The Top 3 NFL Offseason moves
With training camps just a few weeks away, many fans are looking to the 2012 season with hope and optimism. New faces to a team can bring excitement about a team’s future, or derail a franchise for years to come. What teams made the best moves? How will these moves progress throughout the season?
Here are my top 3 offseason moves heading into training camp.
1. Brandon Marshall to the Bears
Marshall has been one of the premier wide receivers in the league since his breakout year in 2006. His three seasons with Jay Cutler throwing him the ball? He averaged over 100 catches and 7 touchdowns. He had down years in Miami due to poor quarterback play, but the Bears know in order to beat the Packers they needed to land a receiver who could make plays in big spots. The chemistry between Cutler and Marshall looks to be getting back on track, which is bad news for NFC secondaries.
2. Peyton Manning signing with the Broncos
Whenever a conversation of greatest quarterbacks to play in the NFL starts up, many people include Peyton Manning. Arguably the most important player of this generation, he has the intelligence and skill to turn any team into an instant contender. With Manning running the show the Colts were perennial division winners in the AFC South. Without him they finished with the #1 overall draft pick. The main concern about Manning is his health. Critics will argue that one tough hit to the upper body and his season will be over. However Peyton Manning will have the playbook learned by the start of preseason games. He makes the Broncos instant favorites in a weak division. I am predicting a Pro Bowl season from Manning, who bounces back in a big way.
3. Mario Williams signs with the Bills
Living in central New York I see Bills fans on a daily basis. While I explained numerous times last year I wasn’t sold on the offense, the defense just needed a leader to wreak havoc on what is becoming a weaker division. The Bills are not as consistent as the New England Patriots, but Mario Williams brings them a pass rusher that will give Tom Brady fits. I did not expect Williams to become this dominant in the NFL. He’s guaranteed to get 8 or 9 sacks barring injury, and with Marcell Dareus in the middle that defensive line will be hard to move the ball against. I predict Williams will have a great season, and become the team captain that can return the franchise back to its glory days.
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