati hoped to be with considered one of its key defenders fresh off a Super Bowl appearance. The Bengals should regret not understanding an early extension or letting Bates walk before the draft.

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    Deshaun Watson is now facing 24 lawsuits from women alleging sexual assault or misconduct, and two more lawsuits are expected to be filed, in accordance with Nakia Cooper of KPRC 2 Houston. But for now, the Cleveland Browns are still OK with their decision to accumulate him from the Houston Texans in a blockbuster trade this offseason.

    “To date, nothing has transpired since he signed the deal in March that has caused the Browns to alter their view of Watson or contemplate attempting to get out of the contract—not even the twenty fourth suit.” Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com wrote on June 10.

    Nevertheless, Cleveland should regret its decision. Even when facts come to light that exonerate Watson of any wrongdoing, the Browns still gave up far an excessive amount of for a quarterback who faces potential league discipline under the non-public conduct policy.

    To land Watson, Cleveland dealt an enormous package of picks—including three first-rounders—after which inked him to a latest five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed contract. He hasn’t played for the reason that 2020 season, and it’s unclear when he’ll be allowed to play again.

    The Browns’ pursuit of Watson also decimated their relationship with 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. While Mayfield has been inconsistent as a professional, he’s also handled multiple coaching changes, plus a torn labrum in 2021. There are reasons to consider that Mayfield, who helped deliver the Browns’ first playoff win as an expansion team, has yet to achieve his full potential.

    Although Mayfield remains to be on the Cleveland roster for now, he’s done as a Brown.

    “Mayfield cannot walk back into this locker room because the quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. He cannot be in that quarterback room,” ESPN’s Ryan Clark said on Get Up (h/t Troy L. Smith of Cleveland.com). “He can’t be around that constructing because it can be toxic. … So, he has to go.”

    In a single fell swoop, the Browns alienated the perfect quarterback they’ve had since returning to the league in 1999 and reignited the uncertainty under center that has hovered over the franchise for the past twenty years.

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    The Dallas Cowboys’ decision to trade receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns made some sense on the time. They were tight on cap space, they usually wanted out from under his five-year, $100 million deal, in accordance with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

    Nevertheless, the Cowboys erred on two fronts.

    Dallas let slip that it might release Cooper if it couldn’t reach a trade, as Rapoport reported in early March. It also grossly underestimated the receiver trade market.

    With little leverage and even perhaps less foresight, the Cowboys sent Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for under a fifth-round pick and a swap of sixth-rounders. Shortly thereafter, the receiver market exploded.

    The Green Bay Packers netted first- and second-round picks for Davante Adams. The Kansas City Chiefs got first- and second-round picks, two fourth-round selections and a 2023 sixth-round pick for Tyreek Hill. The Tennessee Titans got a first-round pick for A.J. Brown, while the Ravens got a first-rounder for Marquise Brown and a third-round selection.

    The Cowboys must have been in a position to pry at the least a Day 2 select of a team for Cooper. They won’t regret trading him, but they dealt him for prospects who may not even make the 53-man roster.

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    The Denver Broncos paid a heavy price to pry quarterback Russell Wilson away from the Seattle Seahawks back in March. The move cost Denver
    two first-round picks, two second-round picks, a fifth-round pick, quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant and defensive lineman Shelby Harris.

    Denver shouldn’t regret that move one bit. Wilson is a future Hall of Famer who has missed the playoffs only twice in his profession. He immediately turned the Broncos right into a legitimate title contender.

    What the Broncos should regret just isn’t giving Wilson a latest contract upon his arrival.

    Wilson shall be a free agent following the 2023 season and shall be due a latest deal soon enough. Just days after the Broncos acquired Wilson, the Browns inked Deshaun Watson to his landscape-altering fully guaranteed contract.

    Not only is Watson’s deal price $11 million more annually than Wilson’s current contract, however it’s one hundred pc guaranteed. The Broncos could have anticipated Wilson getting a raise on his next deal, but nobody foresaw the Browns giving Watson a completely guaranteed, top-of-the-market contract.

    Hindsight is 20/20, and the Broncos likely believed they’d time to work out an extension. Nevertheless, that does not change the undeniable fact that they likely regret locking up Wilson before Cleveland modified the quarterback market eternally.

