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The Biggest Mistake Each NFL Team Made In The Past Year

Mistakes are a part of life, but for many NFL teams, their mistakes have prevented them from making it to the playoffs.

Money floating around, players traveling from coast to coast, and fans with mixed emotions are what go on during the NFL offseason. During the offseason, there is so much action between players departing their teams and signing to new ones, college kids being drafted to the NFL, and retirements. The offseason many times may be more exciting than the playoffs, which we saw that this past offseason compared to the 2016 playoffs.

These moves that are made in the offseason are made to help benefit the future of the team, to help them get to the Super Bowl. Scouts and coaches spend hours and days trying to find out which players are needed to help their team succeed and which players don’t affect their success. Unfortunately, these people don’t always make the best decisions.

Many times, we see players go to other teams and succeed, or big signings that become busts. Other times we see teams unable to address problems they have throughout the offseason. Sometimes fans even question why a team made a move that they do. No one is perfect, and these NFL teams definitely aren’t. Mistakes are made, and fans will weep about those mistakes. Some teams correct those mistakes, where others completely disregard them. Mistakes are a part of life, but for many NFL teams, their mistakes have prevented them from making it to the playoffs. Any decision or blunder made dating back to the beginning of the 2016 calendar year is eligible for this list.

Here are The Biggest Mistakes Each NFL Team Has Made In The Past Year:

32 Arizona Cardinals: Not Drafting Carson Palmer's Replacement

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Either the Cardinals are expecting Carson Palmer to play until he’s 45, or they’re expecting Blaine Gabbert to takeover and become the savior of the organization. But even in his best year being 2015, Gabbert only threw for 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Gabbert doesn’t seem to be the long-term solution for the Cardinals, and with Palmer at 37 years old, it’s shocking that the Cardinals didn’t trade up in the 2017 NFL Draft to pick up a young quarterback.

As many teams that are in playoff contention look to build a team to “win now,” teams also need to prepare for the afterlife of these older players. The Cardinals have both Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald going into their last few years, so this team may want to look for their future quarterback as soon as possible. But with so many options at the quarterback position this offseason, it seems that this organization isn’t too worried about the future as others are.

31 Atlanta Falcons - Poor Coaching Decisions In Super Bowl

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Many teams sadly have to make improvements to make the Super Bowl, this team just couldn’t keep a lead in a Super Bowl game. Heading towards the final two minutes of the 3rd quarter in Super Bowl XLI, the Atlanta Falcons were leading Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. With fans turning their televisions off and carrying on with the night, the Patriots refused to give up, and the Falcons failed to hold their ground.

Slowly, but surely, the Patriots kept on battling and making the stops necessary to stay in the game. Somehow, someway, the Patriots had the ball with a little more than two minutes left in the game, down eight points. The Patriots took the ball down the field, scored, and got the two-point conversion. The game then went to overtime, where James White scored the game winning touchdown to defeat the Falcons.

Had the Falcons ran the ball at the end of the game and stayed within field goal range, Brady would have his third Super Bowl loss, and Matt Ryan would become a superstar. However, the poor coaching decisions at the end of the game, as well as the inability to secure the win, and give the Atlanta Falcons their first ever Super Bowl victory.

30 Baltimore Ravens - Failure To Find Edge Rusher

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With one of the best offenses in the league playing against them year after year for the AFC North, a team a year out of playing in a playoff game, and one of the top upcoming teams in the league, the Ravens need to find their replacement for Terrell Suggs. Suggs still at age 34 is dominating the AFC North, finishing the 2016 season with eight sacks. But this team needs to replace Suggs, just like they needed to find a way to replace Ray Lewis. The Ravens did draft Tyus Bowser, but fans may be unsure if he can provide the same contribution that Suggs has throughout his career. The Ravens have been known for that war type defense that fights till the whistle blows, and they need to make sure they bring in the right guys to continue to do the job right.

29 Buffalo Bills - Didn't Upgrade Wide Receiver Position

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A question lingering throughout the AFC East is, how do you possibly gain control of the AFC East and surpass the super-villains, the New England Patriots. The Miami Dolphins just scratched the surface of the playoffs last year, finishing the season as the 4th seed. But there’s another team who could be a serious threat as well, the Buffalo Bills.

The Bills have been scrutinized that Tyrod Taylor cannot help this team become a playoff team, but even with a poor wide receiver group that ranked 31st in the NFL last season. Taylor has the ability to help this team fight against the Patriots, but he’s going to need some help from his receiver core. This team already has the best run game in the NFL, all they need is a complement to Sammy Watkins and this team could be dangerous. The Bills failed to sign a player to help Taylor, and with Watkins trying to come back from a foot injury, the team makes it even harder on the young quarterback.

