NFL teams are always trying to get better, and the free agency period saw many franchises scramble to upgrade their rosters via signings and trades. From perennial cellar dwellers (like the Jacksonville Jaguars, who inked three of the Around The NFL's Top 101 Free Agents) to Super Bowl contenders (like the New England Patriots, who signed and traded for marquee talent to bolster their title defense), squads across the league did what they could to improve.
That said, which team has improved the most during free agency?
You know how the saying goes: The rich get richer
Annoyingly enough, the most recent
champion is winning free agency. Re-signing linebacker
was huge for New England, because he's been the front seven's coach on the field. Trade acquisition
will add speed to the passing game, and most importantly, when he catches short or intermediate routes, he can take them to the house. The
' system is set up for
to play until he's 50 years old. These two additions were so big for them.
Jaguars load up for second straight year
For the second year in a row, I've got to go with the
. They signed one of the best -- if not
best -- defensive linemen in free agency (Calais Campbell) and the best cornerback (A.J. Bouye). They will be huge impact players, and bringing in this kind of talent is a good place to start this offseason.
Believe it or not, Pats are in better shape than when they won it all
have improved the most, which is crazy, considering they're coming off a
victory. They keep adding pieces to the puzzle, and bringing in
via trade gives them another level of receiver play. Trade acquisition
is a pass rusher who has presence, and re-signed linebacker
gives them a rock in the middle of a good defense. When you look at what New England has been able to do with lesser players, adding
players will almost ensure that it will be one of the final two teams playing at the end of the season.
Giants made moves in all the right places
I think the
did a great job adding help where they needed it the most. They needed help in the passing game and offensive line and to fortify the pass rush, so they signed receiver
and offensive lineman
and retained pass rusher
. Fluker, a former first-round pick, is an interesting guy, a house who is tough to get around and can drive defenders off the ball. And while people might disagree with me, I think former
-- who joined the
on Monday -- can still come in and play.
AFC East arms race sees Pats and Dolphins both make big gains
So far, two teams in the AFC East have improved the most in free agency. The
, who will be impact players for that offense. On defense,
(trade) and corner
(signing) are huge pickups.
And lying in the shadows are the
(acquired from the
in a trade) will thrive in this offense, given what coach Adam Gase likes to do, with the tight end manned up on one side. Signee
is a linebacker who plays downhill and is very physical, and he'll be a great addition to that defense.
The Patriots win this one, without question
. They brought in
, a top cornerback in free agency, and wide receiver
. Cooks is an explosive player -- the
will love him in the slot. But the biggest gain this offseason is getting linebacker
to re-sign after letting him test the market.