NFL 2016: Same Faces, New Places
NFL 2016: Same Faces, New Places

Whether through free agency or trades, this offseason contained big-name switches that may alter the landscape of the 2016 NFL season.

Arizona and New England swapped former first-round picks, with the Cardinals acquiring linebacker CHANDLER JONES -- whose 12.5 sacks in 2015 were the fourth-most in the AFC -- in exchange for guard JONATHAN COOPER and a second round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. In Houston, the Texans lured quarterback BROCK OSWEILER away from the Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos.

"Going through free agency and deciding to switch teams, it was a very difficult decision to leave Denver," says Osweiler. "In fact, it was the most difficult decision in my life but this is truly a dream come true. This is right at the top of the mountain. I'm extremely excited to get to work here with the Houston Texans."

Several former Pro Bowlers have joined new teams, including quarterback ROBERT GRIFFIN III (Cleveland), running backs MATT FORTÉ (New York Jets), ARIAN FOSTER (Miami), ALFRED MORRIS (Dallas) and DE MARCO MURRAY (Tennessee), tight end VERNON DAVIS (Washington), tackle RUSSELL OKUNG (Denver), defensive end MARIO WILLIAMS (Miami) and defensive backs TASHAUN GIPSON (Jacksonville), JOSH NORMAN (Washington) and ERIC WEDDLE (Baltimore).

Notable NFL players who changed teams this offseason:

Position Player New Team Old Team
Source: NFL
DERobert AyersTampa BayGiants
WRAnquan BoldinDetroit49ers
GAlex BooneMinnesota49ers
CBBrandon BrownerSeattleSaints
RBReggie BushBuffalo49ers
TRyan CladyJetsDenver
DEChris ClemonsSeattleJacksonville
GJonathan CooperPatriotsArizona
QBChase DanielEaglesChiefs
TEVernon DavisWashingtonDenver
DTNick FairleySaintsRams
TECoby FleenerSaintsColts
RBMatt FortéJetsBears
RBArian FosterMiamiHouston
DEDwight FreeneyAtlantaArizona
STashaun GipsonJacksonvilleCleveland
SMichael GriffinVikingsTennessee
QBRobert Griffin IIIClevelandWashington
TRyan HarrisPittsburghDenver
LBBruce IrvinOaklandSeattle
RBChris IvoryJacksonvilleJets
DEMalik JacksonJacksonvilleDenver
WRAndre JohnsonTennesseeIndianapolis
DEChandler JonesArizonaNew England
WRMarvin JonesDetroitCincinnati
DTTerrance KnightonPatriotsWashington
CAlex MackAtlantaCleveland
CBByron MaxwellMiamiEagles
CBLeodis McKelvinEaglesBuffalo
RBAlfred MorrisDallasWashington
RBDeMarco MurrayTennesseeEagles
CBJosh NormanWashingtonCarolina
TRussell OkungDenverSeattle
GKelechi OsemeleOaklandBaltimore
QBBrock OsweilerHoustonDenver
QBMark SanchezDenverEagles
WRMohamed SanuAtlantaCincinnati
TMitchell SchwartzChiefsCleveland
DTPaul SoliaiCarolinaAtlanta
LBDanny TrevathanBearsDenver
DEOlivier VernonGiantsMiami
WRNate WashingtonPatriotsHouston
TEBenjamin WatsonBaltimoreSaints
SEric WeddleBaltimoreSan Diego
DEMario WilliamsMiamiBuffalo

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