28 Carolina Panthers - Unable To Fully Protect Cam Newton

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Cam Newton used to be on top of the world, and now, he has defenders on top of him as he takes hit after hit. It seemed in 2015 that Newton was constantly running around torching defenses, where in 2016, he was running for the fear of constant sacks. What’s even worse is that the Panthers didn’t do much to help Newton.

With injuries diminishing the Panthers offensive line, they didn’t do much to help bring in backup plans for the 2017 season. When injuries occur, you can never be certain that players will go back to their original form. This team was beat by injuries, and who knows if they’ll be able to come back. With a quarterback that likes to both throw the ball and run, this team needs to make sure Newton is protected, or else his career will end soon today. The Panthers did not do enough to their offensive line to help bring them back to their 2015 form.

27 Chicago Bears - Traded Up For Mitchell Trubisky

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We still don’t understand the offseason for the Chicago Bears, and fans may never know. Even after the Bears signed Mike Glennon to a three-year $45 million deal, they traded up in the 2017 NFL Draft to pick up Mitchell Trubisky.

Fans just want to know, why? What is the point of signing an expensive deal with Glennon, to trade draft picks to get Trubisky? The Bears traded their 2017 third and fourth-round pick, as well as a 2018 fourth-round pick, to move up one spot in this year’s draft. Many mock drafts didn’t even anticipate the 49ers to select Trubisky, so even if the Bears really wanted Trubisky, they had a good shot of just grabbing him at the 3rd overall pick.

On top of all this, Trubisky only has one year of experience and he’s going to be learning behind a quarterback who only has two true years of experience. It seemed that the Bears were sold on Glennon, but then traded away everything for Trubisky.

26 Cincinnati Bengals - Not Trading A.J. McCarron

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With many quarterbacks aging, and teams looking to find the identity to their organization, A.J. McCarron is an easy catch for teams to go after. The Bengals already have Andy Dalton who seems to be the sure starter for the future, so McCarron isn’t fully needed in Cincinnati. The Bengals just a year out of their playoff season, could easily find a trade partner that departs McCarron and brings in some new players at positions they need filled. The Bengals may want to wait for more teams to offer more, but that could also hurt McCarron’s stock.

Teams may feel that two years after McCarron shined, he may be rusty with sitting on the sidelines for so long. With him being a restricted free agent in 2018, who even knows what the restrictions may be. With the Bengals looking to win now, the best possible situation with McCarron is to trade him before he leaves on his own terms.

25 Cleveland Browns - Lost RGIII

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The Cleveland Browns may have gotten beat by the Florida Gators, that’s how bad they have been. The Browns are starting to put the pieces together, but they still need some experience to help mentor the younger guys. Robert Griffin III may have not had the best year in Cleveland, but he also didn’t have the best supporting cast either, going along with another season where he suffered an injury.

The Browns did bring in Brock Osweiler, but he may just hurt the new guys coming in rather than help them. RGIII would help give the Browns a quarterback for another season, while DeShone Kizer continues to develop. Kizer may seem to be the future of Cleveland, but the Browns need a guy now. And with Osweiler’s poor performance in Houston, the Browns seem better to have offered RGIII a cheap contract.

24 Dallas Cowboys - Suspensions

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Such a talented, young team haven’t been able to stay out of trouble this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys lead the league in suspensions going into the 2017 season, and there may still be more coming in the future. The list includes Rolando McClain, Randy Gregory, David Irving, Damonte Moore, and DeMarcus Lawrence. Much of these suspensions have been due to not being able to abide by the NFL Substance Policy.

The Cowboys coming off a heart-breaking loss to the Green Bay Packers, need to tighten up and show discipline to help keep these players on the field. The Cowboys seem desperate for defensive lineman going into 2017 with all these suspensions.

The worst of all, Ezekiel Elliott is undergoing investigations by the NFL for weed and a domestic violence case. Elliott was the league leading rusher in 2016, but may not even touch the football come 2017. A team that has so much potential, seems to get further and further away from their goal every day.

23 Denver Broncos - Not Bringing In Another QB

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Two years ago, the Denver Broncos were Super Bowl champions, now we don’t even know who their starting quarterback is. The Broncos had both Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch start throughout the 2016 season. The Broncos finished their quest to another Super Bowl by finishing the season in third place, going 9-7.

