The West Section of the NFL National Association was already shaping up to be the toughest on the circuit. Now the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are doing everything to consolidate this perception.
The free agent market continues to thrive and these teams have turned to the guys on the offensive line for some big hits.
The 49ers sounded the charge by awarding the biggest contract to date to tackle Trent Williams. Whoever had passed the last season with this team therefore remains at home, under an extremely rich agreement of $ 138 million for six years, including guarantees of $ 55 million.
The 49ers have also strengthened their offensive line by signing center Alex Mack. The latter will be reunited with his former head coach Kyle Shanahan, whose system he has mastered perfectly after his years with the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons before.
Reinforcements in the Cardinals
Speaking of big guys, the Cardinals have also taken this route by dealing with the Las Vegas Raiders for center Rodney Hudson. The three-time Pro Bowl pick heads to Arizona with a seventh-round pick, against a third-round pick.
The Cardinals also signed veteran wide receiver AJ Green. Shining for several years with the Cincinnati Bengals, he seemed to slow down on his return to play last season, struggling to create separation from opposing cornerbacks.
He’s very experienced, however, and his arrival could spell the end of the shows for team legend Larry Fitzgerald.
Elsewhere in the division, the Seahawks have meanwhile added an intriguing weapon to their aerial arsenal by stealing tight end Gerald Everett from the Los Angeles Rams. Everett has been used sparingly so far, but he’s a good athlete and should explode in Seattle.
Further proof that offensive linemen are all the rage in the market, the Kansas City Chiefs have hired guard Kyle Long. The former Bears is coming out of retirement after a year away from the field on a one-year contract ($ 5 million).
Competition for LDT
This means that unless otherwise stated, there will be a three-way competition between Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, as well as the newcomers Long and Joe Thuney.
The Washington team, already well off in terms of its formidable defensive front, clearly improved its tertiary with the arrival of cornerback William Jackson III, at the cost of three years for 42 million.
This is not to mention that the attack has a very versatile receiver in Curtis Samuel (three years, 35.5 million).
Samuel can work as much as a wide winger as he does in the backfield.
The pass catcher market still has big names available like Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Will Fuller.