The 2016 NFL season is still months away but the calendar season opened with a bang. This comes at a good time for the game as it has been a heart breaking time starting with saying good bye to one of the games greatest players in Peyton Manning. The bad news continued with the news that Calvin Johnson would also join Manning in retirement after just nine Hall Of Fame seasons.
All of that changed for the good, for most, unless your team lost a few key stars. One of those teams that had a difficult day was the Denver Broncos who continued to be dealt key blows this off-season. The team lost Malik Jackson to a huge contract in Jacksonville than lost potential quarterback replacement Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans.
Now that being said here are some of the top 2016 NFL signings that welcomed in the new calendar season:
Kelechi Osemele (above), Oakland Raiders: Despite receiving a solid contract off from the Baltimore Ravens, Osemele elected to test the free agent market. In the end the money talked as he received a five year deal worth $60 million dollars. While we aren’t quite sure where the team intends to play him, Osemele can play both the left tackle and left guard position.
Oliver Vernon, Damon Harrison & Janoris Jenkins, New York Giants: The Giants entered this offseason with one thing on their mind and that was to revamp their defense. That is exactly what the team has done after signing all three of these players to five years deals while shelling out nearly $200 million over that time frame.
Marvin Jones (above), Detroit Lions: While the wide receiver might have been one of the weaker spots in this year’s free agent class, the Lions managed to find a player that could help fill a partial hole left by Johnson. Now that being said it didn’t matter who the Lions signed they would not be able to fill that void but Jones will add another weapon for Matthew Stafford to throw the ball to this season.
Along with these moves, the league saw a ton of action on day one of the 2016 NFL calendar year! Stay tuned for more break news leading up to the 2016 NFL season.