The NFL offseason presents every team with opportunities to get better, but the league is ultimately a zero-sum game. There are those who get better and those who get worse.

The 2022 offseason was one of the wildest in recent memory. Several stars were traded, huge contracts were handed out and the coaching carousel saw nearly a third of the league put a new man in charge.

While everyone can find some reason to be optimistic, there are inevitably winners and losers of the offseason.

These winners came out in much better situations than they started. The losers, well, this offseason hasn't quite worked out for them.

 

Winner: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

For about 40 days, the NFC South looked like it was going to be the most wide-open division in the NFL.

Tom Brady retired, and all of a sudden, one of the best rosters in the league had a big question mark at the most important position. Then Brady had a change of heart.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion decided to continue his run with the Bucs, and they were once again immediate contenders.

From there, they just kept on winning.

Getting Brady back made them an appealing destination for free agents. That aided them in landing Russell Gage, which not only hurt the divisional foe Atlanta Falcons but also boosted the receiving corps.

They were even able to replace lost talent. Guard Alex Cappa headed to the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Bucs got Shaq Mason for a fifth-round pick. They did not re-sign Ndamukong Suh but brought in defensive tackle Akiem Hicks on a one-year, $8 million deal.

There are still some questions. Bruce Arians moved into a front-office role, leaving Todd Bowles as the head coach. But retaining offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and getting Brady back keeps Tampa squarely in the Super Bowl hunt.