The NFC improved more than the AFC in free agent signings and trades.


NOTE: Today on NNR Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports and I analyzed the Free agent signings in the NFC and the recent signing of TE Rob Housler by the Browns.

While some AFC teams did fairly well in free agency and trades this off season, the majority of NFC teams got stronger while the AFC lost ground.


Seahawks – While the Hawks did QB Russell Wilson no favors in his protection, they finally got him a reliable weapon in TE Jimmy Graham. Chances are good we will not see a goal line inside slant pass this season. They also helped the defensive backfield by signing CB Cary Williams and Will Blackmon.

Rams – The signings of LB Akeem Ayers and DT Nick Fairley will help the defense. The trade of QB Sam Bradford to the Eagles for Nick Foles is understandable given Bradford’s injury history.

Redskins – The Skins may not be certain about who will play QB but they helped the defense significantly with the signings of DT Stephen Paea, DT Terrance Knighton, and CB Chris Culliver.


Lions – Poor planning by the front office allowed both DT Ndamukong Suh and DT Nick Fairley to leave in the same year. The signing of FA DT Tyrunn Walker and the trade for DT Haloti Ngata will not make up the loss. Ngata is will past his “use by” date and Walker is a “never was.”

Eagles – No matter who plays QB for the birds, the loss of weapons will hurt. In the last 2 seasons they have traded away their top 2 WRS and top running back. The history of running backs with over 400 touches doing well the following year is not positive. To make the issue worse, both signed RB candidates DeMarco Murray, and Ryan Mathews have a bad injury history.

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