The legal tampering period of NFL free agency contained several major moves, but which five teams have done the best job so far?
Star players Stefon Diggs, DeAndre Hopkins, and DeForest Buckner all moved teams during the first two days of NFL free agency. Over the years, there’s been an increasing trend towards more trades and splashier, creative moves from teams, making the legal tampering period of free agency an even more exciting time of the year for fans.
However, teams aren’t necessarily looking to channel Draft Day‘s Anthony Molina; they aren’t making splashes for the sake of the attention. They want to win football games.
Here are the five teams who put themselves in the best position to rack up wins in 2020.
The Buffalo Bills made one of the biggest moves of free agency thus far, acquiring a true superstar wide receiver in Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings. Diggs had always been in a state of discontent due to the frustrating quarterbacking of Kirk Cousins, and since the Vikings have decided to hitch themselves to the maddeningly inconsistent passer, Diggs wanted out.
Minnesota granted the star wideout his wish, and the Bills were able to acquire one of the NFL’s smartest and most explosive route-runners.
Josh Allen needed a true No. 1 guy to throw it to, and the Bills passing attack suddenly looks dangerous. Diggs will have to deal with Allen’s accuracy and decision-making woes, but he’ll love it when Allen hits him up with deep ball after deep ball. Allen’s athletic ability and arm strength cannot be questioned.
But the Bills did more than acquire a game-breaking wide receiver. They also added some nice pieces to their defense, signing Mario Addison to a cheaper deal than what Shaq Lawson earned from the rival Miami Dolphins. Addison joins Star Lotulelei as another former productive Panther on Sean McDermott’s defensive line.
Buffalo signed A.J. Klein as an upgrade to the linebackers, added the hard-working Tyler Matakevich to their core special teams unit, and kept one of the league’s better playmaking safeties in Jordan Poyer.
Diggs is the crown jewel of the Bills’ free-agency acquisitions, but the quality additions to the defense shouldn’t be overlooked either.