Best 2024 NFL Offseason Move For Every AFC East Team

Haason Reddick, New York Jets
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The AFC East certainly underwent some very interesting changes this offseason.

The New England Patriots and Bill Belichick parted ways after nearly two-and-a-half decades. The Buffalo Bills had a mass exodus of players. The New York Jets beefed up on both sides of the ball. The Miami Dolphins had some big changes defensively.

Each team in the division will look quite a bit different heading into 2024, and it will surely make the divisional race very intriguing this coming season.

Here is the best move each AFC East squad made this offseason.

Buffalo Bills: Drafting WR Keon Coleman.

The Bills subtracted their top two wide receivers this offseason, as they watched Gabe Davis walk in free agency and then proceeded to trade Stefon Diggs.

Buffalo did sign Curtis Samuel to soften the blow, but let’s be real here: he isn’t making up for the loss of both Diggs and Davis.

However, the Bills made a big move in the NFL Draft, trading down to select Florida State wide out Keon Coleman in the early second round.

Coleman is obviously just a prospect, but he has a terrific physical profile for a receiver at 6-foot-3 and around 215 pounds. While he isn’t particularly fast, he has outstanding hands and was considered one of the best route runners of his draft class.

Apparently, Josh Allen really pushed for Buffalo to take Coleman, too.

With Diggs gone, Allen is going to be looking for a new No. 1 receiver. Perhaps Coleman will begin to carve out that role for the Bills in 2024.

Miami Dolphins: Signing LB Jordyn Brooks.

There wasn’t exactly a whole lot to choose from here for the Dolphins. I have not liked Miami’s offseason at all, as the club has lost numerous key defenders and didn’t really make any major additions.

Adding Brooks is probably the most impactful decision the Dolphins have made.

Brooks spent the first four years of his career with the Seattle Seahawks and became a tackling machine in 2021, racking up 184 tackles. He followed that up by rattling off 161 stops the following season.

Last year, Brooks finished with 111 tackles, but he also added 4.5 sacks. He has never been known as a pass rusher and probably won’t be used as such in South Beach, but it’s at least nice to know that he brings some versatility to the table.

The Dolphins lost Jerome Baker (to the Seahawks, oddly enough), so Brooks can be viewed as his replacement. Whether or not it will be an upgrade remains to be seen.

New England Patriots: Drafting WR Ja’Lynn Polk.

The Patriots may have landed one of the most underrated players in the NFL Draft in Ja’Lynn Polk.

Polk was the 10th wide receiver taken, but he may very well end up being one of the best ones in the class.

Let’s keep something in mind here: Polk was the No. 2 receiver behind Rome Odunze at Washington. Even in that role, he still managed to haul in 69 receptions for 1,159 yards and nine touchdowns in 2023.

Imagine what he could have done if he were the primary target in his offense?

Polk isn’t overly athletic, but he does a little of everything well and has fantastic hands that allow him to make contested catches. He has decent size at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds and actually stands a chance to become New England’s No. 1 receiver next season based on the competition.

The Patriots were hoping to land Calvin Ridley in free agency, but they struck out. Polk may end up being a terrific consolation prize.

New York Jets: Trading for EDGE Haason Reddick.

Let’s push aside the fact that Haason Reddick is already embroiled in a bit of a contract dispute with the Jets just a few months after the team traded for him.

When you ignore that little issue (which will almost surely get resolved), you’ll see that this was a phenomenal move by New York.

The Jets lost Bryce Huff to the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency, so they decided to swing a deal to acquire Reddick from the Eagles.

Yes, Huff broke out in 2023, but it’s hard not to see Reddick as an upgrade over him.

The 29-year-old has racked up 50.5 sacks over the last four years, including a monster 16-sack campaign in 2022 in which Reddick finished fourth in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Gang Green certainly needed offense more than defense this offseason, and the Jets addressed those problems, too. However, Reddick is the best player New York has acquired over these last several months, and he will join Quinnen Williams and Co. to buttress what was an already fearsome defense.

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