Grading Every NFL Team's Free-Agency Performance

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2018

Grading Every NFL Team's Free-Agency Performance

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    Other than a few household names dragging their feet—here's looking at you, Ndamukong Suh2018 NFL free agency is mostly complete.  

    Teams will continue to pick at the remainder of the market, especially at slow-developing positions like safety and running back. There's still value to be had among the pile of available free agents. 

    But between the legal tampering period and the flurry of moves during the first week of the new league year, there's already plenty to evaluate.

    Here, we'll step back and assign letter grades to each team based on their ability to fit their needs within the context of the market, salary cap and other factors. Remember, though: Being more active than most teams on the free-agent market isn't always a plus.

Arizona Cardinals: C

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    The Arizona Cardinals didn't hesitate to build up their offense in free agency, though they didn't always do so in the best ways. 

    At quarterback, the Cardinals invested in two question marks: one guy busted out on a big contract last season and lost his job to a rookie, the other can't stay healthy. 

    The former is Mike Glennon, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Chicago Bears last offseason but made only four starts before No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky supplanted him. The latter is Sam Bradford, a 30-year-old veteran who played in two games last year and has missed 42 of a possible 80 regular-season games dating back to 2013. 

    To their credit, the Cardinals attempted to beef up their offensive line, which should make life easier on their new signal-callers. They signed Andre Smith, who flashed a year ago as a swing backup, to a two-year, $8 million deal. Justin Pugh, who inked a five-year, $45 million contract with Arizona, should start right away, likely flanked by a rookie or two. 

    The approach under center isn't terrible, per se, as the Cardinals could draft a quarterback and hope Bradford's stellar completion rate follows him to the desert in the meantime. But it's a huge risk, especially as Larry Fitzgerald's Hall of Fame career comes to an end.

Atlanta Falcons: B

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    Sometimes a quiet foray into free agency isn't a bad thing. That seems to be the case with the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Falcons never seemed likely to engage in a bidding war over deep-threat wideout Taylor Gabriel. Instead, they spent cap space on the offensive trenches with Brandon Fusco and Austin Pasztor.

    Otherwise, a new deal for kicker Matt Bryant overshadowed a few small additions in the secondary. 

    Atlanta's attempt to find consistency along the offensive line in front of franchise quarterback Matt Ryan is noteworthy. It still needs to find a Gabriel replacement or a pass-catching tight end, though seven picks in the upcoming draft should help. 

Baltimore Ravens: C

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    This grade could be worse, but a failed physical spared the Baltimore Ravens from the four-year, $29 million deal they initially agreed upon with wideout Ryan Grant. 

    While the Grant contract was ill-advised, Baltimore desperately needed to add targets for Joe Flacco. The solution turned out to be John Brown as a deep threat and the freshly released Michael Crabtree as a boundary guy (albeit a slower one). 

    Otherwise, the Ravens took care of their own, re-signing up-and-down offensive lineman James Hurst and keeping Brent Urban on the defensive line. 

    The Ravens now have to hope Crabtree makes a splash and Brown keeps defenses spaced. Regardless, the draft will play a bigger role for Baltimore than most other teams.

Buffalo Bills: A

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    Give the Buffalo Bills credit—they know what they want. 

    The Bills wanted to revamp their defensive line, and did just that by signing Star Lotulelei and Trent Murphy. They wanted a relatively young guy with upside under center, which they did accomplished by signing former Cincinnati Bengals backup AJ McCarron on what amounts to a backup-worthy deal. 

    Signing center Russell Bodine looks like a miss given his struggles to date, though the Bills must believe they can get more out of the 25-year-old. New running backs Chris Ivory and Travaris Cadet are both below the age of 30, which helps Buffalo free up draft picks to address other needs. 

    The Bills also got defensive leader Kyle Williams back and rolled the dice on Vontae Davis, who will team up with breakout rookie Tre'Davious White.

Carolina Panthers: D

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    The Carolina Panthers didn't seem to put up much of a fight to retain guard Andrew Norwell, who signed a mammoth five-year, $66.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Considering they allowed 35 sacks this past season, allowing him to walk for that kind of money wasn't a terrible idea. 

    Their biggest gaffe this offseason was their deal with the Philadelphia Eagles for Torrey Smith. The deep threat was likely to become a cap casualty in Philadelphia, but rather than wait that decision out, the Panthers instead sent up-and-down cornerback Daryl Worley to the Eagles for Smith.

    Carolina did do well to beef up its defensive trenches by signing Julius Peppers and Dontari Poe, though.

    The Panthers needed to improve more in front of Newton and in surrounding him with weapons. They have eight draft picks, but the first comes at No. 24. 

Chicago Bears: A

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    This is how to supercharge a rebuild. 

    Most free agents ignored the Chicago Bears last year. One Mitchell Trubisky encouraging half-season later, the team not only signed Gabriel this offseason, but also inked star wideout Allen Robinson and tight end Trey Burton as well.

    General manager Ryan Pace and his front office went all-in on boundary corners, too. They re-upped Prince Amukamara and fended off the Green Bay Packers to retain Kyle Fuller. 

    Grabbing a top free-agent wideout like Robinson—someone who's key to a potential franchise passer's development, no less—as well as prioritizing premium positions on defense is exactly how a team should operate with a signal-caller locked up on a cheap rookie contract. To top it all off, the Bears select eighth in the draft, which is better known as Quenton Nelson range. 

Cincinnati Bengals: A

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    It's hard to complain about what the typically conservative Cincinnati Bengals have done to date.

    The front office swung an uncharacteristic trade with the Bills for left tackle Cordy Glenn, and then went ahead and gambled on tight end Tyler Eifert on a one-year deal. The Bengals replaced McCarron with Matt Barkley and shored up the linebacker room with Preston Brown, who gives them an immediate starter and wiggle room thanks to Vontaze Burfict's unreliability. 

    Even after trading for Glenn, the Bengals still need to upgrade two or three spots along their offensive line. Bodine is out at center, and right tackle Jake Fisher is coming back from heart surgery.

    But Cincinnati has 11 picks in the upcoming draft, including No. 12 overall, which should help.

Cleveland Browns: B

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    The Cleveland Browns didn't need to do much in free agency. 

    The franchise famous for the NBA-esque Brock Osweiler trade grabbed attention again before the market opened, trading for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Damarious Randall, who could slide over to safety. 

    In free agency? The Browns obtained the reliable Jarvis Landry to a deal. He normally wouldn't be the answer on his own, but he's going to operate within an offense where most of opponents' attention will go to Josh Gordon. Meanwhile, signing Chris Hubbard gives them an instant starter at right tackle, while Carlos Hyde gives them a committee back with a defined role at worst. 

    Cleveland's rebuild is turning the corner and going smoothly, especially since the team owns a pair of top-five picks in April's draft. Cost aside, adding talent is adding talent, especially at premium spots like quarterback, safety and offensive tackle. 

Dallas Cowboys: C

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    Hamstrung with cap issues, the Dallas Cowboys haven't done much in free agency. 

    With less than $1.5 million in available cap space, the Cowboys' biggest splash so far was their acquisition of Oakland fullback Jamize Olawale and a sixth-round pick for a fifth-round pick. They previously tendered David Irving and re-signed Brian Price on the defensive line. 

    It's a shame, too, because instead of sitting on their hands, the Cowboys could have restructured deals for guys like Dez Bryant and been more active. Or, as Bleacher Report's Mike Tanier wrote, they could have outright cut Bryant or Jason Witten for big cap savings. 

    Dallas is an attractive destination for players given the roster in place and the team's history, yet the Cowboys had to back out on the Ndamukong Suh sweepstakes due to their lack of cap space, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater

    Given the current state of the roster, Dallas picked a bad time to go quiet in free agency, though it does have 10 picks in the upcoming draft. 

Denver Broncos: C

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    The Denver Broncos haven't done anything unexpected so far, but they haven't addressed a number of their problems areas, either. 

    After it became clear Kirk Cousins was leaning toward signing with the Minnesota Vikings, the Broncos quickly pivoted and signed Case Keenum to a two-year deal. However, Keenum's new line allowed 52 sacks this past season, a far cry from his superb line in Minnesota that helped him produce a career year. 

    Otherwise, the Broncos restructured Von Miller's contract and kept notable restricted free agents like center Matt Paradis and linebacker Shaq Barrett. 

    The gamble at quarterback and losing notables like Aqib Talib and Cody Latimer leave the Broncos in an iffy spot, especially with the offensive line still unaddressed. A big free-agent splash isn't always the best answer, but this steady approach isn't matching the big expectations general manager John Elway raised heading into the offseason. 

