As free agency has progressed, there have been teams who have been quiet and made minimal moves to improve their rosters. With that being said, let’s get into the biggest losers of free agency.
1: Baltimore Ravens
The only reports related to the Ravens this offseason have been about the ongoing situation with Lamar Jackson. Besides that, Baltimore has done nothing to bolster their roster. They have a glaring need for receivers which has not been addressed and could be in an even worse position if Lamar Jackson decides to depart from the team.
- QB Lamar Jackson (non-exclusive franchise tag)
- S Geno Stone
- CB Trayvon Mullen (1 year)
- LS Nick Moore (2 years, $2.5 million)
- RB Justice Hill (2 years, $5 million)
- WR Nelson Agholor (1 year, $3.25 million)
None of these signings will impact the team to a point where I can say that they have significantly improved. Although they’ve been active in trying to retain Lamar Jackson, even if he returns the roster has a huge hole. This hole is the receiving room, and this can be addressed via free agency or the NFL draft. Baltimore must retain Lamar Jackson as well as add much-needed depth at the receiver position.
2: Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals are in a very tough position right now. Coming off a 4-13 season, they fired Kliff Kingsbury and hired Jonothan Gannon, and hold the third overall pick. Kyler Murray is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, and Deandre Hopkins is also expected to be traded.
- OT Kelvin Beachum (2 years, $5.15 million)
- OL Hjalte Froholdt (2 years, $6.1 million)
- OG Will Hernandez (2 years, $9 million)
- LB Kyzir White (2 years, $11 million)
- RB Corey Clement (1 year)
- P Matt Prater (2 years, $7.5 million)
- LB Zeke Turner (1 year)
- DE L.J. Collier (1 year)
- QB David Blough (1 year)
- WR Zach Pascal (2 years)
- OG Dennis Daley (2 years)
- CB Antonio Hamilton (1 year)
Arizona has lost many key players already in free agency and looks to be in for another losing season in 2023. While I like what Gannon brings to the team, there is just not enough talent in place to compete in a loaded conference. I believe the best thing for the Cardinals is to trade down and get future assets while still landing young talent.
3: Tennessee Titans
After trading A.J. Brown to the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee’s offense took a huge hit this season as they went 7-10. Malik Willis played in a limited capacity and showed signs of potential. It is still yet to be seen if Willis can be a franchise quarterback, as the Titans will stick with Ryan Tannehill this season.
- OT Andre Dillard (3 years, $29 million)
- DL Arden Key (3 years, $21 million)
- WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine (1 year)
- OG/C Daniel Brunskill
- LB Luke Gifford (2 years, $5 million)
- LS Morgan Cox (1 year, $1.317 million)
- LB Azeez Al-Shaair
- T Daniel Brunskill (2 years)
- CB Sean Murphy-Bunting (1 year)
Although I do like the additions of Andre Dillard and Sean Murphy-Bunting, they do not match up well against the Jaguars along with the rest of the AFC. Ideally, I’d like to see Malik Willis get more playing time in 2023 and see what he can do, and it is crucial for the Titans to nail every pick in the NFL draft.
These are my biggest losers of free agency so far. All three of these teams have made very few improvements to their roster, while their division opponents are doing everything they can to acquire the players to help them contend.