2024 NFL free agency team-by-team grades: Steelers boldly improving roster; quiet Cowboys need improvement

The 2024 NFL offseason is operating at full power. 

Many high-profile players already moved on to new football homes on Day 1 including quarterback Kirk Cousins, who moved on from the Minnesota Vikings to the Atlanta Falcons. Edge rusher Brian Burns was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the New York Giants and signed a new deal. Running back Saquon Barkley, who left the Giants to sign with an NFC East rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Plus, running back Josh Jacobs, who departed the Las Vegas for the Green Bay Packers.  

Day 2 included edge rusher Danielle Hunter leaving the Vikings for the Houston Texans, running back Joe Mixon being traded to the Texans from the Bengals and Derrick Henry linking up with 2023 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. 

The first official day of free agency also included some fireworks, none bigger than Calvin Ridley finding a new home in Nashville. That wasn’t the only notable name the Titans signed on Wednesday, as former Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph agreed to a one-year deal with the team. Speaking of the Steelers, Pittsburgh made another move at QB after they acquired Justin Fields after trading Kenny Pickett to Philadelphia. Fields will back up Russell Wilson, who was signed by the Steelers last week. 

From blockbuster trades to stunning signings, we’ve got what you need to know about each team’s notable 2024 offseason additions. Plus, grades for their trades and signings from A to Z:    

Key additions: DL Justin Jones, LB Mack Wilson, CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, OT Jonah Williams, QB Desmond Ridder

Key re-signings: G Trystan Colon, OL Keith Ishmael

Key departures: LT DJ Humphries, WR Rondale Moore

The Arizona Cardinals entered the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period flush with money to spend, $56.6 million in cap room, the fifth-most in the NFL, but they didn’t make any major moves.  Re-upping starting…


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