Shocking moves that occurred during the first days of NFL Free Agency

Miami Dolphins:

Signed: Ndamukong Suh, 6 years $114 million ($60 million guaranteed), Jordan Cameron 2 years $15 million

Lost: Jared Odrick, Brian Hartline, potentially Charles Clay

The Dolphins lost a nice player in Jared Odrick in the middle of the defensive line, but replaced him with the best defensive tackle in the NFL. The Dolphins’ defense should dramatically improve because Suh can transcend a defense due to his pass rushing and run stuffing ability.

San Francisco 49ers:

Signed: Torrey Smith, 5 years $40 million ($22 million guaranteed) and Darnell Dockett, 2 years $7.5 million ($2 million guaranteed)

Lost: Mike Iupati, Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Frank Gore, potentially Michael Crabtree, Chris Culliver

The 49ers have been absolutely destroyed by player’s decisions this offseason, which could send them to the bottom of the NFC West cellar. The once great 49ers defense will face many questions.

Philadelphia Eagles:

Acquired: Kiko Alonso, Sam Bradford, Byron Maxwell, 6 years $63 million ($25 million guaranteed), DeMarco Murray, 5 years $40 million ($21 million guaranteed), Ryan Matthews, 3 years $11 million ($5 million guaranteed)

Lost: Cary Williams, LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles, Jeremy Maclin, Trent Cole, Todd Hermanns

The Eagles lost a lot of talent on offense over the past two seasons, Maclin, McCoy, Foles, Jackson, The Eagles have not been the winner of the offseason since Maxwell was grossly overpaid and Sam Bradford is a huge question mark due to his injury history. However, Kiko Alonso is a solid, young, inexpensive linebacker. The Eagles hope that the combination of Ryan Matthews and DeMarco Murray will keep them healthy and extremely effective.

Seattle Seahawks:

Obtained: Jimmy Graham, Cary Williams, 3 years $18 million ($7 million guaranteed)

Lost: James Carpenter, Byron Maxwell

The two time defending NFC Champions has significantly improved this season, offensively and defensively. Although they lost a starter in Maxwell, Williams should be able to be a quality starter alongside the best secondary in the league. However, the addition of Graham is game changing. Graham is one of the best tight ends in the game and should enhance their offense.

New York Jets:

Signed: Darrelle Revis 5 years $70 million ($39 million guaranteed), Buster Skrines 4 years $25 million ($13 million guaranteed), Antonio Cromartie 4 years $32 million ($16 million guaranteed), Brandon Marshall, James Carpenter 4 years $19 million, Ryan Fitzpatrick

The Jets realized that they had a problem with their secondary and decided to solve the problem by spending over $125 million. Combined with their great front 3, the Jets should possess one of the best defenses in the league. In addition, the Jets’ offense should improve with a legitimate number one receiver, Brandon Marshall and a reliable quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick.

 

 

Will the Angels win the AL West division for the second straight season?

The AL West is one of the best division in the league because they have emerging teams like the Astros and Mariners as well as established clubs like the Angels and Athletics.

1. Los Angeles Angels

Record: 94-68

Last season, the Angels won the most games in the AL last season, 98, because they had the number one scoring offense in baseball. For the first time in his career, Mike Trout won the MVP while Albert Pujols was able to return to glory and Kole Calhoun and Erick Aybar emerged as quality starters. The Angels have one of the most underrated rotations in baseball. Garret Richards is a legitamite ace, Jered Weaver, CJ Wilson, and Matt Shoemaker are experienced arms in the middle of the rotation, and Andrew Heaney is a young prospect with potential.

2. Seattle Mariners

Record: 92-70

The Mariners have always obtained great starting rotations led by Felix Hernandez. In addition to King Felix, the Mariners have veterans, JA Happ and Hisashi Iwakuma, and young studs, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker. This offseason, the Mariners signed the best offensive player on the market, Nelson Cruz, which will defend Cano in the lineup. Along with Cruz and Cano, Kyle Seager, Austin Jackson, and Seth Smith are professional hitters and should the Mariners to the playoffs and 90+ wins.

3. Oakland Athletics

Record: 84-78

The A’s have made the playoffs in the past three seasons because they pitch at a high level and mash the ball. However, they did not win many games in the playoffs, which forced Billy Beane to make several changes this offseason. The A’s will be counting on comeback seasons from Ike Davis, Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick, and Ben Zobrist. The A’s are thin at starting pitching because they only have two reliable starters, Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir. However, the bullpen should be the strength of the team due to the combination of Eric O’Flaherty, Tyler Clippard, and Sean Doolittle.

4. Houston Astros

Record: 76-86

The Astros have lost over 92 games for the past four seasons, but the streak should end this season. The Astros have an improving offense with sluggers Chris Carter, Evan Gattis, and George Springer and consistent hitters Jose Altuve, Juan Castro, and Cory Rasmus. While the offense will be average, the pitching staff will be holding back their progress. Although Scott Feldman, Dallas Keuchel, and Colin McHugh are underrated, they are middle to late of the rotation starters. However, their bullpen has talent after the additions of Luke Gregerson and Pat Nishek.

5. Texas Rangers

Record: 72-90

Last season was an absolute disaster for the Rangers because they suffered the most injuries in the history of MLB. Unfortunately, this season has not started well as Yu Darvish is set to miss at least multiple months and possibly a year due to a torn ligament in his elbow. The offense should be improved due to the return of Prince Fielder and Shin Soo Choo from injury. If they are able to reach their potential, they have the ability to win a lot more than 72 games. If the pitching staff, Ross Detweiler, Derek Holland, Yovani Gallardo, remains healthy, which is a big question, they should have an average starting staff.