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For those of us (pick me!) who are mourning the loss of football season, free agency serves as an exciting bridge between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft. Let’s look at the best acquisitions as teams officially kick off a fresh league year. In no particular order:

NFL Free Agency Winners

Mitch Morse, C, Jacksonville Jaguars

Terms: 2 years/$10.5 million ($7 million guaranteed)

Buffalo released the Center a week prior and the Jags jumped on the big guy. This is a nice upgrade to the center of the line for T Law and friends. Morse will reunite with Doug Pederson from their days in Kansas City.

Xavier McKinney, S, Green Bay Packers

Terms: 4 years/$67 million ($23 million guaranteed)

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McKinney did not allow a single touchdown when in coverage last season with the Giants. The Packers had a great need to fill their safety role and they got one of the most talented and youngest. He has the highest coverage grade while playing free safety since entering the league (per Pro Football Focus). With Darnell Savage and Rudy Ford out of Green Bay, this is huge. Especially considering the Packers don’t historically dip into free agency.

Kirk Cousins, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Terms: 4 years/$180 million ($100 million guaranteed) 

Raheem Morris landed an upgrade at the quarterback position as Cousins heads south. Even coming off of a rehabbed Achilles, Kirk should be able to take this team under his wing and have success. With an arsenal like Bijan Robinson, Kyle Pitts, Drake London, Tyler Allgeier, and now Darnell Mooney, he looks to help the Falcons take the NFC South.

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Christian Wilkins, DT, Las Vegas Raiders

Terms: 4 years/$110 million ($84.8 million guaranteed)

It appears the Raiders are building their core identity on the defensive side of the ball. Joining star Maxx Crosby, Wilkins will be the anchor of this line. One of the league’s hottest defensive stars will be in the silver and black.

Danielle Hunter, EDGE, Houston Texans

Terms: 2 years/$49 million ($48 million guaranteed)

If that contract doesn’t lead you to believe that the Texans wanted Hunter then I don’t know what will. The four-time Pro Bowler joins a team on the rise and is ready to take a whack at the AFC yet again.

Brian Burns, EDGE, New York Giants

Terms: 5 years/$150 million ($87.5 million guaranteed)

-Panthers receiving 2024 second-round pick and 2025 fifth-round pick

Considering teams were willing to give up much more for the edge rusher last year, this seems like a massive win for the G-Men. Burns adds dominance alongside stars like Kayvon Thibodeaux and Dexter Lawrence.
Derrick Henry, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Terms: 2 years/ $16 million 

Three words: Henry and Lamar. This team, which came close to competing in the Super Bowl, and most dominant in the regular season, adds one of the best ball-carriers in the NFL. This increases the Ravens’ threat level heading into the 2024 season.

Bobby Wagner, LB, Washington Commanders

Terms: 1 year/$8.5 million ($6 million guaranteed)

Look, despite being considered “old” in the NFL world, Wagner showed no signs of slowing down in 2023 as he got a Pro Bowl nod after one of his most productive seasons. Reuniting with Dan Quinn, this new-look Commanders team is trying to compete after years and years of falling short. For a relatively harmless contract, there is only an upside here. His veteran inspiration is invaluable as well.

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