(Josh Doctson photo from the Talk of Fame Network)
(Josh Norman photo courtesy of the Talk of Fame Network)
Talk of Fame Network
Millions upon millions of dollars have been spent in the NFL this offseason, and 253 college players have been drafted. Coaches have been fired and hired.
When all the dust settled _ and as NFL teams head into their organized team activities _ one team stands out as having the best offseason. Listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network voted the Washington Redskins as having the best offseason.
The NFC East champions received a whopping 78 percent of the vote to win in a runaway over the Oakland Raiders at 13 percent. Rounding out the vote were, in order, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and the New York Giants, all in single digits.
The Redskins struck late, signing Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman away from NFC-champion Carolina after the Panthers lifted his franchise tag in April. He immediately provides some teeth to a secondary that finished 25th in the NFL in pass defense. Norman will come in handy when the Redskins line up against Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants and Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Redskins also drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller in the third round for that secondary.
Washington finished 11th in the NFL in passing last season with an emerging Kirk Cousins taking the snaps, and the Redskins made the task of quarterbacking easier by giving him one of the best receivers in college football, Josh Doctson of TCU, with their first-round draft pick.
Talk of Fame Network co-host Rick Gosselin cast his vote for the Jaguars, and Clark Judge voted the Raiders.
“I like what they did in the draft and like what they did in free agency,” Judge said. “It’s rare that one team hits both out of the park, and rarer that that team is the Raiders. But this is a team that has gone from having a future to being a clear and present danger.”
Talk of Fame Network co-host Ron Borges also weighed in for the Raiders.
“The Raiders have been down a long time but (general manager) Reggie McKenzie has them on the rise,” Borges said. “One reason why: they finally not only have money to spend and draft picks to make but know how to spend use them both.”