Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Shemon & Sheppard – In The Afternoon

Philadelphia Eagles fans react while watching Super Bowl LVII at City Tap House on February 12, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Eagles play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona today. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

The NFL free agency window is now underway and fans across the NFL are discussing their teams moves. However, some are happier than others and they have taken to social media to reveal their happiness. Or their frustrations. But which fanbase has been the happiest on social media this season when reacting to free agency? Are the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers making the right moves? The fans have opinions.

To discover this, Gambling.com decided to utilize social listening tools to analyze the positive reactions to every NFL team’s social media posts since the first free agency move to the most recent in order to rank the Happiest Fanbases in the NFL: Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.

  • The San Francisco 49ers are the most positive fans in the league, with their average positivity at 37.39%.
  • Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills fans rank as second and third happiest fans in the NFL with an average positvity of 34.20% and 32.10%, respectively.
  • The Minnesota Vikings have the angriest fans in the NFL about free agency, with 20% of the reactions and posts about them across social media being negative or angry.

By analyzing the tone, be it good or bad, of the post, you can determine the “average level of positivity” of a teams fanbase. Are the teams making the right moves? We won’t know that until the season starts. But here’s what the fans think of the moves being made.

Here’s the list of the most positive, down to the most negative fans. Beginning with the (currently) most happies fans. The ones in San Francisco.

  • 1 San Francisco 49ers

    The research revealed that San Francisco 49ers fans are the most positive about their free agency moves after adding 2021 Pro Bowler Javon Hargrave to their roster and tying down former Panther Sam Darnold for a year to compete at the QB spot. Darnold has replaced Jimmy Garoppolo who is now a Raider, signing a 3 year contract reportedly worth 67.5 million.

  • 2 Philadelphia Eagles

    Philadelphia Eagles fans are ranked second in the most positive about Free Agency list after fan favorite Jason Kelce announced that he will be returning to the Eagles for the 2023 season which has delighted the Eagles fanbase. They have also resigned one of their most important defensive players in James Bradberry, which is certainly big get for the Eagles. Jacoby Brissett is one of the big names joining the Eagles form the Browns this season also which gives good depth to their QB spot.

  • 3 Buffalo Bills

    Buffalo Bills fans rank third in the list as they made a big move to retain 2022 Pro Bowler Jordan Poyer on a 2 year deal. They also lost a big piece to their defense with Tremaine Edmunds leaving the Bills and joining the Chicago Bears and the move has had a mixed reaction by fans.

  • 4 Jacksonville Jaguars

    Key addition: WR Calvin Ridley (reinstated) 

    They have not made any major signings in free agency yet, they have made some moves to retain their own players. As you mentioned, they re-signed safety Andrew Wingard, defensive end Adam Gotsis, and cornerback Tre Herndon. The Jaguars also placed the franchise tag on TE Even Engram.

  • 5 Washington Commanders

    Until this team is officially sold, Commander fans will be on pins and needles.

  • 6 New Orleans Saints

    I want to see Jameis Winston get a chance to start.  It won’t be in New Orleans as they now have Derek Carr.  He better play better than last year or this team will be in trouble.

  • 7 Denver Broncos

    Key addition: RT Mike McGlinchey

    The Broncos grabbed the top right tackle available in Mike McGlinchey, as well as 26-year-old Ben Powers, an offensive guard formerly of the Baltimore Ravens

  • 8 Atlanta Falcons

    This team stinks.  Lets see if they can develop a quarterback.

  • 9 LA Chargers

    Key addition: LB Erick Kendricks

    Don’t blow huge leads in a playoff game.  Your head coach still has a lot of questions marks regarding clock management.

  • 10 Pittsburgh Steelers

    Key addition: OG Isaac Seumalo

    Former Washington Commanders LB Cole Holcomb will also help.  QB Kenny Pickett is jumping for joy now that he has a big time right tackle.

     

  • 11 Seattle Seahawks

    Geno Smith signing for big bucks to remain in the Emerald City.  Get ready for the major step back this season.

  • 12 Indianapolis Colts

    Key addition: DE Samson Ebukam

    The Colts defensive lineman Tavern Bryan and quarterback Gardner Minshew.  This team is on the rebuild rebound cycle and will be looking to draft a QB in the draft.

     

  • 13 Tennessee Titans

    Key addition: DE Arden Key

    I don’t know what the heck this team is doing.  Are they going to tank, which I find hard to believe as long as head coach Mike Vrabel is there, or are they tweaking?   Hard to tell with all the players they lost. We shall see.

  • 14 Chicago Bears

    I like Justin Fields, a lot.  This team is going to be on the rise this season.  Just keep this man upright.

  • 15 Detroit Lions

    This team has definitely made some major improvements on both sides of the ball during this free agency signing period.  However expectations are going to be through the roof this season for Lions fans including Craig Shemon.  Can this team not only contend for a division title but dare I say Super Bowl?  lol.  No, I’m not saying that. Yet.

