This off-season for the NFL has been as exciting and intense as the The Red Wedding was in Game of Thrones. Alright, G.O.T reference already out of the way, it’s now time to get serious about what the implications of these free agency acquisitions are. I’m not really sure what happened between last year and this off-season but apparently high profile players want to go and play for the Raiders, and the Browns, and even the Jets.
Ok well that’s not entirely true, I know what happened, I mean lets be honest we all do. New/young promising quarterbacks make all the difference, it almost acts as a lighting rod for top tier free agents. If you would have told me a year ago that Odell Beckham Jr. would break down into tears after being traded to the Browns, I would have surely thought it would be tears of anguish and dismay and not of happiness. Antonio Brown to the Raiders, Le’veon Bell to the Jets, CJ Mosley to the Jets, I mean what a continental shift in what makes a team a desirable location to play at.
I don’t think people realize the magnitude of how big the shift is. Almost for the past decade or so, teams like the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers were teams you thought of when you thought of having a winning culture, a desirable location to play if you will. I know i’m leaving the Patriots out of it, they are still the cream of the crop, all you Boston fans still have the right to remain obnoxious for the time being. Now all of the sudden the Giants and Broncos are quite literately the laughing stock of the league, the new Raiders and Browns if you will (lol ironic). The Steelers are like desperate housewives, I mean you never know what kind of drama will unfold over there in Pittsburgh. However; with the departure of Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell, I think that the drama has finally settled but it doesn’t change the fact that the Steelers are a shell of their former self in losing their two best play makers.
The Browns are a serious threat now. Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham jr, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, David Njoku, Jarivs Landry, it’s like i’m listing off Pro Bowl selections. Even with the Antonio Brown signing, the Raiders have an enormous amount of draft capital remaining, they are 1-2 good drafts away from building a seriously good pro football team. Finally that leaves us the Jets with a promising rookie in Sam Darnold and his addition of a versatile play maker in Le’veon Bell. Not only that, the deference that the Jets are assembling has given me goosebumps. Lets start with the free agent signing of arguably the best interior linebacker with CJ Mosley, then you have one of the best safety’s in Jamal Adams, you also have Henry Anderson a great defensive linemen not matter the defensive scheme. I mean guys this defense is looking legit.
At times people have referred to the NFL as a pendulum, when it swings too far one way it’ll eventually swing back the other way. Within just these past couple days, we are witnessing that pendulum swing completely the other way and has made way for a new age where those who were last shall be first. Buckle down world, here comes The New York Jets, The Cleveland Browns, and The Oakland Raiders.