The Broncos have all the pieces to go back to the Super Bowl, as they have the heart of their defense still there. Siemian played a decent season, throwing for 18 touchdowns, but this team needs to find a dynamic quarterback to help bring them back to the playoffs. Siemian and Lynch are both serviceable quarterbacks, but at this point in time they are no special stars that seem to go up and take the division from Derek Carr or Alex Smith. The Broncos have the worst quarterback position in the AFC West, and with quarterbacks on the market like Colin Kaepernick, the Broncos failed to address a position that was a problem in 2016.

22 Detroit Lions - Failure To Add Running Back

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The Detroit Lions continue offseason after offseason to not address the issues they have. The Lions ranked 30th in rushing last season, and were unable to address the running back issue they had. The Lions leading rusher on the team was Theo Riddick, who only ran for 357 yards, scoring one touchdown.

Stafford played a phenomenal season, but he has been so inconsistent over the course of his career. Even if he continues to play at this high level, they need to help him by bringing in a running back to help alleviate the pressure off the pass game.

With Dalvin Cook still available in the draft when the Lions were on the clock, as well as Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, and Jamaal Charles as free agents, the Lions had many opportunities to sign a running back that could have at least rushed for 500 yards. The Lions have had a history of players wanting to retire early due to the inability to create a winning team, and this is the perfect example of why.

21 Green Bay Packers - Failure To Improve Secondary

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The Packers are lucky enough to have the best physical quarterback of Aaron Rodgers playing under center at Lambeau Field week after week, but this team needs serious help on defense, specifically with the secondary. Aaron Rodgers can only do so much, and that was exposed in the NFC Championship game, where the Packers lost to the Atlanta Falcons 44-21. The Falcons dominated the secondary of the Packers, and made their way to the Super Bowl.

Things only got worse this offseason for the Packers when they lost Micah Hyde to the Buffalo Bills. Hyde had three interceptions in 2016. The Packers were ranked 31st in the NFL in defense, and need a some help in the back end to stop opposing quarterbacks from dominating them. Rodgers is great, but he’s not great enough to win games on his own.

20 Houston Texans - Gave Brock Osweiler Starting Position

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A team just one position shy of the Super Bowl, may have made the worst possible choice in 2016 for their starting quarterback. The Texans signed Brock Osweiler, to an expensive, four-year $72 million deal. After helping the Broncos head to the playoffs in 2015, Osweiler was offered the starting job down in Houston.

Little did they know, Osweiler was the worst thing about the 2016 team. In 2016, Osweiler threw for 15 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. At times the Texans even let Tom Savage have the starting job, until he got injured. Osweiler was a serviceable quarterback for the Broncos, and in 2016, he couldn’t even achieve that for the Texans. The Texans may have one of the best rosters in the AFC, but have made some questionable decisions at the quarterback position. To prove how bad Osweiler really is, the Texans sent him to the Cleveland Browns, and gave them a second-round draft pick to take him on the team.

19 Indianapolis Colts - Not Building Around Andrew Luck

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One of the most talented quarterbacks in the league still struggles to find the postseason. Andrew Luck may be one of the best in the game, but he clearly needs help around him to help take the AFC South once again. The Colts loaded up heavily on defense in the first three rounds, but even the offense may need some help.

Frank Gore still puts up impressive numbers, but the Colts may need to add another running back to help this team perform better on the ground. The Colts struggled to face over .500 teams in the 2016 season, and in order to head back to the playoffs, those are the teams you need to beat. It just seemed that every night the Colts scored a lot, the other team scored more. And when the Colts defense held them down, the opposing defense was even better. The game includes heavy competition, and this team needs to be able to win these battles against other teams.

18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Not Adding Another Quarterback

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have been one of the NFL’s worst teams for the past 10 years now. Ten years ago, was the last time the Jaguars made the playoffs, ever since then it seems that there only competition is to get the number one overall draft pick. Sadly, they even fail to do that. The Jaguars for the past three years have been led by Blake Bortles, who no one can seem to understand how to describe his career. He has shown signs of being a starting quarterback, but also signs of a water boy in need of a job.

This team has added a lot of firepower to this defense, and even added Leonard Fournette to the offense. The team has the skill set to make the playoffs, but they need to put it all together to win. Bortles hasn’t been able to lead them to victory, or even a winning season in his time. With Jags’ fans wanting a playoff season, they should have brought in another quarterback to battle against Bortles for the starting position.

