2022 NFL Free Agency Winners and Losers

There’s still time to change direction and save the offseason for a number of teams who made questionable moves—like the Cowboys—but time is ticking.

Dak Prescott Cowboys Cardinals 2022
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Jan 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) bows his head on the field before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott Cowboys Cardinals 2022

The NFL offseason has turned into as much of an event as a Sunday full of games. Between the coaching carousel, trades, free agency, and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, there are endless storylines that emerge from February through August. The flurry of transactions for each team sets the stage for success or failure the following fall.

Planning is a key part of every franchise’s process. Whether it’s an owner itching for a new general manager and head coach, or a front office looking to upgrade a few starting spots, no competent leader has just a Plan A. Those that panic and rush their process are easily exposed once the games begin.

We can already start to see the early writings on the wall from this free agency period as there are now clear winners and losers based on each team’s maneuvering. It’s not all about throwing a lot of money at your problems, but rather investing wisely into the right solutions and maximizing your assets.

We have five winners and five losers from the first two weeks of free agency. Some are players, others are entire teams, and some moves impact the greater direction of the league. Thankfully for the losers, there’s still time to change direction and save the offseason but time is ticking.

Winners: Bengals

Joe Burrow Bengals Rams Super Bowl 56 Huddle

Losers: Patriots

Mac Jones Patriots Offensive Line 2021

Winners: Buccaneers

Chris Godwin Tom Brady Bucs TD 2021

Loser: Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence Jaguars Colts 2022

Winner: QB Carousel

Russell Wilson Matt Ryan Seahawks Falcons 2019

Losers: Cowboys

Mike McCarthy Cowboys Chargers 2021

Winners: Pass Rushers

Von Miller Super Bowl Sack 2022

Losers: Chiefs

Chiefs Fans Mahome Field Advantage 2022

Winner: Player Empowerment Movement

Deshaun Watson Warmup 2020 Jaguars

Losers: Falcons

Kyle Pitts Falcons Dolphins 2021

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