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    It’s hard to criticize the Detroit Lions’ offseason an excessive amount of. Detroit improved its three-win roster by bringing within the likes of wideout D.J. Chark, linebacker Jarrad Davis (returning after a 12 months with the Latest York Jets) and cornerback Mike Hughes while locking up standout safety Tracy Walker III on a three-year, $25 million extension.

    Within the draft, the Lions added a pair of potential instant-impact players in pass-rusher Aidan Hutchinson and wideout Jameson Williams. The latter suffered a torn ACL within the national title game, but he needs to be a difference-maker once he’s healthy enough to take the sphere.

    Unlike the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Lions resisted the urge to achieve for a quarterback early within the draft. That was the precise call, as there was nothing resembling a sure thing on this 12 months’s class. Nevertheless, they need to regret not taking a developmental prospect like Malik Willis or Desmond Ridder sooner or later throughout the draft.

    Jared Goff likely is not the long-term answer in Detroit, and there isn’t any guarantee that the Lions will get a crack at considered one of the highest signal-callers within the 2023 draft. In the event that they do improve substantially this season, prospects like C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young shall be off the board by the point they’re on the clock.

    Adding a player like Willis, Ridder or Matt Corral would have given Detroit a solid Plan B under center. The Lions aren’t in position to win a championship now, however the roster might be talented enough by the point Goff’s contract expires after the 2024 season.

    Between at times, the Lions needs to be throwing every dart possible on the quarterback position within the hope of finding a solution. Not throwing any within the 2022 draft will wind up being a mistake if considered one of the Day 2 or Day 3 selections goes on to be a star.

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    The Green Bay Packers took care of their most significant piece of business this offseason once they signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a three-year, $150.8 million extension. Nevertheless, they didn’t do Rodgers many favors in relation to his supporting solid.

    The offense was short on receiver depth even before Green Bay traded No. 1 wideout Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders, which Rodgers wasn’t expecting.

    “It was a bit of surprising with Davante—obviously once I made my decision, I used to be still pondering he was going to return back,” Rodgers said on The Pat McAfee Show in April, per ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques.

    The Packers made a calculated selection to not overpay to maintain Adams, but in addition they parted with receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown in free agency. They brought in Sammy Watkins and rookie second-round pick Christian Watson, however it’s fair to wonder if that is enough within the wake of the Adams trade.

    It is also price noting that top tight end Robert Tonyan is coming off a torn ACL that he suffered in October.

    On paper, the Packers receiving corps is way worse than it was a 12 months ago. If Green Bay doesn’t already regret that, it likely will throughout the push to the playoffs.

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    While some might need expected the Houston Texans to take a signal-caller within the 2022 draft after trading Deshaun Watson to Cleveland, they were content to offer Davis Mills a second season to prove himself. That was the precise call.

    The 2021 third-round pick showed plenty of promise as a rookie, especially given his position on a talent-starved roster. Despite playing for a four-win team, Mills had arguably the second-most impressive season amongst rookie quarterbacks behind Mac Jones.

    The 23-year-old accomplished 66.8 percent of his passes for two,664 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also posted a good 88.8 quarterback rating, which was well ahead of No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence (71.9) and No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson (69.7).

    Houston bolstered Mills’ supporting solid for Yr 2, bringing within the likes of running back Marlon Mack, rookie lineman Kenyon Green and rookie receiver John Metchie III. Nevertheless, it didn’t do enough on the tight end position this offseason.

    Pharaoh Brown and 2021 fifth-round pick Brevin Jordan are back, however the Texans lost Jordan Akins in free agency. Houston used a fifth-round pick on Teagan Quitoriano but didn’t add a proven pass-catcher like C.J. Uzomah, Hayden Hurst or Gerald Everett.

    That would prove to be a big issue, as tight ends can function a priceless security blanket for a young quarterback. Davis is not prone to have that in 2022, as Jordan and Brown combined for under 349 yards and three touchdowns last season.

    Mills would profit greatly from having a proven pass-catcher on the position, and the Texans should regret not providing him with one.

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    The Indianapolis Colts got a latest starting quarterback once they traded for Matt Ryan. In line with general manager Chris Ballard, they got their latest left tackle last offseason once they acquired Matt Pryor from the Philadelphia Eagles. (They re-signed Pryor to a one-year deal this offseason.)

    “It has been fun to look at him work and form of buy into what we’re asking him to do. So, we’ll give him a shot at it,” Ballard said on The Pat McAfee Show (h/t Jake Arthur of Horseshoe Huddle).

