Reviewing how the Broncos and the other 31 NFL teams did in the first wave of free agency, trade season

One thought about each NFL team entering the first weekend of the signing/trading season:

Broncos: They went the Big Salary Route to fill quarterback (Joe Flacco), No. 2 cornerback (Kareem Jackson) and right tackle (Ja’Wuan James) but the next wave of free agency and the entire draft will be just as important.

Arizona: New defensive coordinator Vance Joseph got new starters in cornerback Robert Alford and linebackers Jordan Hicks and Terrell Suggs.

Atlanta: The Falcons signed James Carpenter (Jets) and Jamon Brown (Giants) for a combined $21 million to play guard. Underwhelming.

Baltimore: New general manager Eric DeCosta came out of nowhere to sign Seattle free safety Earl Thomas. The Ravens should be on the look for edge rushers in the draft after Terrell Suggs (Arizona) and Za’Darius Smith (Green Bay) left.

Buffalo: The Bills wanted to get quarterback Josh Allen some help … they signed eight free agents including projected starters at receiver (Cole Beasley, John Brown), center (Mitch Morse), tight end (Tyler Kroft) and right tackle (Ty Neshke).

Carolina: The only addition was former Broncos center Matt Paradis, who is recovering from a broken leg. The key for everything, though, is for quarterback Cam Newton to make a full return from shoulder surgery.

Chicago: The Bears were a spectator aside from signing Jets cornerback Buster Skrine to replace the still-unsigned Bryce Callahan and Redskins safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to replace Adrian Amos (Green Bay). The biggest focus, though, will be on new defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who replaced Vic Fangio.

Cincinnati: Its only activity was re-signing linebacker Preston Brown. Let’s move on.

Cleveland: Generational talents rarely become available and the Browns rightly pounced when the Giants offered receiver Odell Beckham.

Dallas: Allocating future money for quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, receiver Amari Cooper and maybe defensive end Demarcus Lawrence kept the Cowboys from being active.

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