You’ve no doubt seen our bargain team’s Offense, if not check it out
now we look at the best value trades and free agent contracts from the other side of the ball…
Michael Bennet: Traded from the Patriots after not truly fitting with Bill Belichick’s system, the Texas native played 9 games for the Cowboys. The three time Pro-Bowler had 4 sacks, not bad for a conditional 7th round pick.
Jadaveon Clowney: By far not Clowney’s best season, his 3 sacks and 31 tackles far behind his 2017 best of 9.5 sacks and 59 tackles but Clowney showed in flashes he still has big play ability and. Traded to the Seahawks from the Texans for a 3rd round pick along with linebackers Jacob Martin. Martin and Mingo failed to make much of an impact for the Texans, only playing 20 and 7% of their defensive snaps respectively.
Steve McLendon: Nose Tackle McLendon signed in the off season with the Jets and tied 2019 3rd over pick Quinnen Wiliams with 2.5 Sacks. Not the flashiest of stats but a bargain considering his $2.5m price tag.
Robert Quinn: Incase you didn’t know the Dolphins traded a way a bunch of players this year… Including the 2 time Pro-Bowler Robert Quinn to the Cowboys for a 6th round pick. Quinn was out the first two games of the season due to a PED suspension then lead the cowboys with 11.5 sacks and helped out with 3 pass deflections and 34 tackles.
Jamie Collins: Returning to the Patriots following 3 years with the Browns Collins
signed a one year $2m contract, for which New England got himself 7 sacks and 81 tackles.
Shaquill Barrett: Would be difficult to not name Barrett as the best value acquisition of the season Barrett’s $4m signing with the Buccaneers, following 5 underwhelming years at the Broncos, resulted in a league best 19.5 sacks. The previously undrafted linebacker is in line for a huge, well deserved, payday this off season and figures to be a mainstay for the Buccs defense for some time.
Jon Bostic: The former Pittsburgh Steeler signed a 1 year $895K deal with Washington this past offseason and for that Bostic was joint 2nd in the team with 105 tackles. Bostic also had a sack and an interception, which he took for 26 yards.
Aqib Talib: Before you say, yes; Talbi hasn’t played a snap for the Dolphins and yes he may never BUT the Dolphins traded a 7th round pick for Talib and a 5th rounder. Regardless of what Talib does this off season, he could retire or sign anywhere – including back with the Rams, the ‘Fins move up the draft which is pretty handy given the numerous self imposed holes in their roster.
Marcus Peters: Another corner the Rams traded away, this time to now Superbowl favorites the Baltimore Ravens. The Rams got a 5th round pick and Linebacker Kenny Young, who went on to play in only 9 games, making 4 tackles. Peters had a stellar season with the Ravens grabbing 5 interceptions, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns and earning himself a 3 year $42m contract to stay in Baltimore moving forward.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix:Signed to sit aside Chicago’s Pro Bowl, and now the highest paid Safety in the League (4years $58m) Safety Eddie Jackson, Clinton-Dix played all but 4 defensive snaps for the Bears and totaled 78 tackles and 2 Interceptions, making his 1 year $3m contract a bargain.
Antoine Bethea: 13 year veteran, 3 time Pro Bowl Safety Bethea signed a 2year $6.5m contract with the Giants and contributed throughout the season. Bethea had 110 Tackles and 1 Interception and despite his age played snaps of any Giant through the season at 1107, next highest was G Will Hernandez who played 1066.
Roll on the 2020 Off Season – go grab yourselves some bargains!!