There are many ways to screw up a free agency signing.
You can overpay for a guy, sign a guy you don’t need, or sabotage your cap space with a pricey player.
All of these things happened this year.
Among the biggest losers: the Giants, Colts, Raiders, and Lions.
Contract: five years, $US31 million
Why it's bad: He's still young. But $US13 million guaranteed to a third wide receiver with modest numbers is a lot, especially for a team with as many holes as the Lions.
Contract: five years, $US30 million
Why it's bad: The Raiders have money to burn, but so do the Jets. There's a reason New York didn't match the ridiculous $US30 million price that Oakland offered.
Contract: four years, $US39 million
Why it's bad: Davis is getting paid like a top-line corner. In reality, he's a wildly inconsistent player who can be a liability as easily as he can be an asset.
Contract: three years, $US10.5 million
Why it's bad: History has told us that signing a mid-tier running back in free agency is a waste of cap space. You can always find guys like Brown on the scrap heap at the end of the free agency period.
Contract: four years, $US28 million
Why it's bad: Another instance of the Browns letting a guy go and replacing him with someone worse for the same amount of money. TJ Ward went to Denver and got $US5 million less than the Browns gave Whitner.
Contract: five years, $US42.5 million/five years, $US31.7 million
Why it's bad: This was a disaster for the Raiders. They backed out of their deal with Saffold at the last minute, claiming he had an undisclosed shoulder injury, and ended up losing their own tackle Jared Veldheer, who signed with Arizona.
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