With the NFL off-season workouts ongoing and minicamps starting up, teams from around the league will try to start getting ready for the official start of training camp, which kicks off in July. The biggest thing for many teams is to start to gel as a unit and break their new players in to the new systems. With rookies as the top priority, there are also a number of big name free agents joining new teams and trying to get situated with their new teammates. Here is a look at some of the biggest NFL free agent signings on the offensive side of the ball in 2014.
Stevie Johnson to San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the best teams in the NFL for the past few seasons, thanks to a smothering defense that ranks as one of the best in the NFL. That is a slight surprise since their head coach is a former NFL quarterback. However, the offense is making progress, with Colin Kaeperinck developing into a solid starter. After adding Anquan Boldin last year to a wide receiver corps that also includes Michael Crabtree, they just brought in Stevie Johnson, who had served as the number one receiver for the Buffalo Bills. It is a wealth of talent.
Steve Smith to Baltimore Ravens
The Carolina Panthers lost almost every quality receiver they had on their team in the 2014 offseason. The biggest loss might be Steve Smith, a player who has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for the last decade. He now comes into camp with the Baltimore Ravens as a true locker room leader and should be one of their best weapons and should open things up for number one receiver Torrey Smith.
DeSean Jackson to Washington Redskins
One of the biggest shocks in the offseason was when the Philadelphia Eagles just let their number one receiver DeSean Jackson walk away. What might hurt more is that he walked straight to the division rival Washington Redskins. Now, Jackson gives Robert Griffin III a huge weapon alongside Pierre Garcon. He will also make the Redskins a much more explosive offense than they had in the past.
Michael Vick, Eric Decker and Chris Johnson to New York Jets
The New York Jets needed help and they went all out in the 2014 offseason. While there is still hope that Geno Smith will develop into their franchise quarterback over time, the Jets signed Michael Vick to come in and compete for the job. The biggest problem with the Jets was that there were no legitimate targets to catch the ball and they hope to have fixed that with the signing of Eric Decker, who was a standout with the Denver Broncos in 2013. Finally, they are still trying to find a running threat in the backfield and took a chance on Chris Johnson, who ran for over 2,000 yards in 2009 but has struggled since. Together, they hope to give Rex Ryan the best offense he has had since arriving in New York.
Brandon Albert to Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins have a solid young team but their offensive line has been devastated thanks to off-field issues leading some to suspensions and others to just leave. Brandon Albert joins the Dolphins to try to help them rebuild the line that Ryan Tannehill needs to continue his development. With the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013, Albert helped anchor the line that led the Chiefs to the postseason. With Albert on the line, the Dolphins hope to fix a unit that surrendered 58 sacks in 2013.