Black Monday, the Super Bowl, free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft have all come and gone. In a very different offseason, what were the smartest moves?
The 2020 NFL offseason was full of surprises and interesting moves. From the Arizona Cardinals trading for DeAndre Hopkins to Byron Jones cashing out with the Miami Dolphins, there was no shortage of breaking news this spring. In an off-season changed due to the ongoing global pandemic, the frenzy of the NFL off-season remained.
Free agency was uncharacteristically slow for the first hour or so, which is understandable because of the conditions. However, as the day went on, teams and agents began to come to terms on deals. There was large amounts of money shelled out, as there always is. Teams tend to try and build their team through free agency and it normally doesn’t work out, but teams who build through the draft and supplant their roster with quality free agents usually find success.
The 2020 NFL draft may have been the most highly anticipated one ever. With no sports since early March, the world was starving for the NFL. The draft was conducted virtually and team decision makers were forced to make picks from their homes. There were no trades in the first twelve picks, which could be attributed to the adjustment period for the virtual draft.
Every off-season there are moves that leave many people scratching their heads, but there are also some that make you say “That move made them a contender” or “That move was the beginning of something great. These moves may be draft moves, free agency moves, head coaching hires or even a move that a team didn’t make that ended up being very wise.