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SportNFL free agency winners, losers: Raiders, Jets, Browns go big; Giants, Steelers flop

23:40  13 march  2019
23:40  13 march  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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NFL free agency in 2019 has been a smashing success for some teams and a total failure for Like the Browns , the Jets were not far from competing for the playoffs last season with Darnold. Losers : Steelers . The Killer B's era is officially over with Antonio Brown traded to the Raiders and Bell

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NFL free agency in 2019 has been crazier than usual. Elite wide receivers were traded in blockbuster deals, there was another marquee QB deal, and multiple teams have been aggressive stockpiling veteran talent.

But what players and teams are coming out of free agency looking the best, and what moves have them looking like the worst? Here's going around the league to break it all down:

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2019 NFL free agency winners and losers

Winners: Browns

Getting Odell Beckham Jr. to take Baker Mayfield and their offense to another stratosphere is one thing, but the Browns also upgraded on defense with Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon as great fits for their scheme. The Browns are in a rare position to draft for luxury vs. need when they pick without a first-rounder in April. There's not even a question about their status as AFC North front-runners now with John Dorsey and Freddie Kitchens.

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Losers: Giants

They recovered a lot of money and got extra picks by moving Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon and not re-signing safety Landon Collins. General manager Dave Gettleman is doing some gutting with a cost-effective rebuild in mind, which worked for him in Carolina. But for now, New York is a shell of what it needs to be in order to be competitive for coachPat Shurmur, especially if the team sticks with Eli Manning as surefire starting quarterback without OBJ.

Winners: Jets

The Giants are also getting heat for drafting Saquon Barkley No. 2 overall last year as the other New York team got its franchise QB, Sam Darnold. Now the Jets have a special feature back of their own in Le'Veon Bell. The 26-year-old is big-time support in the running and passing games, and Jamison Crowder and Josh Bellamy boost an underrated receiving trio of Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and tight end Chris Herndon.

Trade Analysis: Antonio Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders

Trade Analysis: Antonio Brown traded to the Oakland Raiders Woah, that’s woken me up! The news that the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round and fifth-round pick not only made me sit up like the Undertaker in bed when I read it, but it had me scrambling to my keyboard to write this article. The trade isn’t just interesting, it’s genuinely exciting. I have two nicknames for my beloved Oakland Raiders (for the purpose of my numerous fantasy teams) the Oaklan Raiers, and the Oakland Rebuilds. Whilst both served me well, I might not be able to stick with these names next year, because of the implications of this trade. Implications which I think have covered all of below. The Objective of the Oakland Raiders As in any trade, free agent acquisition or coaching hire you need to question if the current goal is evident in what they did. The first thing that causes you to raise an eyebrow is the simple fact that the Oakland side appeared to be in full rebuild mode. The last 12 months have consisted of two primary headlines, both of which involve trading away our most talented players for draft capital, this is a big, bright, blinking sign saying “we are rebuilding our team” if ever I’ve seen one. Bringing on Antonio Brown, however, seems more optimistic than that. I hope that this signing, potentially spurred on by how good an opportunity it was, will make Gruden and new GM Mike Mayock look at the 2019 draft a little differently.

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NFL teams are less than a week into free agency , but all of the WINNERS . Browns : They're clearly the sexy team entering the 2019 season after adding DE Olivier Vernon, DT Sheldon Jets : Now more than a half-century removed from their lone championship, they've been prominent free agent players

For Gregg Williams' defense, they couldn't quite land linebacker Anthony Barr or cornerback Pierre Desir, but keeping versatile lineman Henry Anderson and getting C.J. Mosley to clean up on the second level were coups. Like the Browns, the Jets were not far from competing for the playoffs last season with Darnold. So it made sense for GM Mike Maccagnan to be aggressively spending, as well, to take advantage of having the initial savings of a good first-round QB.

Loser: Le'Veon Bell

Bell ended up with a team on the rise, but by sitting out a year with the Steelers to protect himself from injury, he ended up hurting his longer-term earning potential. Several teams shied away from making stronger offers for him. He went in expecting more than the $52.5 million over four years with $35 million guaranteed he got from New York. In relation to what running backs are worth now, that is high, but it didn't push Todd Gurley for the top of the market. Consider this a close loss.

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Losers: Steelers

The Killer B's era is officially over with Antonio Brown traded to the Raiders and Bell signing with the Jets. The Steelers also saw the Browns and Ravens make some marquee moves to improve their teams. Cornerback Steven Nelson is a good acquisition, but Pittsburgh goes into the draft with considerable holes coming off a non-playoff season. The next question becomes how long Ben Roethlisberger will play to prop up the team into contention.

