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NFL Free Agency Raises Questions About Upcoming Season

By: John McCormick Jr.

The National Football League (NFL) has entered the upside down world as free agency and the trade block has moved some big name players to new locations. 

Many teams have spent the offseason this year getting a new Quarterback for their franchise or extending the contract of their man in the starting position.

Russell Wilson has been shipped off to Denver as his time in Seattle has come to an end. The Seahawks have received quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant alongside a handful of picks. The Broncos have had 11 different starting quarterbacks since the retirement of Peyton Manning, so Wilson being a high caliber player should be able to hold the starting position for quite some time.

The drama in Green Bay did not stop at Aaron Rodgers as the Packers extended his contract for an additional four years, but traded away one of the best receivers in the game recently, Davante Adams. Adams was sent to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for two first-round picks. 

Other notable quarterbacks that moved were Matt Ryan getting traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Indianapolis Colts, Carson Wentz getting traded from the Indianapolis Colts to the Washington Commanders, Mitchell Trubisky signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Marcus Mariota signing with the Atlanta Falcons, Tyrod Taylor signing with the New York Giants, and Deshaun Watson getting traded from the Houston Texans to the Cleveland Browns. 

The Cleveland Browns have also picked up star wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys to replace Jarvis Landry who was released, but the big question in Cleveland is what do they do with starting quarterback Baker Mayfield?

Mayfield’s options are limited due to his inconsistency and injury prone career he has had so far, but Seattle could be a destination spot for him. Only time will tell what happens with him.

The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be breaking up the big three as Tyreek Hill was sent to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for five draft picks. The Chiefs made up for the lost star slot receiver as they acquired Green Bay’s receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and former Pittsburgh Steeler Juju Smith-Schuster. 

The Miami Dolphins made some moves alongside trading for Hill as they have acquired Teddy Bridgewater from the Broncos, running back Raheem Mostert from San Francisco and running back Chase Edmonds from the Arizona Cardinals. 

The Super Bowl winning Los Angeles Rams have lost linebacker Von Miller and wide receiver Robert Woods, but have acquired former Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson. Von Miller has signed with the Buffalo Bills and Robert Woods was traded to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for draft picks. Woods will be a good fit as the Titans have released Julio Jones into free agency.

Sticking with star linebackers, former Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers have also picked up Cornerback J.C Jackson from the New England Patriots. 

To put the icing on the top of this year’s free agency cake, Tom Brady has decided retirement is not for him and will be returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd season. The Buccaneers have extended wide receiver Chris Godwin and running back Leonard Fournette’s contracts. Their second string running back Ronald Jones has left the team and has signed with the Chiefs, but have acquired former Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage. 

The league has never been more shook up than this year’s free agency. Who will perform the best for their new team and could this upcoming season be the most entertaining to watch?

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