Ask Dan Snyder how well winning the offseason works out. Likewise, ask Green Bay Packer fans how it feels to sit out an entire facet of team building by rarely signing free agents. That’s what made 2017 such an aberration in Titletown.
Not all tectonic plate shifting in the NFL happens through high draft picks or big-money free agents. Often, it’s more subtle. A key backup fortifies a position of need for an NFC contender. A value pick buoys the chances of a fringe AFC playoff team, putting it squarely in the mix.
There are 53 players on an active roster, and each contributes in a critical way to the success of that team. Splash moves don’t always mean success, and signing fringe roster players doesn’t always mean nothing.
Here are five moves that could have a major bearing on who hoists the Lombardi Trophy less than nine months from now.