It’s been nearly six months since the feeding frenzy of NFL free agency peaked and with the 2023 season right around the corner, now seems like a good time for a refresher on the impact players that changed teams this offseason.
It's hard to start anywhere else than with Aaron Rodgers' move from Green Bay to New York.
The Jets haven’t had an All-Pro quarterback since Brett Favre in 2008, although some members of the fanbase would argue you need to go back to Joe Namath in the 1970s for the last time they had a good signal caller.
Rodgers’ move to the Jets has resulted in their Super Bowl odds tumbling to +1600 and the four-time MVP certainly seems like the missing piece of the puzzle.
The Jets had an excellent defense last year, while on offense they have an exciting receiving core and depth at running-back after Dalvin Cook’s arrival.
Rodgers wasn’t at his best for the Packers last year but played a lot of the season hurt, and even that level of play would be an upgrade on what the Jets got from their quarterbacks for the majority of last year.
Rodgers looks all-in with the Jets and at 39 years old, he may not get a better chance to win a second Super Bowl if he can pull it all together for Gang Green.
The Chicago Bears entered the offseason with more cap space than any other franchise and look to have made some shrewd investments.
The most eye-catching offensive addition was wide receiver D.J. Moore, part of the trade for the number one pick with the Carolina Panthers.
Moore is arguably the most underrated wideout in the league having posted three 1,000-yard plus receiving seasons in five years for the Panthers, despite some mixed quarterback play.
No-one for the Bears topped 500 receiving yards last season, while Chicago’s offense ranked dead last for yards after the catch (YAC).
Moore specializes in making plays after receiving the ball and gave a glimpse of his talents in preseason when he took a screen pass 62 yards for a touchdown.
For the first time in Justin Fields’ fledgling career, he now has a reliable target to throw to and the duo’s ability to improvise should make them an effective pairing.
Defensively, the Bears needed to get better having given up a league-high 27.2 points per game and 4.9 yards per carry.
They’ve made inroads improving the front seven, with the addition of Tremaine Edwards from Buffalo the most eye-catching signing.
Having let Roquan Smith walk, Edmunds is stepping into some big shoes in the middle of the Bears' defense, but arrives off the back of a strong 2022.
He graded out highly in coverage and missed a career-low 6.5% of his tackles, and he looks a great fit as a foundational piece in the new Bears defense.
It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Odell Beckham Jr. on a football field, the high-profile wide receiver suffering a serious knee injury in the LA Rams’ Super Bowl LVI victory.
He’s now 31 and history suggests he’ll struggle to get back to his previous level, particularly with this being his second ACL injury.
But he may have found a good fit with the Baltimore Ravens, a team that’s been starved of talent in the wide receiver room for the majority of Lamar Jackson's tenure.
Jackson can now count rookie Zay Flowers and Beckham amongst his options and it’s Beckham’s form for the Rams that marks him out as a potential difference-maker in Baltimore.
After struggling to make an impact with the Cleveland Browns, Beckham caught 27-of-48 targets for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight games.
Anything close to that level of production would upgrade a Baltimore offense in transition.
Since the Bengals drafted Joe Burrow number one overall in 2020, the biggest knock on the team has been their inability to protect their quarterback.
While improvements have been made to Cincinnati’s offensive line, they still ranked amongst the worst in the NFL last season, while Burrow has been sacked a league-high 92 times over the last two years.
If they can keep Burrow upright, the Bengals, +1100 to win the Super Bowl, could go far, and that’s where Orlando Brown comes into the mix.
The Bengals have splashed the cash to get left tackle Brown, who arrives having helped Kansas City win a Super Bowl last year.
He had a pass block win rate of 91.8% protecting Patrick Mahomes last year and his signing means the Bengals can reshuffle the O-line to better look after Burrow.