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5 most improved teams in the NFL after first wave of free agency

NFL free agency is well underway and teams around the league have begun signing players they think can improve their roster the most prior to the draft.

One team that has made a big splash is our Detroit Lions, who managed to improve the right side of their offensive line, all while spending less money than Riley Reiff and Larry Warford made elsewhere in free agency.

Not only is Lions GM Bob Quinn getting praise from Lions fans for his recent FA signings, but he is also getting some major praise around the country.

ESPN recently published a piece (pay site) titled, “Ranking most improved teams after first surge of NFL free agency.” In the article, they rank the top “most improved” teams in the NFL after the first wave of free agent signings.

Let’s see if the Detroit Lions made the cut.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL: Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears
Dec 24, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) carries the ball as Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) defends during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest additions: WR DeSean Jackson, DE Chris Baker, S J.J. Wilcox

With DeSean Jackson coming to town, the Bucs will now have the combo of him and Mike Evans to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. Baker and Wilcox should help improve Tampa Bay’s defense almost immediately.

San Francisco 49ers

NFL: New York Giants at Washington Redskins
Jan 1, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) runs with the ball as New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard (59) attempts the tackle in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Giants won 19-10. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest additions: WR Pierre Garcon, LB Malcolm Smith, FB Kyle Juszczyk, QB Brian Hoyer, DT Earl Mitchell

The 49ers headed into the offseason with one of the worst rosters in the NFL but they have wasted little time making moves to improve it. Pierre Garcon will immediately become San Fran’s best receiver and he had better be after getting $17 million in guaranteed money.

Tennessee Titans

NFL: AFC Divisional-Houston Texans at New England Patriots
Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan (26) returns an interception against the Houston Texans during the fourth quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest additions: CB Logan Ryan, S Johnathan Cyprien, DT Sylvester Williams

Tennessee got Logan Ryan! This is a player I was really hoping the Lions could pick up to be the wing man of Darius Slay, but it was not mean to be. Ryan and Cyprien should do wonders for what was one of the worst passing defenses in football last season.

Detroit Lions

Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (70) against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang (70) against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest additions: OT Rick Wagner, G T.J. Lang, DT Akeem Spence

Here we go! The Detroit Lions come in at No. 2 on ESPN’s list after GM Bob Quinn was able to lure both Rick Wagner and T.J. Lang to replace Riley Reiff and Larry Warford, who left for other teams. The Lions offensive line has been a weakness for what seem like forever and if all goes as planned, it could now be a strength.

Jacksonville Jaguars

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
Jan 1, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell (93) and outside linebacker Markus Golden (44) in the first quarter during a NFL football game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Biggest additions: DE Calais Campbell, CB A.J. Bouye, S Barry Church

Jacksonville comes in at No. 1 on ESPN’s list after dishing out $68 million in guarantees to Campbell, Bouye, and Church. The Jags first order of business was to solidify a defense that gave up a ton of points in 2016 and that is exactly what they did.



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