The first day of free agency in the NFL saw teams make big moves as some looked to make a move towards contending for a playoff spot. While others looked to contend for a super bowl championship.
This year’s super bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a mission to bring back the team intact. They made headlines with resigning star pass rusher Shaquil Barrett on a 4-year, $72 million deal. After playing under the franchise tag last season had 43 solo tackles and 8 sacks. Barrett was a part of the dominant defensive line that led the Buccaneers to a super bowl championship. The Buccaneers also re-signed tight end Rob Gronkowski to a 1-year deal worth $10 million. The Buccaneers were able to get key players on the team back to make another run at another super bowl.
Last season the New England Patriots missed the playoffs with a 7-9 record on the first day of free agency they made moves to get back there. The Patriots made it an emphasis to give quarterback Cam Newton weapons on offense starting with tight end Jonnu Smith who has a 4-year, $50 million deal. Last season Smith had 41 receptions, 448 yards, and 8 touchdowns. They added former Raiders receiver Nelson Agholor to a 2-year $26 million deal. Last season Agholor had 48 receptions, 896 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns.
The Patriots also added big names to their defense starting with two time pro bowl linebacker Matthew Judon who is on a 4-year, $56 million deal. Last season Judon had 32 solo tackles and 6 sacks. The Patriots added defensive back Jalen Mills who is on a 4-year, $24 million deal and nose tackle Davon Godchaux who is on a 2-year, $16 million deal. The Patriots made moves to give Cam Newton more weapons to help him on offense and help on defense for head coach Bill Belichick.
The Tennessee Titans looked to reshape their pass rush by signing linebacker Bud Dupree on a 16.5 million deal for a multi-year deal. They added defensive tackle Denico Autry to a 3-year deal worth $21.5 million. With these two additions to the defense it looks to improve their pass rush.
On the first day of free agency these teams made moves to improve their team and win the first day.
By E.J. Bryan Of Spotlight Sports Network