NFL free agency winners and losers from 2019 offseason
Winner: Cleveland Browns
It's a new era in Cleveland. The Browns set Twitter on fire by trading for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. General manager John Dorsey has a clear plan building around QB Baker Mayfield on offense, and this team is now must-watch TV.
The OBJ trade was far from the only upgrade the Browns made. They also traded for defensive end Olivier Vernon -- another swoop from the Giants -- to pair with Myles Garrett, and signed defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a three-year, $39 million contract. The Browns -- yes, the Browns -- now can be considered serious contenders in the AFC.
Loser: New York Giants
Oh no Dave, what is you doin'???? The anti-Browns. While that used to be the model in the NFL, now that's far from the case.
And that's exactly where GM Dave Gettleman and the Giants find themselves.
The Giants were fleeced in trading Beckham to the Browns, which would seem to start a full-on rebuild. But then, they went out and signed wide receiver Golden Tate to a four-year, $37.5 million contract. What's the plan here? There is none. Gettleman has to hit a home run with his two first-round draft picks for this to be worth it at all.
Winner: New York Jets
Are the Jets the new kings of New York in the NFL? On offense, they added a star in running back Le'Veon Bell, retained wide receiver Robby Anderson, traded for former Raiders All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele, and signed slot receiver Jamison Crowder. If Sam Darnold can make the leap in Year 2, this offense should be able to put up points.
While Anthony Barr spurned them for the Vikings, the Jets signed four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley on a five-year, $85 million deal to shore up the defense.
Loser: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs' defense cost them a chance at a Super Bowl. So, they went out and ... downgraded their defense. Kansas City released edge rusher Justin Houston and safety Eric Berry. They also traded edge rusher Dee Ford, a budding star, to the 49ers.
While they did sign safety Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Alex Okafor, the Chiefs' defense took a hit. As the Raiders took a step forward, the Chiefs went backward. They'll have to hit in the draft with players that can make an impact right away.
Winner: Green Bay Packers
No excuses now. After an extremely disappointing 2018 season where the Packers went 6-9-1, they changed course and actually made moves in free agency.
Green Bay signed Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith to rush the passer and added safety Adrian Amos from their rival Bears on a four-year, $37 million contract. Armed with two first-round picks, the Packers are off to a solid offseason.
Loser: Los Angeles Rams
The Rams went all-in last season and came up just short in the Super Bowl. While they added safety Eric Weddle and re-signed edge rusher Dante Fowler this offseason, there were plenty of losses as well.
Rodger Saffold is now a Titan. Lamarcus Joyner is now a Raider. And the Rams probably can't afford to re-sign Ndamukong Suh. In an NFC West where the 49ers are making moves and getting healthier, the division won't be as easy for the Rams in 2019.