I keep seeing fans tout free agency as a major success simply by listing all the positions at which the team has added a player. To be clear, that is in not how anyone should deem a free agent class a success.
Adding bodies at various positions is not success. Every team has bodies. Every team fills out a roster. Last year’s 0-16 Browns had a full 90-man roster in the offseason just like everybody else. Quantity does not equal quality.
There is no question the Raiders have the quantity part of this year’s free agency. But do they have the quality? Let’s look at the players they’ve signed so far to see.
The Dallas Cowboys have made it a clear priority to upgrade their wide receiver room this offseason. After they saw significant declines in 2017 from this group it’s easy to see why. Since the offseason began, they started by letting Derek Dooley move on to bring in Sanjay Lal to coach the receivers. This week, the Cowboys added a speedster veteran receiver who spent time with Lal in Deonte Thompson. However, the biggest news was their courting and signing of wide receiver free agent Allen Hurns.
Hurns signed a two-year deal worth $12 million and Thompson’s deal is for one-year up to $2.5 million, although Thompson’s cap hit is $1.8 million with $700,000 in hard-to-reach-incentives. When you look at those deals they are relatively good ones but you also have to look at the position. If the Cowboys intend on keeping Dez Bryant, his cap hit is currently $16.
The Cleveland Browns signed free agent cornerback EJ Gaines, making him the fourth new defensive back to join the team this offseason.
Gaines’ contract is a one-year deal, worth $4 million, but he can earn another $1 million in incentives, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Browns signed free agent CB EJ Gaines to a 1-year deal worth $4M, source said. He can earn up to $5M with incentives.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018
With the signing, the Browns’ secondary will look drastically different in 2018. Gaines joins Damarious Randall, T.J. Carrie, and Terrence Mitchell as the latest additions to a group that struggled last season in its first season under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Well, this came out of left field.
#Chargers DL Corey Liuget was suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 23, 2018
Most of us thought that the Chargers would restructure his contract, if not cut him. Does this mean he’s on his way out?
Liuget is due 8 million this year and the Chargers would only suffer a 3 million dollar cap hit if they release him… https://t.co/lECE8ep4HE— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) March 23, 2018
It’ll be interesting to see how this impacts the Chargers moving forward. Release him and use that money for say, Suh or Hankins? Quite the turn of events.