While many quality free agents remain on the open market, the big free agency rush is now behind us. It’s a bittersweet time for us football fans. We’ve been looking forward to this process since the end of the season. Then again, this means we’re even closer to the NFL Draft (about 40 days, but who’s counting)?

We saw a lot happen during these past couple of weeks. This very well could be the most active free agency period in a long time. Not only did some players cash in huge, but there were a handful of big trades as well. Below we’ll fill you in on all the big news, along with some that you may have missed with analysis and insight.

Not all big money signings workout, will it for your team? Who are the under the radar signings that will breakout for their respective teams? Find out below, along with a free agent grade for each team.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Mario Williams
-Nigel Bradham
-Chris Hogan
-Leodis McKelvin
-Ron Brooks

Analysis: Cutting Mario Williams was the big move from Buffalo during the free agency period which saved the club monumental cap space – a very smart move based on his regression and age. Along with that, they let go of other defensive pieces such as Nigel Bradham, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks – who all signed with Philadelphia. Aside from players let go, the team didn’t make a big splash with signings. They did, however, bring back Richie Incognito who was one of the best guards in the league this past season. His toughness and mean streak sets the tone on the interior of that line, especially in the running game. They also franchised Cordy Glenn, the staple of that offensive line. Chris Hogan was an under the radar signing for New England and the Bills will hate to play against him twice a year after failing to match his offer sheet.

The Bills are a team without any ‘huge’ weaknesses which shows why they didn’t make a splash of any sort in free agency. A good draft would go a long way for this team and could quite possibly get them over the hump and into the playoffs in 2016. I expect Rex Ryan and co. to add some defensive depth, which they definitely could use right about now, and maybe a playmaker on offense.

Grade: C+

Miami Dolphins

Key Additions:
-Mario Williams
-Kiko Alonso
-Byron Maxwell
-Isa Abdul-Quddus
-Jermon Bushrod
-Andre Branch

Key Subtractions:
-Olivier Vernon
-Lamar Miller
-Rishard Matthews
-Derrick Shelby
-Brent Grimes

Analysis: Of course you know Olivier Vernon signed the richest contract of any free agent this offseason as he jumped ship to New York and signed with the Giants. Vernon went on a tear in the 2nd half of the season and his presence up front will surely be missed. In an attempt to restore the production off the edge, Miami signed the past-prime Mario Williams, snatching him from division rival Buffalo – a bit of an overpay there. They also brought in Andre Branch on a 1 year deal who can provide a solid presence off the bench and could even start some games. Just one year after signing his historic contract, Ndamukong Suh restructured his contract which vouches some brownie points to the front office. The secondary remained perhaps the most inconsistent unit on the team last season, so the team signed Isa Abdul-Quddus from Detroit to replace Louis Delmas who is still currently a free agent.

The Dolphins completed the first blockbuster trade of the offseason where they acquired former Chip Kelly prodigies, Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso. Both present low risk/high reward as the team moved down only 5 spots in the 1st round. Jermon Bushrod signs a one year deal to solidify the line at right tackle – though his better days are behind him.

Come draft day, Miami has some areas they need to address. Running back sticks out after they missed out on both C.J. Anderson and Chris Johnson who re-signed with their respective teams from last season. This results in Lamar Miller leaving to sign with Houston. I could still see them pursuing a guy like Arian Foster. They could still stand to tighten up the secondary as well as bolster the LB corps. The offensive line could use some youth as well.

Not a big fan of what Miami did during free agency. There were better options out there than a guy like Mario Williams to replace Vernon. I understand their cap situation is tight right now, but I feel like this team is obsessed with going after the big names despite their age or system fit. (i.e. Mike Wallace, Suh, etc.)

Grade: C-

New England Patriots

Key Additions:
-Martellus Bennett
-Chris Long
-Chris Hogan
-Jonathan Cooper
-Shea McClellin

Key Departures:
-Chandler Jones
-Akiem Hicks

Analysis: The Patriots are the Patriots, that’s all there is to it. In consecutive days they made blockbuster trades which saw them sending Chandler Jones to Arizona where they acquired a 2nd round pick along with former 1st round pick Jonathan Cooper, while making an acquisition for Martellus Bennett. New England loves to cycle younger players in which led them to trade Jones who is entering a contract year after having a career year this past season. They were able to get another 2nd round pick which gives them more flexibility in the draft, and perhaps trade up for one of the standout defensive linemen with 1st round grades. Jonathan Cooper wore out his welcome in Arizona, but he very well could find success with Bill Belichick in New England as players often do. Martellus Bennett comes over from Chicago for a 4th round pick. A great trade for the Patriots as they add another playmaker for Brady which will lead them go running more two TE sets – reminiscent of when Aaron Hernandez was still out of the cell. Gronkowski and Bennett both presents a huge mismatch for any defense – especially in the redzone.

