NFL free agency: Roster additions, cuts, remaining questions

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The initial NFL free agency rush of 2024 was more frenetic than ever, as hundreds of players were given millions of dollars to relocate to new cities.

Leading the way were a pair of former Pro Bowl quarterbacks looking to rekindle old success in new locales, but Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson were hardly alone in making a move this March. Several marquee running backs are now with new franchises, the interior offensive line market was more robust than it has ever been and the two best defensive tackles in the NFL made big news in completely different ways.

We had our NFL Nation writers review pro football’s version of March Madness. Which teams made big moves, which teams looked to rein in costs and which teams were looking to keep their own free agents to run it back? We break down all 32 teams, starting with a playoff team that has mostly stood pat thus far.

Jump to a team:
ARI | ATL | BAL | BUF | CAR | CHI | CIN
CLE | DAL | DEN | DET | GB | HOU | IND
JAX | KC | LAC | LAR | LV | MIA | MIN
NE | NO | NYG | NYJ | PHI | PIT | SF
SEA | TB | TEN | WSH

NFC EAST

Marquee additions: Eric Kendricks (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Tyron Smith (OT), Tony Pollard (RB), Dorance Armstrong (DE)

Did the Cowboys hit their free agency goals? No, but free agency isn’t over. They were never going to pay big money for free agents, and they set their limits on where they would go on their own players. Now they have a roster that is not as good as the one that made the 2023 playoffs.

One thing we heard: Word has it Kendricks took less from the Cowboys than he had from the 49ers. Call it the power of new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer or a major difference in cost of living and taxes between Texas and northern California.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Just one? Losing Smith hurts the most of all their departures, so it looks like finding his replacement at left tackle in the first round of the draft is something of a must. They don’t have a starting tailback at the moment, so this will test the “You can find running backs anywhere” theory. — Todd Archer


Marquee additions: Brian Burns (LB), Jon Runyan Jr. (G), Devin Singletary (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Saquon Barkley (RB), Xavier McKinney (S)

Did the Giants hit their free agency goals? You can only do so much in one offseason, and the top priorities were to solidify the offensive line and improve the pass rush. They succeeded, even if they’re worse off at running back and in the secondary as a result. But Burns is better than any pass-rusher that was on the market and the line has four new reinforcements.

One thing we heard: “Daniel Jones is the starter of this team,” quarterback Drew Lock said at his introductory news conference. “That has been conveyed to me.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Giants still don’t have a No. 1 wide receiver for Jones. It may be addressed in free agency or via trade, but right now the group is headlined by Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt. — Jordan Raanan

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Kiper: Giants should draft a WR to support Daniel Jones

Mel Kiper Jr. wants to see the Giants draft a receiver with the No. 6 pick to help Daniel Jones in his development.


Marquee additions: Saquon Barkley (RB), Bryce Huff (edge), C.J. Gardner-Johnson (S)

Marquee subtractions: D’Andre Swift (RB), Kevin Byard (S)

Did the Eagles hit their free agency goals? To a degree. The secondary needed some serious work, and they gave it a boost with the Gardner-Johnson reunion. But they have work yet to do, particularly at corner. Linebacker was the other trouble spot, and they added Devin White and Oren Burks, which is a decent start. The biggest splash was on the offensive side of the ball with the signing of Barkley. While a star running back was not the most pressing need, it does elevate the ceiling for an offense that slipped down the stretch last season and is trying to regain dominant form.

One thing we heard: “You want to be somewhere so bad to the point where you can’t control certain things. Certain things were said but there was no meaning to it. I’m back, so I guess we’re all happy. Family reunion.” — Gardner-Johnson, on why he took some parting shots at Philly after leaving in free agency last offseason, including calling the fans “f—ing obnoxious.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Cornerback. The Eagles need to decide whether to release James Bradberry, who struggled opposite Darius Slay in 2023. They could address the position in free agency or by trade, though the draft also seems like a pretty strong bet at this point. — Tim McManus


Marquee additions: Frankie Luvu (LB), Bobby Wagner (LB), Austin Ekeler (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Kendall Fuller (CB), Kamren Curl (S), Sam Howell (QB)

Did the Commanders hit their free agency goals? Yes. Washington signed five new starters on defense and three on offense, in addition to a third-down back and a place-kicker. They added a veteran quarterback (Marcus Mariota) to help mentor whichever rookie they draft. The Commanders aren’t stuck with bad contracts and have maintained the ability to build through the draft.

