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.


SIGNED: Nolan Carroll Inconsistent play marred Carroll’s time in Pittsburgh but he’s a useful brick in the rebuild that the Cowboys’ D is going through.

SIGNED: Stephen Paea – Paea’s career has hit a bit of a wall since leaving Chicago but he should get a chance to make more plays on this defensive line.

SIGNED: Jonathan Cooper – The Cowboys filled one piece of that offensive line conundrum by signing Cooper, who has been a lacklustre performer so far but who could thrive with the right coaching. (14/3)

RETIRED: Doug Free – Free went from being a maligned left tackle to the right bookend of the NFL’s best offensive line. With Ronald Leary having left in free agency (to Denver) there’s a rebuilding job to be done in Dallas.

CUT: Tony Romo – If you’re surprised by this, you’re a fool. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up, though. (08/3)



OTHER SIGNINGS: Shaun Draughn (ex-49ers RB) Antwon Blake (ex-Titans CB) Rhett Ellison (ex-Vikings TE)

SIGNED: DJ Fluker – We knew that the former Charger would end up somewhere and the Giants lost no time in picking up the durable tackle.

SIGNED: Geno Smith – Somewhat baffling, this, as the Giants have only just resigned backup Josh Johnson, but Smith will at least get a chance to compete for a roster spot – and, like Marshall, he won’t even have to move house.

SIGNED: Brandon Marshall – Lucky Marshall won’t even have to move house after his departure from the Jets. He’ll try to make the roster as the number three wideout. (08/3)

FRANCHISED: Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP has made a fine comeback from the horrible (self-inflicted) hand injury that he suffered a couple of summers ago and with the Giants’ defense starting to come good again it makes sense to hold on to a key piece of the puzzle, even one with as many miles on the clock as this one. (28/2)

CUT: Victor Cruz – Not a huge surprise as Cruz has spent much of the past couple of seasons injured, was eating up cap space and, frankly, the team did pretty well without him. He’ll catch on with another team without too much trouble.

CUT: Rashard Jennings – The Giants’ rushing game was an embarrassment in 2016, finishing 29th and averaging a paltry 88.2 yards per game. Jennings was the most experienced man at that position on the roster, though, so it could be that they’ll be in the market for a free agent veteran, or even a high draft choice, at running back.



SIGNED: Chris Long – Long and the Patriots was only ever going to be a short marriage. Now he has his championship ring, he gets a longer team deal in Philly – and will expect to see a lot more snaps than the Pats allowed him, too.

SIGNED: Chance Warmack – Warmack never lived up to his first round status in Tennessee, but will still be solid addition to a offensive line which creaked a lot in 2016.

SIGNED: Patrick Robinson – The former Colt brings some much needed depth to the Eagles’ secondary.

SIGNED: Nick Foles – Foles goes back to his beginnings, though he’ll very definitely be the backup to Wentz in 2017. (13/3)

SIGNED: Alshon Jeffrey – Wentz gets a second target with the signing of Jeffrey, whose time in Chicago was marked by injury, suspension and occasional flashes of brilliance. (09/3)

SIGNED: Torrey Smith – Smith may have lost a yard or so of pace, but he can still stretch the field, which Carson Wentz badly needs. (09/3)

CUT: Leodis McKelvin – McKelvin’s getting to that stage of a defensive back’s career where they become increasingly peripheral, but he’ll find a new home without too much problem.



ALSO SIGNED: Zach Brown (ex-Bills LB) DJ Swearinger (ex-Cardinals S) Tharold Simon (ex-Cardinals CB) Chris Carter (ex-Colts LB) Stacy McGee (ex-Raiders DL) Brian Quick (ex-Rams WR)

SIGNED: Terrelle Pryor – After the departure of DeSean Jackson the ‘Skins added some much needed depth at receiver by enticing the quarterback-turned wideout away from Cleveland. (11/3)

SACKED: Scott McCloughan – As predicted by our very own Christian Burt, McCloughan was given his marching orders before free agency started, although the ‘Skins took a day or two to confirm it. A year ago we were lauding this team after they snapped up Josh Norman from under the noses of many suitors, now they’re flailing around like an octopus in a blender. Life is never dull when Dan Snyder‘s your boss, it seems.

FRANCHISE: Kirk Cousins – This is a very big call in Washington, hitting Cousins with the exclusive tag and thus guaranteeing that he will be one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL in 2017. It is a huge gamble that Cousins can continue to progress, even at the slow rate he did in 2016, especially as they have nothing in the locker if he doesn’t.

Richard O'Hagan (276 Posts)

Writer on such diverse topics as sport, music, theatre, law and politics. Author of 'Eddie the Sheep'. Supporter of underachieving teams, including the Chicago Bears from before that brief, heady, period in the mid-1980s when they were actually any good. All I want for Christmas is a Jim McMahon away shirt.



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