With 2023 NFL free agency underway, ESPN analytics writer Seth Walder is grading every big NFL signing and trade of the offseason. So far, we have broken down more than 50 deals.
To determine each grade, Walder is evaluating moves based on multiple factors, including on-field impact, salary-cap implications, draft compensation, player value/age and the context of a team's short- and long-term outlook. How large is the effect of this decision, and how sure are we it's a good or bad choice? How does this affect a team's chance to win the Super Bowl, either this season or in the future? General managers making transactions don't have the luxury of seeing how it all plays out, so neither should we.
We also will have NFL draft analysts Matt Miller and Jordan Reid approach the biggest moves from a draft perspective. What do the top deals mean for that team's first-round outlook come April, and how do they impact where the top prospects might be selected? Taking into account team needs, positional value on draft boards and what they're hearing from around the NFL, they break down what it all means.
Follow along as our experts evaluate and grade each move, with the most recent grades at the top.
Jump to an interesting move:
Miles Sanders | JuJu Smith-Schuster
Baker Mayfield | David Montgomery
Darren Waller | Jakobi Meyers
Jessie Bates | Tremaine Edmunds
Jimmy Garoppolo | Javon Hargrave
Jalen Ramsey | Daniel Jones
CAR-CHI draft trade | Derek Carr
Lions sign DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson
The deal: One year, max value of $8 million