One thing we heard: Washington signed older veterans, almost all to one-year deals, to help new coach Dan Quinn establish his standard. “Leadership comes from the top down as far as the culture you’re trying to set,” Ekeler said. “It’s not necessarily stuff that is measurable, but it helps you increase the things that are.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Offensive tackle. Cornerback would be another easy one, but Washington needs to be able to protect the rookie quarterback it will presumably draft. The Commanders cut left tackle Charles Leno Jr., and they lack a replacement on the roster. Fortunately for them, the draft is deep at this position. — John Keim

NFC NORTH

Marquee additions: Keenan Allen (WR), D’Andre Swift (RB), Kevin Byard (S)

Marquee subtractions: Justin Fields (QB), Darnell Mooney (WR), Justin Jones (DT)

Did the Bears hit their free agency goals? One of the Bears’ goals was to set up their next QB, likely USC’s Caleb Williams, with better playmakers. So they sent a fourth-round pick to the Chargers for Allen, and they upgraded the running back room with Swift, who is coming off a career year (1,049 rushing yards). They also acquired tight end Gerald Everett.

One thing we heard: Coleman Shelton played 1,113 snaps at center for the Rams in 2023, but don’t be surprised if Ryan Bates, who was acquired from Buffalo, ends up starting there this season. Chicago needs to set up its rookie quarterback for success by solidifying the center position and has been invested in getting Bates on the roster since an attempt that fell through in 2022.

Biggest remaining roster hole: What will the Bears do with their two first-round picks? After trading Fields to Pittsburgh, the Bears own the No. 1 pick in the draft and will select a quarterback. But they could go a number of directions at No. 9. Is that where they find the pass-rusher who will start opposite Montez Sweat? Another wide receiver to aid the rookie QB’s development? That could also be a prime spot in the draft order to trade back and recoup a couple of picks. — Courtney Cronin


Marquee additions: DJ Reader (DT), Kevin Zeitler (OG), Marcus Davenport (OLB)

Marquee subtractions: C.J. Gardner-Johnson (S), Jonah Jackson (OG), Anthony Pittman (LB)

Did the Lions hit their free agency goals? Yes. Upgrading the defense, particularly in the secondary, was a major need for the Lions this offseason, and GM Brad Holmes addressed this area aggressively with the additions of Reader, Davenport and cornerback Amik Robertson. They also traded for former Tampa Bay CB Carlton Davis III.

One thing we heard: “These guys got that same taste in their mouth that I got. I got to the Super Bowl [LVI] and lost. These guys got to the NFC championship and lost. So, everybody in this building has that same goal to go get that taste out their mouth and I’m so ecstatic about that part. I can run through a wall about it right now because you don’t get time to right those wrongs, and this is an opportunity, and I don’t think like we’re gonna take it lightly as a team to go out there and do our thing.” — Reader on joining the Lions.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Although the Lions picked up some key defensive additions, they could still benefit from adding more talent to the secondary, particularly another cornerback. They allowed 34 completions of 20-plus air yards, which tied for the second most in the NFL last season. There’s still room for improvement. — Eric Woodyard


Marquee additions: Josh Jacobs (RB), Xavier McKinney (S)

Marquee subtractions: Jon Runyan Jr. (G), Darnell Savage (S), Jonathan Owens (S)

Did the Packers hit their free agency goals? The Packers filled one of their major needs with McKinney. They wanted a fresh start at safety, and they got arguably the best one available. It cost them nearly $17 million a year, but it was a key spot that new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley wanted to upgrade.

One thing we heard: While the Packers intended all along to release left tackle David Bakhtiari and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, moving on from running back Aaron Jones was not the original plan. But when the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a pay cut, the Packers turned to Jacobs. They paid him an average of $12 million per season, which was what Jones was scheduled to make in 2024.

Biggest remaining roster hole: GM Brian Gutekunst still may add a linebacker before the draft, but finding a good fit for Hafley’s 4-3 defense will be a must in the draft. They need another impact player there. And while Rasheed Walker proved serviceable at left tackle after Bakhtiari got hurt, that position could also be a priority high in the draft. — Rob Demovsky


Marquee additions: Sam Darnold (QB), Aaron Jones (RB), Jonathan Greenard (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Kirk Cousins (QB), Danielle Hunter (LB), D.J. Wonnum (LB)

Did the Vikings hit their free agency goals? For the most part. The Vikings truly wanted to re-sign Cousins but couldn’t convince him to accept a deal that would have committed them only through 2024. They quickly pivoted to Darnold and then injected their defense with ascending players who fit well in defensive coordinator Brian Flores’ scheme.

