Projecting top NFL offseason acquisitions: Panthers’ Bryce Young pick, Eagles’ RB shuffle should pay off

The 2023 NFL offseason brought all kinds of activity from across the league. Some teams made major gambles at the most important spots, while others stripped down in the name of saving money. Now, as the summer presses on and teams prepare for training camp, we’re prepared to project which of the offseason acquisitions will prove most worthwhile in 2023.

Here are the moves we’re especially high on going into the new year:

Aaron Rodgers to the Jets

They don’t get much bigger than this. Coach Robert Saleh ought to make sure the Jets bolster their offensive line

 before boasting again of their title chances, but Rodgers’ arrival really does mirror that of Tom Brady’s relocation to Tampa from 2020. Even if he’s not back to MVP form, the longtime Packers star represents a clear upgrade at quarterback, and New York has top-tier weapons and defensive support. If A-Rod is upright, the Jets should at least reach the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

Bryce Young to the Panthers

It might seem hard to mess up the No. 1 pick in the draft, but plenty have done it before. This writer doesn’t think that’s the case in Carolina, where Young offers everything but prototypical size at QB. Will he have growing pains? Sure. But the Alabama product oozes veteran-level poise and should be a definitive step up from the trail of wreckage that was Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Cam Newton 2.0 by the time his rookie year gets well underway. A Year 1 playoff bid wouldn’t be crazy.

Frank Reich to the Panthers

He and Young are sort of a package deal here. While the QB would’ve been a worthwhile top pick even without Reich taking over the staff, the fact they’re working together makes Carolina all the more intriguing. Though he managed just a single playoff victory as the Colts’ head man from 2018 into 2022, Reich is as even-keeled as they come, making him an ideal mentor for the new signal-caller. He should have an ascending Panthers roster competitive right out of the gate.

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