The league saw a lot of action during free agency and now we look at how that impacts the upcoming season with our post-ree agency 2021 NFL Power Rankings
The offseason is always full of hope as teams in the NFL go out to try and fill the holes on their roster. There will always be some players who get overpaid as well as a good mix of incredible finds as a team lands a talented player who just needed a change of scenery.
Whatever side of the spectrum your team lands on, every franchise is changed during the free agency period.
Here, we look at the league after the biggest moves have been completed with our post-free agency 2021 NFL Power Rankings — and it’s probably not hard to guess which team comes in at No. 32.
Last rank: 32
No team has had more negative press over the past couple of seasons than the Houston Texans. Former head coach Bill O’Brien effectively ran off every important player before being fired and then the front office decided to alienate their biggest remaining star — Deshaun Watson.
Of course, now Watson is in the news for a whole different reason. Even without the legal allegations circling around, Houston was a mess. This team made one of the more questionable offseason hires — hiring David Culley who was the passing game coordinator in Baltimore where they struggled to pass.
They also lost J.J. Watt, which was a huge leader of their defense. Don’t be surprised to see this team in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2022.
Last rank: 30
Last season, the Detroit Lions weren’t great. This year, it probably won’t be much better.
Detroit traded away Matt Stafford and will now have Jared Goff as their starter under center. Goff has been taking a lot of heat and is better than he’s getting credit for — but he is a downgrade from Stafford.
On top of that, Detroit lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones while replacing them with Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. Simply put, there are no areas where they improved. And this is all without even considering that their new head coach, Dan Campbell, wants them to bite knee caps. This could be an interesting season in Detroit, but it won’t be a good one.