    While the Colts could also be comfortable to offer Pryor the primary crack on the starting job, they need to regret not having more insurance on the position. Indy didn’t bring back Eric Fisher (he’s still unsigned), sign star free agent Terron Armstead or draft a tackle before landing Bernhard Raimann in Round 3.

    The Colts did recently add Jason Spriggs as a depth piece, but he’s made only 10 profession starts in five seasons. Pryor is not far more experienced with 15 starts in three seasons.

    The Colts do have options at left tackle, but they may have used a proven, high-level starter. Ryan is 37 years old and has never been among the many league’s most mobile pocket passers.

    Indy has quite a bit riding on keeping Ryan upright and healthy in 2022. Heading into camp, there’s still loads of uncertainty surrounding essentially the most critical spot on Indianapolis’ line.

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t ever admit that they took an enormous risk with the No. 1 overall pick on this 12 months’s draft.

    Former Georgia defensive lineman Travon Walker has a ton of physical upside, but he logged only 9.5 sacks in three seasons with the Bulldogs and couldn’t even secure a starting job until this past season. A Jaguars franchise with just one winning season prior to now 14 years shouldn’t have gambled on that upside.

    As The Ringer’s Ben Solak noted, Walker has an atypical resume for a No. 1 overall pick:

    “At non-quarterback positions, there has never been a primary
    pick with just one season as a starter for the reason that NFL-AFL merger in
    1970—that’s, there hadn’t been until the Jaguars chosen Walker. It isn’t that first picks must be experienced
    players—somewhat, it’s that first picks are often so dominant on the
    college level, there isn’t any way they do not start for a few seasons.
    But that wasn’t true for Walker.”

    Jacksonville has some promising young centerpieces in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back James Robinson and pass-rusher Josh Allen. Nevertheless, it is from a whole team and wishes so as to add pieces unlikely to miss.

    Walker is a boom-or-bust prospect in every sense. The Jags should regret not supporting their young roster with a prospect—perhaps Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson or NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu—who’s virtually guaranteed to make an instantaneous impact.

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    Kansas City Chiefs fans may not love the team’s decision to trade star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. Nevertheless, the Chiefs’ front office likely has no regrets.

    Hill is a game-breaking talent, however the Chiefs freed up plenty of financial flexibility by moving him. Hill signed a latest four-year, $120 million deal upon joining the Dolphins.

    “We got here in aggressive [with a contract offer], and after we got to some extent, we just said, ‘Listen, nowadays you’ve got issues you’ve got to cope with with the cap,'” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said, per ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “So we felt prefer it was higher to permit him to go ahead and be traded.”

    Getting 2022 first-, second- and fourth-round selections, and 2023 fourth- and sixth-round picks out of the deal definitely didn’t hurt. What the Chiefs should regret more is losing starting cornerback Charvarius Ward for nothing in free agency.

    Though Ward wasn’t a Pro Bowler last season, he was a consistent and reliable starter when healthy. He finished last season with 67 tackles, 10 passes defended and two interceptions and allowed an opposing passer rating of only 79.4 in coverage.

    Ward left the Chiefs to sign a three-year, $40.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Kansas City used a first-round pick on cornerback Trent McDuffie to interchange Ward, but he is not the proven starter that Ward has develop into.

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    The Las Vegas Raiders made a ton of huge splashes this offseason. They hired an experienced coach in Josh McDaniels, added a premier pass-rusher in Chandler Jones and purchased arguably the league’s top receiver in Davante Adams.

    The one regret the Raiders must have is letting cornerback Casey Hayward get away in free agency.

    While Hayward might not be among the many league’s biggest stars on the position, he’s long been a dependable cornerback. The 32-year-old has missed only two games for the reason that 2013 season and stays a flexible and effective defensive back.

    Last season, Hayward logged 46 tackles, nine passes defended, a security and an interception while starting all 17 games.

    The Raiders added cornerbacks Rock Ya-Sin and Anthony Averett this offseason, but that does not change the undeniable fact that they let a seasoned and dependable starter walk once they didn’t must.

    Las Vegas still has $21.1 million in cap space available. Hayward signed a modest two-year, $11 million cope with the Falcons in free agency.

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    The Los Angeles Chargers shouldn’t have many regrets this offseason. They locked up wideout Mike Williams, added pass-rusher Khalil Mack and cornerback J.C. Jackson and further bolstered their offense by drafting lineman Zion Johnson and running back Isaiah Spiller.

