Our off-season trackers cover all of the important moves that each team makes between the end of the 2016 season and the start of the 2017 one.


TRADED: Brock Osweiler – The Texans found an ingenious way to move on from the horrendous mistake they made in signing Osweiler in 2016. The found a team with more cap space than they could easily use – the Browns – and effectively paid them (in the form of a second round pick in 2018) to take him off their hands. The question now is whether they stick with Tom Savage or move for Tony Romo. (09/3)



ALSO SIGNED: Sean Spence (ex-Titans LB) Kamar Aiken (ex-Ravens WR) John Simon (ex-Texans DE) Jeff Locke (ex-Vikings P) Brian Schwenke (ex-Titans G) Brandon Williams (ex-Seahawks TE) Al Woods (ex-Titans DE)

SIGNED: Barkevious Mingo – The former first round pick got his championship ring on a one year deal with the Patriots in 2016 but will be expected to do a lot more in Indy this time around.

SIGNED: Margus Hunt – The overhaul of the Colts’ D continues with the acquisition of a player who never really caught on in Cleveland but who, with the right coaching, could be a long term feature of this defense.

SIGNED: Jabaal Sheard – One of the first rules of free agency is that you don’t pass up the chance to acquire any player who might improve your team, even if they aren’t at a position of need. Sheard adds another pass rusher to an already decent defence and will at least fill the gap left by Robert Mathis‘ retirement. (11/3)

TRADED: Dwayne Allen  – The Colts traded the underperforming tight end and a sixth round pick to the Patriots for a fourth round pick. It leaves Chuck Pagano’s team light at that position, but the Draft is deep at it. (08/3)

CUT: D’Qwell Jackson – A slight surprise, but the Colts needed some cap space and they can better afford to make changes on defense at the moment.

RETIRED: Pat McAfee – This was an even bigger surprise, as punters don’t normally quit so much as get booted out (do you see what we did there?). We’ll have a fuller appreciation of McAfee and his at times entertaining career in the coming week or so.



ALSO SIGNED: Mallichiah Goodman (ex-Falcons DT) Lerentee McCray (ex-Bills DE) Josh McNary (ex-Colts LB) 

SIGNED: Barry Church – The secondary rebuild continues with the acquisition of the former Cowboys star.

SIGNED: Mychal Rivera – Rivera isn’t as good as Thomas as a pass catcher, but he is a much better blocker, which can only be to the advantage of this offense.

SIGNED: AJ Bouye  – The top ranked cornerback free agent, Bouye makes a superb pairing with Jalen Ramsey. (09/3)

SIGNED: Calais Campbell  – The pass-rushing defensive end joins what should’ve been one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2016. (08/3)

RELEASED: Davon House – House becomes the latest victim of the Jags’ disappointing 2016. He was a big free agent signing in 2015 but with depth aplenty at cornerback was now surplus to requirements.

TRADE: Julius Thomas – Thomas had a fantastic couple of seasons in Denver but has stagnated in Jacksonville and will now reunite with his OC from the Broncos, Adam Gase, in Miami. The precise details are not available at the time of writing but defensive end Brandon Albert is widely believed to be moving the other way. (21/2)

CUT – Jared Odrick – This move saves cap space, cuts a player who was injured for most of 2016 and frees up a spot on the defensive line for Albert. (21/2)


ALSO SIGNED: Tim Lelito (ex-Saints G) Demontre Hurst (ex-Bears S) Daren Bates (ex-Raiders LB) Brynden Trawick (ex-Raiders S)

SIGNED: Eric Weems – The veteran return man lands with his umpteenth team.

SIGNED: John Cyprien  – The former Jaguar will have to fight for a role on this team, but his reliability and good injury record will land him a roster spot.

SIGNED: Logan Ryan – Ryan will walk straight into the starting job that he had apparently lost in Foxboro.

SIGNED: Sylvester Williams – The Titans have been quiet in free agency but added some depth to their offensive line by picking up Williams, who was Denver’s first round pick in 2013. (14/3)



Richard O'Hagan
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