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13 Worst Signings From NFL Free Agency

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Posted: 6/28/2014 11:37 PM

13 Worst Signings From NFL Free Agency 


13 Worst Signings From NFL Free Agency

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March 30, 2014
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Golden Tate

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.

Golden Tate (wide receiver), Detroit Lions

Contract: five years, $31 million

Age: 25

Why it’s bad: He’s still young. But $13 million guaranteed to a third wide receiver with modest numbers is a lot, especially for a team with as many holes as the Lions.
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Posted: 6/28/2014 11:40 PM

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13 Worst Signings From NFL Free Agency Business Insider | More Articles March 30, 2014 Golden Tate 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.

Golden Tate (wide receiver), Detroit Lions Contract:   five years, $31 million Age:  25 Why it’s bad:  He’s still young. But $13 million guaranteed to a third wide receiver with modest numbers is a lot, especially for a team with as many holes as the Lions. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/modenadude/

Austin Howard (offensive tackle), Oakland Raiders Contract:   five years, $30 million Age:  26 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 $30 million price that Oakland offered.

Tyson Jackson (defensive end), Kansas City Chiefs Contract:   five years, $25 million Age:  27 Why it’s bad:  Despite his high draft position, he was a rotation player for most of his time in Kansas City and only have nine career sacks. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26686573@N00/

Vontae Davis (cornerback), Indianapolis Colts Contract:   four years, $39 million Age:  25 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 . Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/

Jairus Byrd (safety), New Orleans Saints Contract:   six years, $54 million Age:  27 Why it’s bad:  Byrd is a great player, but  the back-loaded structure of his deal  could kill the team’s flexibility next year when they try to re-sign Jimmy Graham. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathaninsandiego/

Charlie Whitehurst (quarterback), Tennessee Titans Contract:   two years, $8 million Age:  31 Why it’s bad:  Whitehurst is a significantly worse back-up QB option than Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Jake Locker’s injury history, it makes no sense. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/footballschedule/

Rashad Jennings (running back), New York Giants Contract:   four years, $14 million Age:  28 Why it’s bad:  He was the  43rd best running back in the NFL last year , according to AdvancedNFLStats. No need to spend $3 million guaranteed on that. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinur/

Donald Brown (running back), Indianapolis Colts Contract:   three years, $10.5 million Age:  26 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. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25353033@N05/

Brandon Pettigrew (tight end), Detroit Lions Contract:   four years, $16 million Age:  29 Why it’s bad:  You do not need to give an aging tight end who had two TD catches last year $8 million guaranteed, Lions. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/virtualsugar/

Shawn Lauvao (guard), Washington Redskins Contract:   four years, $17 million Age:  26 Why it’s bad:  This is a pretty straight-forward overpay. Lauvao got basically the same contract as the best guard on the market, Geoff Schwartz . Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimharper/

Karlos Dansby (linebacker), Cleveland Browns Contract:   four years, $24 million Age:  32 Why it’s bad:  He’s odd, and he got more money than the guy the Browns cut to make room for him, D’Qwell Jackson. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/edrost88/

Donte Whitner (safety), Cleveland Browns Contract:   four years, $28 million Age:  28 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 $5 million less than the Browns gave Whitner. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/footballschedule/

Rodger Saffold (offensive tackle), Oakland Raiders/St. Louis Rams Contract:  five years, $42.5 million/ five years, $31.7 million Age:  25 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.

This post, written by Tony Manfred, originally appeared at  Business Insider . Copyright 2014. Get ready for the draft: The Top 32 Players In The 2014 NFL Draft

Last edited 6/29/2014 7:32 AM by scottallen222

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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:02 AM

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so what? sometimes you do what you have to do.

I believe it will be a good signing
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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:07 AM

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I wonder who this dude thinks our #2 WR is?
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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:11 AM

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PDXboy wrote: I wonder who this dude thinks our #2 WR is?
Seriously.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 1:04 AM

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sneakerpro wrote:
PDXboy wrote: I wonder who this dude thinks our #2 WR is?
Seriously.
My thought exactly....
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Posted: 6/29/2014 1:23 AM

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The idea that Golden Tate is a #3 WR is funny. It was an overpay...sure but Tate is going to be perfect in this O.

Pettigrew....I hope we signed him to what the market was dictating on him. I have no idea what the Jets were offeting him.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 2:15 AM

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hopefully Tate will see this and use it.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 3:54 AM

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sneakerpro wrote:
PDXboy wrote: I wonder who this dude thinks our #2 WR is?
Seriously.

You're misinterpreting his meaning.  He's speaking to Tate's talent and likely sees him as a slot guy.  Even if we didn't have Calvin, the statement could still be the same.  Tate playing as a #1 by default or attrition doesn't make him a #1.  

I'm not saying I agree with it, though.  

