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Chicago Bears. Chicago was busy during free agency. The team largely overhauled their passing game, trading Jay Cutler and Alshon Jeffery for Mike Glennon, Markus Wheaton, Reuben Randall, and Kendall Wright. Last year’s reserve quarterbacks are both now in San Francisco. Dion Sims will be a nice compliment to Zach Miller while Adam Shaheen develops, though it now seems like Miller’s days are numbered in Chicago. Bradley Sowell was a quiet addition that could pay huge dividends for the team as a 6th offensive lineman or swing tackle. Chicago clearly overpaid for Mike Glennon for a year or two and none of the above mentioned receivers figures to be anything more than a backup, but the Bears are in better shape than they were a year ago at both positions despite having less talented players. Defensively Prince Amukamara offers some stability at cornerback opposite Kyle Fuller. Marcus Cooper offers some good depth at cornerback while Quintin Demps might have been the team’s most important signing, as poor safety play has plagued the Bears for a decade or so. The Bears were hammered in the draft for the Trubisky trade (unfairly) and their overall draft class (fairly.) If Trubisky develops into a star quarterback they will have gotten him for far less than what any other team has paid to move up in the first round for a quarterback. If he flops, they will also have given up far less. Shaheen is a nice prospect, though still a project. The rest of their class do not have the same upside as Trubisky and Shaheen. This offseason looks like the beginning of a transition into a new regime with a new roster. One wonders why John Fox is still employed. Offseason Grade: C-  


Detroit Lions: Losing Riley Reiff has been the biggest story for the Lions this offseason, nt that they tried hard to keep him. Detroit added Greg Robinson in a trade which gives them a high upside stop gap at left tackle. Rickey Wagner and TJ Lang complete the upgrade of the Lions offensive line. Akeem Spence and NIck Bellore could both surprise on the defensive side of the ball while DJ Hayden offers more depth in the defensive backfield. The Lions doubled down on Florida Gators during the early rounds and selected Jarrad Davis and Jalen Tabor, both of whom should be early long term starters for the franchise. Michael Roberts could surprise people at tight end for the Lions who will need his girth for run blocking situations. Shockingly the Lions did not add another running back and are set to go into 2017 with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick as their featured backs yet again. I like the new offensive line and the defensive draft choices. I do not like the receivers or running backs at all. Offseason Grade: C+


Green Bay Packers: The Packers, unsurprisingly, lost a lot more than they gained in free agency. For an administration that has drafted and developed players better than most that isn’t a bad thing necessarily. The addition of Martellus Bennett at tight end should pay huge dividends. Aaron Rodgers has not yet had the type of playmaker at tight end that Brady, Brees, and Manning have enjoyed throughout their careers. Adding Bennett to an already formidable receiving corps should be huge. TJ Lang left to sign in Detroit which leaves a major hole for the Packers, but with so many free agent offensive linemen over the last few years they were bound to lose several. Jahari Evans might be a short term solution with similar skills although the Packers could easily promote a long term backup as well. JC Tretter will be easier to replace at center. Kevin King and Josh ones add depth to the secondary while Montravius Adams is an intriguing prospect on the defensive line. Along with free agent Ricky Jean-Francois the Packers have rebuilt their defensive line nicely this offseason. Davon House returns and will likely start at cornerback, at least until King is ready, and the resigning of Nick Perry was a necessary move. The Packers also added three running backs in this draft class as they finally tired of Eddie Lacy's weight problems. Offseason Grade: B


Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings experienced one of the larger roster overhauls of the offseason. Gone are former first round picks Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, and Cordarelle Patterson. In are former first round picks RIley Reiff, Michael Floyd, and Datone Jones. It’s a shame that the Vikings were not able to work out a reduced salary with Adrian Peterson that would have allowed him to spend the next few seasons with the team. Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook will be more than adequate replacements for Peterson. Reiff along with Mike Remmers should solidify the tackle spot while Pat Elflein has the potential to start immediately at center for the Vikings. Defensively not much has changed. Minnesota shouldn’t miss Captain Munnerlyn at cornerback and Datone Jones is probably just a rotational defensive end. With veterans like Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr, and Xavier Rhodes the Vikings figure to remain among the better defensive teams in the league. The Vikings are in a tough spot. With no first round pick, no clear cut long term starter and an aging roster, the Vikings had the unenviable task of improving the roster without knowing what the future holds. Offseason Grade: C

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