Detroit Lions: B

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    The new era of Detroit Lions football under head coach Matt Patricia has gotten off to a promising start.

    Detroit targeted defense at the start free agency, nailing down linebacker with Christian Jones and Devon Kennard. It then got a steal by giving an incentive-laden deal to cornerback Deshawn Shead, who played well in Seattle before a knee injury. 

    On offense, losing Eric Ebron hurts given the quiet strides he made over the past few years. But picking up LeGarrette Blount to serve as the sledgehammer for a backfield that averaged a league-low 3.4 yards per carry last year is a step in the right direction, and it could help Ameer Abdullah slide into a complementary role that better suits him. 

    Landing a dynamic tight end and getting improved offensive line play will be the biggest keys for Detroit moving forward. If the Lions' offseason approach so far is any indication, they figure to fill those needs in a low-key way. 

Green Bay Packers: A

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    For as well as Detroit has done this offseason, free agency in the NFC North has turned into an arms race  between Chicago and the Green Bay Packers. 

    While the Bears are still rebuilding, the Packers are trying to compete for championships right away. Adding a tight end like Jimmy Graham, who's coming off a 10-touchdown season in Seattle, is a step in the right direction. The same goes for stealing Muhammad Wilkerson on a one-year deal. 

    The Packers haven't done much else outside of picking up DeShone Kizer in a trade with the Browns as a developmental prospect behind Aaron Rodgers

    But bolstering a 37-sack defense from a year ago and giving Rodgers a surefire weapon in Graham helps ease the pain of losing Jordy Nelson. It also puts the Packers in a great position heading into the draft. 

Houston Texans: A+

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    Deshaun Watson's ACL tear last season seemed to scare the Houston Texans into action. 

    A frightened team is a wisely active one, which is why the Texans aggressively pursued offensive line help with Zach Fulton and Seantrel Henderson. The former should be an upgrade at center, while the latter still has upside at the age of 25. 

    It gets even better on defense. Aaron Colvin arrives as an upgrade at cornerback, and the big name—Tyrann Mathieu—is one of the NFL's best at what he does. 

    Considering the Texans don't have a draft pick until the third round, upgrading the secondary behind JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney was a must, as was protecting a potential franchise passer like Watson. 

    Given their aggressiveness thus far, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Texans pop up in another big move later this offseason.

Indianapolis Colts: D

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    The Indianapolis Colts are having some problems. 

    Andrew Luck might be ready to go in 2018, but he'll return to a team that hasn't made impact additions. Ebron is a nice starting piece at tight end, but Donte Moncrief is gone, the running game is iffy and the offensive line allowed a league-high 56 sacks last year. 

    Then again, Luck is a transcendent talent. His presence explains why Indianapolis was fine moving down three spots in the draft via a trade with the New York Jets. 

    The Colts will hinge the future around Luck with their four picks in the top 50, including No. 6 overall. Convincing free agents to join a rebuild isn't easy, but with more than $70 million in available cap space, Indianapolis could have been more aggressive early on in free agency. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: B

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    Moncrief stayed in the AFC South, joining the Jacksonville Jaguars on a one-year deal in hopes of serving as key part of a reimagined depth chart at wideout. 

    The Jaguars lost their No. 1 option in Robinson, but they brought back Marqise Lee on a four-year deal. They'll be complemented by new tight end in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 25-year-old with plenty of upside. 

    The aggressive Jaguars haven't stopped there. Newly signed cornerback D.J. Hayden will help bolster the secondary. In the trenches, the Jaguars banked on Norwell creating even more space for workhorse back Leonard Fournette. 

    No longer able to rely on top-flight draft picks, the Jaguars continue to scoop up available talent on the open market. Even though they lost Robinson, their approach should keep the needle moving in the right direction. 

Kansas City Chiefs: B

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    The objective was simple enough—get Patrick Mahomes II some weapons. 

    The Kansas City Chiefs did so with relative ease, convincing Sammy Watkins to sign a three-year, $48 million deal. While he's struggled to stay healthy, the 24-year-old already has 25 touchdowns to his name. 

