NFL Free Agency Day One Winners and Losers

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agency Day One Winners and Losers

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NFL Free Agency Day One Winners and Losers

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The first day of the 2022 NFL free agency cycle has come to a close. With that, reactions come with which teams had the best signings from the first day and which teams, maybe didn’t do as well as they had hoped.

Winners:

  • Cincinnati Bengals

A month after coming off a Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams, the Cincinnati Bengals were keen on fixing up the offensive line. Immediately after the legal tampering period of free agency started, the Bengals had landed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa. Cappa’s contract consists of a four-year, $40 million deal. The Bengals also signed former New England Patriots lineman, Ted Karras, on a three-year $18 million deal. After losing Larry Ogunjobi to the Chicago Bears, the Bengals additionally re-signed B.J. Hill to a three-year $30 million deal. Cincinnati has indeed addressed some of the major holes that were present throughout the 2021 regular season and the postseason. The Bengals aren’t done either as the cap hit they took today leaves them plenty of wiggle room to help keep players like Jessie Bates or help get more defensive help. 

  • New York Jets

The New York Jets were able to bring in one of the best offensive lineman in the league to block for Zach Wilson. The signing of Laken Tomlinson for a three-year deal worth $40 million improves the Jets roster big time. Not only were they able to add this star lineman, but they also were able to keep Braxton Berrios, an upcoming wide receiver who can be of good use to Wilson. Berrios signed a two-year contract worth $12 million and with the New York Jets building around Zach Wilson, they are off to a good start. 

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After receiving the news that Tom Brady would return for his 23rd season, the Buccaneers were able to bring back key players. Having re-signed Ryan Jensen and Carlton Davis, both of whom were expected to hit the free agent market, the Buccaneers can feel good about their first day. Tampa Bay did miss out on re-signing guard Alex Cappa but getting the other two back to protect Brady will help big time, especially as Brady is likely ready to take revenge and go for his eighth Super Bowl ring. Davis recieved a three-year deal worth $45 million while Jensen got a three-year deal also, worth $39 million.

  • Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills were able to bring in quite a few names to come in and protect quarterback Josh Allen. They extended Mitch Morse on a two-year deal worth $19.5 million and added in guard Roger Safford on a one-year deal. The Bills have done a good job protecting Allen but now have solid protection for the run game as well. 

  • Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers came in with a bang for free agency as before the legal tampering started, they traded for Khalil Mack and then added in the best cornerback on the market in J.C. Jakson. Jackson signed a huge deal with Los Angeles, consisting of $82.5 million with $40 million guaranteed. Geting Jackson for $16.5 million per season is huge for the Chargers and since they headed into free agency with a ton of cap space, they likely aren’t done making moves.

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