One thing we heard: Coach Kevin O’Connell wanted to re-sign Cousins, their best option for having a big season in 2024. But importantly for organizational harmony, O’Connell accepted the team’s decision not to make a long-term commitment. “As much as I would have maybe liked to have Kirk here,” he said, “the right thing moving forward for our team is where we are today.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Darnold makes sense as a short-term option at quarterback, given the alternatives, but the Vikings are positioning themselves to seek out a longer-term option in the draft. Who that player is will depend on decisions made above them, and how far they can trade up from their spot at No. 11 overall. — Kevin Seifert

NFC SOUTH

Marquee additions: Kirk Cousins (QB), Darnell Mooney (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Jeff Okudah (CB), Jonnu Smith (TE) Cordarrelle Patterson (RB/WR/KR)

Did the Falcons hit their free agency goals? The Falcons had a primary goal at the beginning of the offseason — improve their quarterback situation. By signing Cousins to a four-year, $180 million deal with $100 million guaranteed, task No. 1 was accomplished. Atlanta can now worry about the rest of the roster.

One thing we heard: The NFL is investigating the Falcons for possible tampering because Cousins indicated he talked with a member of the Falcons’ medical staff before the official beginning of the new league year.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Cornerback. The Falcons have depth but not a clear No. 2 starter at the position opposite A.J. Terrell. It’s possible Atlanta feels comfortable with Clark Phillips III after a decent second half of his rookie season (5 starts, 5 passes defended, 50% completion rate against, according to Pro Football Reference), but considering they have a new coaching staff led by Raheem Morris, a former safety, bringing in a veteran to compete with Phillips would be sensible. — Michael Rothstein


Marquee additions: Robert Hunt (G), Damien Lewis (G), Diontae Johnson (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Brian Burns (OLB), Frankie Luvu (LB)

Did the Panthers hit their free agency goals? Protecting quarterback Bryce Young and giving him more playmakers were the priorities. Signing the two guards was a big step toward accomplishing the former, with the hope that Austin Corbett can transition to center. Trading for Johnson was a big upgrade at receiver. Trading edge rusher Brian Burns for a second- and fifth-round pick felt like a loss, and none of the defensive players the Panthers signed, including D.J. Wonnum, bring them close to replacing the two-time Pro Bowl player.

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Luke Combs tells McAfee how tough it is being a Panthers fan

Country music star and Carolina Panthers fan Luke Combs gives Pat McAfee his candid thoughts on the state of his favorite team.

One thing we heard: The Panthers tried to get edge rusher Danielle Hunter, who would have nicely filled the void left by Burns, but he went to the Texans. That leaves the team pretty much where it was when country music star and Panthers fan Luke Combs went on “The Pat McAfee Show” and said: “It’s tough right now being a Carolina Panthers fan. … I don’t know what the answer is, and if there’s some big plan, I certainly don’t understand it.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Outside linebacker. Jadeveon Clowney remains in the mix during his free agent tour. He appears to have something left in the tank after racking up 9.5 sacks last season for the Ravens. But he’s still not an every-down player (56.3% of snaps last season) like Burns. Outside of the draft, where they don’t have a first-rounder, there doesn’t appear to be another player who can begin to fill the Burns void. — David Newton


Marquee additions: Chase Young (DE), Willie Gay (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Michael Thomas (WR), Jameis Winston (QB), Andrus Peat (OT)

Did the Saints hit their free agency goals? The Saints went into free agency with the idea of scaling back their spending because of their cap issues over the years. But a higher-than-expected salary cap ceiling likely enticed them to pursue Young, who could help their ailing pass rush. The defensive and offensive lines were some of their top needs.

One thing we heard: Stanley Morgan and Cedrick Wilson, two additions to the wide receiver room, both spoke of the blank slate the Saints could offer. The Saints turned over a large majority of their offensive coaching staff and only had three wideouts on the roster before the signings, creating an opportunity for competition.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The departure of Peat, who moved over to left tackle in 2023, leaves a void with Trevor Penning’s status uncertain. Penning, drafted in 2022 to be the LT of the future, was benched early in the 2023 season. The Saints might still consider offensive line one of their biggest needs at this point. — Katherine Terrell


Marquee additions: Jordan Whitehead (S), Bryce Hall (CB), Sua Opeta (OL)

Marquee subtractions: Shaquil Barrett (OLB), Carlton Davis III (CB), Devin White (ILB)

Did the Buccaneers hit their free agency goals? The Bucs’ priority was to re-sign their own top free agents, and they did that in bringing back wide receiver Mike Evans, quarterback Baker Mayfield, inside linebacker Lavonte David, kicker Chase McLaughlin and running back Chase Edmonds, while franchise-tagging safety Antoine Winfield Jr. They also shored up depth along their offensive and defensive lines and at cornerback.

