A portion of the $ 164.9 million the 49ers spent on free agents added two of the best blockers in football to protect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from the aggressive passers-by of NFC West, Rams Aaron Donald and Arizona Cardinals, JJ Watt. An upright back player has a positive effect on the offense of a team.
By trading expensive players like Jalen Ramey and Yannick Ngakoue in recent seasons, the Jacksonville Jaguars have entered the free agency with a large amount of available headroom. They offered $ 144 million in total value for contracts. They focused primarily on defense, after concluding 1-15 with the league’s second worst defense, and cornerback Shaquill Griffin signing for a three-year, $ 40 million, safety Rayshawn Jenkins contract for a deal of four years, $ 35 million and a defensive end. Roy Robertson-Harris to three years and $ 23.4 million.
Offensively, the rebuilding of the Jaguars begins with the concept, where the team will likely use the No. 1 overall pick to select Clemson full-back Trevor Lawrence. For the first time, NFL head coach Urban Meyer, who according to Shahid Khan, will control the team, uses free agencies to plug holes before the new franchise arrives. But Meyer has already expressed his displeasure over some aspects of running an NFL team, calling the league’s legal turmoil ‘terrible’.
A strong market for free agents for defensive talents has led the unfortunate Bengals (4-11 in the 2020 season) to prioritize the side of the ball with $ 122.75 million in free agent contracts. The team also signed that Riley Reiff signed a $ 7.5 million deal with Riley Reiff, which was the first step in resolving a weak attacking line accused of protecting Joe Burrow, who last season the ninth quarter in the league.
Derrick Henry’s legs can only carry the Titans so far. Despite a season in which running rugby once again led the league in chase spots, Tennessee was jumped into the wild card round of the playoffs. This season, general manager Jon Robinson stepped up the pace by adding former Steelers outfielder Bud Dupree on a $ 82.5 million five-year contract. Dupree had eight bags for the Steelers in the 2020 season. The Titans are paying him to help curb opposing backs, with the possibility of burning it to the ground, as the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson did in the crucial moments of the playoff loss to Baltimore.
First-year head coach Robert Saleh’s defense background showed in free agency when the Jets signed defensive end Carl Lawson for a $ 45 million three-year deal. This is the largest that the Jets have won so far in free agencies, contributing to the total contract of $ 110.25 million.
Linking Lawson, whose speed helped him with 5.5 bags with the Bengals last season, should complement the strength of third-year defensive line Quinnen Williams at the forefront. The Jets achieved the overall number 2 in the draft, and is a rumored landing spot for Houston Texans fullback Deshaun Watson. Their roster could still see important additions.