Arguably the craziest day in NFL history for personnel moves unfolded Tuesday as the free-agent signing period officially began. FOX Sports Senior NFL Writer Alex Marvez weighs in on the teams and players he believes are early winners and losers from a flurry of transactions that occurred when the market opened. -- Alex Marvez | See all the moves in our free agent tracker
After being outbid by Jacksonville for Denver’s Julius Thomas in free agency, the Seahawks acquired another superstar tight end. Seattle landed Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick from New Orleans for center Max Unger and a first-rounder. Graham provides a sorely needed receiving threat for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
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Winner: Green Bay
Aaron Rodgers should be thrilled. A franchise that appeared poised to lose two key offensive pieces kept wide receiver Randall Cobb and right tackle Bryan Bulaga from ever hitting the market. General manager Ted Thompson deserves credit for increasing his team’s offers to match interest both were receiving elsewhere over the weekend.
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The Lions made the best of a bad situation after reportedly losing all-world defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to Miami in free agency by trading two mid-round picks for Haloti Ngata, a capable replacement who had refused to restructure his contract in Baltimore.
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The Colts have officially added two former Philadelphia starters (edge rusher Trent Cole and guard Todd Herremans) and swiped 49ers running back Frank Gore from the Eagles. Plus, wide receiver Andre Johnson is set to visit Tuesday night and could be signed to replace the departed Reggie Wayne. They also added defensive line depth with Kendall Langford.
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Winner: Darrelle Revis
With a 2015 salary so large that New England declined to pick it up, Revis put himself in position for another huge payday; and sure enough, that is exactly what happened as Revis reached agreement to return to the New York Jets, the team that drafted him 14th overall in 2007, with a five-year, $39 million deal, $33 million of which is guaranteed.
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Head coach Chip Kelly hasn’t wasted any time using his newfound power over roster decisions. But the moves he’s made so far – especially trading quarterback Nick Foles to St. Louis for one-legged passer Sam Bradford on Tuesday – already have folks questioning Kelly’s personnel acumen. The Eagles reportedly did manage to land Ryan Mathews to replace LeSean McCoy.
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Loser: DeMarco Murray
Maybe the free-agent market will ultimately prove fruitful for the NFL’s reigning rushing leader. But the fact he didn’t immediately re-sign a blockbuster deal with Dallas or score a massive free-agent contract coming out of the gate indicates a softer opening market than what Murray had hoped. (Just don't go to the Eagles, DeMarco.)
Loser: San Francisco
The signing of former Baltimore wide receiver Torrey Smith is the only good news the 49ers have received lately. San Francisco is losing some quality veterans in free agency (Mike Iupati, Frank Gore, maybe more coming) while also having star linebacker Patrick Willis announce his retirement Tuesday at the age of 30. Veteran DE Justin Smith reportedly is also considering retirement.
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Loser: Greg Hardy
Based on talent alone, the Carolina defensive end would have been one of the NFL’s hottest names at the start of free agency. But because the league hasn’t determined what type of 2015 punishment he will face for a domestic-violence incident, Hardy remains in limbo as cap dollars begin to dry up around the league.
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Texans head coach Bill O’Brien will be reunited with two of New England’s former backup quarterbacks after signing Brian Hoyer in free agency and re-signing Ryan Mallett. Unfortunately for Texans fans, neither has shown any earmarks of being the second coming of Tom Brady. Quarterback remains a weakness for a club that also must replace cut wide receiver Andre Johnson. | FOR FULL FREE AGENCY COVERAGE, CLICK HERE