NFL Power Rankings: Where do Steelers rank ahead of free agency?

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8. Miami Dolphins

I'm not sure if I believe that Tua Tagovailoa would have had an MVP-caliber season if he would have stayed healthy throughout the year. Regardless, he showed why fans were writing him off too soon, and pairing him with a mastermind like HC Mike McDaniel has helped a ton. Still, concussions are a career-threatening concern at this point and any wrong hit could be his last in this league.

7. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers had some unfortunate injuries in 2022, but they are ready to give it another go. With a bad offensive coordinator last season and without many weapons, I think it's only a matter of time until QB Justin Herbert solidifies himself as one of the very best quarterbacks in the league. That jump could happen with new OC Kellen Moore this coming season.

6. Buffalo Bills

On any given game, Josh Allen can be the best player in the NFL. The problem is that he was too high-variance last season. This led to an offense that was stagnant at times and the Bills were humiliated in the playoffs. Now in a financial bind and possibly forced to cut back on talent, they could take a slight step back in 2023.

5. San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers still have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, so there's little doubt they will be a contending playoff team next year. However, their quarterback situation is once again in question after Brock Purdy suffered an elbow injury in the playoffs. They can get by with less at the position than any other team, but it still might not be enough to finally get over that hump.