Shortly after trading Chandler Jones, the team was quick to find his replacement as they signed the veteran Chris Long who was released by the Rams about a month ago. While not the pass rusher he once was, Long still provides a great savvy and leadership and will fit right in on this defense. Snatching Chris Hogan from Buffalo was a tremendous in-division move as New England looks for their next Wes Welker to go along with Julian Edelman – assuming he can stay healthy this season. Shea McClellin is an under the radar signing that I can see breaking out.

I really like what New England was able to do the past week or so. They added some great fits and I love that they acquired another 2nd round pick as they’re without their 1st – you know they’re going to look to run and gun up and down the draft board.

Grade: B+

New York Jets

Key Additions:
-Matt Forte
-Steve McClendon
-Jarvis Jenkins
-Khiry Robinson

Key Subtractions:
-Ryan Fitzpatrick?
-Damon Harrison
-Chris Ivory
-Antonio Cromartie

Analysis: One huge question still lies for the Jets, and that’s what are they going to do about the QB position? It’s funny how Geno Smith has become more than an afterthought in the Big Apple after being punched by former teammate I.K. Enemkpali, being overshadowed by Fitzpatrick’s success didn’t help things either. With Fitzpatrick still unsigned, the team would rather take looks at high risks such as Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick over Smith.

Damon “Snacks” Harrison will be a huge loss as he stays in-state as one of the Giants’ big free agent signings. He was PFF’s top rated run defense this past season. Coming into replace him is Steve McClendon, not nearly as effective against the run – but could still provide a decent presence in the middle for New York. The team essentially swapped out Chris Ivory for Matt Forte as he comes over after a flourished career in Chicago. His veteran leadership will be key on this Jets team. Khiry Robinson was also added to the backfield as he brings great depth. Jarvis Jenkins was a nice bargain-bid addition – a solid edge setter against the run and nice system fit.

Losing a guy like Harrison along with an unsolved QB enigma, the free agency period didn’t quite go as planned for New York. I do like the Forte signing, but he is unreliable at this stage of his career from a health standpoint. However, until the QB situation gets resolved, I can’t give this team a good free agency grade. Retaining Muhammad Wilkerson helps their cause though.

Grade: C-

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens

Key Additions:
-Eric Weddle
-Mike Wallace
-Ben Watson

Key Subtractions:
-Kelechi Osemele
-Darryl Smith
-Will Hill

Analysis: We all knew Osemele wouldn’t suit up in Baltimore as the Ravens weren’t willing to invest so much into the guard position with Marshal Yanda already locked up long term. The club definitely didn’t lose much other than Osemele. Eric Weddle was a fantastic signing by Ozzie Newsome as the team edged Dallas in a bidding war. Weddle will shore up a shaky Baltimore secondary that picked off a league low 6 passes last season

The signing of Mike Wallace may have been criticized by some, but this is probably his best system fit since he was in Pittsburgh based on Joe Flacco’s elite arm strength to match his deep threat ability – something guys like Ryan Tannehill and Teddy Bridgewater didn’t quite have. I would expect slightly better production than last season, with more consistency. Ben Watson will add solid veteran leadership at tight end, though I think his production last season was a product of New Orleans’ passing scheme.

Other than the departure of Osemele, there isn’t much to nitpick about Baltimore’s offseason. Newsome did a solid job and I highly doubt he’s finished.

Grade: B-

Cincinnati Bengals

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Reggie Nelson
-Andre Smith
-Mohamed Sanu
-Marvin Jones
-Leon Hall
-Wallace Gilberry

Analysis: Entering free agency, the Bengals had by far the most key free agents. They prioritized guys like George Iloka and Adam Jones who were both re-signed which is key to their secondary. However, Leon Hall and Reggie Nelson weren’t retained. Role players such as Vincent Rey and Pat Sims were brought back with Iloka and Jones.

Other players such as Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones were given hefty contrcts elsewhere, I don’t blame Cincy for not pursuing them. However, this leaves a lonely WR corps that features A.J. Green as the only reliable target for Andy Dalton. If the Bengals want Dalton to replicate his 2015 season, they will make WR a priority in the draft.

While they didn’t make any signings of note, it’s hard to knock a team that brought back key players on the defense, despite having to let some other key players go – that’s just part of the business. They definitely need to solidify their depth and take a WR early on in the draft.

