After One Week of Agency, Here are the 5 Best and Worst Team Transactions

The dust has settled on the first week of free agency. And now that things have a cooled down just a bit, the free agency frenzy should have some major implications for the NFL next season. To prove that point, here are the 5 best and 5 worst team transactions from week one of free agency.

The Best

5. Philadelphia Eagles


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Unlike Philly’s previous spending sprees, the Eagles actually signed role players that will fill their needs, as opposed to just signing expensive free agents. They signed quality safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips, cornerback Cary Williams and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. And then there was the signing of linebacker Connor Barwin and the trade for receiver Arrelious Benn. So far, Chip Kelly has made some solid decisions to put this team back on track.

4. Kansas City Chiefs


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Andy Reid now has the chance to mold another promising QB with Alex Smith. But, unlike his days in Philly, Reid and company have made wise choices. KC resigned their number-one receiver Dwayne Bowe. Plus they added receiver Donnie Avery and TE Anthony Fasano to their arsenal. But the addition of Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith with Brandon Flowers gives the Chiefs a lockdown backfield, especially in a division with Peyton Manning and his receiving corps.

3. Denver Broncos


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John Elway and the Broncos made some important signings, even though the whole Elvis Dumervil situation was a mess. They signed guard Louis Vasquez and offensive tackle Ryan Clady to help protect Peyton Manning. Speaking of their offense, they gave Manning another weapon in Wes Welker. On the defensive side of the ball, they signed a nasty DT in Terrance Knighton and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC has potential when his head is in the game. Maybe Champ Bailey will take him under his wings.

2. Atlanta Falcons


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This pains me. Atlanta is one of my least favorite teams. But you have to give them credit. They released some big names with big salaries to make room for some improvements, most notably at running back. Steven Jackson now gives the falcons one of the nastiest offenses in the league. This is an unbelievable upgrade. And, they have Tony Gonzalez returning. Now if they can patch up their defense, this will be a threatening team.

1. Seattle Seahawks


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The trade for Percy Harvin will give the Seahawks one of the most dangerous and explosive offenses in the league. However, it was the signing of DE’s Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett that was most impressive. By fixing their pass rush, Seattle has become a serious contender and should give the 49ers a run for their money in the NFC West.

The Worst

5. New England Patriots


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As long as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are involved with the Pats, you can never rule them out. In fact, despite the spending spree that Miami did, New England will probably end up winning the division…again. And while New England patched up their D by resigning Aqib Talib and picking up strong safety Adrian Wilson, it’s the release of Wes Welker that put them on this list. By not reaching a deal with Welker, the team ticked off Brady. Upsetting the face of your franchise is something a team should never do. I’m sure Brady will get over it, but signing Danny Amendola isn’t much of a consolation prize.

4. St. Louis Rams


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St. Louis made a couple of nice moves with the signings of TE Jared Cook and OT Jake Long, but how can they compete with division rivals San Francisco and Seattle when they lost two receivers (Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson) and their workhorse running back? There’s a lot of spots that remain open in St. Louis that haven’t been addressed yet.

3. New York Jets


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The Jets are a hot mess right now. While there is time to figure out what they’re going to do at QB and RB, it’s the handling of Darrelle Revis that makes the Jets a laughingstock in the NFL. While it’s understandable why teams are skeptical in trading for Revis, the Jets shouldn’t have let this thing drag out for so long. The more time this Revis situation goes on, the dirtier and trickier it will get to deal him to another team.

2. Arizona Cardinals

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Arizona has a slight problem heading into the 2013-2014 season. They’re lacking a franchise QB. After the not-so-surprising release of Kevin Kolb, the Cards signed Drew Stanton, who has a history with new coach Bruce Arians. As of now, the competition for starting quarterback in the desert will be Stanton, Brian Hoyer, John Skelton, and Ryan Lindley. That’s not exactly striking fear in opponents. While there weren’t a lot of QBs on the market, Arizona did little to put a bandage on that spot. And we haven’t even gotten into Arizona’s terrible offensive line, which again, the team didn’t address. Sure. The team made plenty of moves, including CB Antoine Cason, CB Jerraud Powers, RB Rashard Mendenhall, LB Lorenzo Alexander, and S Yeremiah Bell, but the team still has plenty of questions surrounding their offense.

1. Baltimore Ravens


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The reigning Super Bowl champs were completely gutted after giving Joe Flacco a record contract. They traded away Anquan Boldin, who was a crucial piece in Flacco’s success, and lost more players on defense than you can count, including defensive end Paul Kruger, cornerback Cary Williams and safety Bernard Pollard. Instead of bulking up their team for another title run, the Ravens are left with too many holes to be taken seriously this season. Of course there’s still time to fix these problems, but after one week of free agency, it’s not looking too promising in Baltimore.

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