As we enter into week 4 of the PML Pre season, the excitement of a fresh slate of games is in the air. It was an eventful off season in which we saw numerous trades of super star players and draft picks. Some teams strapped against the cap were more hesitant to make moves as they keep an eye towards to future re signings, while others pushed there chips to the middle of the table and have went all in. Let’s take a look at the 3 top off season moves of each team in the NFC North.
Minnesota Vikings 12-4 NFC North Champs
Taron Vincent DT
Ryan Hayes LT
RJ Moten MLB
The defending NFC champion Minnesota Vikings return most of the team so they were quiet on the free agency front. They had an exceptional draft in which they made a few selections that will pay dividends in years to come. Taron Vincent will start the season as 3rd on the depth chart in the DT position but look for him to play a key role as he is a potential long term option for potential cap casualties such as Michael Pierce or A’Shawn Robinson. Ryan Hayes will slide into the starting LT spot and protecting Jamie Newman’s blind side. RJ Moten will start the season as a backup linebacker but will learn and develop behind some veterans in front of him and may be the heir apparent for Eric Kendricks in 2024.
Detroit Lions 7-9
Dj Uiagalelei QB
Ty Chandler RB
JC Tretter C
The Detroit Lions were extremely active this off season making a bevy of moves but none bigger than trading up to the #1 spot and grabbing there franchise Quarterback in Dj Uiagalelei. He will be a day one starter and a pre season rookie of the year candidate. Running back Ty Chandler was acquired in trade with the San Francisco 49ers and will form a solid 1-2 punch with John Emery Jr. The most overlooked move is the signing of JC Tretter. The importance of a veteran center when you have a rookie signal caller is often over looked and the Lions were smart in addressing this need and completing a great off season.
Chicago Bears 5-11
The Chicago Bears pulled off a huge blockbuster move in trading franchise player Khalil Mack to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for cornerback Aj Terrell. Terrell will be the #1 cornerback for a team that was missing a player in that role last season. Tevin Coleman is brought in following a huge season in Buffalo for the Super Bowl Champions and will form a solid 1-2 punch with fellow speedster Tarik Coleman. Diontae Johnson is another signing who will bring some more speed to the receiving core that will help stretch the field for young quarterback Zac Wilson.
The Green Bay Packers were one of the more active teams this past off season. Shedding some bad contracts and acquiring assets, the Packers had a very successful off season. The most important pick starts with the #2 pick and QB Bryce Young. The dual threat will be the starter in Green Bay day 1, and should bring some excitement to the fans of Lambeau. Tyreke Johnson one of the top cornerbacks in the draft will fill another need on the back end for the Packers and should slot in as 3rd on the depth chart to start the season. Keondre Coburn will help to ease the hole inside left by Kenny Clark. The rebuild is on in Green Bay and this club is moving in the right direction.