After an action-packed first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period, the second day was a little slower. However, just because there wasn’t as much news does not mean there weren’t moves made, deals lost, and deals not had. NFL free agency starts hot and heavy at 4 PM ET on Wednesday, but who has struggled so far?
NFL Free Agency Losers: Day 2
The league is a funny place. One day ago, one of the teams featured on the losers page graced the winner’s piece from Day 1. What a difference a day can make!
A few high-profile players have yet to sign deals. Some teams are trading good players away. And other teams — okay, one team — even made a deal and then subsequently lost it.
So close, yet so far from paradise.
I hold you in my arms, in paradise.
Is mine, then you slip away, like a child at play.
And here am I, so close, yet so far from paradise.
Jerry Jones, a massive proponent in getting a deal done with Randy Gregory, was probably singing that Elvis Presley song while he sat down with a glass of Johnny Walker Blue at the end of the day. Yet, the Cowboys missed out on re-signing Gregory. The fault in the situation first seemed to be on the Cowboys’ front office, but it appears the story is more profound than initially anticipated.
But for now, they have a void they must fill opposite DeMarcus Lawrence.
Las Vegas Raiders
Checking in on the Silver and Black Pride free agency tracker might be the most depressing piece of writing you’ll find. The AFC is bringing in talent faster than Darrius Heyward-Bey ran the 40-yard dash. Meanwhile, the Raiders continue to sit on their hands in free agency. The most confounding aspect of Las Vegas’ approach is that they have cap space to work with!
We all expected Tyrann Mathieu to set the safety market. Instead, the Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms with Marcus Williams on a five-year, $70 million deal. Meanwhile, Mathieu saw the Chiefs agree to terms with his replacement, Justin Reid. Mathieu will sign a lucrative contract eventually, but the fact that he hasn’t found a home yet suggests a miscalculation of the free agency market.
There is nothing wrong with extending a kicker. However, extending a kicker to a deal exceeding $24 million over five seasons while your team is in shambles and your cap situation won’t allow you to address the roster flaws is a decision. But Younghoe Koo’s new contract was just the start.
Reportedly, there is mutual interest between Deshaun Watson and the Falcons. Given Matt Ryan’s contractual situation, that seems … less than ideal. However, if they can somehow get it done, the long-term is all that matters.
New England Patriots
Trading away good players is something Bill Belichick does all the time. It’s difficult to truly chastise the greatest head coach of all time, even in free agency. However, trading Shaq Mason for a fifth-round pick is perplexing at best. He’s one of the best right guards in the NFL. They may only be “losers” for a day. There’s a chance New England made this move to clear space and swap the pick for Dallas right tackle La’el Collins.
Looking for our free agent winners?
NFL free agency is fun to think about in terms of winners and losers. We have absolutely no idea how the moves made in March will look in September, let alone two or three years down the road. All we can do is trust the process. A few teams have crushed the first day of the “legal tampering period.” Here’s our story on the 2022 NFL Free Agency Day 2 Winners.