One thing we heard: “There were times that the couple days prior we didn’t know if we were going to get it done before free agency hit,” Mayfield said. “So it was a lot of ups and downs. … I had to think about [Plan B]. … We wanted to be back, but if it wasn’t going to be the right fit for us, we were going to let God take control again and that was the big thing. We tried to be as patient as we could. I would be lying if I said we were happy the whole time, but it worked out how it’s supposed to.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Bucs still need to fill Barrett’s outside linebacker spot to start opposite Yaya Diaby. Anthony Nelson is more of a rotational player, and Markees Watts and Jose Ramirez are largely unproven, with Watts only playing 44 defensive snaps last season and Ramirez none. — Jenna Laine

NFC WEST

Marquee additions: Jonah Williams (OT), Sean Murphy-Bunting (CB), Justin Jones (DL)

Marquee subtractions: Marquise Brown (WR)

Did the Cardinals hit their free agency goals? Yes. The Cardinals wanted to address their defensive deficiencies during free agency, and that’s exactly what they started to do by signing a starting cornerback and some pass-rushers.

One thing we heard: “That sort of reverberates throughout the league, that sort of exciting new culture,” Williams said. He took some mental notes when the Bengals played in Arizona last year and knew that if the opportunity to be in Arizona ever presented itself, he wanted to take advantage of it.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Cardinals still need a WR1, as well as another cornerback and pass-rusher. It’s likely they’ll add a wideout in the draft with the No. 4 overall pick, but the cornerback and the pass-rusher will likely come in some sort of non-draft move. — Josh Weinfuss


Marquee additions: Jonah Jackson (G), Colby Parkinson (TE), Kamren Curl (S)

Marquee subtractions: Aaron Donald (DT), Jordan Fuller (S), Coleman Shelton (C)

Did the Rams hit their free agency goals? The Rams clearly prioritized protecting quarterback Matthew Stafford going into free agency, and they accomplished that by re-signing guard Kevin Dotson (three years, $48 million) and adding Jackson from the Lions to fill the other guard spot (three years, $51 million).

One thing we heard: The Rams’ front office knew Donald was planning to retire before the start of free agency. This means the team had the information they needed when deciding whether to try to add a marquee defensive lineman during the start of the negotiating window.

Biggest remaining roster hole: How will the Rams try to replace Donald? Obviously there won’t be a player who can replace the future Hall of Famer, but Los Angeles hopes it can replace some of the production with players already on its roster, including Kobie Turner and Byron Young. While there likely won’t be a big free agent signing, the Rams could draft an interior lineman at No. 19. — Sarah Barshop


Marquee additions: Leonard Floyd (DE), Maliek Collins (DT), De’Vondre Campbell (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Arik Armstead (DT), Sam Darnold (QB), Javon Kinlaw (DT)

Did the 49ers hit their free agency goals? Instead of going for one big splash, the Niners shifted their focus to rebuilding the middle of the roster with a handful of signings intended to improve their depth, especially on the defensive line. The Niners have plenty of star power, and with so many of their own becoming free agents, improving their roster top to bottom — including on special teams — was the priority.

One thing we heard: In 2019, the Niners traded for defensive end Dee Ford and drafted Nick Bosa, giving them a potentially dominant pass-rushing duo. Ford struggled with injuries, but when they played together, they were a handful. Upon adding Floyd, the Niners believe they have the best pass-rushing complement to Bosa they’ve had since a healthy Ford.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Offensive line. A case could be made for any spot on the line, but the Niners have yet to make a significant outside addition to the front five. A tackle who can push to start on the right side and eventually replace Trent Williams on the left would be ideal, but regardless, this group needs a meaningful upgrade in the short and long term. — Nick Wagoner


Marquee additions: Sam Howell (QB), Jerome Baker (LB), Tyrel Dodson (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Bobby Wagner (LB), Jordyn Brooks (LB), Damien Lewis (G)

Did the Seahawks hit their free agency goals? The Seahawks took care of perhaps their top priority by re-signing defensive lineman Leonard Williams to a three-year, $64.5 million deal, a significant commitment that has been followed by their usual short-term, bargain additions. They’ve found better value in some of their replacements but not necessarily better players, which means they need to find difference-makers in the draft.

