Best offseason move – Tom Brady to Tampa Bay
I was skeptical about the offseason project that Tampa undertook. Of course, Tom Brady was going to be an upgrade on Jameis Winston but did he have enough in the tank to transform the Bucs offense? It turns out he does.
Brady has been impressive throughout this season, demonstrating he can still sling the ball and that having increased talent around him, when compared to the Patriots, has allowed his game to return to a high level. The increased control he has brought to Tampa is a crucial element in their transformation to contender.
Stefon Diggs has been a nice addition to the Bills offense while on the other side of the ball DeForest Buckner and Calais Campbell have made an impact for the Colts and the Ravens respectively.
Worst offseason move – Kirk Cousins’ huge contract extension
The Texans trading DeAndre Hopkings to the Texans always seemed a foolish move – and that has turned out to be the case. The Bears recruiting Nick Foles to compete with Mitch Trubiksy at quarterback felt underwhelming at the time – and it has been. The Bears have made Foles the starter but he looks a long way off being a long-term solution for the franchise.
However, the Vikings inexplicable decision to award Kirk Cousins a massive contract extension, making him one of the highest players in the league, when he still had a year left on his current deal looks a dreadful choice. Cousins has been really poor this season, throwing interceptions and looking shaky under center. The nature of the deal makes it difficult for the Vikings to move away from Cousins without still using a large chunk of their salary cap on him.
It is a very important second-half of the season for Cousins and the future trajectory of Minnesota.