Winners & Losers: NFL Free Agency 2021

We're officially a week into NFL free agency and some teams have done better than others. We broke it all down, going through the winners and losers, so far.

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The first phase of the 2021 NFL free agency period is finished as big names flocked to sign mega deals. Months of speculation, rumors and hopes were dashed or came to fruition depending on announced transactions. Half the league was severely limited by cap constraints and we saw numerous high profile players swap teams. Still, we saw plenty of movement and a number of surprises, even with the down cap year. As the league now turns focus towards the NFL Draft, we’re taking a deeper look at how teams did in free agency.  

We’re breaking down the winners and losers from Week 1 of NFL free agency. Free agency works when the player is a schematic fit and the right financial value. Some teams were better about finding that blend than others this past week.

Winner: New York Jets

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Loser: Chicago Bears

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Winner: Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield

Loser: Houston Texans

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Winner: Washington Football Team

Washington Football Team

Loser: QB Carousel Drama

Sam Darnold Jets Patriots 2021

Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady takes the field prior to facing the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

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