Over the next two weeks, I'm going to rank the NFL's 32 offseasons. Let's start with the worst 16 offseasons and rank them from 32 to 17. I'll finish up with the top 16 on Wednesday.
For the purposes of considering these offseasons, I'm evaluating the personnel decisions each team made relative to its situation the day after the Super Bowl. As an example, while the Colts probably regret trading multiple draft picks for Carson Wentz last year, I'm evaluating only their decisions from February on (which now include a Wentz trade to Washington).
I'll mostly focus on player acquisitions and won't count player or coach retirements against the team in question. (I might mention them, though.) The same is true for suspensions, so I won't fault the Cardinals for what happened with DeAndre Hopkins, but I will critically think about their reaction to that news. I'll also try to use detailed contract information where I can to get more accurate insight into the real commitments organizations have made to their players.
Let's start with the bottom of the league, where one of the most successful franchises of the past decade underwent a reboot I didn't enjoy: