Problems, solutions for all 32 NFL teams

Every NFL franchise, even the 12 that qualified for the postseason, has warts. Some are minor, requiring mere tweaks. Others are major and require a full overhaul, be it philosophical, personnel focused, or both. Here’s what every team in the league can do to make sure 2020 goes better than 2019.


East | North | South | West
East | North | South | West

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham
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AFC East


Problem: The Bills don’t have enough weapons at wide receiver. John Brown is a deep threat, and Cole Beasley is a possession guy. Buffalo needs someone with true No. 1 potential.

Solution: Draft Colorado’s Laviska Shenault Jr. with the 23rd pick. Shenault has size (6-foot-2), and while his production at Colorado wasn’t eye-popping, he projects as a first-round talent.


Problem: Miami has major issues on defense. The Dolphins traded unhappy safety Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers, and could use another playmaker in the back end to replace him. 

Solution: Draft LSU safety Grant Delpit, considered by most analysts the best safety in the draft. He projects as the kind of instant-impact force that teams drool over. Miami has three first-round picks, and they’d be wise to spend one on Delpit.


Problem: Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are a two-man band. Otherwise, New England is devoid of playmakers.  

Solution: Trade for Odell Beckham Jr., still one of the most electrifying receivers in football. It’s clear that things aren’t working out for him in Cleveland. New England is the perfect place for him to resurrect his career.


Problem: The Jets couldn’t get to the passer. New York generated pressure on just 21.2 percent of opponents’ pass plays, 25th in the league. 

Solution: Sign LB Shaquil Barrett, who finished the season with 19.5 sacks, and while the Bucs could use the franchise tag on him, they might want that for Jameis Winston. If he hits free agency, the Jets, who have plenty of cap room, should pounce.

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