One thing we heard: General manager John Schneider told Seattle Sports 710 AM that quarterback Geno Smith is “the guy” and that Howell is coming in to back him up. But one Seahawks source said he thinks Howell has the talent and drive to push Smith for the starting job. “He’ll battle his ass off,” the source said.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Seahawks solidified their backup plan at tackle by reuniting with George Fant, and they added competition at center by signing Nick Harris. But they needed to find at least two surefire upgrades at the three interior spots, and Harris isn’t that. Some veteran guards are still available, and that looks like a position Seattle could also target early in the draft. — Brady Henderson

AFC EAST

Marquee additions: Curtis Samuel (WR), Mitch Trubisky (QB), Mike Edwards (S)

Marquee subtractions: Gabe Davis (WR), Mitch Morse (C), Jordan Poyer (S)

Did the Bills hit their free agency goals? The Bills were not coming into free agency to make multiple significant splashes. Moving on from key veterans this offseason was a difficult but logical step, with age and cost among the factors. Buffalo has hit on its needs and brought back some of its best, such as defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, but the work isn’t done.

One thing we heard: “I think the guys are very excited for the new leaders to step up in that back end and kind of build their own legacy,” Jones said. The Bills are moving on from long-time pillars of the franchise, and while this is a new era following a variety of cap-saving moves, the team is keeping future leaders such as Taron Johnson, who signed a three-year extension that makes him the highest-paid nickel corner in the NFL.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Safety. The Bills are still in need of help after releasing Poyer, who signed with the Miami Dolphins, while Micah Hyde went into the offseason contemplating retirement. Re-signing Taylor Rapp was a good start, but this is a position the Bills should continue to add to — even after signing a veteran in Edwards — including during a draft in which they have 11 picks. — Alaina Getzenberg


Marquee additions: Jonnu Smith (TE), Kendall Fuller (CB), Jordyn Brooks (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Christian Wilkins (DT), Robert Hunt (OL), Andrew Van Ginkel (LB)

Did the Dolphins hit their free agency goals? Miami lost all three of its top three free agents within the first few hours of the legal tampering period, but GM Chris Grier rebounded nicely with several low-cost signings. The Dolphins will miss Wilkins and Hunt, and there’s still work to be done, but it’s not all doom and gloom in South Florida.

One thing we heard: The 2024 season will be a reset year, of sorts, for the Dolphins after parting ways with multiple key starters on both sides of the ball. It is not, however, a rebuilding year, and the team expects to be competitive in both its division and conference.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Dolphins presumably signed Smith to take over as their third pass-catching option, but they could still use another receiver behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. The production at the position last season fell off a cliff after the first two, and whether it’s via free agency or tapping into a deep draft class of receivers, Miami needs to shore up its receiver room. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


Marquee additions: Jacoby Brissett (QB), Antonio Gibson (RB), K.J. Osborn (WR)

Marquee subtractions: None

Did the Patriots hit their free agency goals? The Patriots were close to hitting their goals because the primary mission was to re-sign their own key free agents (offensive lineman Mike Onwenu, tight end Hunter Henry, safety Kyle Dugger) and they did that. But they would have loved to land one of the top free agent receivers, Calvin Ridley, who chose to sign with Tennessee.

One thing we heard: Edge rusher Matthew Judon is entering the final year of his contract, and with a base salary that was lowered to $6.5 million after a restructure last season, the sides have had preliminary discussions on how best to sweeten it.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Left tackle. Last season’s starter, Trent Brown, signed with the Bengals, leaving the Patriots with a big hole at a key offensive line spot. Brown wasn’t expected to return as the Patriots planned to explore other options. — Mike Reiss


Marquee additions: Tyron Smith (LT), Morgan Moses (RT), Mike Williams (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Bryce Huff (DE), Jordan Whitehead (S), Quinton Jefferson (DT)

Did the Jets hit their free agency goals? The No. 1 objective was to revamp the offensive line, which was a wreck last season. They did that by adding three starters without breaking the bank — Smith, Moses and LG John Simpson. If the Jets can squeeze a good season out of Smith and Moses, both 33, the Aaron Rodgers-led offense should be much improved.