Winners: Eagles

Keeping Brandon Graham and getting Malik Jackson was a good combination for the Eagles' defensive line, and getting DeSean Jackson back as a deep threat in the offense was good, too. They also got something out of cut candidate Michael Bennett by sending the end to the Patriots. And they resisted trying to pull off a tag-and-trade with quarterback Nick Foles.

Winner: Nick Foles

Foles' feel-great story had to end in Philadelphia, and he cashed in with his one real suitor, getting $50 million-plus in guaranteed money as part of his four-year, $88 million deal. Jacksonville is giving him a clear-cut chance to remain a starter thinking he has more playoff magic left in him.

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Winners: Packers

Green Bay is sitting pretty for the draft after getting two Smiths from the Beltway (former Raven Za'Darius, former Redskin Preston) to replace fading Clay Matthews and Nick Perry as its top edge pass-rushers for Mike Pettine. The Packers also addressed their next biggest defensive need with free safety Adrian Amos, plucking him from the rival Bears. That leaves a ton of flexibility with their two first-round picks, where defensive line and tight end are firmly in play. GM Brian Gutekunst has separated from Ted Thompson with his calculated attack mode.

Losers: Bears

Amos is a tough loss for their secondary, as well as unsigned nickel back Bryce Callahan. Signing Buster Skrine for the slot is a big downgrade, and by not getting into the Bell sweepstakes after not taking a flyer on Kareem Hunt, they settled for Seahawks backup Mike Davis for their offensive backfield. Wide receiver/return man Cordarrelle Patterson doesn't do much to move the needle, either. Chicago and Ryan Pace get a little break for having a busy, effective 2018 offseason, capped by the Khail Mack trade. But this hasn't been much of a follow-up with Green Bay doing real work and neither Detroit or Minnesota getting worse.

Winners: Raiders

The Raiders look like they're sticking with Derek Carr at quarterback, and they were smart to back up that continued investment. Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams make Oakland among the best in the league at wide receiver. Left tackle Trent Brown shores up Carr's protection to get the ball downfield for the new weapons. Their other big move, free safety Lamarcus Joyner, cleans up a lot of coverage issues defensively. Coach Jon Gruden and GM Mike Mayock have spent a ton, but it's clear they have a plan. The best part is how they came out with their three first-round draft picks still intact.

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Losers: Chiefs

So they cut Justin Houston and traded Dee Ford, taking away from the one good thing they did on defense last season — rushing the passer from the edge. Chris Jones and his 15.5 sacks need a lot more help now. On the back end, they couldn't keep Nelson and spent a lot on Tyrann Mathieu, who ended up as a replacement for, instead of complement to, the now-released Eric Berry. Carlos Hyde is a minor help to their running game. In relation to Kansas City, Oakland and Denver improved more.

Winners: 49ers

San Francisco sat on its big money and didn't dive in too deep on Bell or Brown, but it filled two great needs defensively with Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander. There was no Earl Thomas splash at safety, either, but the 49ers didn't need to overextend for another defensive impact player while sitting on the No. 2 overall pick and staring at Nick Bosa in the draft.

Losers: Seahawks

Seattle's big move was signing the best kicker in free agency, Jason Myers, to replace Sebastian Janikowski. But the Seahawks already had Myers on the team last summer before deciding to cut him in favor of Janikowski, so that's more of a corrective move. Recovering from the Thomas departure will be harder than the Seahawks think.

Winners: Patriots and Dolphins

The Patriots lost some big-money names in Trey Flowers and Trent Brown. The Dolphins have been rather quiet under new coach Brian Flores, the Patriots' former defensive play-caller. But if New England keeps avoiding flashy free agency, Miami should be happy to follow suit. Sometimes the best moves are the ones teams do not force themselves to make.

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Losers: Titans and Lions

The Titans do have Patriots ties, and when you pull back and see the haul (wide receiver Adam Humphries, left guard Rodger Saffold, edge-rusher Cameron Wake), it does fill some holes. But it's hard to think the Titans got that much better. The Lions, with Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn, splurged on Flowers as well as two more former Patriots in nickel corner Justin Coleman and wide receiver Danny Amendola. They also overpaid for pedestrian former Steelers tight end Jesse James. Again, sometimes less is more.

Winners: Ravens

Speaking of less is more, the Ravens saw Mosley, Smith and Suggs leave their linebacker corps and broke up with Weddle. But they recovered nicely Wednesday with the additions of Thomas and running back Mark Ingram. Baltimore was prepared to lose some defense and will be in position to re-stock at linebacker and edge in the draft. Thomas gives the Ravens a potentially elite secondary, while Ingram fits the offensive identity with Lamar Jackson to a tee.