I do agree with Pettigrew.  I do not value him as a receiver, and as a blocker he doesn't have high contract value.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:04 AM

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i understand the logic but disagree with the evaluation.

the logic is that you can't take a slot guy and turn him into a #2 just because there is a void there and because you pay him like a #2.  we've been burned in the past when we did this with az hakim, or nate burleson.

but tate, as i understand it, actually has played #2 and prospered there.  so i don't think he's being miscast.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:14 AM

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InterimLionsMasterPimp wrote:
sneakerpro wrote:
PDXboy wrote: I wonder who this dude thinks our #2 WR is?
Seriously.

You're misinterpreting his meaning.  He's speaking to Tate's talent and likely sees him as a slot guy.  Even if we didn't have Calvin, the statement could still be the same.  Tate playing as a #1 by default or attrition doesn't make him a #1.  
It's still a ridiculous statement. Whether you want to use the fact that Tate was # 1 WR on the SB Champions, will be #2 in Detroit, or the fact that no third WR in the league is putting up 900yds and 5TDs, it's wrong from whichever angle you choose to look at it. There's a big difference between labeling Tate not-a-number-1, and a mediocre #3. He could've called him a slot WR, or a #2 WR who was play-acting as a #1, and I wouldn't question the judgment, but "a third WR with modest numbers" is over the top.

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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:53 AM

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Right on PDX. Tate was the #1 in Seattle with Harvin missing the whole season. And on the NFL team that runs MORE then anyone (except maybe the 49ers) Tate had a successful season with that team. This kid can play, he is young and he seems to be a strong scheme fit on paper. MAYBE a slight overpay, maybe, but not anywhere close to a bad signing. Tate is also elusive and can catch the football:
(from the 2012 season)..."You may think that these risky passes would have caught up to Wilson at some point, but that was not the case. With a 69.2% completion rate, seven touchdowns, and one interception on his throws to Tate, the duo’s 133.0 WR Rating was the second-highest in the NFL for any QB-WR tandem with over 20 targets."
www.profootballfocus.com/blog/...ar-golden-tate/

From the dsame article (talking about his time as a slot guy without a lot of targets):
"Nevertheless, thanks to his always-reliable hands and ever-dangerous runs after the catch, Tate still finished his second season with a +4.4 overall PFF grade. He didn’t drop a single pass in 2011, and totaled 13 missed tackles on 35 receptions. In fact, his average of a missed tackle every 2.69 receptions in 2011 was the best rate of any NFL receiver with more than five catches."

And:
"You can’t blame fans for underestimating Golden Tate. Nothing about his 5-foot-10 frame or 898 receiving yards this season screams “No. 1 wide receiver.” But he’s earned a +20.8 overall grade in the past two seasons, placing him among the Top 25 wide receivers. While he may not have the physical dominance of a Calvin Johnson or Dez Bryant, he has an underrated reliability and elusiveness that make him a game changer. While another coach in the NFC West has raved about having the “best catcher ever,” the best hands in the NFL today actually belong to Tate. After dropping just three passes this season, he’s caught 144 of the 149 catchable balls thrown his way since 2011. His 3.9% Drop Rate in that span is the lowest of any wide receiver in the NFL with 100 targets."
www.profootballfocus.com/blog/...ennett-vs-tate/

Tate has played very, very well the last three seasons overall (after his rookie season) yet this article notes he is overpaid despite performing WAY better then many guys on this list.

Any list that does not include soon-to-be 32 year old Jason Hatcher's 4 year $27 million deal seems off to me (with $10.5 million guaranteed). Also, they mention Pettigrew but just turned 29 (today!) Dennis Pitta signed a deal worth almost TWICE as much as Pettigrew's and if for 5 years with $16 million guaranteed. Oh, and Pettigrew has better stats across the board then Pitta...and Pitta is I think maybe a worse run blocker then Pettigrew:
"Even in his career-best 2012 season, he still gained just 669 receiving yards. With a -12.4 career run block grade, he’s a one-dimensional tight end in a league that’s becoming increasingly populated with them."
www.profootballfocus.com/blog/...onroe-vs-pitta/

I would have also included new Titans ROT Michael Oher on this list as well:
"Last year, Oher’s run blocking took a dip. He was graded as the worst run-blocking tackle in the NFL by Pro Football Focus (PFF), and received an overall grade of -12.6, the ninth-worst mark in the league."
www.baltimoreravens.com/news/a...2a-bb3f73ffc23e

Oher received a four year deal worth $20 million with just over Z$9 million guaranteed.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 9:36 AM

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While Golden Tate is an upgrade from what we had at WR, upgrading the position could've been accomplished in a more cost effective manner. We could've signed Nicks or Britt on a one year prove it deal and taken a WR in the 2nd in an extremely deep WR class. Britt is going to tear it up this year in St. Louis on an incentive laden, no risk deal. Mayhew throws around long term deals too carelessly IMO, and I would like to see him take advantage of one year deals more often.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 10:15 AM

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More one year deals wouldn't be bad, but I don't know if they are the best thing..and it would be interesting to see how guys who are on one year "prove it" deals perform. I think the Pettigrew contract is basically a one or two year deal masked in a 4 year one.

