The NFL offseason is a time for players to heal injuries and get ready for the next season. For the front offices, it’s a time to sign new players through free agency and the NFL draft.
The free agency market has some big names in it this year, and there are several teams that can capitalize on this, dramatically improving their chances at making the playoffs. Here are just a few that need to sign big names.
The Bengals had another successful year, making the playoffs for the second consecutive season. They were able to do this despite having around $8.5 million in extra cap space, which was one of the higher marks in the NFL.
Now, the Bengals have an opportunity to sign some big names in free agency. One of the bigger needs on the team is running back, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn’t do much to inspire confidence.
Ahmad Bradshaw was released by the New York Giants, and could potentially help fill that hole for the Bengals. Baltimore Ravens' Cary Williams could also be a good option for the team, as they have been someone limited at the cornerback position.
With the AFC North wide open, the Bengals have the opportunity to win the division in 2013. All they need are some key signings in free agency.
Ryan Grigson turned a team that cut most of its best players completely around by signing smaller names in free agency. He now has around $46 million in cap room to make even more improvements to a team that went 11-5 last season.
There are still a few positions that weren’t too pretty last season, but this can be resolved through the draft and free agency. Dallas Cowboys' Anthony Spencer could be a big name, as the team needs an outside linebacker. He is one of the better linebackers in the league, and could make a serious impact on defense.
In regards to protecting Andrew Luck, Brandon Moore could be a great addition for the struggling offensive line. The New York Jets’ guard will turn 33 before the 2013 season, but he is still one of the better guards in the league. His presence would be a big boost to a team that let their rookie quarterback get hit time after time.
The Colts’ front office proved that they know what they're doing in 2012. If they want to make a Super Bowl run again, they need to have another successful offseason in 2013.
The Seahawks were another team that impressed a lot of people last season, but are looking to do even more in 2013. With around $18.6 million in cap room, the team has the opportunity to fill in some key positions with quality players.
One of the bigger areas the Seahawks need to address is the defensive tackle position. Alan Branch was pretty unimpressive, and an upgrade on the defensive line could make the defense even more better.
A good option would by Henry Melton from the Chicago Bears. He was one of the better players on the Bears’ defense, but his asking price might send him away from Chicago.
At offensive tackle, they may want to look at Sebastian Vollmer. Although the New England Patriots may want to keep him, he would likely take more money, especially from another Super Bowl contender.
Overall, the Seahawks have a solid team, but if they want to make a big impact next season they need just a few more key additions.