Weekly Roundup: 5 Biggest Moves of NFL Free Agency So Far
Written by: David Crichton
After a jam-packed week of free agency, here is a breakdown of the five biggest trades and signings
Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos
Finalized this week, the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson and a fourth round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for Drew Locke, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, 2 first round picks, 2 second round picks, and a fifth round pick. This move turns the Broncos into serious contenders in the AFC as they finally have a quarterback that is finally able to utilize the skills of their talented wide receiver group. Worth mentioning, the addition of Russell Wilson to the AFC West makes it the best conference, potentially in the history of football. I still see the Chiefs taking the division title, but not without a serious fight.
Deshaun Watson to the Browns
After it was widely reported that Watson was choosing between the Saints and Falcons as his possible trade destinations, he shocked the football world and signed with the Browns, confirming Baker Mayfield’s departure from Cleveland. The Texans received an absolute haul for Watson which included 3 first round picks, a third round pick, and a fourth round pick. From an upgrade of talent perspective, I get trading for Watson, but the reasoning the Browns' front office gave for moving on from Mayfield makes no sense. It was reported that General Manager Andrew Berry made the decision because he "wanted an adult in the room." With the questionable-at-best history of Deshaun Watson, it doesn't seem like the Browns matured much at the position if that's what they were looking to do.
Davante Adams to the Raiders
In devastating news for Packer fans across the country, Green Bay departed with star wide receiver Davante Adams, trading him to the Las Vegas Raiders for only a first and second round pick. This price is incredibly cheap for “the best wide receiver in football” when you remember that the Jets got 2 firsts and a second for box safety Jamal Adams. Davante reunites with Fresno State teammate Derek Carr as they look to recapture the magic of their 2 seasons together where they connected for 38 touchdowns. In a stacked AFC West, I see this move making the Raiders marginally more competitive, but not enough for them to make the playoffs this season.
Allen Robinson II to the Rams
In a move that undoubtedly puts the Rams as favorites to repeat, they signed former Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II to a 3 year, $46.5 million dollar contract. Robinson is a talented receiver who has been stifled by poor quarterback play over his last few seasons in Chicago. With Cooper Kupp drawing most of the top corners and double teams, expect Robinson to have a productive WR2 season. I like this move for the Rams as they bolster an area of strength for them, one that's becoming increasingly more important in a pass-happy NFL. With Odell Beckham Jr. rehabbing from injury and still yet to sign, combined with the departure of Robert Woods, Robinson II might end up being more a necessity than a luxury.
Von Miller to the Bills
Seemingly out of nowhere, 32 year old Von Miller signed a 6-year, $120 million dollar contract with the Buffalo Bills. His contract is front loaded to maximize the productive years he has left. Von really earned this contract in the half a season he played with the Rams, especially the Super Bowl, where he recorded 2 sacks on the way to helping the Rams beat the Bengals. He will add to a Bills’ pass rush that has slowly been improving over the past two seasons, turning them into a truly menacing unit. Fueled by an overtime loss in the Divisional Round last season, the Bills look to claim the AFC title this season. Barring any major injuries, I have the Bills representing the AFC in the Super Bowl next season.