    Linebacker Anthony Hitchens is Kansas City's other big acquisition so far, and his arrival helps ease the loss of Derrick Johnson. His five-year, $45 million deal may be a bit of an overpay, but he's entering his prime at the age of 25. 

    The Chiefs didn't escape the offseason without losses, though. They traded Alex Smith to Washington, and Zach Fulton's departure leaves a hole on the line in front of Mahomes. That's a bigger problem than it may sound like, as the Chiefs don't have a draft pick until the second round this year. 

Los Angeles Chargers: C

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    Though they already boast a playoff-caliber defense, the Los Angeles Chargers have been largely silent in free agency.

    They've focused most of their attention on their offensive line, although re-signing a backup like Michael Schofield and winning the Mike Pouncey sweepstakes won't grab many headlines. The latter seemed to be fading as an effective starter last year, though a change of scenery and joining a strong group could help. 

    While the Chargers may not be done yet, they still have a need at defensive tackle, and future Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates remains a free agent. 

    With what could be a future-minded draft on the way, the Chargers' inability thus far to add another instant-impact piece or bring back a franchise legend sticks out. 

Los Angeles Rams: B

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    The Los Angeles Rams' oft-polarizing offseason is sure to come under scrutiny in future years.

    Franchise-tagging safety Lamarcus Joyner instead of Watkins was a bold move, especially with Jared Goff still developing under center. Otherwise, prioritizing names like John Sullivan, Dominique Easley and Nickell Robey-Coleman after shipping away Robert Quinn likely has fans feeling somewhat uneasy. 

    This doesn't mean the Rams aren't focusing on bringing in fresh faces. Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters arrived via trades and join the tagged Joyner in the defensive backfield. They also hosted Suh for a visit Tuesday, according to's Jeremy Bergman.

    However, the Rams still need to address big holes at linebacker and wide receiver, and they only have one pick—No. 23 overall—in the first two rounds.

    Digging out of this hole will take some creativity from L.A.'s front office.

Miami Dolphins: C

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    The pursuit of a culture makeover has the Miami Dolphins slogging through the offseason. 

    Suh is gone. So is Landry. The Dolphins struck out on running back Dion Lewis, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, so they instead added receivers like Danny Amendola and Albert Wilson and running back Frank Gore, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald

    Amendola and Wilson can do what Landry did underneath for a fraction of the cost, while Gore has been quietly steady even as he gets deeper into his 30s. But the Dolphins need bigger moves along an offense trying to prop up quarterback Ryan Tannehill. 

    Miami's biggest moves so far came on the trenches—namely the signing of veteran guard Josh Sitton and the trade for center Daniel Kilgore. But it's clear the Dolphins will take their bevy of needs to the draft, where they hold eight picks, starting at No. 11. 

Minnesota Vikings: B

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    Kirk Cousins steals the spotlight here, as he should. 

    In theory, a system similar to the one that produced a standout year from Keenum and had Teddy Bridgewater well on his way to long-term starter status should help Cousins continue to play at a high level. 

    On defense, the Vikings got a steal on a one-year deal with Sheldon Richardson, giving defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer another tool work with up front. Otherwise, the Vikings have been quiet.

    That isn't a problem after landing the biggest fish on the free-agent market after a playoff run, though. They'll instead use draft assets to round out the rest of their roster. 

New England Patriots: C

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    Call it a tough trip to market for the New England Patriots. 

    Losing a top talent in the secondary like Malcolm Butler, a reliable tackle like Nate Solder and a versatile running back like Dion Lewis is brutal. 

    Discounting the odd Butler Super Bowl saga, though, the Patriots weren't going to overpay while resetting the tackle market with Solder. Lewis got more money from Tennessee than most teams would be comfortable giving a non-bell cow running back, too. 

    Small additions such as Adrian Clayborn and Jeremy Hill help out in a rotational sense, leaving Bill Belichick and his staff some nice wiggle room on draft day. But compared to last offseason, the Patriots seem conservative, if not hesitant. 

New Orleans Saints: B

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    Getting Drew Brees back under contract felt preordained for the New Orleans Saints.

    After getting that formality out of the way, the Saints have been oddly quiet. They tried to lure Wilkerson to town, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and have met with Ndamukong Suh, per Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports. However, they whiffed on the former, while the latter has yet to decide on his landing spot.