    Nevertheless, the Chargers should not be too comfortable about letting pass-rusher Uchenna Nwosu get away in free agency. They 25-year-old was is an up-and-coming defender who had an amazing 2021 campaign.

    Nwosu logged five sacks, 40 tackles, two forced fumbles and 30 quarterback pressures last season. He joined the Seattle Seahawks on a two-year, $19.1 million deal—a contract L.A. easily could have matched.

    Even after adding Mack and Jackson, the Chargers rank in the highest half of the league in cap space. They still have $14 million available and will have paid Nwosu fair market value to maintain him.

    The pass-rushing tandem of Mack and Joey Bosa needs to be tremendous, assuming Mack can stay healthy. (He missed 10 games following foot surgery in 2021.) Nevertheless, a trio of Mack, Bosa and Nwosu would have been even higher.

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    It’s hard accountable the Los Angeles Rams for not bringing back pass-rusher Von Miller. They have been living on the sting of salary-cap hell and never had any real hope of matching Buffalo’s six-year, $120 million offer.

    The Rams have invested heavily in veterans like Jalen Ramsey, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Donald and most recently Cooper Kupp. They didn’t come up with the money for to maintain the whole band together after their win in Super Bowl LVI.

    Nevertheless, that does not imply the Rams shouldn’t regret letting Miller slip away. They surrendered 2022 second- and third-round picks to get him last November, they usually viewed him as greater than a short-term rental.

    “Rams will make a concerted effort in resigning Von Miller—knowing full well his market shall be robust—source says,” Jordan Schultz of Boardroom and The Game Day NFL tweeted in February. “I’m told the team is open to each a one-year and multi-year extension for the long run Hall of Famer.”

    It wasn’t to be, though, as Miller took a large offer and can go attempt to earn a hoop with a 3rd franchise. Meanwhile, the Rams will search for other ways to bolster a pass rush that got five regular-season and 4 postseason sacks out of Miller in 2021.

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    The Miami Dolphins were smart to retain up-and-coming tight end Mike Gesicki this offseason. They’re still trying to search out out if quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is their long-term answer under center, and Gesicki has proven to be a reliable receiving option.

    In 2021, Gesicki caught 73 passes for 780 yards and two touchdowns. That was his second consecutive season with at the least 700 receiving yards.

    Nevertheless, the Dolphins should regret using the franchise tag on Gesicki as a substitute of signing him to a long-term deal. The Browns have since reset the market middle-tier tight ends.

    The Browns gave David Njoku a four-year, $54.75 million contract in late May. That is a ton of cash for a good end who has never been a Pro Bowler, and it changes the market in a way that Mark Andrews’ four-year, $56 million deal from last September didn’t.

    Andrews is among the many league’s top receiving tight ends. Njoku is firmly in a lower tier that features players like Gesicki and Dalton Schultz of the Cowboys.

    Waiting to increase Gesicki may cost the Dolphins tens of millions and might ultimately result in the 2 parting ways. If Gesicki doesn’t land a long-term deal before July 15, he shall be headed back to free agency in 2023, and the tight end market is not going to suddenly shrink before then.

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    The Minnesota Vikings made one of the surprising trades in the whole 2022 draft. Not only did they trade down 20 spots in the primary round, but they did it to assist out the division-rival Lions.

    Detroit moved as much as No. 12 and took former Alabama receiver Jamison Williams. To maneuver up from No. 32 to No. 12, the Lions only surrendered the thirty fourth and sixty fifth picks and even got the forty sixth pick as a part of the deal. That wasn’t an amazing return for Minnesota.

    The Vikings could have taken top-ranked safety prospect Kyle Hamilton at No. 12, but they as a substitute settled for Lewis Cine at No. 32. Cine was the Forty seventh-ranked prospect on the B/R Scouting Department’s final big board.

    The Vikings also made a draft-day cope with the rival Packers, flipping the thirty fourth pick for the 53rd and 59th selections. That was a way more favorable deal than the one Minnesota made with Detroit.

    “Not less than they made Green Bay overpay. Think that was probably hard to show down. I’m undecided why anyone within the constructing thought the cope with Detroit made sense,” Bleacher Report associate NFL editor Ian Kenyon tweeted.

    If Hamilton clearly outplays Cine, or if Williams becomes a star for the Lions, the Vikings may come to lament this trade for a decade-plus. Because it stands, they need to already regret doing a division rival such an enormous draft-day favor.

