The Giants have forked over the most, dropping just over $200 million -- with much of that sum going to DE Olivier Vernon's mega deal of $85 million over five years. A large chunk of the Jags' total went toward DE Malik Jackson's six-year, $90 million contract, while the Raiders have picked up several notable players in OG Kelechi Osemele, DE/OLB Bruce Irvin and CB Sean Smith, among others.
Of the top three spenders in free agency, which team has the most playoff potential next season?
I realize the
Houston Texans, who won the AFC South last season, also had just a 9-7 record, making it look like the door is open for Jacksonville. However, I think the
Colts will be a stronger team with a healthy
Andrew Luck, and I have to factor in
the offensive additions of the Texans, who already have
a strong defense. It will be hard for the
Jaguars to win that one this year.
But as far as I'm concerned, the
Giants have a lot of holes to fill -- even after signing a slew of defensive players -- and the amount they spent could end up being regrettable (bad money). The
Jaguars have a lot of good players, but I think the AFC South is Houston's division for a while. The
Raiders seem to have the best shot at the postseason.
The fun teams, though, are the
Jaguars, because I think they both have a shot at making the postseason. I think my brother, Derek, will have all day to throw the ball with
the additions to the offensive line. Bringing in
Bruce Irvin to play opposite
Khalil Mack, who I think is a little bit underrated and could be just as good as
Von Miller, was a good move. The
Raiders will be a better team, so we'll see how it plays out.
I think the Giants will have a middle-of-the-pack defense. But as long as their offense can score and the defense keeps them in games, Big Blue has a chance to make the playoffs.