    Getting Suh would be a huge deal, as was signing former Eagles slot cornerback Patrick Robinson. The secondary is likely losing safety Kenny Vaccaro, so upgrading the unit's back end was wise. 

    For a team without a second-round pick this year, the Saints have aggressively tried to upgrade on defense. The best might be yet to come. 

New York Giants: B

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    The Giants entered the offseason needing to protect Eli Manning by any means necessary. 

    To that end, the Giants won big with Nate Solder. He'll be 30 years old in April and he demanded a major deal, but it's imperative the team squeezes the most out of Manning and allows him enough time to take advantage of the potent receivers at his disposal before he calls it quits. 

    It also makes sense the Giants went out and got Jonathan Stewart to prop up a running game that only averaged 3.9 yards per carry a season ago (tied for 22nd) and struggled to pound it in at the goal line. 

    As an aside, the Giants haven't been perfect. Adding guard Patrick Omameh sounds intriguing until one remembers the Jaguars didn't feel the need to bring him back and replaced him with free-agent Andrew Norwell. The Giants need more in front of Manning and hold the draft's second pick, though taking a lineman there could be unattractive—which could make them trade-down candidates.

    After shipping away Jason Pierre-Paul on Thursday the Giants have two more mid-round selections to work with, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Given their sudden need for a pass-rusher, they could instead NC State's Bradley Chubb with the second pick. 

New York Jets: A

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    The other team in the Big Apple went all-in at quarterback, bringing back Josh McCown and adding Teddy Bridgewater to the mix. 

    Not content, the New York Jets also sacrificed three second-round picks to move up from sixth to third in the upcoming draft. 

    There's no telling what the Jets will do there, though the additions under center don't rule out a quarterback. Bridgewater suffered a career-altering knee injury prior to the 2016 season, making him a question mark moving forward, while McCown is 38 years old. Generally speaking, a team wouldn't trade up like this without wanting a rare shot at a potential franchise passer. 

    One can safely presume cornerback won't be a top priority after inking a lockdown defender like Trumaine Johnson. Same story at running back, where 25-year-old Isaiah Crowell can carry the load as a three-down workhorse if asked. 

    For those counting, the Jets have addressed three premium positions at least once and improved their outlook both in the immediate future and long term, moves that make them one of the bigger success stories of the offseason.

Oakland Raiders: C

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    The Oakland Raiders are getting up in age this offseason under the watchful eye of new head coach Jon Gruden. 

    Gruden and Co. added Jordy Nelson (32), Josh Johnson (31), Doug Martin (29), Lee Smith (30), Derek Carrier (27), Tank Carradine (28), Tahir Whitehead (27), Kyle Wilber (28), Rashaan Melvin (28), Shareece Wright (30) and Marcus Gilchrist (29). 

    Are the Raiders better after the flurry of moves? One could have an interesting debate here. They're certainly older, and there is something to be said for experience. But former Pro Bowlers like Nelson and Martin are over the proverbial hill, and somebody like Whitehead hit the market at his age because he's primarily a run-stuffer in a passing league. 

    Being an active buyer for the sake of being active is something that has doomed perceived free-agency winners in the past.

Philadelphia Eagles: B

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    So far, the typical Super Bowl exodus of talent hasn't hit the Philadelphia Eagles. 

    Losing a tight end like Trey Burton hurt, but otherwise, the Eagles have quietly crept through the market, making some quality moves. 

    The addition of Michael Bennett via trade is a boon for a formidable pass rush. Acquiring a big body in Haloti Ngata to clog up the middle and stifle the run provides veteran depth on an already-deep line. Re-signing linebacker Nigel Bradham was a major development, too, further reinforcing an Eagles front seven that gave up the fewest rushing yards in the league last season. 

    While the Eagles aren't without holes, this has been a better-than-expected trip to market while still being able to afford to keep a key free agent like Bradham. An influx of rookie talent via the draft and the return of Carson Wentz only makes the outlook sweeter.

Pittsburgh Steelers: B

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    The franchise tag for Le'Veon Bell had to happen, as a team like the Pittsburgh Steelers can't afford to lose an MVP-caliber player right now when a Super Bowl run is the annual expectation. 

    While necessary, it meant they could no longer keep offensive tackle Chris Hubbard in front of Ben Roethlisberger and the dismissals of secondary stalwarts William Gay and Mike Mitchell. 