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    Last offseason, the Latest England Patriots went on a free-agent spending spree that helped them get back into the postseason. Armed with far less cap space this offseason—they currently have lower than $1 million in cap room available—they were forced to let considered one of their best defensive players get away.

    They never gave cornerback J.C. Jackson the franchise tag. He ultimately signed a five-year, $82.5 million cope with the Chargers in free agency.

    In late February, Jackson told Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston that the Patriots had yet touched base with him regarding a latest contract.

    The Patriots seemingly never even engaged Jackson in meaningful contract talks.

    “I suppose I can not be that necessary to them,” Jackson told Perry. “I do know I’m, but they are not showing me.”

    Jackson was among the finest defenders within the league at any position this past season. He finished with 58 tackles, a league-high 23 passes defended, eight interceptions and a Pro Bowl berth. In coverage, Jackson allowed an opposing quarterback rating of only 46.8.

    Jackson was the glue on the back end that held Latest England’s defense together. His departure creates a large hole which will prove unimaginable to interchange.

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    The Latest Orleans Saints got here into the 2022 offseason with minimal cap space, so keeping starting left tackle Terron Armstead was at all times going to be a challenge. He ultimately inked a five-year, $75 million cope with the Dolphins.

    Still, the Saints must regret not having the ability to retain Armstead. He was a dependable starter when healthy, and the Saints enter 2022 with loads of questions.

    For one, head coach Sean Payton stepped down, which led to the promotion of defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. Latest Orleans can also be banking on quarterback Jameis Winston, who’s coming off of a torn ACL, with journeyman Andy Dalton as a security valve.

    Keeping Armstead, a three-time Pro Bowler, would have left Latest Orleans higher poised for achievement because it transitions to the post-Payton era. Injuries were a little bit of a priority for Armstead, who missed nine games in 2021 with knee and elbow injuries, but he was a wall on the quarterback’s blind side.

    Armstead allowed only 4 sacks over the past three seasons combined, in accordance with Pro Football Focus.

    Latest Orleans did use a first-round pick on offensive tackle Trevor Penning. Nevertheless, he is not nearly as proven as Armstead, which leaves a critical query mark hovering over the rebuilding Saints.

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    Just like the rival Cowboys, the Latest York Giants were faced with the prospect of parting with a key contributor because of cap purposes. In Latest York’s case, it was cornerback James Bradberry, who was set to hold a 2022 cap hit of $21.9 million.

    Also just like the Cowboys, the Giants made it known that they’d take a low offer for Bradberry if it meant not cutting him for nothing. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reported in March that a late-round pick could get a deal done.

    Unlike Dallas, though, Latest York wasn’t in a position to get even a low return. The Giants eventually released the 2020 Pro Bowler, who quickly signed with the rival Eagles.

    Philadelphia was thrilled with Latest York’s decision.

    “A really versatile player. Smart, tough, physical. Can get the ball, can cover. Anytime you’ve got that kind of skill set together with your outside corners, it’s an excellent asset to have,” Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon said, per ESPN’s Tim McManus.

    Not only did the Giants lose Bradberry for nothing—though with a pre-June 1 release, he may net a compensatory draft pick—but in addition they allowed him to go to a bitter division rival as a substitute of picking his destination in a trade.

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    The Latest York Jets have won only six games over the past two seasons combined. It stands to reason that they did not have a ton of free agents that they considered priorities to re-sign.

    Nevertheless, the Jets would have been clever to maintain safety Marcus Maye this offseason, although he was coming off a torn Achilles.

    Over the previous few seasons, Maye has proved to be considered one of Latest York’s higher homegrown talents. Taken within the second round of the 2017 draft, Maye played out his rookie contract after which played on the franchise tag last season.

    When healthy in 2020, Maye was nothing wanting special on the back end of the Jets defense. He logged 88 tackles, two interceptions, 11 passes defended and allowed an opposing passer rating of only 80.4 in coverage.

    While Maye’s injury might need been a priority for the Jets, they may have afforded him. He went on to sign a three-year, $22.5 million cope with the Saints that features a 2022 cap hit of only $2.6 million.

    As a substitute of keeping Maye, the Jets opted to bring back Lamarcus Joyner, who played just one game in 2021 before suffering a season-ending elbow injury. When Joyner last played meaningful snaps—in 2020 with the Raiders—he allowed an opposing passer rating of 91.6 in coverage.