One thing we heard: Everyone in the mock-drafting world had the Jets taking an offensive tackle with the 10th pick. They now have the flexibility to go in different directions, including tight end (Georgia’s Brock Bowers). They also could look to trade down with the hope of acquiring a top-100 pick. Currently, they have two.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Jets plugged one hole with the addition of Williams, who can complement Garrett Wilson at receiver. The next area to address is a replacement for edge rusher Huff, the team sack leader. They’re meeting with Jadeveon Clowney, who had 9.5 sacks last season for the Ravens. — Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Marquee additions: Derrick Henry (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Patrick Queen (LB), Gus Edwards (RB), Geno Stone (S)

Did the Ravens hit their free agency goals? The Ravens answered their most high-profile question in free agency by signing Henry. Baltimore had a major void at running back because Edwards and J.K. Dobbins were both free agents. The Ravens now team Henry, the NFL’s leading rusher since 2018, with Lamar Jackson, who has led all quarterbacks in rushing over the last six seasons.

One thing we heard: Henry, to those who believe his best days are behind him since turning 30: “Tell them to keep watching. People always going to have something to say — always going to have opinions. I’m just ready to work, ready to get things started and do my best to help this organization.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Offensive line. The Ravens have three starting spots to fill. Right tackle Morgan Moses was traded to the Jets, who also signed Baltimore free-agent left guard John Simpson. Right guard Kevin Zeitler also left to sign with the Lions. The Ravens will likely add a starter in free agency along with picking one in the first two rounds of the draft. — Jamison Hensley


Marquee additions: Sheldon Rankins (DT), Geno Stone (S), Zack Moss (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Joe Mixon (RB), DJ Reader (DT), Jonah Williams (OT)

Did the Bengals hit their free agency goals? Almost. The Bengals crossed off a few spots on the wish list with needed help in the secondary by landing Stone and safety Vonn Bell, who is in his second stint with the club.

One thing we heard: A constant throughout the beginning of free agency: The Bengals made signings that allowed them to keep their options open with the No. 18 overall pick. By signing Rankins and adding offensive tackle Trent Brown late during the early window, Cincinnati can opt to take the best player on the board, whether that’s a defensive tackle or offensive tackle.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Right tackle. Cincinnati still doesn’t have a replacement for Williams. That could be addressed early in the draft with the No. 18 overall pick. — Ben Baby


Marquee additions: Jerry Jeudy (WR), Jameis Winston (QB), Jordan Hicks (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Joe Flacco (QB), Anthony Walker (LB), Sione Takitaki (LB)

Did the Browns hit their free agency goals? Other than trading for Jeudy, the Browns primarily focused on re-signing their core free agents, including defensive end Za’Darius Smith and defensive tackles Shelby Harris and Maurice Hurst. The Browns are banking that Jeudy, a former first-round pick, still has No. 1 WR upside. Otherwise, Cleveland is basically running back their 2023 team.

One thing we heard: “Being here now, it shows how much they really wanted me and how much expectations they have for me. It’s exciting for real.” — Jeudy, on going from Denver to Cleveland

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Browns really don’t have any glaring holes. This is a complete roster. But they could use a young ascending playmaker at receiver. The Browns have moved on from multiple receivers they’ve drafted recently (Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz, Demetric Felton). The jury is still out on the others (Cedric Tillman, David Bell, Michael Woods II). — Jake Trotter


Marquee additions: Russell Wilson (QB), Justin Fields (QB), Patrick Queen (LB)

Marquee subtractions: Kenny Pickett (QB), Mason Rudolph (QB), Diontae Johnson (WR)

Did the Steelers hit their free agency goals? Thanks to a combination of free agency and the trade market, the Steelers improbably overhauled and upgraded the quarterback position and filled a position of need with a big-time addition in ILB Queen, but there’s still work to be done after free agency. Though they added CB Donte Jackson from the Panthers, the team didn’t add a safety or another cornerback from a deep free agent class.

One thing we heard: Wilson FaceTimed with many of the Steelers’ defensive leaders before signing a one-year deal. Cameron Heyward, T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick all courted the quarterback, ushering in an all-in season in Pittsburgh where the Steelers are gunning to improve upon last season’s first-round exit in the playoffs.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Wide receiver. Trading away Johnson and cutting Allen Robinson II means the Steelers need one or two more wide receivers to round out a group led by George Pickens. The Steelers have interest in former Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd, who went to college at Pitt. The team also has a solid track record of drafting the position, so look for them to target receivers next month. — Brooke Pryor

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Stephen A.: Russ is the starter, Fields is the future

Stephen A. Smith is thrilled with the QB upgrades for Steelers and isn’t worried about a controversy.

