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2019 ‘Best’ NFL Free Agent Period Tournament (AFC West)

Date:
March 22, 2019 6:35 PM
March 25, 2019 5:13 PM

2019 ‘Best’ NFL Free Agent Period Tournament (AFC West)

Looking strictly at the offseason moves through mid-March…the signings, lost players, trades, etc. Pitting two teams against each other and trying to evaluate which team got better through all their moves.

We’re going to go division-by-division, head-to-head tournament style, to get eight winners and then pit those finalists against each other until we get to the top AFC and NFC representatives and declare a ‘best of 2019’.

***Chiefs vs. Raiders***

Kansas City

Key adds: CB Breshaud Breeland, DE Alex Okafor, OLB Damien Wilson, CB Tyrann Mathieu, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Dontae Johnson, SF 2nd-round pick.

Key losses: OLB Dee Ford, WR Chris Conley, TE Demetrius Harris, OC Mitch Morse, CB Steven Nelson

Oakland

Key adds: WR Antonio Brown, LB Vontaze Burfict, WR J.J. Nelson, WR Tyrell Williams, SAF LaMarcus Joyner, LT Trenton Brown

Key losses: #66, #141 picks in the draft, TE Jared Cook

Analysis: If a team got crushed more than the Chiefs this offseason/free agent period, I haven’t come across them yet (halfway through the divisions). Four starters, five useful players…just ‘gone’.

Tyrann Mathieu is an overrated ‘help’ and the 2nd-round pick is sweet, but other than that a bunch of fringe starters in while really good players gone. Carlos Hyde is fine but isn’t any better or worse than Spencer Ware.

People say the Chiefs are trying to copy the Patriots with their letting players go…no, the Patriots let overrated players go and bring in smart undervalued ones to replace them year after year after year. You can’t just ‘pass’ on paying some players and think you’re suddenly Bill Belichick. KC just dumped a bunch of things and then spent money on a safety and picked up other trinkets. This offseason pretty much put a dagger in the Chiefs pipe dream of getting past New England this season. And, man, if Tyreek is gone…

Oakland comes out ahead, I guess…in part because no one wants any of their terrible players – so, they haven’t lost any players of note. A.Brown-Williams-Joyner-T.Brown definitely make a team better, but Oakland was more than reshuffling their WRs around from becoming a respectable football team. They have a dreadful defense and they’ve only added LaMarcus Joyner so far (Burfict no real help).

Winner: Oakland is definitely better off than they were…they couldn’t go much lower. It’s an easy win over maybe the most declined team in the NFL this season – KC.

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***Chargers vs. Broncos***

LA Chargers

Key adds: QB Tyrod Taylor, OLB Thomas Davis

Key losses: CB Jason Verrett, WR Tyrell Williams

Denver

Key adds: CB Bryce Callahan, RT Ju’Wuan James, DB Kareem Jackson, QB Joe Flacco

Key losses: #113 draft pick, OLB Shaq Barrett, OC Max Garcia, OC Matt Paradis, CB Bradley Roby, OT Billy Turner

Analysis: I’m not the biggest Tyrod Taylor fan, but he’s a smart QB to have as a backup. A huge improvement over their 2018 backup plan. Smart move by LAC. They lose Jason Verrett, one-time ace CB…but he’s been hurt for 2+ years and hasn’t really played. Tyrell Williams is a loss, but LAC/Anthony Lynn didn’t really use him right anyway. The Tyrod add was smart and makes LAC better going forward.

I really don’t love anything Denver did this offseason, except Bryce Callahan is really good…however, all the guys they got are, at least, helpful/an upgrade at most positions from 2018. Losing Matt Paradis was a big hit, but overall Denver is better than they were.

Winner: I have to say Denver. Joe Flacco alone is a bigger upgrade than LAC getting better at backup QB. Denver still isn’t going anywhere in 2019…but they’re better by their moves, just from the QB move alone.

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***Raiders v. Broncos***

Oakland

Key adds: WR Antonio Brown, LB Vontaze Burfict, WR J.J. Nelson, WR Tyrell Williams, SAF LaMarcus Joyner, LT Trenton Brown

Key losses: #66, #141 picks in the draft, TE Jared Cook

Denver

Key adds: CB Bryce Callahan, RT Ju’Wuan James, DB Kareem Jackson, QB Joe Flacco

Key losses: #113 draft pick, OLB Shaq Barrett, OC Max Garcia, OC Matt Paradis, CB Bradley Roby, OT Billy Turner

Analysis: Denver got better, but not that much better. And they took quite a hit on the O-Line. The Raiders are just better by virtue of all pluses and no real minuses.

Winner: You like what the Raiders did better just looking at the names at a quick glance, and then looking at it deeper. Oakland has some firepower. Whether they use it properly is a different question, but they got ‘more better’ than Denver did. Neither a powerhouse offseason…Oakland definitely more ‘splashy’.


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