NFL free agency: Winners, losers from wild start to 2020 offseason
Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This one is a fairly easy one to lead things off with. The Bucs, if the contract gets finalized, will be going from Jameis Winston to Tom bleeping Brady.
The soon-to-be 43-year-old wasn't as bad as his numbers suggested last season. He was first in completion percentage on tight-window throws at least 20 yards downfield. He was plagued by a mediocre supporting cast that couldn't get open or hold on to the ball.
That won't be an issue with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard. Bruce Arians, TB12 and the Bucs just became the NFL's hottest new item. Oh, and the Super Bowl is in Tampa next year.
Loser: New England Patriots
All good things come to an end, but losing Brady because of Bill Belichick's stubbornness, pent up frustration, 20 years of acrimony or whatever the case might be is a hard pill to swallow for the Pats.
Kyle Van Noy, Duron Harmon, Jamie Collins and Ted Karras also are gone. Julian Edelman is liking tweets about him joining Brady in Tampa. The rebuild, it appears, finally is on.
Hey man, Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock went out and revamped their defense.
Sure, they got outbid for Byron Jones and got turned down by Chris Harris, but they got two three-down linebackers in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski, an edge rusher in Carl Nassib, a possible starting corner in Eli Apple, a safety in Jeff Heath and a defensive tackle in Maliek Collins.
They also added Marcus Mariota, who will challenge Derek Carr for the starting job.
And they signed Jason Witten, but let's pretend that didn't happen.
Loser: Houston Texans
Whether or not Michael Irvin's wild story about Bill O'Brien and DeAndre Hopkins' relationship is true, trading one of the best receivers in football for David Johnson is a total galaxy brain idea and par for the course for O'Brien's tenure with the Texans.
O'Brien now has traded away Hopkins, Jadeveon Clowney and Duane Brown because he couldn't get along with them. O'Brien should be trying to keep Deshaun Watson happy, but something tells me signing Randall Cobb didn't exactly smooth things over.
Winner: Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers still have a massive hole at quarterback after missing out on Brady, but other than that, the offseason has been a huge success for the Bolts.
They franchise tagged Hunter Henry, traded for Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner, signed Chris Harris, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, meaning whoever is under center will be well protected.
Once the Chargers figure out who the starting quarterback will be, they should be well-positioned for a bounce-back season.
Loser: Mitchell Trubisky
It seems like Matt Nagy has just about seen enough of the 2017 No. 2 overall pick.
Trubisky was downright awful in 2019, and the Bears traded a fourth-round pick to acquire Nick Foles from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Wednesday to give them an out. Foles isn't coming to Chicago to make $15 million to sit on the bench.
The writing is on the wall for Trubisky.
Winner: Indianapolis Colts
The Colts believe they are on the verge of being Super Bowl contenders. So they went out and acquired DeForest Buckner from the 49ers for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to fill a big need on their defensive line.
They also signed Philip Rivers, hoping the aging gunslinger has enough left in the tank to vault them atop the AFC South.
With Bill O'Brien doing BoB things, the Titans putting their eggs in the Ryan Tannehill basket and the Jags in rebuild mode, the Colts picked a good time to go all in.
Loser: Los Angeles Rams
The Rams' gamble backfired and now they are left to try and rebuild and restock on the fly.
Gone are defensive starters Michael Brokers, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Dante Fowler, Cory Littleton, Clay Matthews and Eric Weddle. They also cut former All-Pro running back Todd Gurley on Thursday.
The Rams signed Leonard Floyd to fill Fowler's role, but it's going to be a new and slightly different show in LA this fall.
They also still have to pay Jared Goff a whole lot of money.