Grade: C

Cleveland Browns

Key Additions:
-Demario Davis
-Rahim Moore

Key Subtractions:
-Alex Mack
-Mitchel Schwartz
-Tashaun Gipson
-Travis Benjamin
-Karlos Dansby
-Dwayne Bowe

Analysis: The Browns will be the Browns. Despite their great deal of cap room, they barely made any notable signings – which isn’t always a bad thing. However, for a team that is likely to take a QB with the 2nd overall pick, you would think they’d make it a priority to retain key offensive players such as Mack, Schwartz and Benjamin – who all signed elsewhere. Instead, the Browns lost two quality starting linemen along with their most consistent weapon from last season in Travis Benjamin. Not only that, ballhawking safety Tashaun Gipson signed elsewhere as well – though he was inconsistent in 2015. Dwayne Bowe and Karlos Dansby were recently cut as the team looks to get younger all around – both good moves. Bowe was a huge failure as the team paid him over $1M per catch in guaranteed money in his only season with the club.

The signing of Demario Davis was a great one for the Browns, and an underrated one at that. Davis started 3 seasons for the Jets and provides a quality player in Mike Pettine’s 3-4 system. I’m all about building your team through the draft, but I wish Cleveland did more here.

What Cleveland did, or didn’t do, very well may have been the worst manuever of any team during the free agency period. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to surround your young, franchise QB (i.e. Wentz, Goff) with a quality supporting cast – especially on the offensive line. It’ll be interesting to see how Cleveland fairs in 2016 – my early pick to secure the #1 overall pick in 2017’s NFL Draft.

Grade: D-

Pittsburgh Steelers

Key Additions:
-Ladarius Green
-Ryan Harris

Key Subtractions:
-Kelvin Beachum
-Steve McClendon

Analysis: The year long suspension of Martavis Bryant dampened the mood in Pittsburgh, but that was out of the front office’s control. They re-signed veterans such as William Gay and Ramon Foster which were both solid moves in their own right. The signing of Ladarius Green came as a bit of a surprise, but I really like the move for the Steelers. Green is among the most athletic tight ends in the game and will bring another element to that offense – something that longtime Steeler Heath Miller didn’t offer. Green adds yet another playmaker to that dynamic offense; if only they had Bryant this season. (sigh)

Overshadowed by the Green signing, the team failed to bring back left tackle Kelvin Beachum – a position far more difficult to replace than tight end. The Steelers offensive line struggles have been well documented over the years, although they have improved in the past couple of seasons – especially with Mike Munchak coming on as the new offensive line coach. They will need to address offensive tackle early in the draft. Ryan Harris played a solid game for Denver in the final stretch, but he’s a downgrade at the position – especially at this stage of his career.

Bringing back Gay and Foster weren’t sexy by any means, but they were definitely necessary. Green was a great signing as well, but the departure of Beachum definitely hurts – especially if they fail to find a viable replacement.

Grade: C+

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans

Key Additions:
-Brock Osweiler
-Lamar Miller
-Jeff Allen
-Antonio Allen

Key Subtractions:
-Brandon Brooks
-Arian Foster
-Ben Jones
-Rahim Moore

Analysis: The Texans made arguably the biggest splash signing of the offseason as they brought in Brock Osweiler at a mere $18M per year. This is the type of deal that gets people fired, Rick Smith was willing to wager all his chips on Osweiler’s success in Houston. Not only did they steal Brock from the Super Bowl winning Broncos, which noone expected to happen, they finally get their franchise QB which they’ve been hunting for, for quite sometime now. Osweiler won’t have quite the same supporting cast that he had in Denver, but he’ll have one of the games best wideouts in DeAndre Hopkins

Houston wasn’t done with just Osweiler. They’re going all in on a new backfield for next season as they brought in Lamar Miller to carry the load after a good year in Miami. Bringing in new starters at both QB and RB, it will be vital that they establish good chemistry sooner rather than later. Brandon Brooks departed for Philly, but Jeff Allen is a solid replacement on the line.

While I don’t think Osweiler will live up to his near $20M salary, you can’t fault a team for going with their gut and going for it all. Osweiler carries tremendous potential and can be the missing piece that Houston needs to get them over the top, but there’s a lot of risk involved.

Grade: B

Indianapolis Colts

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Coby Fleener
-Jerrell Freeman
-Andre Johnson

Analysis: The Colts were a team I felt needed to cash in during the free agency period with needs all over the roster, especially depth wise. They failed to make any notable signings. They did, however, bring back Dwayne Allen over Coby Fleener which I thought was the right move. They brought back Adam Vinatieri as well, arguably the best kicker in NFL history. I hate that they let go of Jerrell Freeman who is one of the most reliable middle linebackers in the game.

After a subpar 2015 season, though you can put part of the blame on Andrew Luck’s health, the Colts enter the draft with a lot of areas to address. Depending on Luck’s durability in 2016, Indy can challenge for a playoff spot, but it won’t be easy with the improvement of every other team in the division. They didn’t do anything, and they needed to. They need to make a splash in April.

