The Best NFL Free Agent Signings So Far

With free agency kicking off, the NFL has already seen hundreds of millions of dollars thrown around as teams look to transform their rosters. While some of these signings may end up backfiring and setting teams back, others will prove to be the exact pieces a team needs to make it over the hump and into title contention. This article will cover my picks for the best signings early on in free agency. 

 

Haason Reddick to Philadelphia

One of the best pass rushers in the draft, The Philadelphia Eagles signing hometown kid Haason Reddick provides a significant upgrade to their defense. Over the past two seasons, Reddick has recorded the 5th most sacks in the entire NFL while playing for the Cardinals and the Panthers.

Alongside Brandon Graham and Javon Hargrave, Reddick propels Philadelphia into one of the best pass rush units in the NFL. Under young defensive coordinator, the unit has real potential to be one of the best statistical defenses in the entire NFL in 2022.

Philadelphia is looking to improve on its 9-8 record and wildcard berth in 2021, and one of their main problems against the Buccaneers in the playoffs was their lack of a pass rush. With more money to spend and three first round draft picks, Philadelphia can compete for the crown in the NFC East.

 

J.D. McKissic to Buffalo

While it is a small, short term deal, McKissic finds himself in a perfect fit in a pass-heavy Buffalo offense. Over the past two seasons, he has hauled in over 120 catches despite being a secondary back to Antonio Gibson in Washington.

In Buffalo, they have not been able to find a true lead back but managed to get an impressive rushing performance by Devin Singletary in their playoff run. With Singletary on early downs and McKissic in passing situations, Buffalo has its best runningback group since drafting Josh Allen.

 

Marcus Williams to Baltimore

Baltimore has been desperately searching for a safety, as the team has struggled to find a replacement for Earl Thomas ever since they left the team. By signing Pro Football Focus’ 8th overall free agent, the team immediately became one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

Although Williams is best known for the infamous Minnesota Miracle, he had become one of the key pieces for one of the league’s top defenses in New Orleans. With Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey at corner and him at safety, Baltimore has created a no fly zone in their defensive back end.

Brandon Scherff to Jacksonville

An early signing that did not get much attention, Brandon Scherff has quietly established himself as one of the NFL’s best interior offensive linemen. Adding protection goes a long way with the Jaguars attempting to build an offense around Trevor Lawrence. 

In a division that features star defensive tackles such as DeForest Buckner and Jeffrey Simmons, adding Scherff provides Jacksonville with a brick wall of a lineman that can neutralize the division’s former all-pros. His impact will be felt in the running game as well, providing James Robinson and Travis Etienne with sufficient blocking on inside runs.

Morgan Moses to Baltimore

Another Baltimore signing on the list, Morgan Moses’ presence on the right side of the offensive line, fills a gaping need for the Ravens. After trading Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs, Baltimore was unable to find a replacement last offseason, as Alejandro Villanueva was statistically one of the worst tackles in the NFL in 2021.

With Moses and a healthy Ronnie Stanley, Lamar Jackson has excellent protection off both edges in the pass rush, along with another formidable run blocker. 

 


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