For all intents and purposes, the 2018 NFL Free Agency window is over. Sure, as of this writing Ndamukong Suh hasn't signed yet with a team. Rumor has it, the New York Jets, with their defensive-minded coach, has offered Suh a gigantic contract.
I can't think of a better fit for both player and team. Suh would land on a defense that could be one of the best in the NFL this season. Jets' head coach Todd Bowles is a defensive wunderkind. That means Suh should have massive success. Most teams, like the Jets, have performed well during the NFL Free Agency period.
The Cleveland Browns, the Jets, the New Orleans Saints, and Jacksonville Jaguars killed it in free agency. Other teams, like the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas City Chiefs made some moves that could lead to massive success.
There were 4 teams that made me pause and ask…”What are they doing?” Check out who the 4 teams are that flat out confused me.
NFL: It's Difficult to Understand What These Teams Are Doing
All 3 teams on this list, the Raiders, Cowboys, and Seahawks, just confused me with the moves they made during the NFL Free Agency period. I got my info directly from CBSSports.com. Opinions listed are all mine. Feel free to leave a comment if you don't agree with me.
RB Doug Martin
WR Jordy Nelson
The rest of the players that Oakland signed most likely won't have a huge impact on whether or not the Raiders can overtake the Jaguars, Patriots, Steelers, and Chiefs in the AFC. But…Martin and Nelson? You don't sign a player like Jordy Nelson to sit on your bench. Nelson figures to be a huge part of new coach Jon Gruden's offense because Gruden not only signed Nelson, he allowed Michael Crabtree to leave.
Crabtree had become QB Derek Carr's security blanket. Whenever Carr found himself in trouble, he looked to throw it to Crabtree. Will Nelson become his new security blanket? Or, will the Raiders start throwing more to WR Amari Cooper?
Nelson was a strange signing because he's been in the NFL for 10-years and has suffered from pretty devastating injuries. It's also difficult to tell if Nelson's success was due to playing with Aaron Rodgers, one of the best quarterbacks in the game, or if he really is a talented wide receiver.
Maybe from Gruden's perspective adding a veteran wide receiver that has played with one of the best quarterbacks in the past 20 years could help Carr develop into one of the best QBs right now. That makes some sense. I'm not sure if it makes sense at $7.5 million a year, which is what the Raiders are paying Nelson.
Signing Doug Martin, who's had a single good season as an NFL back in his entire career, doesn't make much sense at all. Sure, it's clear that Gruden isn't all that hot on Marshawn Lynch. Lynch will cause way too many headaches for Jon Gruden. But, Martin isn't as good of a running back as Beast Mode. He's also suffered from some injuries, and a suspension, the past couple of seasons.
Raiders should have signed: WR Danny Amendola
Amendola would have been the perfect security blanket for Derek Carr. He can also double as a sure-handed punt returner because he never drops a pass or punt.
WR Allen Hurns
WR Deonte Thompson
LB Joe Thomas
The Cowboys didn't make a splash in free agency until they signed Allen Hurns, a respectable wide receiver that the Jacksonville Jaguars ended up cutting. There's nothing wrong with signing Hurns. He doesn't help the Cowboys, though.
What Dallas really must do is change their culture. For some reason, the Boys lied down and asked opponents to repeatedly kick them in too many games last season. Hurns won't help QB Dak Prescott get better. He's also injury-prone. That's bad for the Cowboys because they signed him for 2-years and $12 million.
While at Buffalo, Thompson caught 38 passes for 55 yards. He caught 2 TD passes. I'm not sure why Dallas signed Thompson. Maybe, they believe the risk, $2.5 million for this year, is worth the potential reward.
Linebacker Joe Thomas had 6 solo tackles last season with the Green Bay Packers. Thomas won't replace the production that Dallas got from MLB Anthony Hitchens. Hitchens, who walked to the Kansas City Chiefs, had 55 solo tackles and 1 forced fumble. Thomas could just need the right scenery to show his best. That's what the Cowboys' might be thinking.
Cowboys should have signed: WR Danny Amendola
Dallas owner Jerry Jones is obviously hot on keeping Dez Bryant. If that's the case it makes no sense why they didn't sign Amendola. He's not as injury-prone as Hurns. Also, he plays in the slot, meaning he could have worked with TE Jason Witten to get both of them open.
TE Ed Dickson
OT D.J. Fluker
OLB Barkevious Mingo
Dickson is the big name among the Seahawks signings. I actually don't feel that the Hawks did a bad job by signing Ed Dickson. He played well with the Carolina Panthers last season when Greg Olsen was out with injury. Dickson's got some ability.
The biggest issue is that Seattle hasn't yet solved their offensive line problems. D.J. Fluker is a decent offensive lineman. He won't help Seattle enough. The Seahawks need way more talent along the offensive line before they can get the most out of Dickson that they can.
Mingo is a decent linebacker. The Hawks are likely to have Mingo back up both K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.
Seattle should have signed: No idea
The Hawks entered free agency in a bad position. They didn't have enough money for Andrew Norwell or Nate Solder. I suppose Fluker was the best they could do. Maybe, they should have resigned TE Jimmy Graham and tried to trade him some way.
Speaking of Jimmy Graham…
Green Bay Packers
TE Jimmy Graham
DE Muhammad Wilkerson
I actually like the Wilkerson deal. One year for $5 million makes sense to me. Wilkerson is a decent DE. He'll help Green Bay's defense.
But…Jimmy Graham for 3-years at $30 million? Really? Graham has never been a great blocking tight-end. Now that he's not as dominant as he was in his first few seasons in the NFL, it's difficult for me to see Jimmy living up to his contract this season.
What's really disturbing is that this appears to be a vanity signing. I mean, for years Green Bay has tried to turn the tight-end position into one of the most important on its offense. They tried it with Jared Cook. They tried it with Martellus Bennett. Will the same tactics work with Jimmy Graham?
I doubt it.
Packers should have signed: WR Jordy Nelson
Nelson and Aaron Rodgers had developed one of the best QB/WR combinations in the NFL. Rodgers is the one that got hurt last year. Nelson had 6 TD catches in only in the first 5 weeks of the regular season.before Rodgers went down to injury.