It’s been over a week now since the NFL free agency opened and some teams obviously made out better by trading for or signing some of the elite free agents. Let’s check out the report card, according to USA Today Sports, for these three teams who earned an “A” grade:

USA Today Sports has awarded an “A” to the Baltimore Ravens, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who they believe made the best moves since the NFL Free Agency kicked off last week.

The Baltimore Ravens retained tight end Dennis Pitta and left tackle Eugene Monroe, both of whom should be valuable in helping Joe Flacco’s progress. Wide receiver Steve Smith was a key signing and should provide a spicy flair which was lost when Ray Lewis left. Apparently what the Panthers considered trash, the Ravens found as treasure. Also to remain with the Ravens for four more years is inside linebacker Daryl Smith.  

NFL Free Agency Grade: A 


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The Philadelphia Eagles are rebounding from some free agent blunders they made in 2011. They agreed to extensions with key players Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper were also signed to deals and should be productive with Nick Foles under center. Ex-Saints running back Darren Sproles was obtained in a trade and will also be a threat . Their need for a safety was filled with Malcolm Jenkins on a three-year contract. “A”

NFL Free Agency Grade: A 


Lastly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some bold moves under the new general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith. Some new players acquired were  Anthony Collins, Alterraun Verner and Michael Johnson. Obviously somebody had to go. In this, Darrelle Revis, Davin Joseph and Donald Penn were key departures from last year’s club.

The best addition of all is signing Josh McCown, who the Bucs have already announced will start. If McCown plays anything like he did when he filled in for Jay Cutler, the Bucs could actually be taken seriously as a football team. “A”

We looked at how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wee among the early winners in NFL free agency earlier in the month. Check it out here. 

NFL Free Agency Grade: A 

Of these three teams the Eagles had the most success in 2013. A little over a year ago, the Ravens were the top team, winning the Super Bowl. Will 2014 actually take the Buccaneers to another level, and could they perhaps grasp playoff status or beyond? It will be interesting to see who these teams add in the upcoming NFL draft and if they still remain with their “A” grade heading into the summer.

So there you have it, what three teams have aced NFL free agency? Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Baltimore.


Photo: Kim Klement, USA Today Sports

Rachel Wold
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