NFL Free Agency Recap

EdWyn Erickson, Reporter

With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the 2020 NFL draft and the 2020 NFL season in general, the 2020 NFL free agency was full steam ahead with lots of action. A welcomed distraction for many sports fans, the free agency period for lack of better words has been action-packed. Unexpected signings and blockbuster trades filled the first 48 hours or so of free agency. 

There was a big elephant in the room (or maybe more appropriately a G.O.A.T, greatest of all time). After 20 years with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady has left the Northeast for the sunny beaches of Tampa Bay. The new 42-year-old Bucs QB signed a massive 2-year, $59 million deal with $50 million in guaranteed money. Also according to Skip and Shannon Undisputed, there are two big clauses included in this deal. These clauses entail a no-trade clause as well as an inability for the Buccaneers franchise to franchise tag Tom after his contract has come to an end. 

However, the Tom Brady signing was not the only thing happening this NFL free agency period. The Patriots’ rival in South Beach, the Miami Dolphins, were by far the most active team in free agency. Loading up their $80 plus million in cap space to field what could be a top defense in the 2020 season. They really dug deep on pass rushers picking up Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanual Ogbah, as well as resigning restricted free agent Vince Bigel. They also signed cornerback Byron Jones to the largest cornerback contract in the NFL at a whopping 5-year, $82.5 million contract according to CBS Sports. They also made a much-needed signing for their offensive trenches signing Ereck Flowers to a hefty 3-year $30 million contract. 

The Buffalo Bills weren’t going to let the Dolphins be the only active AFC East team this offseason. The Bills were able to package a 2020 first-round pick as well as a 2021 fourth-round pick for pro bowl receiver Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings.  

Stefon Diggs wasn’t even the biggest Wide Receiver deal done this offseason though. The Arizona Cardinals were able to package Running back David Johnson, who has been vastly overpaid, and a 2020 second-round pick for Deandre Hopkins, easily a top three Wideout in the NFL. This signing will be huge for the cardinals in helping out their young Quarterback Kyler Murray to progress after his impressive rookie season. 

It was a wild 48 hours, and that was just free agency. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming 2020 NFL draft content.