With the first wave of free agency all but over, the winners have made their mark. The losers, not so much. Be it because of they chose not to participate, or did so in the worst possible way by watching their stars land big contracts elsewhere. Not everyone can be a winner in the offseason, here’s my list of the biggest losers.
Don’t plan the Super Bowl repeat party just yet... What’s happened to the Ravens post Super Bowl is bordering on rebuild material. Ozzie Newsome has either cut or lost four players on defense that would have probably started had they stayed with the club, and it looks like that total will probably hit five when Ed Reed eventually signs elsewhere.
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I can understand why they were reticent to hand out big paydays in free agency, what with last year’s offseason blunders, but they could have at least done... something. They lost Andy Levitre to the Titans, then made one of their more questionable moves by releasing Ryan Fitzpatrick. Can only hope their big splash in this year’s free agent pool, Manny Lawson, works out better than last years.
I’ve been a little surprised by the Bengals lack of activity to this point. They have the most cap space of any team in the NFL, and haven’t really done much of anything. Cincinnati hasn’t even been able to keep some of their best from hitting the market.
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Very little has been done to help get this team over the top. They still don’t have a legitimate receiving threat to accompany Andre Johnson, and the markets starting to get kind of shallow as far as receivers go. They also lost Glover Quin to the Detroit Lions and James Casey and Connor Barwin to the Philadelphia Eagles.
New York Jets
I don’t want to be too hard on the New York Jets, simply because new general manager John Idzik came into town $20M over the cap, but it still hasn’t been a good offseason for Jets fans. If the Jets are done with offseason signings already, with just David Garrard, Mike Goodson and Willie Colon to show for it, the Jets could be in for another long season.
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