While fans are no doubt knee-deep in the 2013 NFL Draft, the results are not going to have a huge impact on the upcoming season. Sure, last year, we saw a bunch of rookies step up and make their presence known, but what NFL fans should be more concerned with are offseason transactions.
This offseason has certainly not been void of some pretty major moves that will make a big difference for a handful of teams. While the rest of the NFL media pores over incoming rookies, here are the moves that will really change the complexion of the upcoming season.
Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs’ secondary got manhandled throughout last season, so they did something about it — in a big way. Forking over $96 million for the six-year contract, Tampa Bay nabbed arguably the best corner back in the league. The blockbuster move was still met with some skepticism now that Revis is getting up there in age and recently suffered a significant knee injury. Still, the move stands as arguably the biggest trade of the offseason
Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers
What a steal by the 49ers! They pick up this veteran wide receiver in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick. San Francisco was not shabby at wide receiver with youthful Michael Crabtree, veteran Randy Moss and freak athlete Vernon Davis, but Boldin certainly gives Colin Kaepernick yet another reliable target to aim for. It won’t be a surprise to see the 49ers in the Super Bowl once again after this major acquisition.
Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks
Harvin, a former Minnesota Viking, was yet another high-profile wide receiver to go to a team that desperately needed one. Russell Wilson stepped in at quarterback as a rookie and really did well. Unfortunately, he had mediocre targets like Sidney Rice and Golden Tate to throw to. Adding Harvin into the mix will let Wilson really use his potential as a mobile quarterback that can sling it down field. This isn’t a huge loss for the Vikings, either, as they picked up Greg Jennings as a free agent.
Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs desperately needed a quarterback, but you have to wonder if Alex Smith was the right guy for the job. The Chiefs picked up Smith’s $16 million contract for the next two years. While Smith is certainly an efficient passer, he has not blown anyone away in his seven years in the league. This might be why Colin Kaepernick stole the starting position from Smith this season in San Francisco and led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance. The jury is out on whether this helps the Chiefs improve at all.
Arrelious Benn to the Philadelphia Eagles
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were deep enough at wide receiver where they were able to spare this 6-2, 225-pound wide out. To boot, Benn has not been overly healthy or productive during his NFL tenure so far, making this appear to be somewhat of an irrelevant move. However, this adds some nice size to Philadelphia’s receiving core. Plus, the Eagles are a run-heavy team, and having a menacing presence like Benn on the edge to provide blocking can’t hurt.