Every year, we honor the best NFL players with all kinds of rankings -- both official and otherwise -- from Pro Bowl and All-Pro lineups to . But what about a celebration of the best talent on the move?
Between blockbuster quarterback trades and splashy free agent signings, the 2023 offseason has had no shortage of big names changing teams. Here, we've created an "all-star" lineup consisting only of the top veteran players (and coaches) to do that.
The exercise works in a couple of ways: 1.) It helps identify the best additions at each position, and 2.) It just might be a reminder of how much talent swaps uniforms each year. We reckon you might be able to go on a playoff run with this lineup!
Without further ado, the 2023 NFL All-Offseason Acquisitions Team:
Orlando Brown Jr.
Rodgers may or may not be past his MVP peak, but he's a future Hall of Famer inheriting more accomplished weaponry and defensive support, making him a real candidate to follow in Tom Brady's footsteps as a legend who enjoys rejuvenation in fresh scenery. If one group's more solid than special, it's probably the pass catchers, where Beckham and Waller must prove they can stay on the field, but the potential is there. You might swap JuJu Smith-Schuster in for Meyers, but both guys are best suited for secondary possession roles. The line, however, is quite formidable. Feliciano will start as a backup in San Francisco, but Brown and McGlinchey have lots of experience as above-average bookends.
Compared to the offense, where key starters like Miles Sanders, D.J. Moore and Jakobi Meyers are early in their second contracts, the defense at least feels a bit longer in the tooth. The secondary, in particular, is very reliant on aging cover men in Ramsey (28), Gilmore (32) and Peterson (33). But all three have been there, done that and have the benefit of pairing with younger, rangier safeties in this exercise. The front also has the makings of a playoff-caliber unit, with Floyd and Smith both offering underrated production off the edge alongside some of the top up-and-coming interior rushers in the game.
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