The most underrated moves of the NFL offseason


NFL teams made hundreds of moves this offseason and most of them went unnoticed. The Odell Beckham Jr. trade to Cleveland was hard to miss, but there are a number of transactions that will have a huge effect on the 2019 season. Here are a few.

New Coach in Tampa

It's not just player transactions that will make a difference. When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired new head coach Bruce Arians, the franchise took a step in a new direction. Instead of hiring the new flavor of the day in a hot, young inexperienced offensive wizard, the Bucs opted for a proven offensive wizard. If there is anyone who can get QB Jameis Winston to perform, it's Arians, the quarterback whisperer who has coached the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Carson Palmer.

Falcons & Dolphins Add Coaches

Sticking with the coach theme, Atlanta and Miami both made big decisions that should play a role on each team's success this fall. Atlanta added veteran Dirk Koetter as the team's offensive coordinator. Koetter was in the same role in Atlanta from 2012-14 when Matt Ryan had arguably the best three-year stretch of his career. In Miami, the Dolphins took a step toward helping first-time NFL head coach Brian Flores by hiring veteran Jim Caldwell as assistant head coach. Caldwell will coach the quarterbacks. Remember Caldwell mentored Peyton Manning and Joe Flacco and now he will work with Miami's Josh Rosen.

Patriots Get Bennett

The defending Super Bowl champions had to let DE Trey Flowers go in free agency. They replaced him by trading for former Eagles DE {{playerID-1234|Michael Bennett}}. Yes, Bennett is 33 years old, but he had nine sacks in 2018 and has the ability to play on the edge or move inside and play a tackle slot. The trade went off with much less fanfare than the OBJ trade, but Bennett could help New England to another Super Bowl.

Arizona Goes Defense

The big news in Arizona, of course, is the Cardinals drafting of QB Kyler Murray. Cast as the starter in new head coach Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense, Murray has Cardinals fans excited. What Arizona fans should also take note of are the number of defensive additions this offseason. Arizona added future Hall of Famer Terrell Suggs as well as four potential starters in safety D.J. Swearinger, CB Robert Alford, DE Darius Philon, and LB Jordan Hicks. The Cardinals also beefed up the defense via the draft adding CB Byron Murphy in the first round. Murphy might have to produce early as Cardinals veteran Patrick Peterson will miss six games due to a suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy.