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On the best side:
My Patriots
[b][color=blue]The Patriots would make this list if for no other reason than the stealthy manner in which they secured ex-Bears linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, one of the big prizes in this year's free agency class. New England kept its negotiations with Colvin so quiet, I'm not even sure Colvin knew he had signed with the Patriots until the deal was announced. When it comes to keeping their own counsel, few can play in the league occupied by head coach Bill Belichick and V.P. of player personnel Scott Pioli.

In landing Colvin, whose versatile skills are ideal for the Belichick's 3-4 defense, the Patriots got a much-needed injection of speed. Fast on the heels of Colvin's arrival was strong safety Rodney Harrison, who at 31 can still be a force when healthy. Throw in new cornerback Tyrone Poole, and New England's defense received an intriguing minor make-over. Still ahead is the possible trade of free safety Tebucky Jones, which could bring more bounty for the draft. [/color][/b]

Another the Jills
[color=red][b]What's not to like about Buffalo's aggressive overhaul of its defense, which ranked 27th in points allowed and 29th against the run last season? The Bills got better in terms of run-stopping with defensive tackle Sam Adams and end Keith McKenzie, improved their tackling and play-making at linebacker with Takeo Spikes and Jeff Posey, and upgraded at free safety with Izell Reese. Overall, they're quicker across the board on defense.

Plus, they played the tricky Peerless Price situation like a Stradivarius, trading their No. 2 receiver to Atlanta for a No. 1 draft pick. That means they're back in the draft, even after giving up their 2003 No. 1 last year in the Drew Bledsoe deal. If Josh Reed steps up at receiver, replacing Price, the Bills are right there in the rugged AFC East. This much we're certain of: Nobody in the division has improved more[/b][/color]

[color=green][SIZE=3][font=Arial]One for the Worst column [/font][/color][/SIZE]:P :D :lol:
The Jesticles
[color=green][b]And to think that before this offseason, the only thing the Jets and Redskins had in common was John Riggins. Now that half of New York's 2002 roster toils for the Redskins, we get to see if it's Herman Edwards or the players who are responsible for getting the Jets to the playoffs. New York does own Washington's draft this year, but here are three top-of-the-head questions about the Jets' offseason: New York probably made the right decisions from a long-term cap standpoint, but today would you rather have Coles or Curtis Conway? Thomas or Tom Nutten? Hall or Doug Brien? Throw in the botched matching of the Morton offer sheet, and there have been a few too many losses for the Jets to be anywhere but on the wrong side of the turnover ledger. [/b][/color]