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    The Eagles have had a successful offseason overall. They landed a top-tier receiver in A.J. Brown, landed a premier defensive position prospect in Jordan Davis, got a latest pass-rusher in Haason Reddick and added cornerback James Bradberry after his release from the Giants.

    What the Eagles didn’t do was add a premier safety to enhance last 12 months’s 18th-ranked scoring defense. Philadelphia had options—including Marcus Williams, Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu—but its safety spot is definitely weaker than it was a 12 months ago.

    Philadelphia re-signed Anthony Harris but allowed Rodney McLeod to depart for the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles also didn’t draft a security.

    Following draft weekend,
    Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said he would “proceed to have a look at” the security position, in accordance with Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.

    Mathieu was in the marketplace when Roseman made the comment, but he has since signed with the Saints. Philadelphia is now set to move into training camp with a big query mark on the back end of its defense.

    Trading for a security like Jessie Bates III might be an option, but Philly should regret not making a robust move on the position earlier.

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    The Pittsburgh Steelers could have a latest starting quarterback in 2022. Ben Roethlisberger has retired, so Mitch Trubisky, Mason Rudolph or rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett shall be under center when the season opens.

    While Pittsburgh’s roster is powerful enough for a playoff push this season, its offensive line is not adequate to make sure success for whichever quarterback wins the starting job. The Steelers did little to upgrade a unit that was among the many NFL’s worst a 12 months ago.

    In 2021, the Steelers allowed 38 sacks while rating only twenty ninth in yards per carry despite having a Pro Bowler in rookie running back Najee Harris.

    Guard James Daniels and center Mason Cole were Pittsburgh’s only notable additions to the road this offseason. Daniels was a mostly reliable and versatile piece for the Bears, while Cole was out and in of the starting lineup with Arizona and Minnesota over the past few seasons.

    Neither needs to be viewed as a fast fix for the Steelers’ problematic line. Pittsburgh completely ignored its line throughout the draft, too.

    Because the offensive line is not prone to be significantly higher than it was a 12 months ago, the Steelers might opt against starting Pickett early within the season. If a quarterback goes to take lumps in September and October, it needs to be Rudolph or Trubisky.

    Pittsburgh also may not have the opportunity to lean on the bottom game as much because it would really like. Harris is an important dual-threat back, but he struggled to consistently find holes behind subpar blocking as a rookie.

    If the Steelers are hoping to compete for a playoff spot this offseason, they need to regret not investing more of their offensive line this offseason.

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    San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel wasn’t at OTAs, though he did attend mandatory minicamp. The Pro Bowler is angling for a latest contract, but his minicamp return seems to point that he won’t hold out into the regular season.

    Still, San Francisco likely wishes it had inked Samuel to an extension initially of the offseason, as latest deals for Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown and Cooper Kupp have reset the receiver market.

    Brown is the least expensive of the 4, and he’s set to earn $25 million annually on his latest deal. That is likely now the ground for Samuel, though there is a little bit of a caveat for the 49ers.

    In line with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Samuel is not comfortable along with his frequent use as a running back.

    “He’s a top receiver,” Rapoport said in April. “He also
    takes plenty of hits, used like a running back, put everywhere in the field,
    and it just doesn’t sound like he’s comfortable as of without delay with
    the way in which he’s getting used.”

    Much of Samuel’s value in San Francisco has come from his dual-threat ability. The 49ers may not wish to pay him top-of-the-market money to be a receiver only. If they will keep him, though, they might now not have a selection.

    Had the 49ers locked up Samuel before free agency, a deal within the $20-million-per-year range might need been feasible. Now that Hill is getting $30 million per 12 months—and the far less proven Christian Kirk is getting $18 million annually—San Francisco likely has no probability of keeping Samuel on a team-friendly contract.

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    The Seattle Seahawks got a large return for quarterback Russell Wilson, and they won’t have had much of a selection but to deal the long run Hall of Famer. While Wilson has insisted that a trade wasn’t his idea alone, he did admit it was mutual.

    “I didn’t initiate it,” Wilson told reporters during his introductory press conference with the Broncos. “It was
    definitely mutual along the way in which. There has definitely been plenty of
    conversations. It hasn’t been my initiating anything. But it surely is what it

    That does not imply that Seattle shouldn’t regret moving on from the long run Hall of Famer, though.

    Seattle has consistently remained a contender with Wilson under center. It missed the playoffs only twice since he was drafted in 2012.