  • 16 Kansas City Chiefs

    Key addition: DE Charles Omenihu

    The defending Super Bowl champions lost some players and inked a couple of new ones including former Tampa Bay safety Mike Edwards.  They will be just fine.  You want to talk about their receiver problem, if there is one, be my guest.

  • 17 Arizona Cardinals

    Yea yea yea.  It’s a dry heat.

  • 18 Miami Dolphins

    Key addition: CB Jalen Ramsey

    The bottom line here is that if Tua can stay healthy this team has all the tools to make a serious run to the Super Bowl.  If he can’t stay on the field, all bets are off.

     

  • 19 Cleveland Browns

    Key addition: DT Dalvin Tomlinson

    Blah Blah Blah.  If Deshaun Watson of the past shows up, this team could do some damage.

  • 20 New York Giants

    Danny “Dimes” gets the big bucks.  Not lets see if he can live up to the big expectations in a very tough NFC East.

  • 21 Dallas Cowboys

    Has Dallas improved on paper?  It sure looks that way.  Can’t wait to see how Mike McCarthy improves the offense after throwing former OC Kellen Moore under the bus.  Jerry Jones will continue his cartoon like stance on all things and Dallas probably won’t get past the first round again.

  • 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Baker Mayfield.  The absolute total wild card signing in this free agency period.  The Bucs still have a lot of talented players on both sides of the ball.  I’m just not a fan of  Tod Bowles as a head coach.  They better improve on that stagnant play calling from last year.

  • 23 Green Bay Packers

    LOL. Let the Jordan Love era begin for what very well could be the NFC North’s last place Green Bay Packers.

  • 24 New England Patriots

    Key addition: WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

    Billy O’Brien is back at OC for the Patriots.  That alone is going to worth at least 2 wins.  As bad as the offense was last year, most of the national pundits forget that the Patriots cost themselves a playoff spot by beating themselves in several games.  It wasn’t just the Vegas debacle.  There were several others.  This team will be in the hunt for a playoff spot next year once again in a very tough AFC East.

  • 25 Minnesota Vikings

    Brian Flores will turn that pathetic Vikings defense around.  Despite some of  their losses on offense, I still think the Vikings will have enough to compete for a playoff spot.

  • 26 Carolina Panthers

    The fact that this team is in the NFC South should give Panthers fans some hope.  Anything is possible and 9 wins could win the division.  Tampa Bay won it last year with 8.

  • 27 Baltimore Ravens

    Key addition: Nobody!

    Will Lamar Jackson, who received the non-exclusive franchise tag recently, still be on the team?  It’s one of life’s biggest mysteries right now.

  • 28 Las Vegas Raiders

    Key addition: QB Jimmy Garoppolo

    Many are calling this team “The Vegas Patriots”.  They also added former Patriots players WR Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Myers.  However the Raiders on paper last year also looked very talented.  Derek Carr however didn’t have a great year and their defense was putrid.  If Jimmy G can provide a little spark and the “D” improves a bit, this team could be tough.

  • 29 LA Rams

    I think this team stinks.

  • 30 Houston Texans

    Key addition: TE Dalton Schultz

    It’s another rebuilding year for the Texans.  Who they draft at QB with the number 2 pick next month could decide this team’s future for the next decade.

  • 31 New York Jets

    Key addition: QB Aaron Rodgers (Allegedly)

    This team is very talented on both sides of the ball.  They just need a quarterback.  Will it be Aaron Rogers?  Maybe, or maybe not.  It all depends on what the Jets are willing to give the Green Bay Packers as compensation.  The Packers are asking for 2 number ones.  Jets would be stupid to comply and so far they haven’t.  My advice is send the two number one’s to Baltimore and go after Lamar Jackson.  Knowing the Jets history, there is still a possibility they won’t get either one of these guys.  And yes, I would get a nice chuckle out of that.  Typical Jets.  I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • 32 Cincinnati Bengals

    Key addition: LT Orlando Brown Jr.

    Joe Burrow is doing cartwheels over this signing.  The Bengals continue to improve on the offensive line.  This team will once again be a serious Super Bowl contender.

  • Here's the numbers:

    Rank

    Team

    Positive Facebook Posts

    Positive Twitter Posts

    Positive Reddit Posts

    Average Level of Positivity

    1

    San Francisco 49ers

    84%

    8.87%

    19.30%

    37.39%

    2

    Philadelphia Eagles

    72%

    12.30%

    18.30%

    34.20%

    3

    Buffalo Bills

    71%

    10%

    15.30%

    32.10%

    4

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    74%

    7.67%

    13%

    31.56%

    5

    Washington Commanders

    50%

    25%

    4.69%

    26.56%

    6

    New Orleans Saints

    60%

    11.80%

    6.04%

    25.95%

    7

    Denver Broncos

    51%

    10.50%

    14.50%

    25.77%

    8

    Atlanta Falcons

    54%

    13.30%

    12.50%

    25.67%

    9

    LA Chargers

    52%

    17.10%

    8.33%

    24.54%

    10

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    42%

    17.10%

    13.80%

    24.30%

    11

    Seattle Seahawks

    51%

    10.50%

    9.77%

    23.76%

    12

    Indianapolis Colts

    44%

    8.26%

    19%

    23.75%

    13

    Tennessee Titans

    41%

    13.70%

    16.30%

    23.67%

    14

    Chicago Bears

    47%

    14.20%

    8.63%

    23.28%

    15

    Detroit Lions

    32%

    17.50%

    14.30%

    21.27%

    16

    Kansas City Chiefs

    35%

    11.70%

    15.30%

    20.83%

    17

    Arizona Cardinals

    33%

    9.38%

    16.90%

    19.76%

    18

    Miami Dolphins

    31%

    14.70%

    10.30%

    18.67%

    19

    Cleveland Browns

    34%

    12.10%

    9.39%

    18.50%

    20

    New York Giants

    28%

    8.26%

    15.50%

    17.25%

    21

    Dallas Cowboys

    21%

    11.90%

    11.20%

    14.70%

    22

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    27%

    7.50%

    8.33%

    14.28%

    23

    Green Bay Packers

    18%

    8.44%

    15.30%

    13.91%

    24

    New England Patriots

    24%

    10.20%

    7.08%

    13.76%

    25

    Minnesota Vikings

    13%

    14.90%

    11.60%

    13.17%

    26

    Carolina Panthers

    15%

    10.30%

    13.60%

    12.97%

    27

    Baltimore Ravens

    15%

    11.30%

    10.20%

    12.17%

    28

    Las Vegas Raiders

    18%

    7.76%

    10%

    11.92%

    29

    LA Rams

    11%

    12.60%

    11.20%

    11.60%

    30

    Houston Texans

    17%

    7.58%

    6.80%

    10.46%

    31

    New York Jets

    10%

    7.88%

    8.41%

    8.76%

    32

    Cincinnati Bengals

    11%

    7.60%

    7.33%

    8.64%

  • Rank

    Team

    Negative Facebook Posts

    Negative Twitter Posts

    Negative Reddit Posts

    Average Level of Negativity

    1

    Minnesota Vikings

    9%

    37.20%

    14.70%

    20%

    2

    Cincinnati Bengals

    14%

    20.70%

    14.00%

    16.23%

    3

    Baltimore Ravens

    8%

    17.30%

    15.60%

    13.63%

    4

    Detroit Lions

    10%

    8.27%

    18.60%

    12.29%

    5

    Carolina Panthers

    14%

    11.80%

    10.90%

    12.23%

    6

    New York Giants

    12%

    5.47%

    18.20%

    12%

    7

    Cleveland Browns

    2%

    12.60%

    20.80%

    11.80%

    8

    Houston Texans

    6%

    8.76%

    19.70%

    11.49%

    9

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    8%

    5.70%

    20.70%

    11%

    10

    Philadelphia Eagles

    2%

    14.70%

    15.80%

    11%

    11

    Tennessee Titans

    11%

    6.79%

    14.70%

    11%

    12

    Dallas Cowboys

    4%

    8.84%

    19.60%

    10.81%

    13

    Denver Broncos

    8%

    8.51%

    14.50%

    10.34%

    14

    Las Vegas Raiders

    12%

    8.73%

    6.92%

    9.22%

    15

    Washington Commanders

    6%

    7.10%

    14.10%

    9%

    16

    LA Rams

    6%

    7.47%

    12.40%

    8.62%

    17

    Green Bay Packers

    3%

    5.79%

    16.00%

    8.26%

    18

    Miami Dolphins

    4%

    8.71%

    11.70%

    8.14%

    19

    Atlanta Falcons

    2%

    11.80%

    9.38%

    7.73%

    20

    Buffalo Bills

    1%

    4.90%

    16.10%

    7.33%

    21

    Kansas City Chiefs

    2%

    9.96%

    10.00%

    7.32%

    22

    LA Chargers

    2%

    6.62%

    13.30%

    7.31%

    23

    New York Jets

    3%

    6.57%

    11.80%

    7%

    24

    New England Patriots

    4%

    5.96%

    10.40%

    7%

    25

    Arizona Cardinals

    5%

    4.84%

    10.50%

    6.78%

    26

    Chicago Bears

    4%

    5.40%

    8.43%

    5.94%

    27

    Seattle Seahawks

    3%

    4.16%

    9.77%

    6%

    28

    New Orleans Saints

    2%

    3.46%

    11.40%

    6%

    29

    San Francisco 49ers

    1%

    6.21%

    8.43%

    5%

    30

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    2%

    3.94%

    8.33%

    5%

    31

    Indianapolis Colts

    3%

    3.80%

    5.71%

    4.17%

    32

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    1%

    6.22%

    4.35%

    3.86%

  • Sources:

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