At any rate, I rather have Tate over Britt or Nicks
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Posted: 6/29/2014 10:25 AM

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I disagree with that Iggy.

Nicks and Britt were available for cheap for a reason. They have each battled injuries and other issues to watch their respective stock plummet.

Tate has no holes in his game. He is elusive, has great hands ("While another coach in the NFC West has raved about having the “best catcher ever,” the best hands in the NFL today actually belong to Tate. After dropping just three passes this season, he’s caught 144 of the 149 catchable balls thrown his way since 2011. His 3.9% Drop Rate in that span is the lowest of any wide receiver in the NFL with 100 targets.") and turns 26 in August (Nicks and Britt are also young). He is also an experienced punt returner if we need him.

Nicks took a close-to-$4 million deal with $2 million signing bonus. Tate is getting roughly $6 million/season...or about $2 million more then Nicks. About 33% more then what Nicks is making.

I am happy to pay Tate 33% MORE then Nicks and have the deal locked down for the next 4 season (after 2014). Nicks represents a ton of risk to me. Tate is a much safer player.

Also...I LOVE LBer Kyle Van Noy in rd. 2. Great value to me. Counting on a rookie #2 WR is another pretty big gamble to me.

And I am not saying your ideas are way wrong Iggy. But I would have also locked down Tate and grabbed Van Noy. I like that combination a lot.

Nicks and Britt were guys I like but if I am a betting man I am not sure either of these guys gets back on track at this point. Each of them could also blow up again and do quite well.

I like having a guy who is also young, blocks well, catches the ball well and wants to be here. I am fine with the moves made by Mayhew in this case, price and all.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:45 PM

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He doesn't have to be better than Burleson, who caught over 70% of his passes last year, he just has to play every game. Once you have that kind of consistency, it opens up the entire O. We need a WR who can gain over 1,000 yards, just 63 per game. Sounds easy doesn't it? When's the last time we had a WR not named Megatron do that? We have guys who are overpaid, we have guys who are underpaid, so does every team out there. You have to balance that and field a team who can go the furthest. We are very close to being an elite team. What people don't get is that with the new CBA we ALL have to pay basically the same amount of money. What we will see going forward is who spent theirs wisely. The Lions and Rams are 2 teams that are still feeling the effect of the old CBA, but the ceiling for team cap's is going to go up significantly the next 2 years and that anchor will be gone. Let's face it, we had to fix EVERYTHING just a couple of years ago, and we have whittled that down to the secondary. If that DL can get to the QB with a new press coverage, that will erase some serious deficiencies right now. If not, we need to score early and often. We have enough money left to sign a CB from final cuts. Cross your fingers that we can either find one or that this new staff can coach up the young guys we already have.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 2:02 PM

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Whoever wrote this "article" did not even put their name to it!!!!!!!

But Tate was the #1 WR on the Super Bowl Champions and he is the #2 on the Detroit Lions
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Posted: 6/29/2014 2:37 PM

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Some great stuff in this thread, thanks!
At the time I thought the Tate signing was excellent -- I think the addition of Tate and Ebron should finally make this offense the consistent machine we saw glimpses of over the last few years.

Not sure I agree on Pettigrew either -- he's a solid TE -- underrated by many.

I think it's fair to question whether the Lions over-paid but IF the offense is top 5 this year, then I think nobody can seriously say we overpaid for these guys.

If the offense doesn't become consistent -- then for sure it's all been a waste of money.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 3:15 PM

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The guy who wrote this is a moron.. Tate isn't a 3rd WR and he came from a run first team.. All FA's get overpaid, or better yet all players are overpaid.. You either give them a fat extension or they go to another team..
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Posted: 6/29/2014 4:11 PM

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Nice stuff here Lying fan.  Well said.  
LyingFan wrote: He doesn't have to be better than Burleson, who caught over 70% of his passes last year, he just has to play every game. Once you have that kind of consistency, it opens up the entire O. We need a WR who can gain over 1,000 yards, just 63 per game. Sounds easy doesn't it? When's the last time we had a WR not named Megatron do that? We have guys who are overpaid, we have guys who are underpaid, so does every team out there. You have to balance that and field a team who can go the furthest. We are very close to being an elite team. What people don't get is that with the new CBA we ALL have to pay basically the same amount of money. What we will see going forward is who spent theirs wisely. The Lions and Rams are 2 teams that are still feeling the effect of the old CBA, but the ceiling for team cap's is going to go up significantly the next 2 years and that anchor will be gone. Let's face it, we had to fix EVERYTHING just a couple of years ago, and we have whittled that down to the secondary. If that DL can get to the QB with a new press coverage, that will erase some serious deficiencies right now. If not, we need to score early and often. We have enough money left to sign a CB from final cuts. Cross your fingers that we can either find one or that this new staff can coach up the young guys we already have.
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