Grading the NFC North offseason moves so far

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Grading the NFC North offseason moves so far


Grading the NFC North offseason moves so far


The last division left to grade is the NFC North. This division is probably the most intriguing division to watch as practically all of these teams have been so active this offseason from trades to free agent acquisitions. But who did the most to become the champs of the North? Are the Vikings bound to repeat as champions or are the Lions set to finally win the division? And what about the Packers and Bears? Here are my grades for every team’s offseason moves in the NFC North so far.

Minnesota Vikings: B-

With other teams in the division like the Lions, Packers and even the Bears making a lot of noise this offseason, I am surprised the Vikings did not make a ton of big moves as they’re looking to repeat as division champs. They let go of long-time receiver Adam Thielen and linebacker Eric Kendricks and have waived cornerback Cam Danzler. If anything, they have resigned some key players back like running back Alexander Mattison, safety Harrison Smith and fullback CJ Ham. But that’s it. Reminder, this is the same team that has won the majority of their games by one score. I don’t see that sustainability happening next season which is why a ‘B-’ is a fair grade.

Detroit Lions: A

I am very high on this Lions team and call me crazy, the Lions may wind up winning the North next season. This team has only gotten better with each season and they have made a ton of moves to become a legit threat. They signed pro bowl cornerback Cam Sutton along with defensive back Will Harris and have also provided depth at the running back position by bringing in former rival, David Montgomery. Plus, to improve their offense even more, they brought back wideout Marvin Jones to provide another weapon to an already stacked Lions offense. This team is ready to win and to compete. They deserve an ‘A.’

Green Bay Packers: B-

With the Packers finally trading Aaron Rodgers, we now finally know what they got back in return and I think it’s a fair price. In exchange for what the Jets got, Green Bay gets the Jets number 13 overall pick and their 42nd pick too along with a 2024 second-round conditional pick. So an all in all fair trade for both sides as I see the Packers definitely looking to surround Jordan Love with talent with these picks. The Packers did let wide receiver Allen Lazard walk and go to the Jets along with tight end Robert Tonyan who left for the rival Bears which I think will only regress the Packers offense. This team seems to be in okay shape but it will all depend on what they do the rest of the offseason and the draft. 

Chicago Bears: A-

It’s crazy to think that the Bears after finishing 3-14 last year had a good offseason. But they did! They pulled off an impressive draft trade with the Carolina Panthers back in March trading the first overall pick to them in exchange for their ninth overall pick and wideout DJ Moore to help a bad Bears passing attack from a year ago. They also signed tight end Robert Tonyan which I think is an under-the-radar move along with bolstering up their defense by signing linebackers Tremaine Edmunds and TJ Edwards. I am not saying the Bears will win the division, but I think this team is heading in the right direction.   


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