Losers: Bills

They got two OK wide receivers (John Brown, Cole Beasley), another aging running back (Frank Gore) and a backup-type tight end (Tyler Kroft). Josh Allen did not exactly hit the jackpot with his new veteran support. The Bills' understated moves on the offensive line (center Mitch Morse and tackle Ty Nsehke) were better, but they spent too much there. Buffalo looks like it's having another rough offseason.

Winners: Inside linebackers and safeties

If you can tackle against the run, blitz and cover, too, you're getting paid well this offseason. And why not? Inside linebacker, the quarterback of the defense, is a key position. Luke Kuechly probably deserves more from the Panthers after what Mosley and Alexander got, and Jordan Hicks (Cardinals), coming off an injury-riddled season, did well for himself, too.

The safety market didn't cash in well last offseason, culminating in the eternity it took guys such as Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro to sign. But Thomas, Amos, Collins, Mathieu, Joyner, Weddle, Reid, Vaccaro and Tashaun Gipson (Texans) all were handsomly — and quickly — rewarded.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Interactive Mock I

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Interactive Mock I For the Read American Football team, one of the highlights of draft season – if not the year – is our interactive mock drafts. These involve dividing picks between various writers, each acting on what they would do as general managers of the teams they have been allocated – including trading picks with each other (though not between their own teams). This year’s first interactive mock took place on March 23, ran for two rounds, and involved seven of our writers making picks: Alan Cole: Atlanta, Dallas, Minnesota, Oakland Alex Murray: Arizona, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh David Howell: Denver, Houston, LA Chargers, NY Giants Joe Hulbert: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco Kyle Bennett: Miami, New England, Tampa Bay, Tennessee Sam Brown: Buffalo, Indianapolis, LA Rams, NY Jets, Washington Ste Hoare: Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Philadelphia This allocation meant everyone picked for their own team, and had either four or five picks in each round. For those of you unfamiliar with our interactive mock drafts, they hold a very specific purpose: they aren’t aimed at predicting who goes where, but at capturing the dynamic of the draft. After all, the actual draft involves multiple individuals reading and reacting to what’s happening in front of them. The heart of the draft is arguably the drama, dilemmas, and deals – and this particular mock had no shortage of any of those.

Losers: Wide receivers and running backs

Beyond Brown and Beckham, Williams was the best option as an outside wideout, and the top slot, Golden Tate, remains unsigned. Beyond Bell, there have been no Jerick McKinnon, Dion Lewis or Toby Gerhart inflated-type deals in the backfield. Ingram and Latavius Murray (Saints) settled for modest signings, and Tevin Coleman is still waiting. The skill position free-agent class was weak below the marquee, and it's playing out like that with the lack of lucrative deals and fast action.

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Winners: Broncos

It wasn't splashy, but the swap of Case Keenum for Joe Flacco was a good start in conjunction with picking up wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' option. The Broncos quietly filled two needs with versatile defensive back Kareem Jackson and underrated offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James. They are slowly chipping away to get a team that better fits their new identity under Vic Fangio.

Losers: Redskins

They are now the latest team to fall for Keenum, and they spent too much on Collins to get him away from a division rival. They ended up losing Preston Smith and Zach Brown from their defense and might not be able to keep Ha Ha Clnton-Dix at safety because of the Collins' deal. The Redskins still seem to be caught in limbo between past and future — never a good place to be in free agency.

2019 NFL Mock Draft: Interactive Mock I.
For the Read American Football team, one of the highlights of draft season – if not the year – is our interactive mock drafts. These involve dividing picks between various writers, each acting on what they would do as general managers of the teams they have been allocated – including trading picks with each other (though not between their own teams). This year’s first interactive mock took place on March 23, ran for two rounds, and involved seven of our writers making picks: Alan Cole: Atlanta, Dallas, Minnesota, Oakland Alex Murray: Arizona, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh David Howell: Denver, Houston, LA Chargers, NY Giants Joe Hulbert: Cincinnati, Kansas City, New Orleans, Seattle, San Francisco Kyle Bennett: Miami, New England, Tampa Bay, Tennessee Sam Brown: Buffalo, Indianapolis, LA Rams, NY Jets, Washington Ste Hoare: Carolina, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Philadelphia This allocation meant everyone picked for their own team, and had either four or five picks in each round. For those of you unfamiliar with our interactive mock drafts, they hold a very specific purpose: they aren’t aimed at predicting who goes where, but at capturing the dynamic of the draft. After all, the actual draft involves multiple individuals reading and reacting to what’s happening in front of them. The heart of the draft is arguably the drama, dilemmas, and deals – and this particular mock had no shortage of any of those.

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