Two days into free agency and, well, are we having fun yet? I might or might not still be married, and seeing a Twitter scroll in my sleep isn't the greatest thing in the world. But let's be honest: NFL free agency, even without a ton of money being spent, is a fascinating and fun thing to watch.
Rumors/signings/visits/physicals/redacted rumors move so fast that it's almost impossible to keep up with what's going on. So let's push the reset button and figure out where teams stand two days deep into the NFL free agency period.
I'm not assigning a grade, and I'm not even going winner or loser on anyone because you don't win in the NFL in March. Many of the teams who aren't making moves are the ones that we see in the playoffs every year. Some teams are cash-strapped, so there's no money to spend. And there will be value later on.
This is more of a temperature gauge for what's going on. If you love, hate, agree or disagree with what I say about your team, let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @WillBrinson.
(1 year, $2.5M) is nice; an upgrade over
is ... a sleeper? Why not! I love the
signing. Nothing over the top for AZ, but they dumped some older players and made some quality moves. Still a long(ish) climb to catch up with the NFC West "powers."
is huge. They still have issues at cornerback, running back and defensive end. Lucky them, those are the exact markets that are currently supressed. Thomas Dimitroff needs to land solid value at all three spots to head into 2013 as one of the top contenders.
||OH, MY GOD. SET IT ON FIRE. Just kidding. Pete Prisco had a perfectly accurate take on the
: they're making sure they don't get stuck in a bad salary-cap spot again. Losing
hurts, but they'll be fine. Keep calm and Ozzie Newsome.
is the right move (as Mike Freeman noted). But it kind of lets the cat out of the bag on the draft, doesn't it?
is a nice/underrated add. Much quieter offseason for Buffalo so far this year. That would be a lot better if they hadn't lost
||No money, no problems? The
are strapped for cash and basically swapped
. Their fans need to trust Dave Gettleman can find some value once free agency cools down. Don't expect any action.
||Unicorns and dinosaurs, oh my!
's an underrated add.
is help, but they paid way, way too much. The worst part? Everyone's saying
needs to ball out or be stoned to death. Or something. Lots of expectations here for some reason.
||What has two thumbs, a ton of cap space and isn't doing a dang thing in free agency? (Actually,
might not have two thumbs, but you get the point.) A quiet offseason so far; bringing back
would be very, very nice.
||Cleveland's probably No. 2 in the Offseason Champs Power Rankings. That's usually not a good thing, but I like what they've done. Paul Kruger,
and Quinten Groves fit with Ray Horton's new scheme. Would like to see them add a tight end too. If
plays well, could they contend in the AFC North? But, no, really?
Totally boring free agency period. That's OK, obviously; they spent big last year and have a cap hit and are paying
out the wazz. Is
going to be safe, though?
||John Elway is basically just a character on NBA Jam right now. The
just have a pile of great free-agent signings:
. Every deal makes sense, isn't too expensive and a few have hurt their rivals in the process. Killing it right now.
shores up the secondary, and I love the
signing -- he'll give their offense added versatility.
is sneaky good on the defensive line.
might be the real steal here, though, in a nice second-day haul for Detroit.
||Rumors abound of a
deal. But other than that, Ted Thompson is being very quiet. This isn't that surprising, and the
Green Bay Packers
should be fine. No one expected them to go nuts.
||Mostly losing here, with the aforementioned Quin leaving,
bolting for Philadelphia and
getting cut. The
didn't have a lot of money to start with, are fine from a talent standpoint but head into the third day of free agency with holes to fill.
||Ryan Grigson's 2012 draft was good enough to get the benefit of the doubt on overpaying
. The new-look secondary, with
, is stout.
is a nice addition as well on the line. Can these signings pan out?
tells you everything you need to know: the
aren't -- and don't intend to be -- active in free agency. At least while they're paying the price of past bad decisions the new regime has the right idea about building a team.
Kansas City Chiefs
will be interesting to watch:
is their offseason lynchpin for now. That's scary.
are nice grabs off the market.
