Prior to the start of the new league year in March, NFL teams make out their free agent wish list and check it twice. Some teams must make tough decisions on their own free agents, while others are looking to upgrade the talent on their roster.
Redskins, Bengals, you can’t hop on a plane soon enough. The NFL’s flirtation with London hasn’t exactly brought Super Bowl-contending teams overseas this season, perhaps another reason, in a long list of them, for the decline in TV ratings.
When the NFL schedule was revealed in the offseason, this looked like a big game — two division champs who both won 12 games last season, no major changes on either side. It looked like a playoff preview.