Biggest Winners/Losers 48 Hours Into Free Agency

With two full days of NFL free agency now in the books, here's a look at the teams that have gained the most, as well as the teams that have taken the biggest hits.

WINNER: Chicago Bears — It would help if they'd keep Nick Roach and Israel Idonije, but they did a good job wrapping up Henry Melton with the tag while bringing in support for Jay Cutler by signing Jermon Bushrod and Martellus Bennett. 

LOSER: Atlanta Falcons — They already had to cut Dunta Robinson, John Abraham and Michael Turner. Underrated pass-rushing threat Lawrence Sidbury is also gone. And all they've done is replace Turner with the washed-up Steven Jackson. The Falcons have taken a small step backwards. They'd better at least bring Brent Grimes back.

WINNER: Cleveland Browns — I'm not sure about some of the contracts they've handed out, but they've clearly added some talent. I especially like the Desmond Bryant addition. 

LOSER: Baltimore Ravens — With Ray Lewis retired and Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger gone, their linebacking corps needs a complete makeover. They've also lost two starting defensive backs in Bernard Pollard and Cary Williams and who knows about Ed Reed. But at least they signed Chris Canty, right?

WINNER: Denver Broncos — This one's obvious. Wes Welker will add another dimension to the already-stacked offense, while Terrance Knighton and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie make the D better. I also think Louis Vasquez can make a difference on the offensive line.

LOSER: Buffalo Bills — What's new? Two veteran guards are gone, as are George Wilson and Ryan Fitzpatrick. They added Manny Lawson, but this is still a team that is going nowhere fast.

WINNER: Detroit Lions — Not sure about Reggie Bush, but it doesn't hurt. Really like that they kept Chris Houston while adding the underrated Glover Quin to the secondary. They aren't huge winners, though, because they'll have to replace Gosder Cherilus and Sammie Hill.

LOSER: Houston Texans — They've signed nobody, which is fine, but they've lost three solid players (Connor Barwin, Glover Quin and James Casey).

WINNER: Indianapolis Colts — Another team on a spending frenzy that is handing out some stupid contracts but has also gotten a lot better. Cherilus, Ricky Jean-Francois, LaRon Landry, Darius Butler, Donald Thomas and Greg Toler will all make an impact.

LOSER: New York Giants — Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Canty and Michael Boley were already gone. Starters Martellus Bennett and Kenny Phillips have joined them. And the Giants have no money to spend on decent replacements. 

WINNER: Kansas City Chiefs — They're in the same category as Detroit, but Dunta Robinson and Sean Smith came cheap and can rejuvenate the secondary. Not sure about Donnie Avery, but I do like the Mike DeVito signing. 

LOSER: New York Jets — Gone are DeVito and LaRon Landry, and who knows what's going to happen with Brandon Moore and Dustin Keller. The only player the Jets have signed is Lex Hilliard.

WINNER: Philadelphia Eagles — Seven additions, all at fairly reasonable prices. And all seven could start in 2013. Plus, give them credit for raising middle fingers to DRC and Nnamdi Asomugha. 

LOSER: Pittsburgh Steelers — Mike Wallace is somewhat replaceable and James Harrison is old, but Keenan Lewis had become their best cover guy and they don't have money to re-sign all of the offensive linemen that have hit the market. 

WINNER: Seattle Seahawks — A jacked-up defense adds Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril for only $12.5 million a year. Plus, Percy Harvin.

LOSER: Washington Redskins — Another team with no money. They were forced to cut DeAngelo Hall, whom they can't afford to replace, and they'll miss Lorenzo Alexander. 

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.