Wednesday marked the beginning of the new league year, when all 32 teams could go official with trades, free-agent signings, cutting pesky salaries before guarantees kick in and more.
The Bengals were in the market for a backup after losing quarterback AJ McCarron to the Bills in free agency.
McCarron was Dalton’s primary backup from 2015-2017 and started three regular-season games and an 18-16 loss to the Steelers in the AFC wild-card game after Dalton got hurt in 2015.
Ballard’s long-term plan comes into focus The Colts’ free-agency plan has been sharply criticized so far, with Indy unable to sign any big-name free agents.
Only rotational pass-rusher Denico Autry has been brought in by second-year general manager Chris Ballard, who had the third-most cap space at his disposal entering free agency.
However, Ballard continuously stated that the Colts wouldn’t pay premium prices for B-level players despite their ample cap space, and emphasized the team’s desire to build through the draft and construct a roster capable of competing for a long time.
Ballard added after the announcement of the trade that the move was ideal for the Colts because it still allows them to get a premium player while still being able to replenish our young talent.
But the Jets can take it further.
According to Mike Nash of Jets Wire, Jets safety Jamal Adams tried to recruit free-agent wideout Jordy Nelson before deleting the social media post. Nelson later signed with the Oakland Raiders.
No need to delete—the Jets need offensive weapons to help the quarterbacks. Running back should be a priority too, but with Robby Anderson in hot water, a jolt to an already weak wideout depth chart is a must. It didn’t turn out to be Nelson, but it could be Terrelle Pryor, Mike Wallace or an upside guy like Cody Latimer.
Well, the Oakland Raiders might be the poster boy for this predicament coming out of a season where tight end Jared Cook led the team in receiving. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree combined to catch 15 touchdowns, which sounds great, but they also combined to only catch 106 of 197 targets.
That would explain why the Raiders signed Jordy Nelson.