2022 NFL offseason: ‘Craziest of all time’

Zach Brandwein, Staff Reporter

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Although free agency started less than a month ago, so much has gone down that some are already calling this offseason the “craziest of all time.” What makes this offseason so great is all the moving parts. Many household names got moved either through free agency or trades, and new rumors are coming out daily. Here is a recap of some of the biggest moves that have happened so far:

Throughout the regular season, Aaron Rodgers’ future with the Green Bay Packers was up in the air. This offseason, he signed a massive contract keeping him there for the next three years, paying him upwards of $150 million. Packers fans wish they could say the same about their superstar receiver, Davante Adams. 

The Packers were willing to pay Adams, but he outright refused to play in Green Bay next season, even after Green Bay was willing to pay him more than he wanted. The opportunity to reunite with his college quarterback, Derek Carr, was too good to pass up. The Las Vegas Raiders only gave back a first- and second-round pick in this upcoming draft. 

Once getting traded, Adams signed a massive contract — five years, $140 million — which made him the highest paid receiver in the NFL, but that crown did not last that long. 

After seeing how much Adams made from Las Vegas, Tyreek Hill wanted that level of money as well. However, the Kansas City Chiefs were not willing to pay Hill what he wanted, so they allowed Hill’s agent to seek a trade. It came out that two AFC East teams, the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, had offers on the table for Hill. Hill ultimately chose Miami, saying that Miami was always going to be the place for him. 

Hill mentioned a few free agency signings, which showed him that the Dolphins wanted to contend. Hill also saw how new head coach Mike McDaniel used Deebo Samuel in the San Francisco 49ers offense and envisioned a similar role for himself. But, they say nothing in life is free, and Miami paid a hefty price for the speedy wideout. They gave up first-, second- and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft, along with a fourth and sixth rounder in the 2023 draft.

After Aaron Rodgers re-signed in Green Bay, the Denver Broncos were stuck. They were in on signing Rodgers and needed a new quarterback badly. Since Peyton Manning led them to a Super Bowl victory in 2015, they haven’t been back to the postseason, mostly due to mediocre quarterback play. 

The only quarterback with a winning record since Manning was Trevor Siemian, who had a career 13-11 with the Broncos. They needed to find someone — and fast. Luckily, another quarterback whose name has been in trade rumors for a while was Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. After the Legion of Boom left the team, Wilson was hung out to dry, and playoff success became less and less common. 

Ultimately, the Seahawks finished last in their division this year, the first time this has happened since the 2000 season. That, along with a shaky relationship with the front office, resulted in the trade. Wilson felt he was underutilized, and the offense was shifting to a run-first mentality, especially after the last play of the 2014 Super Bowl. 

Although Seahawks fans may be upset about trading their franchise quarterback, it could have been worse. Denver paid a pretty penny to convince the Seattle front office to make the trade, including two first-round picks, two second-round picks, and two roster players, quarterback Drew Lock and tight end Noah Fant. 

After trading for Khalil Mack, the Los Angeles Chargers continued to bolster their defense. They signed ex-New England Patriots cornerback JC Jackson to a five year, $82.5 million contract and signed ex-Los Angeles Rams interior defensive lineman, Sebastian Joseph-Day, to a three-year, $24 million contract. 

Fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, the Cincinnati Bengals knew they needed to protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. Although they won the game, the Bengals offensive line allowed nine sacks against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round. The Bengals spent a combined $88 Million on guard Alex Cappa, tackle La’el Collins and center Ted Karras. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of cap space heading into free agency, and they made some questionable signings, most notably Christan Kirk, who inked a four-year, $72 million contract. Kirk had a breakout year last year but has never eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season. This contract is what led to the Adams and Hill trades, as the price of wide receivers inflated due to the Kirk contract. 

The Dallas Cowboys offseason has been a bit of a mess. Losing Amari Cooper for next to nothing to gain cap, only to sign Michael Gallup to a big extension. After agreeing to terms with Randy Gregory, Gregory opted out and signed with the Broncos instead. The language in the contract offered by the Cowboys stated that the contract could be voided if he were fined or suspended, something unfortunately very common in Gregory’s career.

After trading for Odell Beckham Jr., Matthew Stafford, Von Miller, as well as convincing Eric Weddle to come out of retirement, the Rams continue to get richer. Although Beckham Jr. is unsigned, and Von Miller went to the Buffalo Bills, the Rams were able to find their replacements easily. To replace Miller, the Rams signed former all-pro linebacker Bobby Wagner to a five-year deal. To replace Beckham, the Rams signed Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson to a three-year deal, who had over 1,000 yards in two of the last three seasons.

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