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The biggest changes to the rest of the NFC West after free agency

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There are already significant changes within the division 

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There isn’t one way to build a team in the NFL. The phrase, “championships aren’t won in March” feels dated because the goal is to add good football players. Last March, the San Francisco 49ers added several quality players, and that was a big reason why the team was playing in February. That doesn’t mean sacrifice your future. If you sign a bunch of players in March and blow all of your salary cap in free agency, you end up like the...


Then, details emerged that the two sides couldn’t agree on terms of a contract. Brockers re-signed with the Rams on a three-year deal worth up to #31.5 million. That story sums up the Rams free agency. Los Angeles also added A’Shawn Robinson and Leonard Floyd on defense. But they lost their kicker, one of the better linebackers in 2019 in Cory Littleton, nickel cornerback Nickell Roby-Coleman, and edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr. We’ll see how much of a loss Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews end up being.

Trade rumors are everywhere surrounding wide receiver Brandin Cooks—who has an unbelievably bad contract. Cooks has a cap number of $16.8 million in the next two seasons. If the Rams release/trade Cooks in 2020, they’ll designate it for post-June 1. Before that, Cook’s dead money is $17.8 million. Post-June 1, the Rams would save $12 million.

Thankfully, Los Angeles has a dependable quarterback that can mask deficiencies and a first-round pick in the next two drafts to improve their roster.


The Seahawks lost offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, who played over 1,200 snaps for them in 2019. His replacement, as of now, is Cedric Ogbuehi. Seattle also added B.J. Finney at center, Phillip Dorsett at receiver, Bruce Irvin on the defensive line, and the big one is Quinton Dunbar at cornerback. He’s the best addition they made by a good margin, in my opinion. Seattle also re-signed Jarran Reed.

Can Reed rush from the edge? He may have to play more as well now that Al Woods left. Seattle hasn’t re-signed Jadeveon Clowney or Ziggy Ansah. If Irvin is your best pass rusher in 2020, you have problems. The Seahawks drafted L.J. Collier in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he played 152 snaps as a rookie. He was one of the biggest surprises in that draft, and Collier finished with two tackles as a rookie. Ouch. This isn’t the draft to need a pass rusher, either.


After the draft, the Cardinals are going to be a trendy pick. They added Jordan Phillips, which gives them much-needed size at defensive tackle. De’Vondre Campbell adds athleticism at linebacker, but it’s all about DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona added arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL and still has a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. Arizona still needs someone to block for Kyler Murray, as well as a playmaker or two on the other side of the ball. We’re a year or so away from the Cardinals being a threat. Not just to the Niners, but the NFC.