By Jack O’Connell ‘22
This NFL offseason has been the best in league history. There has been an unprecedented amount of player movement throughout only the first week of free agency action. We have seen countless trades and signings that will change the landscape of the NFL for years to come.
The first blockbuster trade to occur this offseason was when the Seattle Seahawks traded Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a couple of first round picks, and three players. This move made the already star studded AFC West even more loaded, but that would be far from the last move.
Wilson was not the only quarterback to switch teams. The Indianapolis Colts would trade for Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan, the former MVP parts ways with Atlanta after playing with them for the last 15 seasons. Even the Washington Commanders have traded for quarterback Carson Wentz.
Days later, the Chicago Bears would trade their star edge rusher, Khalil Mack, to the Los Angeles Chargers for draft picks. Following that move, the Las Vegas Raiders would one up them and trade for superstar receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers. Adam was signed to a 5 year extension for over 142 million dollars. The AFC West has quickly become the most stacked division in all of football, and all four teams are good enough to make the playoffs. The Chiefs, Broncos, Chargers, and Raiders have gone all in, and are all looking to build Super Bowl contenders for the next couple seasons.
I asked people at Brother Rice what moves were their favorite so far. Senior Kaden McDonald said, “My favorite move of the offseason so far is Von Miller signsing to the Buffalo Bills. Even though I am a Rams fan I still like the move.”
Senior Alex Stepinski said, “My favorite move had to be the Pittsburgh Steelers signing Mitch Trubisky to be their future star QB.”
The NFL is shaping up to be quite the cut throat league next season as the offseason still unfolds.