Free agency was basically over before it started, thanks to the NFL's early negotiating window's constant leaks. The good news is it gives us an opportunity to share some of our superlatives sooner. We've pared them down to 11 categories, from the best plan to the least draft flexibility created, and hopefully a lot of fun areas of discussion in between.
Yes, plenty of the smart teams pretty much sit out free agency annually (we're looking at you, Patriots), but that doesn't mean this isn't an invaluable mode of roster construction for every team — including New England, which probably doesn't win the Super Bowl a few years ago without signing Stephon Gilmore. Think the Eagles win the following season without free-agent acquisitions Nick Foles and Alshon Jeffery on offense and Chris Long and Patrick Robinson on 'D?'
And would the Patriots have won last season for the second time in three years without the trade acquisitions of Trent Brown and Jason McCourty?
Indeed, in the NFL in 2019, we'd be remiss without also mentioning trades, which have quickly become a spring rite of passage and as viable an avenue to improving teams in the short term as building up compensatory draft pick war chests for long-term roster sustainability.
Without further ado, our 2019 NFL free-agent superlatives: