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When the offseason begins, teams in the National Football League are always looking for players that will bring their squad closer to the playoffs. However, there’s always teams that don’t improve, and at times set themselves back a bit. Though not officially over, the major moves have come and gone. Now it’s time to view the five losers of free agency.
1. Arizona Cardinals:
When a team loses their head coach, things can get rough as new systems are put into practice. Players that fit one system may not fit the current one. However, spending a ton on a quarterback like Sam Bradford, is not a good move at all. It doesn’t help that they also signed Mike Glennon to back up Bradford and drafted Josh Rosen to be the future of team. Arizona is going to have an uphill battle, trying to catch nearly every team in their division. What will be interesting to see is if Rosen starts right away. If he does, they’ll need to play it very safe. Arizona wanted to send wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald off in style: it doesn’t look like that will happen.
2. Miami Dolphins
It’s easy to sum up the Dolphin’s offseason in one move: Miami traded Jarvis Landry to the Cleveland Browns for a fourth and seventh round pick. Let that sink in: one of the best wide receivers in the NFL was traded for a medium and low draft pick. Replacing Landry with Albert Wilson and Danny Amendola are moves that were questionable but could be seen as damage control. It also didn’t help that they dumped defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. While drafting safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and tight end Mike Gesicki were great moves, it doesn’t equal what they lost. At least they signed quarterbacks Brock Osweiler and running back Frank Gore though?
3. Indianapolis Colts:
So what did they do? They lost running back Frank Gore, cut defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins and drafted rough. The Colts’ defense last year was a mess. All they did was get some smaller cornerbacks and draft an under the radar linebacker in Darius Leonard. While drafting guard Quinton Nelson was a good move to protect quarterback Andrew Luck, they needed defensive help. Or at least some kind of weapon at running back or wide receiver but couldn’t help themselves. Considering that every team in the AFC south is getting younger and better but them, Indianapolis is going to have some thinking to do.
4. Dallas Cowboys:
Again, what did they do? They cut their best wide receiver and then franchise tagged a good defensive end. Other than that, nothing. The draft was questionable when they picked linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and ignored wide receiver until the third round. The Cowboys are putting too many eggs in the “Dak Prescott will return to glory” basket. If that fails, Jerry Jones is going to have some explaining to do.
5. Cincinnati Bengals:
After the Marvin Lewis debacle, it’s not good in the jungle. The team is on the right path but they didn’t get anything that could push them over the hump from last year’s 7-9 finish. Building a line to protect quarterback Andy Dalton was a good move but can you really trust Dalton after years of decent play? Even the Baltimore Ravens, who gave Joe Flacco a huge contract, ultimately drafted his eventual replacement. Cincinnati is going to be one in the same and in a division like the AFC North. That’s not good.