Winners and losers from Day 1 of negotiating period

The legal tampering period, or the unofficial start of the free agency period, is one of the most exciting days on the NFL calendar.

With the first day of handshake agreements and contract discussions complete, multiple teams stood out with their aggressiveness and willingness to pay available stars, while others were left with their head in their palms watching their big name talents sign elsewhere.

Here are the winners and losers from the (unofficial) first day of free agency:

Winner: Chicago Bears

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The Bears and Ryan Poles had a great start to free agency. They came into the day with holes all over the field, specifically in the middle of their defense. They plugged up that hole by signing former Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards and former Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. For a team that was the worst rush defense in the NFL last season, landing two off-ball linebackers with noses for the football, who also have speed to take away the shallow-middle of the field, that is a big win. Plus, Chicago also signed guard Nate Davis from the Titans. Some beef for their offensive line and two studs to place in the middle of their defense- you can’t do much better than that.

Winner: Denver Broncos

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It’s clear the approach that the Denver Broncos are taking- protect Russell Wilson and run the football. They signed two of the biggest free agent offensive linemen in Ben Powers from Baltimore and Mike McGlinchey from the 49ers. It seemed as if the Bears were about to sign McGlinchey, but Denver swooped in last second and put pen to paper on a contract with the former first round pick from Notre Dame. The Broncos also added a good pass rusher in Zach Allen from the Cardinals, who had 5.5 sacks and 20 hits on the quarterback in 2022.

Winner: San Francisco 49ers

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The rich got richer on day one of the 2023 NFL calendar. The 49ers already had a defensive line consisting of Arik Armstead and 2022…

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Publish date : 2023-03-14 12:15:39

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