    As for replacements, the Steelers brought in safety Morgan Burnett—who should come in and serve as the starter, barring something dramatic in the draft—and seem to have tabbed Jon Bostic to fill the void left by injured linebacker Ryan Shazier.

    Because of cap issues, though, the draft will be where the Steelers hope to make the bulk of their headway in the roster-building department.

San Francisco 49ers: A

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    What's not to like about the San Francisco 49ers right now? 

    Previously mired in a rebuild, the 49ers awarded Jimmy Garoppolo his extension and then made a series of moves upgrading both sides of the football. 

    Adding Jerick McKinnon as a Carlos Hyde replacement is an upgrade due to versatility. Weston Richburg arrives and immediately starts in a friendly system at center. In the defensive secondary, Richard Sherman will have a major chip on his shoulder after getting cut by the Seahawks, whom he will now face twice a year. 

    Call it a model of smart spending instead of simply gobbling up whatever presents itself with droves of cap space. Well-thought-out moves like these have quickly laid the foundation to turn San Francisco from a bottom feeder into a team built to compete.

    Though the fireworks are probably over for the 49ers, it's an impressive haul meant to address red flags up and down the roster before they head to the draft with a top-10 pick. 

Seattle Seahawks: D

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    This isn't exactly what fans of the Seattle Seahawks expected to see this offseason. 

    Jimmy Graham is gone. So is Paul Richardson. Richard Sherman is off to a division rival after Seattle released him. Cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and DeShawn Shead? Also released. Michael Bennett got shipped to the team that just hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. 

    Call it an unfortunate set of losses for the Seahawks, who haven't done much in the way of new arrivals, either. Ed Dickson is no Graham, Barkevious Mingo provides a small boost to the pass rush and Jaron Brown was the fourth receiver in Arizona (though he has upside). 

    These additions have done very little to improve the poor protection in front of Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks have a first-round pick but don't select again until the fourth round. Whether the needle moves in a positive direction on the field based on the results so far is hard to say.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been more in line with what the Seahawks should be doing right now. 

    The Buccaneers kept a few of their own in cornerback Brent Grimes and tight end Cameron Brate, and then they added to the defensive line with nose tackle Beau Allen and defensive end Vinny Curry. Not even there, they added Pierre-Paul via their trade with the Giants on Thursday. 

    Best of all, the Buccaneers helped Jameis Winston by handing center Ryan Jensen a four-year, $42 million deal, $22 million of which is guaranteed (that's only fifth in total dollars among linemen so far). It's hard to knock the Buccaneers for overpaying in the current spend-happy environment surrounding offensive linemen, especially if the endgame is paying to keep a franchise quarterback healthy. 

    The Buccaneers don't have the vibe of a team that spent big money unwisely, and they still possess a top-10 pick. The NFC South could have a big problem on its hands next season.

Tennessee Titans: B

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    The Tennessee Titans made a pair of big splashes and then cooled off. 

    Not bad when those splashes were Malcolm Butler and Dion Lewis from the Patriots. Lewis becomes a key cog in the backfield next to the impressive Derrick Henry after the team moved on from DeMarco Murray. Butler slots into a steadily improving secondary featuring names like Logan Ryan, Adoree' Jackson and Kevin Byard. 

    While Butler and Lewis come in with name recognition, these are the complementary moves a team needs to compete. Linebacker is another position that needs to be addressed, but that area in particular can be of the slow-developing variety on the market. 

    If all else fails, the improvement on both sides of the ball gives way to the draft, where the Titans clutch a top-25 pick.

Washington Redskins: C

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    Unexpected or not, the Washington Redskins have their guy in quarterback Alex Smith. 

    Happy with the move, the Redskins then went out and added Paul Richardson to the wideout corps as they continue to search for a receiver who consistently takes the top off a defense like they had with DeSean Jackson in town. 

    Otherwise, losses stand out. Edge-rusher Trent Murphy is gone, as is wideout Ryan Grant. Additions have been marginal at best, with cornerback Orlando Scandrick signing a two-year deal and linebacker Zach Brown re-upping for three more years. 

    Washington coughed up a third-round pick in the trade to get Smith, so the front office still has its hands on the No. 13 selection in the first round. As expected, the focus of the Redskins' approach after the trade has seemed to center more on the draft than free agency.

    Team and player salary-cap information via Spotrac and Over the Cap.

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