Several teams have been extremely active during the beginning of the free agency period, some might even say overactive. We took a look at some of the organizations that fit this category and analyze why they have been so eager to stack the roster.
Our first stop is Cleveland. The Browns had a tough time keeping their QB upright during the 2016 season. As a result, four different players lined up behind center, so the team addressed the o-line. Veterans Kevin Zeitler, JC Tretter, and Marcus Martin were brought in to solidify the interior. Chicago has been even more active, signing 11 new players already. This is another bad team that needs a lot of help, but they had to shore up the secondary, which they did with the signing of Quintin Demps and Marcus Cooper. They also addressed the QB position with the three-year, $45 million contract they extended to Mike Glennon, and the subsequent signing of Mark Sanchez to back him up.
On the other hand, there are teams that are already headed in a new direction, and that has dictated their activity during free agency. Sean McDermott is the new head coach in Buffalo and is changing the culture. WR Andre Holmes and safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer provide depth in areas of need, and Steven Hauschka upgrades the kicking game. The signing of FB’s Mike Tolbert and Patrick DiMarco points towards a move to more 21 personnel groupings, all part of the new philosophy.
In Indianapolis, it’s a new GM that is driving the signings. Chris Ballard has already signed 10 players, seven of them are under 27 years old. Jabaal Sheard, Al Woods, and Barkevious Mingo are defensive guys who will help Chuck Pagano on that side of the ball.
New coaches, new GM’s, and coaches under pressure can drive activity during the free agency period.
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