NFL 2017: Same Faces, New Places
Same Faces, New Places

Whether through free agency or trade, this offseason contained big-name moves that may alter the landscape and outcomes of the 2017 NFL season.

The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots restocked via trade, acquiring WR Brandin Cooks from New Orleans, TE Dwayne Allen from Indianapolis and De Kony Ealy from Carolina. In Jacksonville, the Jaguars lured CB A.J. Bouye -- who tied for fourth in the AFC with 16 passes defensed in 2016 -- from the Texans, while TE Martellus Bennett joined Green Bay after catching seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season.

"Once I found out about it, I was thankful for the opportunity to play in New Orleans and the opportunity they gave me there," says Cooks on the trade that sent him to New England. "I was ecstatic to be able to come play for an organization like New England and play for a guy like Coach Belichick, Tom Brady and Mr. Kraft and his family."

Several notable running backs were on the move during the offseason, headlined by Le Garrette Blount (Philadelphia), Jamaal Charles (Denver), Eddie Lacy (Seattle), Marshawn Lynch (Oakland), Latavius Murray (Minnesota) and Adrian Peterson (New Orleans).

A number of former Pro Bowlers will don a new uniform this season, including wide receivers De Sean Jackson (Tampa Bay), Alshon Jeffery (Philadelphia) and Brandon Marshall (New York Giants), Tight End Julius Thomas (Miami), tackles Russell Okung (Los Angeles Chargers) and Andrew Whitworth (Los Angeles Rams), defensive ends Calais Campbell (Jacksonville) and Julius Peppers (Carolina), defensive tackle Dontari Poe (Atlanta) and linebackers Zach Brown (Washington) and Lawrence Timmons (Miami).

"It’s rare and unique to have the opportunity to add a potential Hall of FameFam player to your roster. His career has been top-notch and speaks for itself. We think he will be an excellent fit in our locker room and in our offense. -- Saints head coach Sean Payton on Peterson

Notable players who changed teams this off-season:

 

Lowest Opponents' 4-and-1 Conversion Rate, 2016

Position / Player New Team Old Team
(Source: NFL)
TE Dwayne AllenPatriotsColts
CB Prince AmukamaraBearsJaguars
DE Chris BakerBucsWashington
TE Martellus BennettPackersPatriots
RB LeGarrette BlountEaglesPatriots
CB A.J. BouyeJaguarsTexans
WR Kenny BrittBrownsRams
LB Zach BrownWashingtonBills
DE Calais CampbellJaguarsCardinals
RB Jamaal CharlesBroncosChiefs
S Barry ChurchJaguarsCowboys
CB Morris ClaiborneJetsCowboys
TE Jared CookRaidersPackers
WR Brandin CooksPatriotsSaints
S Johnathan CyprienTitansJaguars
WR Eric DeckerTitansJets
DE Kony EalyPatriotsPanthers
WR Pierre Garçon49ersWashington
CB Stephon GilmorePatriotsBills
QB Mike GlennonBearsBucs
DT Johnathan HankinsColtsGiants
LB David HarrisPatriotsJets
QB Brian Hoyer49ersBears
S Micah HydeBillsPackers
WR DeSean JacksonBucsWashington
S Tony JeffersonRavensCardinals
WR Alshon JeffreyEaglesBears
DT Tim JerniganEaglesRavens
FB Kyle Juszczyk49ersRavens
RB Eddie LacySeahawksPackers
G T.J. LangLionsPackers
DT Bennie LoganChiefsEagles
RB Marshawn LynchRaidersSeahawks
WR Jeremy MaclinRavensChiefs
WR Brandon MarshallGiantsJets
QB Josh McCownJetsBrowns
RB Latavius MurrayVikingsRaiders
T Russell OkungChargersBroncos
QB Brock OsweilerBrownsTexans
DE Julius PeppersPanthersPackers
RB Adrian PetersonSaintsVikings
DT Dontari PoeFalconsChiefs
WR Terrelle Pryor, Sr.WashingtonBrowns
T Riley ReiffVikingsLions
CB Logan RyanTitansPatriots
DE Jabaal SheardColtsPatriots
WR Torrey SmithEagles49ers
TE Julius ThomasDolphinsJaguars
LB Lawrence TimmonsDolphinsSteelers
G Larry WarfordSaintsLions
T Andrew WhitworthRams<Bengals
CB Tramon WilliamsCardinalsBrowns
G Kevin ZeitlerBrowns<Bengals
C Jeremy Zuttah49ersRavens

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