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Cody Carpentier’s Top 10 Thoughts from The 2024 NFL Offseason

1. Bill Belichick AND Pete Carroll retire at Age 72.

Belichick departs the New England Patriots after 302 career wins, good for 3rd all-time. 6x Super Bowl Champion. 3x Coach of the Year.

Carroll departs the Seattle Seahawks after 170 career wins, he just cracked into the Top 20 all-time during the 2023 season. Super Bowl XLVIII Champion.

2. Nine of 12 NFL Playoff Teams lose Coordinators

  • Buffalo Bills: OC Joe Brady took over mid-season in Buffalo after Coaching Quarterbacks in 2022-23. DC Bobby Babich coached Linebackers in Buffalo in 2022-23
  • Baltimore Ravens: DC Zachary Orr takes over in Baltimore after Mike MacDonald departed to be the HC of the Seattle Seahawks. Orr was LB coach in Baltimore in 2022-23
  • Dallas Cowboys: DC Mike Zimmer returns to the NFL for the first time since being fired by Minnesota after the 2021 season.
  • Green Bay Packers: DC Jeff Hafley spent the last 4 seasons at Boston College as the Head Coach.
  • Los Angeles Rams: DC Chris Shula takes over in Los Angeles after Raheem Morris departed to be the HC of the Atlanta Falcons. Shula has coached defense for the Rams since 2017.
  • Miami Dolphins: DC Anthony Weaver spent the last 3 seasons in Baltimore, coaching the Defensive Line. Weaver replaces Vic Fangio in Miami.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: OC Kellen Moore served as the OC for Dallas in 2022 and the Chargers in 2023. DC Vic Fangio served as the DC for Miami in 2023.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers: OC Arthur Smith takes over in Pittsburgh after being let go as the HC of the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OC Liam Coen jumps back into the NFL after spending 2021 and 2023 at Kentucky as the OC. In 2022, Coen was the Offensive Coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. He replaces Dave Canales in Tampa Bay, who took the HC job in Carolina.

3. The Back-to-Back Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs have had a long long long spring

  • DL Isaiah Buggs is facing 2 warrants issued by local police for second-degree Cruelty to Dogs
  • Canceled all team activities during one of the first days of Minicamp due to a defensive lineman having a seizure in a special team meeting and going into cardiac arrest.
  • Dallas police issues arrest warrant for Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice in connection to a multi-car crash last month. Rice, 23, was charged with one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury, and six counts of collision involving injury
  • During Kelce Jam, Patrick Mahomes says “back-to-back isn’t good enough, you know what we’re going for”
  • WR Rashee Rice allegedly punched a photographer at a nightclub.
  • 1st round pick Xavier Worthy spent extensive time on the sideline during Camp with a Hamstring injury
  • OL Wanya Morris and Chukwuebuka Godrick were arrested for marijuana possession charges.

4. The Pittsburgh Steelers DOMINATE Movement… Win the Offseason.

  • March 10th – Russell Wilson signs with the Steelers on a one-year deal
  • March 12th – Patrick Queen departs divisional rival Baltimore Ravens and signs a three-year $41 million deal with Pittsburgh
  • March 12th – Diontae Johnson traded to the Carolina Panthers with a 7th-round selection for Donte Jackson and a 2024 sixth-round pick.
  • March 15th – Kenny Pickett was traded to the Eagles with a 4th-round selection for a 2024 third-round pick and a 2025 seventh-round pick.
  • March 16th – Justin Fields was traded to the Steelers in exchange for a 2025 conditional Day 3 pick.
  • April 25th – Draft Troy Fauntanu, OL – Washington with Pick 20 in the NFL Draft
  • April 26th – Draft Zach Frazier, C – West Virginia with the Pick 51 in the NFL Draft
  • April 27th – Draft Roman Wilson, WR – Michigan and Payton Wilson, LB – NC State in Round 3 of the NFL Draft

5. EDGE Brian Burns signs with the New York Giants and RB Derrick Henry signs with the Baltimore Ravens.

6. Keenan Allen was traded to the Chicago Bears

Almost one year later to the date, the Chicago Bears traded for a Wide Receiver. In 2023 it was D.J. Moore, who was a part of the trade that sent the No.1 overall selection in 2024 to the Chicago Bears as well. This year it was the veteran target dominator from the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chicago Bears NEW Offense

7. The Running Back position bounced back in Free Agency

During the 2023 free agency period Miles Sanders, David Montgomery, and Jamaal Williams signed contracts… Ezekiel Elliott and Kareem Hunt signed contracts in the fall, while Leonard Fournette was signed to the Bills Practice Squad in October.

  • David Montgomery received $6 million per year over 3 years.
  • Miles Sanders received $6.25 million per year over 3 years.
  • Jamaal Williams received $4 million per year over 3 years.
  • Joe Mixon received $5.75 million per year over 2 years.

Josh Jacobs, J.K. Dobbins, and Jonathan Taylor awaited deals until camp and held out for a minute. Saquon Barkley signed a $10 million deal for 1 year with incentives attached.

In 2024, Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley, D’Andre Swift, Tony Pollard, Derrick Henry, and Devin Singletary each received deals in excess of $8 million per season or 3-years in length.

  • Josh Jacobs received $12 million per year over 4 years.
  • Saquon Barkley received $12.5 million per year over 3 years.
  • D’Andre Swift received $8 million per year over 3 years.
  • Derrick Henry received $8 million per year over 2 years.
  • Tony Pollard received $7 million per year over 3 years.
  • Devin Singletary received $5.5 million per year over 3 years.

Unlike 2023, the 2024 Free Agency class was picked through early and often thanks to a sparse 2024 draft class. The best players available as we head into fall camp is Joshua Kelley, Kareem Hunt, Cam Akers, Damien Harris, and Jerick McKinnon.

8. Houston Texans surround Rookie of the Year C.J. Stroud with Talent

  • Stefon Diggs was acquired from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a second-round pick in 2025.
  • Joe Mixon was acquired from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a seventh-round pick in 2024
  • Noah Brown and Dalton Schultz re-signed with the Texans.
  • Ben Skowronek was acquired from the Los Angeles Rams for a late-round pick swap in 2026.
  • Nico Collins receives a three-year $72.5 million extension.

9. Aaron Donald, Jason Kelce, and Darren Waller officially RETIRE!

10. The Summer of Super Contracts at Wide Receiver returned

Top Contracts signed in 2022

  • Tyreek Hill signed $30 million over 4 years with Miami
  • Davante Adams signed $28 million over 5 years with Las Vegas
  • Cooper Kupp signed $26.7 million over 3 years with Los Angeles
  • Stefon Diggs signed $24 million over 4 years with Buffalo
  • DK Metcalf signed $24 million over 3 years with Seattle

Top Contracts signed in 2023

Top Contracts signed in 2024

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