Post Free-agency Power Rankings

  • 1. Seahawks

Key Acquisitions:  TE Jimmy Graham CB Will Blackmon CB Cary Williams NT Ahtyba Rubin

Key Losses: MLB Malcolm Smith CB Byron Maxwell C Max Unger G James Carpenter

The Seahawks made one of the biggest offseason moves when they traded their two time Pro Bowl center, Max Unger, for one of the best red zone weapons in TE Jimmy Graham. Seattle also lost starting corner Byron Maxwell, who was replaced with former Eagles defensive back Cary Williams. Williams never panned out in Philly, but Seattle is a great place to resurrect his career. Average corners appear as if they were great corners when playing with Richard Sherman. As for the addition of Graham, Seattle will finally have a dynamic receiving threat in the redzone, with Graham being in the top fifteen for receiving touchdowns in the NFL each of the past three years.  Seattle has had a top roster three years in a row, and this year will try to win their second Super Bowl in the history of the franchise.

  1. Colts

Key Acquisitions: WR Andre Johnson, RB Frank Gore, OLB Trent Cole, DT Kendall Langford

Key Losses: RB Trent Richardson, DE Cory Redding

One of the Colts weak spots last year was their defense. In the offseason the Colts signed pass rusher Trent Cole, and Kendall Langford. These two should contribute to the Colts’ push for their first Super Bowl under Andrew Luck. Cole has only missed five games in his nine year career, and has produced a sum of fourteen and a half sacks in the past two seasons.   Another weakness to Indy last year was their run game. Indianapolis cut 2012 bust Trent Richardson, and replaced him with 31 year old Frank Gore. Gore won’t put up Pro Bowl numbers with Andrew Luck, but he is a steep improvement to the Colts dismal running game from 2014. Lastly, Andre Johnson will provide another receiver for Luck to throw to. Johnson missed the pro bowl for the first time since 2007 last year. With that said, he will still bolster the Colts already strong passing game. With one of the best field generals in the league, and an upgraded roster, the Colts should make a strong push towards a Super Bowl.

 

  1. Packers

Key Acquisitions: (None)

Key Losses: ILB AJ Hawk, CB Tramon Williams, CB Davon House

The Packers brought no new faces to Wisconsin this offseason. They lost two key players in their secondary, in Tramon Williams and Davon House. Green Bay had a top 10 pass defense last year, and that ranking should drop going into 2015. Eddie Lacy had an impressive year in 2014, and is ranked by some as the 2nd best back in the NFL for the upcoming season. Lacy paired with MVP Aaron Rodgers and two pro bowl pass catchers in Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson will prove to be the best offense in 2015. With Mike Mccarthy coaching one of the most electrifying offensive in football, the Packers should have a great year in 2015.

  1. Patriots

Key Acquisition: TE Scott Chandler, OLB Jabaal Sheard

Key Losses: RB Shane Vereen, CB Brandon Browner,  CB Darrelle Revis, DT Vince Wilfork, RB Steven Ridley

One would think that the reigning Super Bowl champions would easily gain the top spot in the power rankings. Quite the contrary, on defense the Patriots lost not one, but two of their starting cornerbacks, as well as the running stuffing beast Vince Wilfork. The Pats also did not sign effective running back, Shane Vereen. Though they brought in Scott Chandler to compliment All Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, I cannot see New England repeating as Champs.

  1. Cardinals

Key Acquisitions: G Mike Iupati, DE Cory Redding, OLB Sean Weatherspoon

Key Losses: DE Darnell Dockett, CB Antonio Cromartie, NT Dan Williams

The Cardinals significant losses included Cromartie, Dockett, and Williams, all of which played a big role in Arizona’s defense. By bringing DE Cory Redding in, the Cardinals now have a non injury prone pass rusher who has only missed one game in the past two years. Last year Arizona started 6-0 with quarterback Carson Palmer at the helm. After his injury, three separate quarterbacks guided the team to only five wins in ten games and a playoff loss. One of the most noteworthy signings Arizona produced was bringing in three time pro bowl guard Mike Iupati. Iupati will greatly improve the Cardinals 24th ranked run blocking offensive line. If Palmer can stay healthy, it would not come as a surprise if Arizona challenges Seattle for a division title.

  1. Steelers

Key Acquisitions: RB Deangelo Williams

Key Losses: DE Brett Keisel, OLB Jason Worilds, SS Troy Polamalu

Jason Worilds was a huge bright spot on the Steelers roster. The 27 year old outside linebacker posted 15.5 sacks throughout the past two years, and started all sixteen games for the first time last year.  His retirement will strongly affect the team. DE Brett Keisel only started 4 games last year, but has proven to be a locker room leader after playing 12 years for in steel city. One acquisition that could prove very interesting for the Steelers is singing RB Deangelo Williams. Williams will take some of the load off of 2014 all-pro RB Le’veon Bell, who is suspended 2 games in 2015. With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger coming off the best year of his career, and all pro wide out Antonio Brown posting the best digits in 2014, Pittsburg should claim another playoff berth this year.

