Best 2024 NFL Offseason Move For Every AFC South Team

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The AFC South has been generating tons of headlines throughout the 2024 NFL offseason and should be an exciting division to watch in 2024.

Whether it’s teams making big trades, quarterbacks entering their first full season or clubs looking to rebound in a big way, the AFC South has it all.

This may not be the best division, but it will certainly be competitive, as all four teams have a shot of winning it next season.

Now, let’s break down each AFC South squad’s best offseason move.

Houston Texans: Signing EDGE Danielle Hunter.

Obviously, trading for wide receiver Stefon Diggs was the most high-profile move the Texans made this offseason, but Diggs wasn’t even the best player they added.

That title belongs to edge rusher Danielle Hunter, whom Houston signed to a two-year, $49 million contract in free agency.

Let me start by saying that that is an incredible contract for the Texans. It’s a short-term deal with a terrific average annual value from a team perspective. For a guy like Hunter, that is a bargain.

Hunter is coming off of a monster 2023 campaign with the Minnesota Vikings in which he racked up 83 tackles, 16.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. In nine years with the Vikings, he posted five double-digit sack seasons, and that was with missing the entire 2020 campaign and nearly half of 2021.

The 29-year-old is one of the best defensive players in football, and yet, he somehow flies under the radar.

Hunter will form what should be a lethal pass-rushing tandem with Will Anderson Jr., who is entering his second NFL season.

Indianapolis Colts: Drafting WR Adonai Mitchell.

The Colts didn’t really do a whole lot in free agency, as they were more focused on retaining their own players (which was smart). However, they did make a big splash in the NFL Draft, landing Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell in the second round.

Many are calling Mitchell the steal of the draft. He was the 11th receiver taken, but some feel he may actually be top five at his position in his class.

The 21-year-old is coming off of an impressive 2023 campaign in which he hauled in 55 receptions for 845 yards and 11 touchdowns as the Longhorns’ No. 2 receiver behind Xavier Worthy, who went to the Kansas City Chiefs at the back end of the first round.

Mitchell will join an Indianapolis receiving corps that also includes Michael Pittman Jr., Josh Downs and Alec Pierce, so there will be some fierce competition for the rookie in camp.

However, Mitchell actually stands a chance of becoming the Colts’ No. 2 receiver in 2024.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Re-signing EDGE Josh Allen.

The Jaguars were very busy in free agency this offseason and made several notable moves. They signed wide receiver Gabe Davis. They added defensive lineman Arik Armstead. They addressed the offensive line.

But, none of those moves were as important as Jacksonville re-signing edge rusher Josh Allen.

Allen has developed into one of the best players in football, period. The 26-year-old rattled off 66 tackles, 17.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2023. Somehow, he did not even get consideration for Defensive Player of the Year.

It marked the second time Allen had posted double-digit sacks, as he also achieved the feat when he recorded 10.5 sacks during his rookie year in 2019.

Allen definitely got quiet for a three-year stretch. Injuries limited him to just eight games in 2020, and in 2021 and 2022, he registered 7.5 and seven sacks, respectively.

All along, though, you could see that the University of Kentucky product was oozing with talent, and it was all on display this past season.

The Jaguars retained him on a massive five-year, $150 million contract, and he is worth every penny.

Tennessee Titans: Signing WR Calvin Ridley.

I could have rolled with the trade for cornerback L’Jarius Sneed here, but landing Calvin Ridley was paramount for young quarterback Will Levis.

Levis is entering his first season as the Titans’ full-time starter under center, and he needs weapons. Tennessee has made sure to supply him with them, as it not only signed Ridley, but also inked Tyler Boyd.

Of course, the Titans already had DeAndre Hopkins, so now, they lay claim to a rather fearsome trio of wide receivers heading into 2024.

Many feel that Tennessee overpaid for Ridley, handing him a four-year, $92 million contract. But based on the money receivers are getting nowadays, it really isn’t a bad deal.

The 29-year-old posted over 1,000 yards in Jacksonville last season, and while his hands are questionable, Ridley is a supremely talented wide out who will absolutely make the Titans’ offense better.

Tennessee is a sleeper team in this division going into next season, and the addition of Ridley is a big reason why.

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