17 Kansas City Chiefs - Not Cutting Ties With Alex Smith

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The Kansas City Chiefs are the big parent right now that doesn’t want to let go of their child who’s going to college, and Alex Smith is the child going to college. The Chiefs signed Smith in 2013, after his career with the 49ers was over. Ever since then, the furthest the Chiefs have gone is the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Smith is a serviceable quarterback, he makes good decisions and has the ability to make some plays. However, this is a team with so much young talent that if it had the right guy under center, they could go into Foxboro and beat the New England Patriots

The Chiefs did draft Patrick Mahomes II, but that still doesn’t tell fans that Smith is done. Mahomes has been said to be a work in progress, which means the Chiefs still may have another 2-3 years left with Smith. The Chiefs can win now, and the Chiefs need to give Mahomes the chance to come up and make the big plays that Alex Smith could not.

16 Los Angeles Chargers - Took Time To Sign Joey Bosa

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The last thing a team should want to do is cause tension between a team and their first- round draft pick, especially when that pick was the best defensive player in the 2016 NFL Draft. Many NFL teams tend to sign their draft picks a month or so after the draft, sometimes a bit less or a bit longer. The Los Angeles Chargers waited till the end of August to sign Joey Bosa. There were times during these negotiations that Bosa and the Chargers didn’t talk for about a week. With your first-round draft pick, that’s a poor way of introducing him to the franchise.

The Chargers eventually figured out a deal with Bosa late before the 2016 NFL season began, but this will only damage the relationship in the future if the Chargers decide to re-sign Bosa down the road. The Chargers played their game, but in the future if Bosa continues to put up 10+ sacks a year, many teams will be knocking on his door. And Bosa just may not answer those Chargers.

15 Los Angeles Rams - Not Starting Jared Goff From The Start

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There are instances when you bench a quarterback in their rookie season, and then there are instances where you throw them out there immediately. Jared Goff, the #1 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, didn’t make his Rams regular season debut until the middle of November against the Miami Dolphins.

Goff didn’t play well in 2016, there is no way of defending that, but the Rams went about this situation the wrong way. The team didn’t have a star quarterback that has had loads of success in the NFL for Goff to follow behind. The team struggled throughout the season, and pretty much had no shot at the playoffs by the time Goff played. Goff got put in a tough situation, where everyone gave up on the team, except for him.

Goff needs experience, and the Rams wouldn’t have lost anything by sending Goff out there week one against the 49ers. Goff will have a shot to start in year two, and a chance to stun the doubters.

14 Miami Dolphins - Not Signing An Inside Linebacker

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The Dolphins shockingly made it into the playoffs, even with a 30th ranked defense against the run, and 24th overall offense. The Dolphins sneaked into the playoffs and grabbed the 6th seed, where they then got blown out by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins have question marks throughout their team, but one that seems to linger is the inside linebacker position. The Dolphins did draft Raekwon McMillan, from Ohio State, but the Dolphins may need more than just a rookie to come in and do the job.

The Dolphins are looking to build for now, opposed to later. They need to upgrade their defense to help stop those bullies up in New England, and help compete against other dominant teams in the AFC. Against the Steelers, the Dolphins allowed Le’Veon Bell to rush for 167 yards and two touchdowns. With a team that has high hopes, they cannot allow running backs to run through them, especially when it comes to January football.

13 Minnesota Vikings - Did Not Add Key Wide Receivers

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Sam Bradford came in to the starting position in chilly Minnesota, and played the best NFL football of his career. Finishing a great season, Bradford and the Vikings look to help improve by building up their offense. They did a great job by bringing in not one but two star running backs, both Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook. The only issue is, Bradford needs someone to throw the ball to.

The top receiver on the Vikings in 2016 was Adam Thielen, who finished the season with 967 receiving yards and five touchdowns. The Vikings need to improve on that number, and give Bradford targets that can hang on to the ball. The Vikings were aggressive and signed Michael Floyd, who played for both the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots in 2016. Floyd was a key addition, but the problem is he was suspended for four games. So the Vikings look to start the season needing help at the receiving position.

12 New England Patriots - Lost Martellus Bennett

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The bullies of the NFL, the reigning Super Bowl champions, couldn’t have made a mistake this past year, could they? Of course, they did, and they will miss this player. The Patriots have a trend of using players for a certain period of time, then letting them go. Martellus Bennett was just another one of those players, who was picked up by the Green Bay Packers.

Bennett has been inconsistent is whole career, but showed a really dominant season with the Patriots last year. Him and Brady connected for seven touchdowns throughout the season. Bennett helped contribute to the Super Bowl team that stunned the Falcons.

