The NFL offseason may seem like a time for rest, but for the teams that really want to contend for a Super Bowl title, there is no such thing as rest. This is the time of year when the teams that really want to make a run gear up and secure the missing pieces to complete their championship puzzles.
There are still plenty of valuable free agents on the market and plenty of high-profile trades to be made this offseason, but here are the top three acquisitions we’ve seen so far and how they might impact the 2013 season. And oh by the way, they coincidentally happen to all involve receivers.
3. Percy Harvin to Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks came oh so close to an NFC title last year, but they fell just short in regulation to the Atlanta Falcons in the divisional round. However, the Seahawks showed they are a force to be reckoned with in the near future with a bevy of talented players on both sides of the ball. They have a versitile young quarterback, one of the best running backs in the league and a stellar defense, so what was missing?
The Hawks have struggled at the receiver position for years and although they got more production out of Sidney Rice last season, it was no secret they needed to give Wilson a little more help and that’s what they went out and did this offseason by trading for Percy Harvin, a multi-talented slot-style wideout that can give opponents multiple looks and multiple problems in terms of defending.
Harvin will only bolster the Hawks offensive attack and make them a serious threat to win the NFC. The only issue will be health, as he’s missed significant chunks of the last few seasons. Seattle will have to hope he remains healthy in their quest to win the NFC title.
2. Mike Wallace to Dolphins
After apparently letting Reggie Bush and Jake Long roam free and test the free agent market this offseason, it looked like the Dolphins weren’t serious about building a contender, that was until they signed Mike Wallace to a five-year $60 million deal.
It’s certainly a big contract, but it should be worth every penny for the Phins, who are getting one of the fastest and most talented wide receivers in the game. Wallace will give them a deep ball threat and give opportunities to other receivers since he will get more attention. It’s certainly a big pick up for the Phins.
1. Anquan Boldin to 49ers
However, the No. 1 move has to go to the 49ers, who picked up Anquan Boldin off of free agency. Boldin was not only an integral part to the Ravens Super Bowl win last year, but he is a veteran who will add plenty of depth to the 49ers’ already talented roster of offensive players.
The 49ers were already regarded as the favorites to win the NFC West and the NFC itself, so with Boldin, they are only strengthened. Things are going to be very difficult for their opponents with the array of weapons they will have to defend in 2013. The 49ers certainly look like a good pick to win the NFC West and the Super Bowl in 2013.