Most significant changes from 2017


CHICAGO BEARS: Before we get to the blockbuster acquisition of a certain former Defensive Player of the Year, let's go back a bit. Ryan Pace made a bold move in the 2017 NFL Draft -- not only selecting Mitchell "13 College Starts" Trubisky with the second overall pick, but giving up valuable draft currency in the process. (Remember Chicago's roundly mocked one-spot jump?) One offseason later, the Bears general manager doubled down on that venture by adding a host of QB-friendly characters, beginning with new head coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Chicago also scooped up a bunch of intriguing pass catchers via free agency (Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton) and the draft (Anthony Miller). All in all, this was an offseason devoted to the well-being -- and hopeful Year 2 breakout -- of the 24-year-old signal-caller. And then came the trade heard 'round the world, when Chicago sent a passel of picks (including a pair of first-rounders) to Oakland for Khalil Mack (and a second-round pick!). Mack, an elite pass rusher in the prime of his career, wasn't even the only fun new toy given to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio: There's also No. 8 overall pick Roquan Smith, who could assume the mantle as the next great Bears middle linebacker.











DETROIT LIONS: The new head coach, Matt Patricia, has a defensive background. And it will be very interesting to see what he can get out of a unit featuring some high-grade pieces in the back end (first-team All-Pro CB Darius Slay and the eternally underrated Glover Quin) and a whole heap o' question marks in the front seven. That said, the most enticing offseason activity took place on offense -- specifically, in the run game. This is key, considering the Lions haven't finished in the top half of the league in rushing yards since Barry Sanders retired two decades ago (seriously), ranking dead last in two of the past three campaigns. Detroit added 247-pound hammer LeGarrette Blount in free agency, then spent its first two draft picks on road grader Frank Ragnow and slippery back Kerryon Johnson. Could this be the season Matthew Stafford finally receives some ground support?











GREEN BAY PACKERS: Out with Jordy, in with Jimmy. Aaron Rodgers lost his longtime go-to guy this offseason -- and the quarterback wasn't too pleased about Jordy Nelson's unceremonious release. Not to fret, Aa-Rod: Here's another gifted pass catcher with a firsty-firsty name and distinguished red-zone savvy! Jimmy Graham appears to be forming a good rapport with his new quarterback -- the two hooked up in Week 2 of the preseason for the first of what could be many scoring strikes -- and fantasy friends are taking note.









MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Have you heard about The 84 Million Dollar Man? Minnesota drew up a game-changing contract -- full of guaranteed guarantees that are purportedly fully guaranteed (who even knows anymore?) -- to lure in the most coveted free-agent quarterback since Peyton Manning. Though what kind of a fortress have the Vikings built to protect such a costly investment? The O-line's interior is currently in tatters, thanks to Joe Berger's retirement, Nick Easton's season-ending injury. At least center Pat Elflein is off the PUP list. Last week's trade for C/G Brett Jones was further proof that the Vikings are fully aware of this talented roster's Achilles' heel.



8400万ドルの男なんて、今まで聞いたことがあったか? ミネソタは、満額の8400万ドルが保証された驚くべき契約(※3年で8400万ドル。1年平均2800万ドル)で、QBカーク・カズンズを招き入れた。QBとしてはペイトン・マニング以来、最も欲しがられたFAだった。これほどの投資をしてQBを買ったが、しっかり守るべき要塞はバイキングスにあるのだろうか?