The NFL is one of the greatest sports in the world because a team can go from two wins to 11 wins in the matter of one season (yes, we are looking at you, Kansas City). So every fan base in the country has hopes when the next season pops up that they will be that team.
It is not because every team is just as good as the others so teams win at random. It is because of the new game planning, playbooks and schemes. It is because of the new athletes that you bring onto your team. It is because of the new coaches, scouts and trainers. It is because of the offseason.
The offseason is where teams can either watch their stars walk away, or bring new faces of the franchise in. This is when you see stars like Darrelle Revis, DeSean Jackson, DeMarcus Ware and Julius Peppers find new homes. It is also a time when we beg to see our favorite franchises retain those players who we love. I mean honestly, what do they expect us to do with those jerseys now?
Just looked at my @DeseanJackson10 jersey hanging on wall.... Muttered "so sad" and shook my head. Wife said she doesn't understand. 😒😠
— Tommy G. (@PhillyOutLoud) April 5, 2014
The new league year kicked off with free agency, and we are now well on our way to the next big phase, the NFL Draft. This year’s free agency period has been as wild as any in recent memory and the draft, starting May 8, is one of the deepest drafts in a long time. This means that teams will still be changing dramatically in the near future, despite the fact that some already have in the past few weeks.
Before we get too ahead of ourselves now though, let us take a few moments to reflect on the first jump to the new season and see who has made the best changes to their roster, in preparation for next season, so far.