Earlier this week, the NFL’s free agent market opened with a flurry of activity. Several key names were off the board within hours of the tampering window opening.
As with every NFL free agency, there has to be a group of winners and a group of losers. On Wednesday afternoon, ESPN named a list of both.
The Cleveland Browns enter the 2019 season as a clear winner after landing Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon and Kareem Hunt. While there’s plenty to smile about in Cleveland, other teams and players weren’t so lucky.
Here is the list of ESPN’s “losers.”
- New York Giants
- Le’Veon Bell
- Offensive lineman who didn’t get to free agency
- AFC North Royalty (Steelers and Ravens)
Clearly if the Browns were a “winner” of free agency, the Giants needed to be a “loser.” After shipping Vernon and Beckham to Cleveland, the team also let star safety Landon Collins go to division-rival Washington.
Meanwhile, Le’Veon Bell hoped to reset the running back market after Todd Gurley signed a significant deal with the Los Angeles Rams. Instead, Bell failed to hit Gurley’s numbers and walked with a 4-year, $52 million deal from the Jets – with $35 million guaranteed.
You can see the full breakdown of “winners” and “losers” here.