Offseason reports: Who got better?
The NFL Draft is in the books and now it's time to turn our attention to OTA's and training camps. Who won the offseason? It's never too soon to speculate. Our experts did the research and have decided which teams got better or worse.
Denver Broncos: Nobody loved the signing of Wes Welker in Denver more than me. Peyton Manning gets arguably the best slot receiver in NFL history and steals him from Tom Brady, in the process. — Peter Schrager Read full report.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs had two wins in 2012, but managed to have five Pro Bowl players on the AFC team. What does that mean? There is some talent on the roster. That talent just hasn’t put it all together. — Peter Schrager Read full report.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals aren’t big spenders in free agency but did a nice job retaining the bulk of their own talent capped by last week’s re-signing of right tackle Andre Smith. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Cleveland Browns: The hiring of two outstanding coordinators in Norv Turner (offense) and Ray Horton (defense) gives first-time head coach Rob Chudzinski a bona fide shot at success. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are paying the price for trying to keep the window of opportunity with veteran players open for too long after falling short against Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Houston Texans: The Texans bid farewell to several productive starters from back-to-back playoff teams in James Casey, Connor Barwin and Glover Quin. They responded by signing a group of veterans in Ed Reed, Shane Lechler and Greg Jones. — Peter Schrager Read full report.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts went from a 2-14 team to a playoff squad a season ago. Andrew Luck, Vic Ballard, T.Y. Hilton and tight end Dwayne Allen were all big rookie performers, while Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis proved they were worth keeping around for the new era in Indy. — Peter Schrager Read full report.
Buffalo Bills: From losing standout left guard Andy Levitre in free agency (Tennessee) to signing quarterback Kevin Kolb as a stop-gap starter, I hated everything about Buffalo’s offseason until the draft. That’s when the Bills scored major brownie points by using the No. 16 pick on Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
New England Patriots: Even with the free-agent signing of replacement Danny Amendola, losing wide receiver Wes Welker to Denver is a major blow to New England’s offense. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
San Francisco 49ers: It was an old school game of tit-for-tat between the 49ers and Seahawks this offseason, and I think the defending NFC champions won the battle. Note the word battle. — Peter Schrager Read full report.
Minnesota Vikings: The offseason started rough with the initial outcry surrounding the trade of wide receiver Percy Harvin to Seattle and the release of veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield. But the Vikings replaced both, signing wide receiver Greg Jennings away from Green Bay in free agency and later using the No. 25 overall pick in last week’s draft on Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Green Bay Packers: Although the Packers have lost in the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons, Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson refuses to stray from his plan of building almost exclusively through the draft and re-signing his own talent. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Chicago Bears: In his second season as general manager, Phil Emery continued to put his touches on Chicago’s roster by addressing some of the weaknesses on a team that went 10-6 in 2012 but didn’t make the playoffs. — Alex Marvez Read full report.
Atlanta Falcons: They were busy, and happily so. They replaced everything they lost, Michael Turner with Steven Jackson, John Abraham with Osi Umenyiora and Dunta Robinson in the draft. — Jen Floyd Engel Read full report.
Carolina Panthers: The reality about pass coverage in the NFL is there is a point of diminishing returns. Even the best secondary is only as good as their front seven after a while, a shorter and shorter while. — Jen Floyd Engel Read full report.
New Orleans Saints: Their biggest upgrade of the offseason was getting head coach Sean Payton back. Talking to him at the NFL owner’s meetings, it was obvious how refreshed and fired up he is. — Jen Floyd Engel Read full report.
Dallas Cowboys: The biggest news of the Cowboys' offseason was their decision to double down on quarterback Tony Romo and his one playoff win. It's a decision, even with the $108 million price tag, that looks better once you consider the alternatives — Mark Sanchez, Vince Young, et al. — Jen Floyd Engel Read full report.