AFC SOUTH

Marquee additions: Danielle Hunter (DE), Azeez Al-Shaair (LB), Joe Mixon (RB)

Marquee subtractions: Jonathan Greenard (DE), Blake Cashman (LB), Devin Singletary (RB)

Did the Texans hit their free agency goals? The Texans believe they upgraded their front seven of the defense to combat all of the star power at quarterback in the AFC, pairing Hunter with Will Anderson Jr., their star rookie edge rusher from last year’s draft.

One thing we heard: Mixon feels he was acquired to help the Texans “get over the hump.” The Texans saw their playoff run end in the divisional round last season, but he brings playoff experience, as he was part of a Bengals team that made it to the Super Bowl LVI following the 2021 season and fell three points short of winning the Lombardi Trophy.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Defensive tackle needs help. Outside of Denico Autry, the Texans don’t have much behind him after trading Maliek Collins to the 49ers and losing Sheldon Rankins to the Bengals in free agency. — DJ Bien-Aime


Marquee additions: Joe Flacco (QB)

Marquee subtractions: None

Did the Colts hit their free agency goals? Somewhat. The priority was keeping the core together, and the Colts managed that by re-signing WR Michael Pittman Jr., CB Kenny Moore II, NT Grover Stewart and extending LB Zaire Franklin. What remains to be seen is whether the Colts can address the remaining holes in their roster with minor free agent signings and draft picks, and whether it’s enough.

One thing we heard: The Colts briefly contemplated a couple of bigger moves, including signing DE Danielle Hunter. They also had interest in Chiefs franchised CB L’Jarius Sneed, but nothing materialized there. Acquiring Hunter or Sneed would have negatively impacted the Colts’ ability to re-sign their in-house free agents.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Cornerback remains the biggest area of concern. The position is squarely in play as an option for the Colts’ first-round pick (No. 15) next month. They also will consider a free agent move or trade at the position if one makes sense. — Stephen Holder


Marquee additions: Arik Armstead (DT), C Mitch Morse (C), Ronald Darby (CB)

Marquee subtractions: Calvin Ridley (WR), Darious Williams (CB), Rayshawn Jenkins (S)

Did the Jaguars hit their free agency goals? Other than bringing Ridley back, yes. They addressed their biggest weakness on the offensive line at center with Morse, replaced two starters in the secondary with Darby and safety Darnell Savage Jr., beefed up their interior pass rush with Armstead, and added a down-the-field receiver in WR Gabe Davis. The team wanted to bring Ridley back but the contract (four years, $93 million, $50 million guaranteed) Tennessee offered was more than the Jaguars were willing to pay.

One thing we heard: At his introductory news conference, defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen said his scheme doesn’t involve as much man coverage as has been reported. However, Darby said one of the reasons he came to Jacksonville was to play a lot of man coverage, which is his strength.

“That’s what I came into the league doing, that’s what I did all through college and all through my career,” he said. “Different places I went to, we ran different schemes and I got better at doing that. My No. 1 thing has always been playing man. I was always a bump and run corner from the Buffalo days, so it wasn’t really that much they had to sell to me.”

Biggest remaining roster hole: Despite signing Darby to play opposite Tyson Campbell, cornerback is still an area that needs work. The nickelback spot needs an upgrade, and Campbell is entering the final year of his rookie contract. An extension isn’t as automatic as it seemed after 2022 after Campbell had a down season in 2023. A corner in the first two rounds of the draft is likely. — Michael DiRocco


Marquee additions: Chidobe Awuzie (CB), Calvin Ridley (WR), Lloyd Cushenberry (C).

Marquee subtractions: Azeez Al-Shaair (ILB), Denico Autry (DL).

Did the Titans hit their free agency goals? The Titans started free agency with several roster holes. They managed to add a game-changer in Ridley and a player they can build the offensive line around in Cushenberry. They made up for the loss of Al-Shaair by signing Kenneth Murray Jr., a big, speedy, aggressive linebacker.

One thing we heard: Adding Awuzie was the first step toward improving the secondary. But the big splash was the possibility of trading for Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. The interest was certainly there. Unfortunately for the Titans, the compensation was too high.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Offensive line. There’s more heavy lifting that has to be done. The Titans still have question marks at both tackle spots, especially on the left side. One of the top tackles (Notre Dame’s Joe Alt, Alabama’s J.C. Latham or Penn State’s Olu Fashanu) should be available when Tennessee picks at No. 7 Expect the Titans to continue monitoring the currently available veteran options and post-draft options later. — Turron Davenport

AFC WEST

Marquee additions: Brandon Jones (S), Malcolm Roach (DE)

Marquee subtractions: Russell Wilson (QB), Justin Simmons (S), Lloyd Cushenberry III (C)

Did the Broncos hit their free agency goals? The Broncos kept their promise to not be nearly as active in free agency as they were a year ago. Wilson’s release and the $85 million dead money charge against their salary cap over the next two years ($53 million this year) limited their ability to participate. Roach and Jones will get plenty of opportunities for playing time.

One thing we heard: People around the league are wondering if the Broncos will have the opportunity to select a quarterback at No. 12 since the Vikings now own the Nos. 11 and No. 23 overall picks, which they could package to trade up. With no second-round pick, a Broncos team in desperate need of both draft picks and a quarterback may have to make a difficult decision between drafting a QB prospect too early or moving down to add a pick or two.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Broncos’ decision-makers haven’t spoken publicly since the scouting combine — six days before they informed Wilson they would release him. But their lack of movement on free agent quarterbacks through the first two weeks implies they like Jarrett Stidham as a potential starter or might see a prospect they like enough to take at No. 12 if available. — Jeff Legwold


Marquee additions: Irv Smith Jr. (TE), Marquise Brown (WR)

Marquee subtractions: Willie Gay (LB)

Did the Chiefs hit their free agency goals? The Chiefs’ biggest goal was to retain DE Chris Jones, and they accomplished that by signing him to a five-year contract before free agency started. They also wanted to add some offensive threats and are off to a good start by signing Smith and Brown, though more work needs to be done.

One thing we heard: The Chiefs spoke clearly on just how important they believe Jones to be by signing him to a record contract for an interior defensive lineman, both in terms of total cost (almost $159 million) and average per season ($31.75 million). They were willing to go to lengths that they weren’t when discussing a contract extension last year.

Biggest remaining roster hole: The Chiefs still need more at wide receiver, even after signing Brown. He’s signed only for the 2024 season, so his addition doesn’t eliminate the possibility the Chiefs would draft a receiver in the first or second round. Adding another veteran is also possible. — Adam Teicher

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Patrick Mahomes joins “SportsCenter” to discuss the additions of Chris Jones and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to the Chiefs this offseason.


Marquee additions: Christian Wilkins (DT), Gardner Minshew (QB), Harrison Bryant (TE)

Marquee subtractions: Josh Jacobs (RB), Jermaine Eluemunor (OL), Bilal Nichols (DT)

Did the Raiders hit their free agency goals? On one hand, yes, because they got a pass-rushing defensive tackle in Wilkins and a vet quarterback who is a culture fit in Minshew. On the other, GM Tom Telesco said he wanted to establish a Raiders mindset of re-signing their own players, yet adios, Jacobs and Eluemunor. Stay tuned.

One thing we heard: “It’s going to be competitive. I think they’re going to try to put together the best quarterback room they can. There’s no promises being made; I don’t want any guarantees, I just want a chance, and I’m excited for the chance I have here.” – Minshew, on the prospect of the Raiders adding another QB to join him and Aidan O’Connell.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Having re-signed center Andre James, and with Thayer Munford a logical pick to start at right tackle, the Raiders need to find a veteran road grader at right guard. Greg Van Roten was the starter last year but is a free agent, so the Raiders might be looking for an upgrade. — Paul Gutierrez


Marquee additions: Denzel Perryman (LB), Bradley Bozeman (G)

Marquee subtractions: Keenan Allen (WR), Mike Williams (WR), Austin Ekeler (RB)

Did the Chargers hit their free agency goals? The Chargers’ goal was to become cap-compliant while maintaining a competitive team. Time will tell if they will be competitive, but retaining outside linebackers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack was a win. Losing their top two wide receivers in Williams and Allen, however, will hurt significantly.

One thing we heard: Amid the Chargers’ offensive overhaul, one source noted that coach Jim Harbaugh and GM Joe Hortiz have won elsewhere without investing significantly in the wide receiver position. Hortiz and Harbaugh have relied on feared rushing offenses and stifling defenses. The approach won Hortiz two Super Bowls in Baltimore.

Biggest remaining roster hole: Wide receiver. In a division with some of the league’s best pass-catchers, the Chargers have the worst group on paper. They have nine picks in the 2024 draft, which analysts have lauded for its talent at receiver, so it’s likely that the Chargers plan to invest in the position there. — Kris Rhim

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