    Things are going to be much different moving forward, especially with a gaping hole at the sport’s most significant position. Seattle will now turn to a quarterback competition featuring Drew Lock and Geno Smith, neither of whom will instill the identical week-in-week-out confidence that Wilson did.

    In time, the package that the Seahawks received for Wilson—which did include multiple players and two first-round and two second-round selections—might help them return to contention. For now, though, they need to regret going into 2022 with their current quarterback situation.

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    Will tight end Rob Gronkowski play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2022? That is perhaps the one real query hanging over the franchise without delay.

    Tom Brady unretired after only a couple of weeks, but his longtime favorite goal has yet to hitch him. For now, Gronkowski appears to be having fun with his day without work and putting in media appearances as a substitute of time at offseason workouts.

    The Buccaneers are “optimistic” that Gronkowski shall be back, in accordance with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, although they’ve yet to re-sign him. The Bucs probably regret not adding more insurance on the position this offseason provided that uncertainty.

    Cameron Brate remains to be within the fold, and Tampa added Cade Otton and Ko Kleft on Day 3 of the draft. Nevertheless, O.J. Howard departed for Buffalo in free agency, and the Buccaneers didn’t reload with a pass-catching tight end. Additionally they didn’t use a high draft selection on a more proven prospect.

    To say that Tampa has quite a bit riding on Gronkowski’s decision could be an understatement. He’s been an enormous piece of the offense since arriving in 2020 and Brate—who hasn’t topped 400 receiving yards since 2017—is the one established tight end on the roster.

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    The Tennessee Titans clearly believed that they may replace standout receiver A.J. Brown with a younger, cheaper option within the 2022 draft. They dealt their leading receiver to the Eagles for the 18th overall pick and used that selection on Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks.

    While the choice will save Tennessee money—Brown signed a latest four-year, $100 million extension with Philadelphia—it is not guaranteed to work out on the sphere.

    Brown was perfect for the Titans’ run-first offense. He’s a big-bodied deep threat who could reap the benefits of play motion and supply quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a reliable downfield goal.

    In three seasons with Tennessee, Brown logged 185 receptions for two,995 yards and 24 touchdowns. In each of those years, he had a passer rating no lower than 94.5 when targeted.

    The 6’2″, 225-pound Burks has the potential to fill the role vacated by Brown, but he’s each unpolished and unproven.

    “He might want to improve on some details to benefit from his ability, which makes his floor to be an every-down contributor a bit lower when he starts his skilled profession,” Nate Tice of the B/R Scouting Department wrote.

    The Titans also traded for Robert Woods, who’s recovering from a torn ACL. He’s largely a substitute for 2021 No. 2 receiver Julio Jones, who stays unsigned.

    Tennessee’s championship window appears to be closer to closing than opening. The Titans survived a lengthy absence by star running back Derrick Henry and claimed the AFC’s No. 1 seed last season. Nevertheless, Henry is now one other 12 months older, while Tannehill continues to point out regression after being a Pro Bowler in 2019.

    This may occasionally be the Titans’ last, best probability to make a run on the Super Bowl. They need to regret giving up their best receiving weapon with a 12 months remaining on his rookie contract.

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    The Washington Commanders joined the quarterback carousel once they acquired Carson Wentz from the Colts. The value wasn’t exceedingly steep—Washington surrendered 2022 and 2023 third-round picks (the latter could turn right into a second-rounder)—but Wentz is not good, either.

    Toward the tip of his time with the Eagles, Wentz was a borderline disaster. He threw a league-high 15 interceptions and had only a 72.8 passer rating in 2020.

    Wentz was higher statistically with Indianapolis, posting 27 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 94.6 rating last season, but he struggled down the stretch. He went 9-8 with a loaded Colts team, stumbled in
    late-season losses to the Las Vegas Raiders and Jaguars (333 combined
    passing yards, two touchdowns, two turnovers) and value Indianapolis a shot on the

    Is Wentz higher than incumbent Taylor Heinicke? Perhaps, but he is not prone to lift a squad that went 7-10 last season to title contention.

    Wentz will probably play just well enough to maintain Washington out of the combo for a top quarterback within the 2023 draft—a category headlined by C.J. Stroud and Bryce Young. The Commanders are prone to be a borderline playoff team that continues to be stuck in quarterback purgatory for one more few seasons.

    Advanced statistics from Pro Football Reference unless otherwise noted. Contract and cap information via Spotrac.

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