Ranking the 10 NFL Teams That Improved the Least This Offseason

NFL Offseason Review: The 10 Teams That Improved the Least

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From the time confetti falls in early February to the dog days of training camp in August, the NFL is all business. From big-money free agent signings to draft-day surprises, teams across the league make attempts to improve their roster. However, some teams didn’t better themselves very much, or even got worse. Here are the ten teams that improved the least this offseason.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

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10. Jacksonville Jaguars

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While the Jaguars did upgrade their offensive line by nabbing guard Zane Beadles, they didn’t do much else to help out an offense that ranked second-to-last in total yardage last season. They have no proven wide receiver on the roster besides Justin Blackmon, but he is suspended for the entire 2014 season.

9. Seattle Seahawks

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9. Seattle Seahawks

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After winning the Super Bowl, the Seahawks seemed content to lie low over the offseason. They failed to retain receiver Golden Tate and corner Brandon Browner, and the only significant additions they made were quarterback Terrelle Pryor and corner A.J. Jefferson.

8. Cincinnati Bengals

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8. Cincinnati Bengals

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The Bengals added a few key pieces to their secondary in rookie corner Darqueze Dennard and veteran safety Danieal Manning, but they failed to acquire a receiving threat to complement A.J. Green. For the Bengals to unseat AFC powerhouses like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos, they will need to unearth another playmaking receiver.

7. Minnesota Vikings

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7. Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings didn’t fully address two essential skill positions: running back and wide receiver. With Toby Gerhart leaving in free agency, there is a gaping hole in the Vikings’ depth chart behind Adrian Peterson. And Jerome Simpson will likely face discipline for drunk-driving charges, leaving the Vikes with an aging Greg Jennings and the promising but unproven Cordarrelle Patterson for wide receivers.

6. Baltimore Ravens

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6. Baltimore Ravens

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The Ravens made noise during free agency by plucking Steve Smith from the Panthers, but it remains to be seen if the 35-year-old receiver still has anything left in the tank. The signing of Smith is puzzling since the Ravens already had a solid receiver group of Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown. That money would’ve been better spent on replacing cornerback Corey Graham.

5. San Diego Chargers

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5. San Diego Chargers

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Like many teams on this list, the Chargers focused their offseason efforts in the wrong place. Instead of inking running back Donald Brown to play behind Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead, the team should’ve nabbed a standout pass rusher. No Charger had more than 5.5 sacks in 2013.

4. Green Bay Packers

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4. Green Bay Packers

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Besides signing Julius Peppers, who at age 34 is no spring chicken, and drafting Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Packers were very sedentary during the offseason. The team had a decent draft, but overall it seems like the Packers did little to improve themselves this spring.

3. Dallas Cowboys

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3. Dallas Cowboys

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After fielding an historically bad defense last season, the Cowboys surprisingly didn’t take any significant measures to upgrade the secondary. With Brandon Flowers and Chris Houston on the market, it’s not hard to imagine Jerry Jones dropping some cash before training camp to improve the laughable 2013 unit.

2. Oakland Raiders

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2. Oakland Raiders

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The Raiders did a lot of shooting in the dark during the offseason. They made some questionable free agent signings, such as Lamarr Woodley, Carlos Rogers and Maurice Jones-Drew. They also traded the electrifying Terrelle Pryor, instead opting for a training camp competition between declining veteran Matt Schaub and rookie Derek Carr.

1. New York Jets

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1. New York Jets

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Much like the Raiders, the Jets collected several washed-up veterans during the offseason, including Chris Johnson, Jacoby Ford, Dimitri Patterson, Eric Decker and Mike Vick. Except for Decker, it’s difficult to see any of these signings panning out—Johnson hasn’t shown a burst in several years, Ford was a disappointment in Oakland, Patterson is joining his sixth team in ten seasons and Vick is well past his prime.


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  • Anthony N

    When you’re the best you don’t need to add much. Maxwell is twice the Corner that Browner was so that’s a plus. The D Line losses are going to be upgrades with the new guys coming in. The only real loss was Tate but with Richardson and company filling his shoes we won’t notice his abscence. Seattle is stronger and faster now than in the Superbowl! Go Hawks!