Where 49ers, NFC contenders' offseasons rank before training camp
8. Green Bay Packers (+1200; seventh-best odds)
Key additions: WR Devin Funchess, LB Christian Kirksey
Key losses: OT Bryan Bulaga
The stench of the Packers' draft has yet to wear off.
In the most loaded receiver draft in recent memory, Green Bay didn't add a single one. Not only did the Packers fail to provide quarterback Aaron Rodgers with any true receiving threats outside of Funchess, they rubbed it in his face by trading up in the first round to select his eventual replacement, Jordan Love. In the second round, they nabbed running back A.J. Dillon, who will take touches away from Aaron Jones and his NFL-leading 19 touchdowns last season.
Losing Bulaga hurts, and if Rodgers ends up on the ground more often as a result, that'll be yet another ingredient thrown into the potential storm that's brewing in their locker room.
7. Seattle Seahawks (+1050; sixth-best odds)
Key additions: CB Quinton Dunbar, C B.J. Finney, TE Greg Olsen
Key losses: DE Jadeveon Clowney
The Seahawks pulled off what appeared to be an excellent trade, acquiring Dunbar for just a fifth-round pick. However, it would seem unlikely that they get any production from him this season, as he had a warrant issued for his arrest on armed robbery charges back in May, and has since been alleged to have paid off witnesses. Not exactly a great start.
Seattle ranked 30th in the league last season in adjusted sack rate, and that was with Clowney. He remains a free agent and theoretically could be re-signed, but if that doesn't happen, it's difficult to envision how the Seahawks' pass rush could be significantly better in the year ahead.
As usual, the Seahawks will go as far as Russell Wilson is able to carry them.
6. Minnesota Vikings (+1300; eighth-best odds)
Key additions: DT Michael Pierce, WR Justin Jefferson (rookie)
Key losses: WR Stefon Diggs, DT Linval Joseph, DE Everson Griffin
On paper, it wouldn't appear that the Vikings have improved. They did, however, add lots of draft capital, as Minnesota is slated to have 12 selections in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Vikings got younger and lightened their balance sheet. But they'll also be counting on Jefferson, who was a standout at LSU, to replicate much of Diggs' production. Receivers often struggle to adapt to the NFL game in their rookie season, so that's certainly a big gamble.
The NFC North looks like the weakest division in the conference, but someone has to win it.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (+1000; fifth-best odds)
Key additions: CB Darius Slay, CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
Key losses: S Malcolm Jenkins, LB Nigel Bradham
Slay is one of the best cornerbacks in the league and has the ability to shut down one side of the field. Robey-Coleman was a great value signing, but he'll be targeted early and often as a result.
The Eagles clearly wanted to add speed to their receiver corps, as they added Jalen Reagor and John Hightower in the draft and traded for Marquise Goodwin. They better have hit on at least one of those players, because it seems likely they'll be involved in plenty of shootouts.
Jenkins and Bradham departed and left big holes that Philadelphia has yet to adequately fill. The Eagles have plenty of talent at the top of their roster, but depth could prove to be a problem.
4. Dallas Cowboys (+750; fourth-best odds)
Key additions: DT Gerald McCoy, DT Dontari Poe, WR CeeDee Lamb (rookie)
Key losses: C Travis Frederick, CB Byron Jones
A month ago, the Cowboys' offseason would have ranked much higher on this list. However, by failing to agree to a long-term contract with quarterback Dak Prescott prior to Wednesday's franchise tag deadline, they've ensured they'll have that dark cloud hanging over the locker room all season long, and likely throughout next offseason, too.
Dallas added Lamb to what now might be the best collection of offensive talent in the NFL. The Cowboys will be dynamic on that side of the ball, and the additions of McCoy and Poe should help prevent other teams from shortening the game against them.
Jones and Frederick could be enormous losses. Dallas addressed those holes in the draft with the selections of Trevon Diggs and Tyler Biadasz, but those are two key positions where the Cowboys might be dependent on rookies.
3. San Francisco 49ers (+460; best odds)
Key additions: OT Trent Williams, DT Javon Kinlaw (rookie), WR Brandon Aiyuk (rookie)
Key losses: DT DeForest Buckner, OT Joe Staley, WR Emmanuel Sanders
It could have been a very rough offseason for the 49ers, but they navigated it very well.
They got much younger and cleared tons of room on the balance sheet while filling the holes created by the departures of Buckner and Sanders with logical and talented replacements in Kinlaw and Aiyuk. Both first-round picks will have a tough time replicating the production of those veterans as rookies, but it would be unwise to count them out. Kinlaw has the potential to give San Francisco back-to-back Defensive Rookies of the Year, and Aiyuk was hand-picked by coach Kyle Shanahan.
The true genius of the offseason, though, came in the middle of the draft. With Joe Staley announcing his retirement, the 49ers were able to adjust on the fly and pull off arguably the most impactful trade of the offseason to fill his spot. Trent Williams might be the best offensive lineman in the NFL, and he's considerably younger than the man he is replacing.
The 49ers already had a stacked roster. By maintaining it in the way they did, they could be set up even better moving forward.
2. New Orleans Saints (+575, second-best odds)
Key additions: QB Jameis Winston, WR Emmanuel Sanders, S Malcolm Jenkins
Key losses: QB Teddy Bridgewater
If the 49ers don't have the best roster in the conference, then the Saints do. And San Francisco's loss was New Orleans' gain.
Quarterback Drew Brees now has Sanders to pair with standout receiver Michael Thomas, likely making what already was a loaded Saints' offense that much more potent. He lost his backup in Bridgewater in free agency, but as far as cheap, upside replacements go, the Saints did well to add Winston.
While New Orleans might regret not adding more depth on the edges, there simply aren't many holes to be found. If Brees gets injured, things have the potential to go off track, but otherwise, the Saints should be very, very good.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+625, third-best odds)
Key additions: QB Tom Brady, TE Rob Gronkowski, OT Tristan Wirfs (rookie)
Key losses: QB Jameis Winston, RB Peyton Barber
No surprise here. The Buccaneers go from a quarterback who threw 30 interceptions last season to one that has won six Super Bowls. Though Brady might be in the twilight of his career, he'll now have plenty of offensive weapons to attempt a run at a seventh.
Not only did the Bucs sign Brady, they also brought his long-time favorite target along for the ride in Gronkowski. And, they beefed up his protection with the selection of Wirfs in the first round of the draft.
If Brady and Gronk re-establish that dominant connection, Tampa Bay will be awfully tough to stop on offense. That said, if they don't or happen to get injured, it all could unravel.