As the first wave of free agency passes, we can finally settle down and realize how crazy this offseason has been thus far.
The sports world itself has been turned on its head due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and the NFL free agency has been the primary source of sports news — and entertainment — in North America right now. And boy, it has delivered.
Free agency is usually about which big names will go where, as teams hope throwing cash at a problem will make it go away. Salary cap juggling is a common occurrence, as we’ve seen with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. As a result, we can get some really surprising moves.
Today’s Question of the Day is:
What has been the most surprising move this offseason?
Originally, my answer was going to be Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It was rumored that Brady and the Patriots had a falling out, and a departure of the legendary quarterback was inevitable. Is it a good move for the Buccaneers? Probably, since it’s a short-term gamble for a team going all-in. Still, it feels so strange to envision Brady in a Bucs uniform. We might not even see him in his usual 12, if Chris Godwin ends up keeping his number.
Then I remembered Bill O’Brien.
The Houston Texans head coach and general manager made one of the most perplexing moves in recent NFL history. He did the near-unthinkable decision to trade away star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
The return? David Johnson and a 2021 second-round pick. They also exchanged their 2020 fourth-round pick (131st overall) for the Cardinals’ 2021 fourth-round pick.
David Johnson used to be an elite player in Arizona, but he had fallen out of favor with the Cardinals, who opted to roll with Kenyan Drake and Chase Edmonds. The market for an overpriced, injured, and aging running back should be minimal. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams opted to simply release Todd Gurley, a younger and more talented back. The fact that the Texans would give up an elite 27-year old receiver for Johnson and a mere second-round pick next year is insane.
Tom Brady in Tampa Bay might be weird, but the DeAndre Hopkins trade is just stunning.