In 2017, the number of participants (aged six years and older) in tackle football amounted to roughly 5.22 million. Though participation might be dipping a little bit, football is still one of the most popular sports to watch in the entire world. Fans watch every snap during the season, but they are also reading articles, receiving updates, and glued to their TVs during the offseason.
This year's offseason is still going on, but thanks to some wild signings, interesting trades, and a few controversies, it has already become one of the most entertaining and exciting offseasons.
Here are some of the most impactful moves of the 2019 NFL season:
Everything the Browns did
For decades, the Cleveland Browns have essentially been the laughingstock of the entire sports world. Not anymore. Second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield will lead an extremely talented Browns' offense this season, highlighted by their most recent addition: All-Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
ODB gained notoriety after making possibly the greatest catch of all-time against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football a few years ago, but he's so much more than a player with cool football gloves. He's fast, he's strong, and he's a great playmaker -- for the first time in a very long time, there is a lot of excitement surrounding Cleveland Browns football.
Jacksonville says goodbye to Bortles and hello to Foles
Despite the fact that Nick Foles defeated Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, the Eagles have decided to stick with 26-year-old Carson Wentz. The Jags said goodbye to their own 26-year-old QB and former 2014 third overall draft pick: Blake Bortles. Jacksonville doesn't have anywhere close to the talent or the hype that Cleveland now has, but their fans certainly can get excited about a veteran like Foles at the helm.
Baltimore getting some serious help
Though Lamar Jackson, Baltimore's young quarterback still has a lot to learn, the Ravens are definitely adding some talented players on both sides of the ball. On offense, they added running back Mark Ingram Jr., a former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time Pro Bowler who has had a successful career playing in New Orleans. On defense, at safety, they added six-time Pro Bowler and former Super Bowl champion Earl Thomas.
The 2019 NFL season officially kicks off on September 5, 2019.
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