Best 2024 NFL Offseason Move For Every NFC West Team

Marvin Harrison Jr, Arizona Cardinals
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The San Francisco 49ers are clearly the cream of the crop in the NFC West (heck, the entire conference), but the rest of the division is still very intriguing.

The Los Angeles Rams are considered dark horse Super Bowl contenders by some, the Seattle Seahawks are a fringe playoff team and the Arizona Cardinals should be significantly better now that Kyler Murray is healthy for a full season.

As a matter of fact, the NFC West has an argument for the best division in the conference, although the NFC North is probably slightly ahead.

Either way, the division should be interesting, and we are about to identify the best offseason move each NFC West squad made.

Let’s get to it.

Arizona Cardinals: Drafting WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Easy call here.

Marvin Harrison Jr. was considered the best wide receiver in his draft class by most, and some even considered him the best overall talent in the draft, period.

Murray was in desperate need of more weapons after the DeAndre Hopkins experiment failed and after the Cardinals subtracted Marquise Brown and Rondale Moore earlier this offseason.

Harrison should instantly provide Murray with a No. 1 receiver, and he should also comprise a rather nice duo with Michael Wilson.

The 21-year-old is coming off of back-to-back terrific campaigns at Ohio State, and at 6-foot-4 with blazing speed, Harrison is a freakish athlete who could wreak havoc within this division for years to come.

Los Angeles Rams: Drafting EDGE Jared Verse.

I almost went with the Rams’ third-round pick in running back Blake Corum here, but I just couldn’t pass over Jared Verse.

Los Angeles needed to add some pieces up front after losing Aaron Donald to retirement, so LA immediately addressed the issue by selecting Verse in the first round.

Verse was a dominant force at Florida State, having racked up nine sacks in each of the last two seasons. He will join a Rams pass rush that also includes Kobie Turner and Byron Young, two second-year studs who have already displayed incredible talent in their own right.

The 23-year-old is a terrific all-around athlete, and Los Angeles didn’t take him purely based on what could be. He has already shown he can be productive.

Of course, whether or not that translates to the NFL level remains to be seen, but the Rams have to like what they have done in landing Verse. They even took Verse’s Florida State teammate, defensive tackle Braden Fiske, in Round 2.

San Francisco 49ers: Signing EDGE Leonard Floyd.

Has there been a more underrated pass rusher in recent years than Leonard Floyd?

Floyd has logged at least nine sacks in each of the past four seasons, including a couple of double-digit campaigns. In 2023, he racked up 10.5 sacks with the Buffalo Bills.

The 31-year-old has bounced around a bit since entering the league as the No. 9 pick of the Chicago Bears in 2017, as he is now on his fourth team. However, he has produced wherever he has been.

Floyd did take a few years to really break out, but he established himself as a truly destructive force with the Rams in 2020. He will now join a 49ers squad that already has Nick Bosa along its defensive front, so that duo should be rather lethal in 2024.

San Francisco was able to land Floyd on a two-year, $24 million deal, which is a great price for the University of Georgia product.

Seattle Seahawks: Drafting DL Byron Murphy.

The Seahawks invested a lot into their defensive line this offseason, re-signing Leonard Williams and also adding Johnathan Hankins in free agency.

On top of that, they went and grabbed Byron Murphy in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Seattle’s decision to bolster the trenches definitely makes sense, as it finished 31st in the league in rushing defense last season. The Seahawks’ defense was pretty terrible overall in 2023, ranking 30th in the NFL.

It all starts up front, which is why Seattle made sure to add some pieces on the interior.

Young is coming off of a terrific final season at Texas in which he rattled off 29 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Not only is he a very good run stuffer, but he is impressive in rushing the passer.

The combination of Williams and Young could be scary in 2024.

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