Grade: D

Jacksonville Jaguars

Key Additions:
-Malik Jackson
-Prince Amukamara
-Tashaun Gipson
-Kelvin Beachum
-Chris Ivory
-Brad Nortman

Key Subtractions:
-Zane Beadles
-Andre Branch

Analysis: You wanna talk money, give David Caldwell a call. The Jaguars’ GM spent a great deal of cash as the franchise looks to turn the corner this upcoming season, which they very well could do with the steady improvement of Blake Bortles and the offense. Malik Jackson received one of the richest contracts of any free agents this offseason after his great run on Denver’s stellar Super Bowl winning defense. The Jags hope he can form a great edge tandem with rookie Dante Fowler. Prince Amukamara and Tashaun Gipson were both good additions to a shaky secondary unit. Amukamara can serve as a decent #1 CB and Gipson, known for his ballhawking skills adds a playmaker at free safety.

On offense, they made a surprising signing in Kelvin Beachum who will provide necessary competition to Luke Joeckel who has failed to live up to #2 overall pick expectations – he very well could be cut at some point within the next year as Beachum will likely snag the starting left tackle position. Chris Ivory will form a great tandem with T.J. Yeldon – he brings a more physical, downhill running style.

While they did spend a lot of money, it very well could payoff for Jacksonville in 2016 – especially when you add in that top 10 pick they have in the draft. This team is going to compete next season.

Grade: A

Tennessee Titans

Key Additions:
-DeMarco Murray
-Rishard Matthews
-Ben Jones
-Matt Cassel

Key Subtractions:
-Michael Griffin
-Coty Sensabaugh

Analysis: The Titans didn’t really do much during the free agency period. I did, however, love the addition of DeMarco Murray. While his stint in Philly was a failed experiment, he still offers tremendous upside in Tennessee’s offense which is much better suited for his running style. I fully expect him to have a bounce back year and flourish in Tennessee. To make it even better for the Titans, all they did was move down 10 picks or so in the 4th round. Rishard Matthews was often an afterthought in Miami’s crowded WR corps, he joins a solid, young corps in Tennessee as he looks to emerge with Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright as one of the best, up and coming trios in the league for Marcus Mariota. Ben Jones brings more talent to an abysmal offensive line.

The departures of Coty Sensabaugh and Michal Griffin leave holes in the secondary, but they’re not hard players to replace.

While they didn’t make a big splash, I do like how they retained most of their key players and didn’t let anyone get away. I don’t think they’re quite on the level of the other three teams in the division, but they’ll win more than two games in 2016.

Grade: B-

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos

Key Additions:
-Russell Okung
-Donald Stephenson
-Mark Sanchez

Key Subtractions:
-Brock Osweiler
-Malik Jackson
-Danny Trevathan
-Evan Mathis
-Ryan Harris
-David Bruton Jr.

Analysis: The Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos offseason hasn’t quite gone as expected, aside from Peyton Manning’s retirement at least. Many expected Brock Osweiler to step in as the QB of the future, but he took the money and ran to Houston. Now the Broncos are without a QB, unless you think they consider Mark Sanchez their starter, who they acquired from Philadelphia for a 7th round pick. At least they were able to bring back Von Miller, who they franchised and will likely sign to a long-term contract within the next year. They were also able to bring back C.J. Anderson after matching his offer sheet from Miami on a 4 year, $18M contract

They lost some firepower that helped lead them to the Super Bowl. Malik Jackson’s presence up front as he cashed in big as he heads to Jacksonville. Danny Trevathan will be missed in the middle of the defense, but at least they still have Brandon Marshall. DeMarcus Ware restructured which gave them more wiggle room in the cap situation, resulting in the surprising signing of Russell Okung. Signing Okung gives them more stability on the line and draws a possible trade of Ryan Clady. However, losing Evan Mathis will affect the running game in a negative way.

Bringing back Von Miller was the priority for this team, which they accomplished. They tightened up the offensive line with the Okung signing and retained C.J. Anderson as well. The departure of Osweiler is monumental, and Jackson and Treavathan hurt as well. Reports cite Denver considering Colin Kaepernick as a possible trade target. Not as bad of an offseason as it seems for Denver, but they desperately need to fill the void at QB if they want to make a run at repeating.

Grade: D+

Kansas City Chiefs

Key Additions:
-Mitchell Schwartz
-Rod Streater

Key Subtractions:
-Sean Smith
-Jeff Allen
-Chase Daniel

Analysis: The Chiefs were quietly effective during the free agency period. They didn’t make any big moves, but they didn’t need to. Kansas City was able to bring back key defensive pieces such as Eric Berry (franchise), Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Jaye Howard. Losing Sean Smith to a division rival hurts – especially now that they’re weak at the position, aside from standout rookie Marcus Peters.

Signing Mitchell Schwartz gives them a reliable right tackle which they’ve needed, since Eric Fisher hasn’t worked out. They lose Jeff Allen, but should be able to reload just fine.

Bringing back a few key defensive players is big for a playoff team like Kansas City. They need to bolster the offensive line a bit and address the secondary as well. They’ll remain legitimate playoff competition.

Grade: B-

Oakland Raiders

Key Additions:
-Kelechi Osemele
-Sean Smith
-Bruce Irvin

Key Subtractions:
None

Analysis: What a fantastic job done by Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders in free agency. Kelechi Osemele was one of the top overall free agents on the market, and it didn’t take long for Raiders brass to put pen paper. Donald Penn was also brought back. The reliable left tackle and Osemele solidify a very good Oakland offensive line.

On defense, Sean Smith and Bruce Irvin were both great additions. Smith provides them with a legitimate #1 corner, and coming over from division rival Kansas City makes it that much sweeter. Bruce Irvin bolsters the front 7 and adds another young playmaker, along with Khalil Mack. I still expect the Raiders to address pass rusher early on in the draft.

This team is really turning the corner and finally becoming a competitive team in not only the division, but the AFC as well. I really like the direction this team is headed, and a great free agency period moves them even closer.

Grade: A-

San Diego Chargers

Key Additions:
-Casey Hayward
-Brandon Mebane
-Travis Benjamin

Key Subtractions:
-Eric Weddle
-Ladarius Green
-Donald Butler

Analysis: Along with Baltimore, I have San Diego pegged as the biggest underachieving team from 2015. I was interested to see how they would approach free agency. Their biggest move, or non move was letting Eric Weddle walk, which has been expected for sometime now. Casey Hayward was a great addition from Green Bay – he solidifies a great trio of corners along with Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett. Brandon Mebane comes over from Seattle to form a solid tandem up front with Corey Liuget.

They bolstered the WR corps with the signing of Travis Benjamin who showed signs of flashes early on last season. He adds a solid vertical threat for Philip Rivers. With the acquisition of a playmaker came a departure of another as Ladarius Green signed with Pittsburgh. While they do have Antonio Gates, he’s more than likely in his final season. I think re-signing Green would have been a much better move than going for a guy like Benjamin.

This team isn’t in bad shape by any means, although they were a huge disappointment in 2015. I would’ve liked to see them add some offensive line talent during free agency – they’ll need to address that early on in the draft. Letting Green walk in favor of Benjamin is questionable, and how will the loss of Weddle affect the defensive comradery?

Grade: C-

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys

Key Additions:
-Cedric Thornton

Key Subtractions:
-Greg Hardy

Analysis: For the first year in quite sometime, the Cowboys didn’t make a splash signing during the free agency period. The only notable name they brought in was Cedric Thornton – a very good run defender who signs in-division, coming over from Philadelphia. The one year rental of Greg Hardy will be nothing more than that as he’s still on the market.

The Cowboys have a solid overall build to their team but suffered in 2015 as Tony Romo dealt with injuries most of the year. Dallas sits at the 4th pick with an array of options – it’ll be interesting to see what route they go there.

Grade: C-

New York Giants

Key Additions:
-Olivier Vernon
-Janoris Jenkins
-Damon Harrison

Key Departures:
-Robert Ayers
-Prince Amukamara

Analysis: The Giants were the Jaguars of the NFC in free agency. They were able to bring in who many thought was the top free agent available in Olivier Vernon. He brings a tremendous pass rushing presence alongside Jason Pierre-Paul, who was re-signed. New York signed another defensive linemen, Damon Harrison who stays in-state after playing for the Jets. Harrison is an elite run defender who will clog running lanes on that defense. Losing Robert Ayers to Tampa Bay is overshadowed by the huge signings of Vernona and Harrison.

Along with Ayers, Prince Amukamara was the only player of note that won’t return to the Giants next season – but they got an upgrade there in Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins is younger, and brings playmaking ability on the outside for New York. While, the tandem of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jenkins bring a lot of playmaking ability, they are both known to give up the big play as well.

Finally we see the Giants actually make a splash in free agency – I feel like we’ve become accustomed to seeing them sit back and watch every year. After parting ways with Tom Coughlin, they felt it was necessary to shake things up and add more talent to the roster.

With all the money they spent, we’re going to need to see immediate production from these players. The pressure is much higher in New York now, but I like how all these players fit with the team and they should succeed in their new home.

In the draft, I expect New York look to get younger on the offensive line and bolster the LB corps.

Grade: A-

Philadelphia Eagles

Key Additions:
-Brandon Brooks
-Rodney McLeod
-Nigel Bradham
-Leodis McKelvin
-Ron Brooks
-Chase Daniel

Key Subtractions:
-DeMarco Murray
-Kiko Alonso
-Byron Maxwell
-Cedric Thornton
-Mark Sanchez

Analysis: I don’t think anyone expected the Eagles to be as active as they were – especially on the trade market. They kicked things off with a blockbuster trade in which they sent Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami – both players brought in by Chip Kelly last season. Philly wasn’t done there – they then shipped DeMarco Murray to Tennessee for next to nothing. I like how they were able to unload Murray’s contract because he clearly didn’t workout in Philadelphia. However, I do expect him to have a bounce back season with the Titans.

After much debate and speculation whether or not the team would decide to bring back Sam Bradford, it ended up in a two year deal worth roughly $20M. I like it for the Eagles, he’s better than any other QB on the market/in the draft and gives them the best chance to win right now.

On the free agent market, the Eagles were able to bring in some quality players. Brandon Brooks brings an immediate upgrade to the interior of that offensive line. Rodney McLeod comes over from the Rams and provides stability next to Malcolm Jenkins at the safety position – McLeod is one of the up and coming safeties in the game

Now there’s the trio of players who led some to coin the term “Philadelphia Bills”. Nigel Bradham, Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks all come over from Buffalo. The three of them played under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz – they know the scheme and fit well. Bradham will start, McKelvin and Brooks both provide solid depth.

Chase Daniel was signed after serving as the backup in Doug Pederson’s offense in Kansas City for the past few years. The media made this signing bigger than it was, but it made Mark Sanchez expendable who was traded to Denver.

It was a very good free agency period for the Eagles. They signed some quality players who can come in and start from day one, they moved up into the top 10, unloaded some unwanted players with big contracts, and most importantly, re-signed Sam Bradford.

Grade: B+

Washington Redskins

Key Additions:
-David Bruton Jr.

Key Subtractions:
-Robert Griffin III

Analysis: There wasn’t much done by Redskins brass so far this offseason. They were, however, able to retain Kirk Cousins by sticking him with the franchise tag. It was unclear for sometime whether or not Cousins and the ‘Skins would agree on a contract, which led to him being tagged. He was demanding top QB money on a long-term deal, but Washington was unwilling to do so as they want him to prove himself in an expanded sample size. Thus, he’ll be making upwards of $20M in a “prove it or lose it” type season.

With the re-signing of Cousins, this led to the inevitable release of Robert Griffin III – a move that Washington was expected to make for quite some time now.

In a competitive NFC East division that is only getting better, the Redskins are falling behind the 8 ball as they failed to match other teams additions such as Philly and New York. We’ll see if they’ll be able to keep up next season – one thing is for sure, they’ll need a good draft and of course, for Cousins to replicate his play from the final stretch this past season.

Grade: C

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Key Additions:
-Danny Trevathan
-Jerrell Freeman
-Akiem Hicks
-Bobby Massie

Key Subtractions:
-Matt Forte
-Martellus Bennett
-Jermon Bushrod
-Jarvis Jenkins
-Shea McClellin

Analysis: I thought Chicago did a fantastic job in free agency and had themselves a quietly effective period. They added some solid pieces to the defense. Danny Trevathan comes over from the Super Bowl winning Broncos team – a key player on that top rated defense. He will be joined in the LB corps by Jerrell Freeman – a tremendous run defense in the 2nd level. Both instantly improve Chicago’s LB corps and should flourish under Vic Fangio. Akiem Hicks was signed and provides a great force up front on the defensive line.

The trio of players bring a lot to a Chicago defense that struggled in 2015 – all are great signings.

With the additions on the defensive side of the ball came with some key offensive players leaving the Windy City. First Matt Forte wasn’t re-signed as the team is ready to move on with Jeremy Langford. They then traded Martellus Bennett to New England after re-signing Zach Miller who showed great signs of flashes last season. Bobby Massie was a nice under the radar signing who will do a solid job on that offensive line.

Chicago did a great job. They added good starters to the defense which will pay dividends in 2016. Plus, they franchised Alshon Jeffery, so he will be back next season as well.

Grade: B+

Detroit Lions

Key Additions:
-Marvin Jones
-Stefan Charles

Key Subtractions:
-Isa Abdul-Quddus

Analysis: Perhaps the most surprising move of the entire offseason, future Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson decided to hang up the cleats. This obviously won’t be good for Detroit moving forward. In an attempt to soften the blow a bit, the team went out and signed Marvin Jones who had spent the rest of his career in Cincinnati. Jones is a slippery weapon who can stretch the field and excel in the slot – although, I think they overpaid slightly, but that’s just the market nowadays.

Other than Megatron’s retirement and the Jones signing, Detroit’s front office didn’t do too much as they’re more than likely still mourning the departure of Johnson. Detroit is shaping up to be a hit or miss team in 2016, but more likely the latter. They need a lot of help on defense. The weight of the world will be on Matthew Stafford’s shoulders and he will have to deliver in a big way, but has he ever?