With Rob Gronkowski continuously dealing with injuries, the Patriots could use a tight end like Bennett on their roster. He was a force both in the passing game and run game, and the Patriots will truly miss him when he takes his talents to Green Bay.

11 New Orleans Saints - Drafting Ryan Ramczyk

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The Saints acquired another first-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, when trading Brandin Cooks to the New England Patriots. The Saints could have gone many different ways with this pick, but they decided to pick an offensive tackle. The Saints are loaded with weapons on offense, and the offensive line didn’t seem to be huge need. With Dalvin Cook on the board, the Saints could have picked up a young running back to help out Drew Brees.

Many may say that it wouldn’t have made sense to draft Cook because of picking up Adrian Peterson, but fans shouldn’t have the highest expectations for Peterson come 2017. He hasn’t played a full season in two years, and the Saints haven’t spoken about exactly how much they will use Peterson. Coming off of an injury and aging, you can’t expect Peteson to play at the high level he did in Minnesota. What the Vikings did would have been perfect for the Saints, bringing in both running backs to help improve their run game.

10 New York Giants - Didn't Upgrade Offensive Line

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Eli Manning has been hit to the ground one too many times. The Giants, along with the Denver Broncos, were one of the teams this draft that were in desperate need of an offensive tackle. With Ryan Ramcyzk on the board, that seems to have been the easy choice for the Giants. Instead, they decided to grab Evan Engram from Ole Miss.

Engram has what it takes to change the position of tight-end, and become one of the best receiving tight-ends in the game, but when there’s a desperate need on a team, you need to fill that spot. The Giants can build up their offensive weapons all they want, but they will never be able to win a Super Bowl with the poor offensive line they have now. It doesn’t only affect the pass game, but also the run game too. The Giants instead of trying to draft the flashy players, should have drafted the players they needed.

9 New York Jets - Drafting Two Safeties In First Two Rounds

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Expectations for the New York Jets in 2017 are about the same as what the Cleveland Browns accomplished in 2016. The Jets went into this draft knowing they have holes all around the ball, but yet used their first two draft picks on safeties. Both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are incredible athletes, but this team did not need to choose two safeties early on. It’s unheard of to go with two of the same positions in consecutive rounds of the draft, especially a team with the worst roster in football.

The Jets need to start rebuilding on both sides of the ball, yet all they did was improve their safety spot. It seems that the Jets may purposely be trying to flunk the 2017 season to grab the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Even if, the Jets will need more than that one draft pick. And that would have started with a strong 2017 NFL Draft.

8 Oakland Raiders - Not Signing Another Running Back

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The Raiders are back and better than ever. Finishing the 2016 season going 12-4, with the 5th seed in the AFC, it seems that the Raiders are back and are the future of the NFL. Coming with building this future, comes with building a team that will last. The Raiders made a big splash this offseason by adding Marshawn Lynch to the team, as he came out of retirement to play for the last couple years the Raiders will be in Oakland before they depart to Las Vegas.

With signing Lynch, they also lost Latavius Murray. After a season of not playing, Lynch may be a little rusty especially if he hasn’t played or worked out in a while. Lynch also seems to only be staying on the team short term, as he will head back to retirement soon. This team needs to find a young running back to grow with Derek Carr and help even take the pressure off of Lynch. With so much talent at the running back position, it’s shocking that the Raiders didn’t grab a running back even if it would have been in the later rounds.

7 Philadelphia Eagles - Didn't Upgrade Cornerback Position

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The NFC East has some of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL, which may scare secondaries of each team, except the New York Giants. The Eagles are one of the teams, and they didn’t do much to upgrade the position. They began by losing starting cornerback Nolan Caroll. Caroll wasn’t one of the best corners, but played well enough to keep his ground. Caroll left to play for the Dallas Cowboys, so the Eagles drafted Sidney Jones in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sidney Jones may have been one of the best cornerbacks in this year’s draft, but suffered an injury during the University of Washington Pro Day. Jones is expected to miss a good amount of time, which could carry into this upcoming season. As great as he was at Washington, no one knows how he will bounce back from this Achilles injury.

6 Pittsburgh Steelers - Not Signing Deal With Le'Veon Bell

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As of right now, Le’Veon Bell continues to relax at home while training camp unfolds around the NFL. Bell has not signed his tender, and it seems unlikely that Bell and the Steelers will reach to a long-term deal before the start of this season. With a star player like Le’Veon Bell, you don’t want to have bad blood with him. Even though Bell has had some issues with the league, he has contributed enormously and been a big part in the recent success of the Steelers.

