The Patriots had an outstanding offseason. They upgraded the cornerback position by signing the best cornerback in football in Darrelle Revis. They continued to add to their secondary by adding Brandon Browner. Adding those two cornerbacks and holding onto Vince Wilfork could give Bill Belichick the best defense he has seen in New England.
While Spikes was a very good run stopper, Dont’a Hightower can step into the middle linebacker role as the run stopper and Jaime Collins will play the role of coverage linebacker, a great upgrade from Hightower and his coverage skills, or lack there of.
Bringing back Edelman is almost as important as signing Revis. It would have been cruel to take Brady’s favorite target away from him for a second consecutive year. LaFell, while most of his snaps came in the slot last year, has the size and speed to play on the outside.
The Dolphins needed to upgrade their offensive line. Everybody knew that. They landed the best tackle on the free agent market in Branden Albert as well as adding guard Shelley Smith.
Not only were the Dolphins able to hold onto Grimes, they upgraded the position that Nolan Carroll filled with Cortland Finnegan. He may not be what he once was, but he is still a better player than Carroll.
Moreno brings a veteran presence to a backfield that was very disappointing in 2013. At only $3 million for one year, this was a smart signing for the Fins.
The Jets overpaid for Decker; I guess that’s what you have to do to get somebody half decent to come to the Jets. He is a number two that was paid like a number one.
Mark Sanchez was not really a key loss. That was probably the best move the Jets made this offseason. Antonio Cromartie is a legitimate loss, however. They Jets are going to have to seriously rely on second year cornerback Dee Milliner to take a giant step forward.
The Bills did not do a hell of a lot in free agency. Spikes is a good linebacker and definitely helps them against the run. However, other than that, they did not do much. Jairus Byrd, before Revis was cut, was the best free agent available. He left for the Saints and leaves the Bills much weaker in the secondary.
There is not really much to say about the Bills’ offseason. It was boring and disappointing for Bills fans.