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The 2020 NFL free agency period has been interesting, to say the least. With quite a few big names moving to different teams, including Tom Brady, there have been quite a few jaw-dropping moments to enjoy for fans of nearly all teams.
Whether their team actually signed a big-name player or if another team in their division lost a key players, fans have had plenty to be entertained about in a world largely without sports due to the coronavirus.
Now that the majority of the free agency frenzy has died down, we can take a look at the biggest wins and losers. We’re going to start with the biggest winners so far.
At this point in time, there are three teams that stand out as the biggest winners from free agency. Let’s dive in and take a look at who they are and why they should be considered one of the top winners.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Let’s start things off with Chris Ballard and the Indianapolis Colts, who have put together a huge offseason. It all started with the shocking blockbuster trade that brought in star defensive end DeForest Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers. Indianapolis did have to ship out the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it was well worth the cost.
Following that move, the Colts went out and upgraded their quarterback position. After a year of Jacoby Brissett struggling, the team went out and signed veteran star quarterback Philip Rivers. Granted, Rivers may not be the superstar that he once was, but he is still capable of putting up big numbers.
The last big move that the team made was signing veteran free agent cornerback Xavier Rhodes to a one-year deal. This is the definition of a low-risk, high-reward type of signing. Rhodes has struggled over the last couple of years, but he is confident that he can get back to being a Pro Bowl cornerback.
If the Colts have a good draft, there is a decent chance that they could make a push back into the playoffs.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
For the first time in a long time, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be excited about the upcoming season. Gone are the days of wondering how many interceptions Jameis Winston will throw. Here are the days of the greatest quarterback of all-time leading the way.
In the most shocking move of the offseason, Tom Brady decided to leave New England and Bill Belichick to sign with the Buccaneers. He will have lethal weapons in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to throw to, along with talented tight end O.J. Howard. Tampa Bay also brought back both Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul.
It may be a little too early to call the Buccaneers a Super Bowl favorite. However, they are certainly in the conversation with Brady on board.
Tampa Bay hasn’t been viewed as a contender in a long time. Now, they have legitimate hype to tide them over until the start of the 2020 season.
1. Arizona Cardinals
Finally, the Arizona Cardinals stole the offseason with one move. They were able to steal superstar wide receiver Deandre Hopkins away from the Houston Texans in exchange for David Johnson. Yes, there were picks involved, but acquiring Hopkins and getting rid of Johnson made them clear winners this offseason.
Kyler Murray has true superstar potential and now will have both Hopkins and Larry Fitzgerald to target. Arizona also brought back running back Kenyan Drake, who took over as the starter ahead of Johnson last season.
Arizona made other moves as well, including signing linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, and outside linebacker Devon Kennard. All of those moves make them a better football team. The Cardinals could be a team to watch in the NFC.
Whenever a team can acquire a talent like Hopkins, they deserve to be clear-cut winners. They top this list due to the pieces they added to an already solid young core. Fans in Arizona should be ecstatic about the offseason the Cardinals put together.