With the quarterback position pretty much settled, the second week of 2023 NFL free agency had fewer flashy moves. However, some under-the-radar transactions that could have significant impacts did occur. Among the notable signings and trades to take place, CBS Sports gives each a grade.
The Carolina Panthers take a chance on D.J. Chark, and Adam Thielen replaces D.J. Moore’s spot while a top rookie prospect takes over under center. The Texans add running back Devin Singletary, a bargain deal considering his starting experience, while the Bills sign Damien Harris, a well-rounded option who will feature in the red zone. Meanwhile, the Browns sign Joshua Dobbs, a serviceable and affordable backup.
Cleveland also acquires wide receiver Elijah Moore to seize on Moore’s shaky standing with Jets brass, while the Jets sign Mecole Hardman, who could become an unnecessary luxury as New York’s receiver corps is already stocked. The Titans also bring in Sean Murphy-Bunting, who missed 13 games the last two seasons, for a “few million more,” as CBS Sports notes, they could have had a slightly more promising vet like Byron Murphy or Emmanuel Moseley.
The Eagles sign Terrell Edmunds to compete for open safety positions, and the Texans sign LB Cory Littleton, a serviceable one-year flyer. The Cowboys add RB Ronald Jones, a prototypical low-risk, high-reward bet, while the Colts sign Isaiah McKenzie, a fine rotational and special teams piece. Finally, the Cardinals sign Zach Pascal, a tone-setter who will willingly set up blocks, play special teams and contribute to the locker room.
Overall, Week 2 lacked the star power of Week 1’s major acquisitions, but with these under-the-radar moves, teams are shoring up their weaknesses and adding much-needed depth. The impact of these moves in the upcoming season will become clear soon enough.