Normally, the NFC East wins offseasons with aggressive signings and bold moves. This year, the nod goes to the AFC East.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/s ... id=5167792
In the toughest year to judge who did the best because of the limitations created by the uncapped year, three of the top five offseasons belong to AFC East teams: the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets. That shouldn't be a surprise. You have Bill Parcells going against Bill Belichick and Mike Tannenbaum, all of whom have worked together on highly competitive, aggressive teams.
The uncapped year -- the first in nearly two decades -- depleted the market for available players. Only 48 unrestricted free agents have moved to new teams from a list of 221 who had to have six years in the league to qualify. Only 22 received contracts in excess of $3 million a year. The lack of unrestricted free agents resulted in 38 players moving via trades and more than 40 signing with new teams after being cut.
To be perfectly honest, teams didn't get much better
So who are the five teams that did the best this offseason?
2. Miami Dolphins: The key to the 2010 offseason is making more advances than retreats. Sure, the Dolphins took a hit to their pass rush by cutting Joey Porter and losing Jason Taylor to the Jets, but they added two impact players: Marshall and inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. Dansby more than makes up for the release of linebacker Akin Ayodele. Dansby, considered one of the main prizes in free agency, signed a five-year, $43 million contract. The Marshall deal could be the key to the season. The Dolphins didn't have a big receiver with yards-after-the-catch ability. They were trying to get by with mostly slot receivers. Marshall gives Chad Henne a big target. He's had three 100-catch seasons and is much better than Ted Ginn Jr., who had speed but didn't seem to fit into Parcells' long-term plans. Guard Richie Incognito could add more attitude to the offensive line. The Dolphins lost 16 of their 44 team sacks with the departures of Taylor and Porter, but they believe Cameron Wake, a former CFL pass-rushing star signed last year, can help. The draft gave them a quality defensive end in Jared Odrick, a linebacker in Koa Misi and a big guard in John Jerry