Sport AFC South 2021 free agency grades: Jaguars earn solid mark for attempt to fast-track rebuild
2021 NFL free agent tracker: Keep pace with offseason's major moves
As NFL free agency closes in and top players get cut and sign new deals over the next few weeks, we're updating this page will all the latest moves.Prior to March 17, only players who had been released from their previous contracts were eligible to join new clubs, new Arizona Cardinal J.J. Watt and Houston Texan Mark Ingram being examples.
The AFC South is entering an interesting transition period. The' chances to repeat as division champs appear to be in question, the have a new quarterback (again), the have a new head coach and the ... well they have quite a rebuild in front of them. It's truly one of the most intriguing divisions to watch in 2021. Can the Titans continue to put the majority of the offensive load on ? Can lead the Colts to success? Could Urban Meyer find relative success in his first season in the NFL? And what's going to happen with the Texans and ?
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Tracking all the official and unofficial news regarding Detroit Lions free agency.The 2021 offseason has already been pretty crazy, especially for Detroit Lions fans, but things are about to kick into another gear for the rest of the NFL. Free agency is always one of the most hectic times of the year as teams do their best impression of Black Friday, hoping to add the final pieces needed to bring in a Lombardi Trophy.
To put it succinctly, this offseason the Titans and Colts are both trying to maintain their statuses as contenders in the division, while the Jaguars and Texans are attempting to get a jump start on their rebuilds. All four teams have made a couple of interesting free-agent additions through March, but who has had the best offseason? Below, we will grade how each team in the AFC South has done in free agency. First, let's start off with the Texans.
Key additions: OT(trade), LB (trade), RB , QB , RB , LB , LB , LB , CB , CB
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The Texans have made a large amount of additions this offseason, but it's hard to say which ones will actually be "key additions." Both Cannon and Lawson figure to make immediate impacts on the offensive and defensive fronts, respectively, and the Texans have also tried to address the issue in the secondary by signing multiple cornerbacks such as King and Mitchell, on top of re-upping with Vernon Hargreaves. The most intriguing signing for the Texans has to be the running back Lindsay, who joins a backfield withand then fellow newcomer Ingram. Houston downgraded at wide receiver, however, as 33-year-old , and likely won't make up for the loss of . It's hard to be excited for the Texans in 2021 since they are facing a major rebuild and have questions at the quarterback position. Nothing about these additions jumps off the page, but let's be realistic. I don't think we were expecting Houston to be major players in free agency either. That's why I'm not going to give the Texans too low of a grade.
NFL Draft order 2021: Updated list of all 259 picks over seven rounds and sorted by team
Here is the complete 2021 NFL Draft order for Rounds 1-7, including a list of picks by team for all 32 franchises.The draft is considered to be a solid one, and is especially strong at quarterback, receiver, and on the offensive line. Teams that need upgrades on that side of the ball should have a chance to make some big moves.
Key additions: QB Carson Wentz (trade), OT
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The Colts quickly found their new quarterback by trading for Wentz, but have not been too active in free agency. Still, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The Colts re-signed several important pieces, such as wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, cornerbackand then also running back . Indy did lose a couple of notable players in free agency that will hurt, however, such as defensive lineman and linebacker . The main question that remains is how will the Colts replace at left tackle? They went out and signed Tevi from the , but it's hard to imagine he's the answer when it comes to protecting Wentz's blind side. Another spot where you would like to see the Colts improve is at wide receiver. They re-signed Hilton, which is great, but having another legitimate starter could help Wentz in his first season in Indy. The Colts have high hopes for second-year wideout Jr., but it's not a given he will emerge into a star in 2021. Chris Ballard and Co. still have the 2021 NFL Draft to fill holes, and free agency isn't over just yet.
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Key additions: CB, S , DT , DE , WR , WR Jamal Agnew, RB , DT (trade)
First-year head coach Urban Meyerof the legal tampering period in free agency, but his Jaguars were pretty active. They placed the franchise tag on left tackle , gave Griffin a , signed Jenkins to a four-year deal and beefed up the defensive front by signing Robertson-Harris and trading for Brown. The move I really like is the signing of Jones to serve as a veteran in the receiving corps. While he just turned 31, Jones caught a career-high 76 passes for 978 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020. He's also the who has caught at least nine touchdown passes in each of the last two seasons. Trevor Lawrence is going to like having a player like him in the fold.
Most people aren't going to give the Jaguars a grade as high as a B because of the contracts players like Griffin and Jenkins received. Some hypothesize the franchise is going to regret these transactions in the coming years, but let's at least give them a chance here. The Jaguars had the second-worst defense in the league last year, and struggled in both stopping the run and the pass. With the additions Jacksonville made along the defensive line and in the secondary, it clearly proves the Jags are trying to correct these issues. I'm not going to penalize them for doing that at this point just because the contracts might be a bit much. They are trying to get a jump-start on this rebuild and I like that.
Colts eager to see what second-year QB Jacob Eason can do with full offseason work
Indianapolis hasn't signed a veteran backup, but the Colts have also been consistent that Jacob Eason's evaluation is incomplete.Carson Wentz will get almost all of the attention, and rightfully so, as Indianapolis bets hard that Frank Reich can get Wentz back to the player he was before an ugly 2020 season made him available on the trade market.
Key additions: OLB, DL Denico Autry, OT , CB , CB , WR
The main positional need for the Titans this offseason was the same as last offseason: pass-rusher. Tennessee gavea massive contract last year for one season, but the Titans are now trying their luck with Dupree, who they inked to a . Adding Autry to the defensive line was a nice addition, and re-signing linebacker was what I considered to be an unexpected surprise. While the Titans have made some nice additions, it's hard to look past what they have lost. Wide receiver left for the , tight end got paid by the and the Titans released starting cornerbacks and along with starting strong safety due to cap concerns. Do the signings of Jenkins and Johnson make up for the losses at cornerback? I don't think so. I did like the signing of Reynolds because he has potential as a No. 2 wideout next to A.J. Brown, but Tennessee still has more work to do at wide receiver along with finding a new tight end.
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