June 17, 2024

2023 NFL All-Season Acquisition Team: Jets’ Aaron Rodgers leads list of top veterans on the move

Every year, we honor the best NFL players with all kinds of rankings — official and otherwise — from Pro Bowl and All-Pro lineups to offseason pecking orders. But what about celebrating the best talent on the move?

Between big blockbuster trades and splashy free agent signings, there was no shortage of big name changes to the team heading into the 2023 season. Here, we’ve created an “all-star” roster with only the best players (and coaches) to do so.

The exercise works in a couple of ways: 1.) It helps identify the best additions at each position, and 2.) It can serve as a reminder of how many uniform talent swaps each year. We think you might be able to make a playoff run with this lineup!

Without further ado, the 2023 NFL All-Offseason Earnings Team:

Offense

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Rodgers he may not be past his MVP peak, but he’s a future Hall of Famer who inherits a more savvy arsenal and defensive support, making him a real candidate to follow in Tom Brady’s footsteps as a legend enjoying a refresh in fresh scenery. If one group is stronger than the special group, it’s probably the pass catchers, where Beckham and Waller They need to prove they can stay on the pitch, but the potential is there. You might swap JuJu Smith-Schuster in for Meyers, but both guys are better suited to secondary possession roles. The line is great, though. Feliciano He will start as a backup in San Francisco, but Brown and McGlinchey have enough experience to be above average reserved.

Protection

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Compared to the offense, where key starters like Miles Sanders, DJ Moore and Jakobi Meyers are early into their second contracts, the defense feels at least a little longer in the tooth. The secondary, in particular, is heavily dependent on aging cover men Ramsey (28), Gilmore (32) and Peterson (33). But all three have been there, done that and have the advantage of teaming up with younger safeties, rangers in this exercise. Also on the front is the making of a replay quality unit, with Floyd and Smith both offering underrated production off the edge alongside some of the top up-and-coming inside rushers in the game.

Special Teams

SATISFACTION

Kicking is a tricky business, and who knows if the Colts needed to do it Gay the second-highest paid kicker behind only Ravens ace Justin Tucker, but there’s no denying the former Buccaneers castoff has been money in recent years, converting 60 of 64 field goals (93.8%), including 11 of 14 from 50+ yards, since 2021. Morstead He’s 37 and now on his fourth team in three years, but the longtime Saints vet has downed more than 45% of his 2022 kicks inside opponents’ 20-yard line. A tough man availability concerns but he covered electricity as a utility man for Andy Reid and the Chiefs.

Trainers

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HC

Sean Payton

Broncos

OC

Bobby Slowik

Texas

DC

Used Evero

Panthers

Like plenty of other veteran Super Bowl-winning coaches, including Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh and Pete Carroll, Payton He struggled to recapture the playoff magic that accompanied his regular season record. But it’s hard to argue with his no-nonsense approach, which has consistently produced top-flight offenses in New Orleans. Slow he oversaw Kyle Shanahan’s passing game the past two years in San Francisco, making him a great mentor for rookie Texans QB CJ Stroud. Ever He is one of the most promising pieces of an enviable team built by Panthers rookie Frank Reich, who previously enjoyed success as the former Rams secondary coach and 2022 Broncos coordinator.

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