Grade: C-

Green Bay Packers

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Casey Hayward

Analysis: During the free agency period, you would’ve forgot the Packers even existed. Green Bay did literally nothing worth mentioning in the past week or two. The only big move was Casey Hayward jumping ship and signing with the Chargers. He was expendable after drafting Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins early in last year’s draft. The team re-signed solid role players such as James Starks and Letroy Guion along with arguably the most reliable kicker in the game, Mason Crosby.

Ted Thompson loves to build his team through the draft, so lack of activity doesn’t come as a surprise by any means. B.J. Raji retired, which came as a surprise.

Grade: C-

Minnesota Vikings

Key Additions:
-Alex Boone
-Andre Smith
-Michael Griffin

Key Subtractions:
-Mike Wallace

Analysis: I was impressed with the job that Minnesota did in free agency. It’s not just about the players you bring in from the outside, but it’s also about keeping good players with your organization – which is exactly what they did. Minnesota made probably the most re-signings as they brought back a lot of familiar faces that fit what they’re trying to do. This included guys like: Mike Harris, Matt Asiata, Audie Cole, Rhett Ellison and Marcus Sherels, among others.

It didn’t just end there for Minnesota, though. They also went out and signed Alex Boone, a big mauler who fills a need at guard and will help keep Teddy Bridgewater upright. Michael Griffin brings solid depth and veteran savvy behind Harrison Smith, but his best days are far behind him. Andre Smith is an under the radar signing that I really liked. Phil Loadholt’s health is a question mark and Smith could step in at any time.

Cutting Mike Wallace was expected, and definitely a good move. In one season with the Vikings, Wallace failed to live up to expectations and continued the downward spiral that his career has headed to.

The Vikings were a 27 yard field goal away from a playoff win this past season. Their roster is in very good shape loaded with youth and talent. They’ve done a tremendous job drafting over recent years, and I expect the same this year.

Grade: B

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons

Key Additions:
-Alex Mack
-Mohamed Sanu
-Derrick Shelby

Key Subtractions:
-Roddy White

Analysis: The Falcons had a tremendous start to the 2015 season, but collapsed in the 2nd half of the season. They made the necessary moves to avoid that in 2016.

Alex Mack provides a huge upgrade at the center position and bolsters a weak Atlanta offensive line. A tremendous signing for the Falcons. Cutting longtime Falcon Roddy White drew a need at receiver, which the front office filled with Mohamed Sanu. Sanu was solid for Andy Dalton in Cincinnati – he adds another good target for Matt Ryan and forms a solid tandem with Julio Jones. During his contract year, he saw the worst production of his career – he’ll need to step up for Ryan. Derrick Shelby was a decent signing. Atlanta needs more pass rush and Shelby can provide that off the bench – last season he racked up 3.5 for Miami in a reserve position.

Aside from Carolina, the NFC South is wide-open. The Falcons will likely challenge for a wildcard spot in 2016 – especially after their moves in free agency and if they add some defensive talent in the draft.

Grade: B

Carolina Panthers

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
None

Analysis:  For a team coming off a stinging Super Bowl loss, you would’ve expected them to make some sort of move in free agency – which they didn’t do. Not a problem there though, they franchised Josh Norman which is key for that defense. They pulled the cut and sign on Charles Johnson to bring him back at a cheaper price.

It’ll be interesting to see how the NFC Champs approach the NFL Draft – expect them to address offensive line early on.

Grade: C

New Orleans Saints

Key Additions:
-Coby Fleener
-James Laurinaitis

Key Subtractions:
-Marques Colston
-Ben Watson
-Khiry Robinson
-Jahri Evans
-David Hawthorne
-Brandon Browner

Analysis: With their tough cap situation, the Saints focused more-so on unloading players than anything else this offseason. They cut a handful of players which included: Marques Colston, one of the best receivers in franchise history, Jahri Evans, David Hawthorne and Brandon Browner after a failed stint in New Orleans. They elected to not re-sign Benjamin Watson which I like based on his age.

The big move for New Orleans was the signing of Coby Fleener, who Indy let loose after re-signing Dwayne Allen instead. The tight end position always brings great production in Sean Payton’s offense, Fleener should be able to have similar if not better production than Watson did last season. James Laurinaitis was their other ‘prized’ signing. Laurinaitis will likely come off the bench for the Saints, but his experience and knowledge of the game could payoff on a fairly young defense.

Unloading some hefty contracts and freeing up cap room is exactly what the Saints needed. It was better for them to focus on that than try to go after some of the big name free agents. I don’t think they’re quite ready to compete even with a good draft, but they’re definitely closer. Not flashy, but a solid job by the Saints front office.

Grade: C+

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key Additions:
-Robert Ayers
-Brent Grimes
-Daryl Smith
-J.R. Sweezy

Key Subtractions:
None

Analysis: The Buccaneers saw monumental improvement in year one of Jameis Winston. However, they still need to add pieces around the young QB. Adding Robert Ayers on that defensive line adds much needed pass rush alongside Gerald McCoy. Brent Grimes and Daryl Smith are both solid veterans, but borderline starters at this at this stage of their respective careers. Their experience and depth will definitely be valued. The retirement of Logan Mankins drew a need at guard – therefore the team signed J.R. Sweezy, a solid linemen, but a downgrade.

The fact that no one major was let go by the Bucs is great for the club. I really like the addition of Ayers and think it will go a longway on the defense next season. Even with that signing, they need to focus on adding younger pass rushers through the draft along with other defensive talent.

Grade: B

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals

Key Additions:
-Chandler Jones
-Evan Mathis

Key Departures:
-Jonathan Cooper
-Bobby Massie

Analysis: The Cardinals are clearly in win-now mode, which made the acquisition of Chandler Jones a huge step in the right direction. A 2nd round pick and an underperforming Jonathan Cooper are well worth the services of Jones, even if it’s only for one season. Jones provides Arizona with a much-needed difference maker up front and is a perfect fit in their defense. Arizona gets a huge boost in the pass rushing department from a guy who is coming off a career season. I can go on and on about how good this trade was for Arizona, and both teams involved.

Trading Cooper away drew a need at guard, which the team upgraded by signing Evan Mathis. Mathis adds another tough, physical linemen up front to go along with guys such as Jared Veldheer and Mike Iupati.

They didn’t make a lot of moves, but they were more than efficient and they made a splash with the Jones trade. Arizona is my NFC favorite heading into next season. I’m interested in seeing how they approach the draft as they are without any glaring needs. They can a magnitude of routes.

Grade: B+

Los Angeles Rams

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Janoris Jenkins
-Rodney McLeod
-Chris Long
-Jared Cook
-James Laurinaitis

Analysis: With the move to Los Angeles, I expected the Rams to be active in free agency – wanting to make a good first impression in their new home. As it played out, the Rams didn’t make any big moves. They brought back some solid pieces like Trumaine Johnson (franchised), William Hayes and Mark Barron. Longtime vets, Chris Long and James Laurinaitis won’t make the trip to LA as they were both cut, along with Jared Cook.

Along with the players cut, the team let Janoris Jenkins and Rodney McLeod walk – both of whom head to the NFC East. Jenkins was expendable with the emergence of Trumaine Johnson and E.J. Gaines. I was surprised, however, to see them let McLeod go – that leaves a whole in the secondary.

As I’ve said for other teams, you don’t always have to make a big move to have a successful offseason. The Rams brought back some quality players, though I wish for them McLeod was involved in that group. I also would’ve liked to see them make a splash in someway just because they’re relocating and now is the perfect time to persuade a big name free agent.

Grade: C-

San Francisco 49ers

Key Additions:
-Zane Beadles

Key Departures:
-Alex Boone
-Anquan Boldin

Analysis: With the way San Francisco’s offseason went, you would’ve forgot they hired Chip Kelly this past offseason. After a magnitude of trades and a few big signings in Philly, Kelly was expected to shake things up a bit in his first offseason with the 49ers – but that clearly is not what happened.

The 49ers downgraded at guard as Alex Boone signed with Minnesota and they bring in Zane Beadles to be his replacement – a player who disappointed in Jacksonville following a big contract. Anquan Boldin also won’t return – he had a great run in the Bay Area.

They have yet to make a decision regarding Colin Kaepernick, but he has stolen the headlines all offseason for the ‘Niners. Kelly may want to keep him on board, or he may want to draft a QB. Anything can happen with him, as we know.

San Francisco has holes across the board on their team, so I was very surprised to see the lack of activity – especially with a guy like Chip Kelly leading the charge.

Grade: D

Seattle Seahawks

Key Additions:
None

Key Subtractions:
-Bruce Irvin
-Russell Okung
-Brandon Mebane
-J.R. Sweezy

Analysis: With all the big contracts the Seahawks have been handing out to their standout, young players, they can’t afford to make any big moves in free agency. Losing Irvin and Mebane hurt, but the rest of the defense is very good, so they were somewhat expendable.

The offensive line was by far the worst unit for Seattle last season, so losing both Okung and Sweezy are huge blows to that offense. The front office is going to have to draft at least two or three offensive linemen in the draft.

Comparison Seattle’s offseason to Arizona, the Cardinals have to be the favorite to take the NFC West in 2016.

Grade: D-

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.