... eh. They've been real active, but is anyone scared? No. 1 overall is critical.
are making it rain all over South Beach.
and Dannell Ellerbe are cash bombs and need to pay off. I like
. Feels like
cost too much. If they get good value at left tackle and cornerback, I'll change my tune, but I'm not completely sold this working out right now even if it looks nice.
||Critical of the
back, if only to avoid
going Hulk Smash on everyone. Losing
hurts, and they've got to reload at wideout in the draft (or FA) but they've got the ammunition. The defense might be in a bit more trouble. Skeptical of a repeat of 2012 at the moment.
New England Patriots
' decision to trade Wes Welker for
. Hate it.
are still out there and could come cheap, so New England might be fine. The karma of the Welker move leaves a bad taste in my mouth, though. Who's playing wideout for them if Amendola goes down?
||Could they crank up the offseason by bringing in Rob Ryan fave
would be a coup. Mostly losses, including Bushrod, for a cash-strapped team right now. There should be a touch of concern at the moemnt.
before free agency began was big, but that deal looks pretty huge at the moment (dollars-wise, anyway). They also, um, added a kicker. The
New York Giants
are being patient, though. It's what they do.
New York Jets
have lost everyone, it feels like (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since their roster stunk) ... except for
. His situation still holds them hostage with trade rumors percolating like crazy. Gotta think John Idzik is just in "hold on for dear life and get through our salary-cap trainwreck nightmare" mode at this point.
||Speaking of nightmares: heeeeeeeeello, Reggie McKenzie. The
are in a purge, too, right now. But it's like I've been saying for a year now -- "Into the Crevasse." It can't get better until it gets worse, and things will be very much worse for Oakland next year. Gone are most of Al Davis' picks, like
. This isn't a bad thing, you know?
||This version of the not-so-dreamy team is so much better looking than Andy Reid's version. The
are acquiring weapons and versatile players who don't cost a pile of cash, like
, James Casey,
. Very curious to see how Chip Kelly handles the draft, but I like his moves thus far.
homer Ryan Wilson chatted me on Wednesday excited that Pittsburgh might have a visit from
(who is quite good), so that tells you what's going on in Pittsburgh. It's a reboot to a younger group. And the Steelers aren't splashy, anyway.
San Diego Chargers
late on Wednesday night and if he's healthy it's a great addition. Louis Vasquez might not be ideal for their setup, but losing their best lineman hurt. Who's protecting
? I get that Tom Telesco's gonna be patient,but that offensive line scares me right now, even if they did add
||So much was made of the Anquan Boldin trade. Settle down, everyone.
's the definition of a guy who gets inexplicably better under Jim Harbaugh (and here's an interesting read on their defensive future). With
out, safety has to be a priority, and
and Ed Reed are options. Not that concerned about this team being too active in free agency.
||As I said on Twitter on Wednesday, John Schneider is a friggin Jedi for pulling
in for two years and $15 million. I personally LOVE the Percy Harvin trade as well, although I understand why people are hesitant about it. For me, the
are crushing free agency right now. Second-best team to the Broncos.
I love. His contract? Not so much. Depending on what they do with
, who took the world's longest physical on Wednesday, they could come out looking nice. But where are the receivers? Cook's a weapon, but get
some help, please.
||A fascinating team to watch depending on what they do with Revis (competing now with him might involve a first-round pick that they very much want in 2013). Goldson and
are a dynamic safety pairing. They still need some defensive end help, but everything hinges on the cornerback situation.
. Dude got nearly as much as Reggie Bush did to back up
Sammie Lee Hill
signings are very nice, however. Landing Levitre was a great grab (but it ruins my mock draft ...) even if it was expensive. The Greene thing really grinds my gears to the point I almost can't get past it.
||It doesn't really feel like free agency with the
being so calm, does it? They don't have a ton of money and, honestly, it might be a good thing for them. There should be some quality value on the market in the next few days and weeks, and they can take advantage. Cornerback market, which they need to hit after losing
, is far from dried up at this point.