Best move by every NFC team this offseason: Cowboys land playmaker; Packers score big with Aaron Rodgers trade

The NFC isn’t going to be as strong as the AFC heading into the 2023 season, yet there’s an opportunity for teams to compete for the Super Bowl thanks to the lack of elite teams in the conference. Sure the NFC has its heavyweights like the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys — but the lack of superpowers gives other teams a chance to make a surprising playoff run in 2023. 

While teams in the AFC are loading up to surpass the Kansas City Chiefs, teams in the NFC are trying to put themselves in a position to be in contention for a Super Bowl run. The playoff field is harder to predict in the NFC, especially with Aaron Rodgers no longer with the Green Bay Packers and Tom Brady’s retirement from the league. There are spots in the postseason up for grabs. 

What was the best offseason move each team in the NFC to set itself up for a potential postseason run in 2023 (or beyond)? What was the best offseason move each Super Bowl contender in the conference made? 

Traded No. 3 overall pick to Texans 

In a year which the Cardinals have made it clear they won’t be contending for the NFC West, the franchise put itself in the best position to grab two picks in the top five in 2024. Arizona traded the No. 3 overall pick to Houston in exchange for the No. 12 overall pick (first round), No. 33 overall pick (second round), along with a 2024 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick. 

The Cardinals used the No. 12 pick to move back up and selected Paris Johnson at No. 6, getting their offensive lineman of the future for whoever their next franchise quarterback is, which they set themselves up by acquiring the Texans first-round pick in 2024. 

If the Cardinals are the worst team in 2023, that 2024 first-round pick will be No. 1 overall — the prime spot to select USC’s Caleb Williams. If the Texans are one of the worst teams in the AFC, which they are projected despite…


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