Mike SandoESPN Senior WriterClose
- ESPN Insider NFL columnist and blogger
- Covered the NFL since 1998
- Member of Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee
This NFL offseason will prove again that the league and its teams never rest.
With that in mind, we are back with our annual offseason overhaul rankings for all 32 teams. It’s a chance to project which teams might undergo the most significant changes as the hiring cycle for coaches and general managers gives way to roster cuts, free agency, trades and the draft.
We start with the teams that missed the postseason or were eliminated early. Check back after each playoff round to see where the newly eliminated teams rank, and why we’ve placed them there.
The Jets will have new coach Adam Gase paired with a fifth-year general manager under pressure to support second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
The roster has great potential for turnover beyond those factors. Twenty-four veterans with a combined 141 starts and more than 8,000 snaps for the 2018 Jets enter the offseason without contracts for next season. Those figures for starts and snaps are the highest in the league. So is the $67 million in cap charges those veteran players represented.
The offensive skill positions and defensive secondary seem especially ripe for overhauls.
The Cardinals were No. 1 on this list last offseason and could challenge for the top spot again. Like the Jets, they will have a new coach — Kliff Kingsbury — paired with an incumbent GM under pressure to support a quarterback selected in the first round of the 2018 draft. Ownership could expect quick results even though this looks to be a long-term rebuild.
Arizona had the NFL’s sixth-oldest starters in 2018, not counting quarterbacks. Veterans without contracts for 2019 combined for 112 starts, fourth most in the league. An older roster that performed poorly and has lots of unsigned players with a new coach is a strong candidate for turnover.
GM Steve Keim needs to overhaul the offensive line and receiving spots, especially if unsigned Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald does not return.