The NFL Teams That Declined The Most This Offseason


As the NFL owners' meetings are set to begin next week, the frenzy of offseason and draft day moves is over. Several teams have upgraded their rosters via free agency, offseason trades, and the draft. A few have been left behind to rebuild their franchises from the ground up.

Overhaul in Miami

When the Dolphins shipped out QB Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee in the offseason, it was the beginning of the "cleaning house" phase in Miami. The Dolphins are basically starting over with new head coach Brian Flores. Miami's leading passer (Tannehill), leading rusher (Frank Gore), and leading receiver (Danny Amendola) are all gone. Miami did sign QB Josh Rosen and drafted DT Christian Wilkins in the first round to add to a fairly solid defensive roster. The Dolphins did decline this offseason, but it was by design.

Giants Will Miss Playoffs Again

The Giants have missed the postseason in six of the past seven seasons. Expect them to miss the playoffs again in 2019. New York is much worse off having traded WR Odell Beckham Jr. and DE Olivier Vernon to Cleveland. The Giants also let safety Landon Collins walk in free agency to a division rival (Washington). New York could have gone defense in the first round of this year's draft but instead chose to select a quarterback in Daniel Jones that completed fewer than 60 percent of his passes in the ACC. The Giants decline this offseason might extend into next offseason.

That Baltimore Defense

The Ravens have always been known for their stout defenses. Baltimore's defense helped the Ravens win the AFC North last season, but a contingent of that unit is gone in 2019. C.J. Mosley, long-time veteran Terrell Suggs, Eric Weddle, Za'Darius Smith, and Brett Urban are all gone from a defense that led the NFL in total yards allowed (292.9) last season. The Ravens were also second in points allowed per game (17.9). Baltimore did bring in safety Earl Thomas, but he is coming off an injury and is 30 years old. It will be a big surprise if the Ravens defense can come close to what it did in 2018.

Down in Denver

The Broncos have high hopes as they head into 2019. The problem for new head coach Vic Fangio is that Denver lost three of its starting offensive linemen and two of their top three cornerbacks this offseason. The Broncos did draft Kansas State OT Dalton Risner, but protecting new QB Joe Flacco is a must if the Broncos plan on a winning season.