  1. Cowboys

Key Acquisitions: RB Darren Mcfadden, DE Greg Hardy

Key Losses: OLB Bruce Carter, RB Demarco Murray, DT Henry Melton, T Jermey Parnell

Last season the Cowboys surprised critics by winning the NFL East with 12 wins. Dallas started off free agency by franchise tagging star wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant led the league in receiving touchdowns with sixteen, and also posted 1300 yards. Dallas ended up losing the offensive player of the year, Demarco Murray, to their division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles. Murray had an outstanding year in 2014, but that was partially due to an equally outstanding offensive line. The Cowboys are expected to draft a running back in the first round, and that back should fit in nicely to the offense. The Cowboys also made a splash by signing DE Greg Hardy. Hardy is a very talented player, but he comes with strong off the field issues. Hardy was accused of lengthy domestic assault charges, and missed the final 15 games of the year from a suspension. Though the charges were dropped, many believe Hardy was guilty. The Cowboys still have a stellar O-line, and will be guided by Romo and Bryant to what should be a great season.

  1. Broncos

Key Acquisitions: DT Vance Walker, TE Owen Daniels, G Shelly Smith

Key Losses: TE Julius Thomas, G Orlando Franklin, DT Terrance Knighton, FS Rahim Moore

The Broncos will have to make some very tough adjustments to both their offense and defense. The Broncos lost four of the top thirty ranked free agents this offseason. Denver will surely feel the repercussion from losing four starters and a two time Pro Bowler, in Julius Thomas. Another problem facing Denver is that seven time All-pro QB Peyton Manning just turned 39 and had his 2nd lowest QBR since 2006 last year. Though general manager John Elway found replacements of the lost starters, these players are all downgrades from the original competitors. This team revolves around Manning, and if he hits a rough patch this season, the Broncos will  no longer have the difference makers to pull out hard earned wins.

  1. 9. Eagles

Key Acquisitions: MLB Kiko Alonso, QB Sam Bradford, RB Demarco Murray, CB Byron Maxwell, RB Ryan Mathews, CB Walter Thurmond

 

Key Losses: LOLB Trent Cole, WR Jeremy Maclin, RB Lesean Mccoy, CB Cary Williams, QB Nick Foles

At one point in this offseason many thought that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly had gone crazy. He cut two defensive leaders, Cary Williams and Trent Cole, and traded his starting quarterback, Nick Foles, and biggest offensive playmaker, Lesean Mccoy. Kelly also made a weak attempt at resigning Jeremy Maclin. In a very criticized trade with Buffalo, Kelly acquired Kiko Alonso, while losing Mccoy. Alonso broke out as a rookie in 2013, but missed all of 2014 with a torn ACL. Kelly also revamped the secondary of the Eagles with Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond. The acquisition that gained the most attention was the signing of Demarco Murray. Murray led the league in rushing, but most likely will not have another year like last. The Eagles have massive amounts of talent throughout their roster, but now are lead by injury prone quarterback Sam Bradford.  Even with these skillful new players, a lack of a solid QB could be the achilles tendon of their team. In the long run, Kelly ended up making significant upgrades on both sides of the ball, and the team should make a run at the playoffs in 2015.

  1. Lions

Key Acquisitions: NT Tyrunn Walter, NT Haloti Ngata

Key Losses: DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley, RB Reggie Bush

The Lions decided not to place the franchise tag on arguably the best defensive tackles in the NFL, Ndamukong Suh. Detroit countered the loss of Suh by bringing in Haloti Ngata. Ngata had a down year in 2014, but should be a good replacement for Suh and Fairley. Even with the former Ravens DT, the Lions will take a hit. Reggie Bush left the Lions. This departure should lead to bigger role for Joique Bell. Bell, who is line to be the starter, averaged 4.5 yards a carry along 85 yards in games in which he had eighteen or more carries. Receiving threat Calvin Johnson will be coming into 2015 healthy, while last year a toe injury nagged at him throughout the entire season. In a make or break season for the Lions, there is a good possibility they will produce two consecutive playoff berths.

11.Chiefs

Key Acquisitions: SS Tyvon Branch, WR Jeremy Maclin

Key Losses: C Rodney Hudson, DT Vince Walker, WR Dwayne Bowe

12.Dolphins

Key Acquisitions: TE Jordan Cameron, DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Kenny Stills

Key Losses: TE Charles Clay, WR Brian Hartline, WR Mike Wallace, DT Jared Odrick, DT Randy Starks

 

  1. Bengals

Key Acquisitions: ILB A.J Hawk, DE Michael Johnson, WR Denarius Moore

Key Losses: CB Terence Newman

 

  1. Ravens

Key Acquisitions: FS Kendrick Lewis

Key Losses: TE Owen Daniels, LB Pernell Mcphee, WR Torrey Smith

 

  1. Bills

Key Acquisitions: RB Lesean Mccoy, WR Percy Harvin, FB Jerome Felton, TE Charles Clay

Key Losses: LB Kiko Alonso, RB C.J Spiller, SS Da’Norris Searcy, TE Scott Chandler LB Brandon Spikes

 

  1. Rams

Key Acquisitions: QB Nick Foles, OLB Akeem Ayers, DT Nick Fairley

Key Losses: DT Kendall Langford, QB Sam Bradford

  1. Chargers

Key Acquisition: G Orlando Franklin, WR Steve Johnson, SS Jimmy Wilson, CB Patrick Robinson

Key Losses: SS Marcus Gilchrist, WR Eddie Royal, RB Ryan Matthews

 

  1. Texans

Key Acquisitions: QB Brian Hoyer, FS Rahim Moore, WR Cecil Shorts, DT Vince Wilfork

Key Losses: WR Andre Johnson, FS Kendrick Lewis, OLB Brooks Reed

 

  1. Panthers

Key Acquisitions: WR Ted Ginn, OT Michael Oher, CB Charles Tillman

Key Losses: RB Deangelo Williams, DE Greg Hardy

 

  1. Vikings

Key Acquisitions: WR Mike Wallace, CB Terence Newman

Key Losses: QB Christian Ponder, FB Jerome Felton

 

  1. Saints

Key Acquisitions: RB C.J Spiller, CB Brandon Browner

Key Losses: MLB Curtis Lofton, CB Patrick Robinson

  1. Falcons

Key Acquisitions: DE Adrian Clayborn, OLB Justin Durant, OLB Brooks Reed, DE O’brien Schofield, WR Leonard Hankerson

Key Losses: OLB Sean Weatherspoon, WR Harry Douglas, RB Steven Jackson?, G Blalock?

 

  1.   Giants

Key Acquisitions: RB Shane Vereen

Key Losses: CB Walter Thurmond, SS Antrel Rolle

  1. Bucs

Key Acquisitions: DT Henry Melton, OLB Bruce Carter,

Key Losses: QB Josh Mccown, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Michael Johnson

 

  1. Redskins

Key Acquisitions: CB Chris Culliver, DT Terrance Knighton, DT Stephen Paea, S Dashon Goldson, S Jeron Johnson

Key Losses: RB Roy Helu, OLB Brian Orakpo, S Ryan Clark

New GM Scot Mccloughan has already shown his abilities as a GM just two months into his tenure with Washington. As his first signing for the Redskins he brought in former Colts DE/DT Ricky Jean Francois. Francois will not be a huge game changer, but he will bring versatility as a hybrid tackle/end to a defensive line that desperately needs it. Though new new acquisition Chris Culliver will provide an anchor to the Redskins secondary that they have lacked for years. Culliver had 4 interceptions last year, which is more than half of what the entire redskins defense put together in 2014. Culliver also finished 12th in the NFL with 15 pass deflections. Perhaps the biggest x-factor brought to DC was former Broncos Nose tackle, Terrance Knighton. One of Redskins weakest spots last year was their defense line. Knighton, one is regarded throughout the NFL as one of the top interior lineman, should be a Key part of the line. Washington also signed DT Stephen Paea. Paea had six sacks last year, which would have led Washington lineman in 2014. After making many safe moves with a high upside, DC brought in a high risk safety. Dashon Goldson last year was rated as one of the worst safeties in the NFL. Goldson still does have bright spots throughout his career.  He has been in two pro bowls, and has also posted four interceptions in a year twice in the past 6 years. In closing, Washington made many upgrades at defense, but the lack of a consistent QB is hampering the teams potential.

  1. Jets  

 Key Acquisitions: WR Brandon Marshall, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Antonio Cromartie, SS Marcus Gilchrist, RB Steven Ridley CB Buster Skrine, G James Carpenter

Key Losses:  WR Percy Harvin

  1. Raiders

Key Acquisitions: C Rodney Hudson, NT Dan Williams, ILB Curtis Lofton, OLB Malcolm Smith, RB Roy Helu, WR Michael Crabtree

Key Losses: RB Darren Mcfadden,  SS Tyvon Branch, C Stefen Wisniewski

28: Browns

      Key Acquisitions: WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Brian Hartline, DT Randy Starks, CB Tramon Williams, TE Rob Housler

      Key Losses: TE Jordan Cameron, QB Brian Hoyer, OLB Jabaal Sheard, CB Buster Skrine

  1. JaguarsKey Acquisitions: DT Jared Odrick, T Jermey Parnell, TE Julius Thomas, CB Davon House, C Stefen WisniewskiKey Losses: CB Will Blackmon, WR Cecil Shorts30. Bears

Key Acquisitions: LB Pernell Mcphee, SS Antrel Rolle, WR Eddie Royal, DE Ray Mcdonald, MLB Marvin Foster

Key Losses: WR Brandon Marshall, DT Stephen Paea, CB Charles Tillman .

 31: Titans

Key Acquisitions : CB Perrish Cox, OLB Brian Orakpo,  SS Da’Norris Searcy, WR Harry Douglas

Key Losses: T Michael Oher

  1. 49ers

Key Acquisitions : RB Reggie Bush, WR Torrey Smith, DT Darnell Dockett

Key Losses: RB Frank Gore, MLB Chris Borland, LB Patrick Willis, G Mike Iupati, CB Perrish Cox, CB Chris Culliver, WR Michael Crabtree, WR Steve Johnson, DE Ray Mcdonald

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