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

NFL: Green Bay Packers at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sep 11, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (70) looks at the field during the first half of a football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

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.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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.

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