With Ben Roethlisberger coming close to retirement, the last thing the Steelers would want is to see both Roethlisberger and Bell gone. Bell has become the NFL’s best running back, and to have issues with him is the last thing this team could want. If the drama continues, Bell could be seeing himself in another uniform next season getting a really good paycheck.

5 San Francisco 49ers - Not Signing Colin Kaepernick

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A kneel down during every National Anthem; that is what may have ended Colin Kaepernick’s career as not just a 49er, but as a quarterback in the NFL. Kaepernick received a lot of criticism throughout the whole 2016 season for his actions, both positive and negative. It seems that the 49ers didn’t want to deal with the drama once again, so they have not signed Kaepernick back to the ball club.

Kaepernick hasn’t performed to the ability he’s been able to in the past, but he has also lost a lot of his weapons from the Super Bowl XLVII team. Since then, the 49ers have lost Michael Crabtree, Ted Ginn Jr., Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and many more. Even with a poor team in 2016, he finished the season with 16 touchdown passes and 2,241 passing yards. Kaepernick can still play at a very high level, and even lead a team to the playoffs with his ability. The 49ers should have a talk with Kaepernick about his National Anthem kneels, and get Kaepernick back on the team practicing for the upcoming season.

4 Seattle Seahawks - Signing Eddie Lacy Over Adrian Peterson

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The Seattle Seahawks were talked about being heavy favorites for landing Adrian Peterson this offseason. For a team that has shown that big running backs that play with a more physical style, like Peterson, this would have been a great spot for Peterson. The Seahawks are in desperate need of a star running back since Marshawn Lynch’s departure, and instead of landing one of the best running backs to ever play, they signed Eddie Lacy.

Lacy is a decent back and will probably have a decent season, but when you have the option of Adrian Peterson, you need to swallow your pride and make the deal work out. The Seahawks are about now, not later. They have a team that can win every year, and Peterson would help put them in that situation once again. In the past two years, Lacy has struggled to rush for over 800 yards, and has only came up with three touchdowns. Lacy may help fill a hole, but Adrian Peterson would be a much better signing.

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Couldn't Find Another Running Back

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Doug Martin’s career is filled with success, as well as uncertainty. Doug Martin has severed injuries all throughout his career which have cut three years of his career short. Usually players that suffer a lot of injuries, never recover from them. With the future of Martin becoming a big question mark, the Buccaneers need to find another running back who can help take away the pressure from Jameis Winston.

The Bucs have a team that is extremely young and powerful. This is a team that can go up and possibly win the NFC South. If the Bucs can find a running back to help balance out this offense, we could be looking at one of the next best teams in the NFL. The Bucs can’t assume that Martin will ever play a full season again, so they might as well find a running back that can perform well and stay healthy.

2 Tennessee Titans - Didn't Load Up On Defense

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The Tennessee Titans are also one of the more upcoming better teams to play in the NFL along with the Bucs. The Titans have a defense that could become great, with one of the best offensive lines in football. Offensively the Titans are set, after adding Corey Davis and Eric Decker in the offseason. The problem on this team is the defense.

A team ranked 21st in defense in the league, definitely needs some improvement. The Titans selected Adoree Jackson as their second pick in this year’s draft, however Jackson won’t fill all the gaps needed on this defense. They also signed Logan Ryan, but this team could still use some depth to the secondary. This team could use some help in the cornerback spot, as well as some depth at safety. The Titans could be a dominant force in the future if they can add a few pieces around the defensive side.

1 Washington Redskins - No Deal For Kirk Cousins

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Everyone wants to know, why haven’t the Washington Redskins signed Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal? The longer they wait, the less chance of Cousins coming back to the nation's capital. For the second straight season, the Redskins put the franchise tag on their star quarterback. Cousins has shown he may be one of the best future quarterbacks in the league, as he continues to put up big numbers for the Skins.

In his two years as a starter, he has reached one playoff game, has thrown for at least 4,000 yards both seasons, and has thrown for at least 25 touchdown passes. The Redskins thought the future was Robert Griffin III, but Kirk Cousins is the real deal. A quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to get out of the pocket and make plays.

The problem is, the Redskins haven’t signed Cousins to a long-term deal, and he has openly talked about going to other teams. Speculations have gone around that Cousins would re-join Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco after the 2017 season. With a quarterback in his prime, the Skins need to find a way to keep Cousins in Washington D.C., or else this team may have to start from square one trying to find the future of their team.

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