Top 5 Biggest Moves in 2020 NFL Free Agency

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Tom Brady jersey swap with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Urban, Editor

Despite the United States being in a deep quarantine, it is safe to say that any desperate sports fan was thoroughly entertained with the amount of action and league changing deals that occurred just a few weeks ago. Without further ado, lets examine the top 5 most impactful scenarios that actually happened.

 

1. Tom Brady signs a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

My first reaction was complete and utter shock, much like any casual or Boston sports fan. There was no way he would leave New England right? Many people will blame Bill Belechick for trying to shop Brady while they still had Jimmy Garopollo or that he never fully, down the latter years of his career, supplied him with enough offensive talent to win more Super Bowls. Knowing him as a crazy competitor, this deal signals that Tom Brady wants to prove that he is still an elite quarterback and that he can do it without Bill Belechick, or being in New England. In Tampa Bay, Brady can work with the very young and intriguing talents of receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and tight end OJ Howard. Twice a year we get to see Brady play Drew Brees’s New Orleans Saints which should be very entertaining.

 

2. Houston Texans Trade DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second-round pick

What in the world is this trade! Some analysts marked this as the most unfair trade in NFL history. There was and obviously has been friction between Hopkins and head coach Bill O’Brien which really showed out by executing this trade. Hopkins was a vital player to the offense and the entire success as an organization. The Texans are hoping they can get the old David Johnson, who was a top running back, or else this trade is just terrible. Watch out for the Arizona Cardinals because that offense is looking lethal now. If Offensive Rookie of the Year, Kyler Murray, can take another step in his progression paired with D-Hop, Fitzgerald, Kirk, and the dynamic play calling of Kliff Kingsbury, wow watch out folks. Hopkins is regarded as a top five, if not top three wide receiver in the NFL right now.

 

3. Minnesota Vikings Trade Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 first round-pick, fifth-round pick, sixth-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick. 

This trade was completed the night of when Hopkins was traded, and everyone’s reaction was, “this is how you trade for a number 1 receiver.” I see this as a win for both teams because the Bills fill a much needed WR1 on their offense and Minnesota gets good compensation for a disgruntled player within the organization. Stefon Diggs can provide Josh Allen with a wide variety of impressive skills that should elevate his passing numbers and the rest of the Bills offense. The Bills are a very solid team that can make noise in 2020-2021.  Diggs is considered to be a top 10-12 type receiver who can do a variety of things well.

 

4. Malcom Jenkins signs with the New Orleans Saints/Darius slay traded from Detroit to Philadelphia for a 2020 third and firth-round draft pick.

I categorized these moves in the same number because I truly believe each are equally important and they both deal with Philadelphia. Malcolm Jenkins reunites with Sean Payton in New Orleans from Philadelphia and will add further stability to a formidable defense and Super Bowl contending team. The Eagles pulled the trigger on one of the leagues best cornerbacks in Slay who will lock down the number 1 receivers on opposing teams. This could help the Eagles reach the 2018 versions of themselves.

 

5. Los Angeles Rams cut Todd Gurley, Gurley signs with the Atlanta Falcons on a 1-year deal.

This situation is quite bizarre to me. Todd Gurley has been an excellent running back his whole career and was a huge factor in the Rams 2019 Super Bowl run. However last offseason he was diagnosed with slight arthritis in his knees and presumed to have a much less effective season this year. Nonetheless, it was surprising to see the Rams cut the player they signed to a massive contracts two years ago, but they felt as if he wasn’t the player they were getting before. Reports are saying the Falcons are getting a “healthy” Gurley, which would make them a legitimate SB contender, but who knows what his health is.