When it came to the NFL’s free agency period, the league seemed like it was going to be the only place where athletes could sign with a new team.
That may have been the case, but there were a couple of major hurdles to clear.
First, the NFL was in the midst of a lockout that was threatening to tear up the league.
Players weren’t going to sign new deals until their current team signed a new deal.
And with a lockout in full swing, the players were not going anywhere soon.
So while the league was free to do whatever it wanted to sign free agents, it wasn’t able to negotiate long-term deals for all of them.
That left the NFL to sign the deals they were looking for.
As a result, the average salary of NFL players in 2019 was down $1.6 million.
While the NFL and teams will be able to renegotiate their contracts, the new deals will be for the next two seasons.
The NFL also made some major roster moves to improve the team’s depth.
The 49ers added veteran safety NaVorro Bowman to the roster, along with offensive tackle Joe Staley, safety Tarell Brown, linebacker Jonathan Casillas and defensive tackle Tarex Rees.
All of these moves were to address the league’s depth problems, while also making sure the 49ers were always prepared for the worst.
But it still left the 49er organization with a $19.5 million cap hit in 2019.
That was a significant drop from last year, when they were at the top of the NFL in total cap money.
There was also the fact that the 49th overall pick in the draft, cornerback Sam Shields, was not a free agent.
And so the 49s made a move that would pay dividends for years to come.
After years of making the same mistake over and over again, the 49, the Jets and the Steelers finally made some moves to shore up the franchise.
The Steelers brought back their longtime defensive coordinator, Dick LeBeau, to replace the fired Jim Caldwell.
The move is meant to help the Steelers rebuild their defense, which is a big part of their championship hopes.
And while they were able to sign linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi to a long-time deal, it also means that the Steelers will have to pay him the $7.5-million signing bonus he will earn next year.
LeBeouc is the only new addition, but the moves he makes make the Steelers much more competitive going forward.
The rest of the moves were largely minor.
The Jets brought back former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to take over as the team ‘s defensive coordinator.
Pettine was the defensive coordinator for the Browns from 2010-2014, where he also served as linebackers coach.
The team had the highest overall turnover rate in the NFL last season, with 31 interceptions, a number that has been going down for years.
But they also made significant moves to strengthen their secondary.
The New York Jets signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator James Carpenter to a five-year contract extension, as well as former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and former Houston Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel.
The three of them are expected to compete for the same defensive coordinator spot on the Jets.
They will be competing for that job for at least the next three seasons.
While it may not be the best move for the Jets, it will allow them to keep some of their young talent on the roster.
The former Jacksonville Panthers defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator from 2009-2012.
Quinn will be coaching the team for the first time since his hiring in 2010.
But he has made some big changes in Miami this offseason.
He brought back defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was released by the Dolphins last offseason and signed with the Detroit Lions.
And he added veteran linebacker Brandon Graham, who spent two seasons with the Bengals last season before being released by them.
The Jaguars, meanwhile, brought back veteran defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who worked with the 49ERS and Texans for the last two seasons, as the Jaguars’ defensive line coach.
But the Jaguars were able as a result of Bowles being fired by the Texans.
That move makes the Jaguars a much better team next season.
They also brought in former Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who has served as defensive coordinator in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
And they added former New York Giants defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who served as the 49ER head coach from 2009 to 2015.
All three of those changes will help the Jaguars.
The Browns also added veteran defensive line coordinator Jim Johnson, who previously served as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator before joining the Jaguars in 2015.
Johnson was the Browns’ defensive backs coach for two seasons from 2009 and 2010.
And Johnson will be working with the Browns in 2019 and 2020, respectively.
The fact that Johnson has been able to hire a bunch of defensive assistants makes him