Free agency is a magical time of year.
Teams get to improve their roster by dishing out money to some of the best available players. Sometimes a team strikes gold and finds a solid contributor for cheap. For every diamond in the rough though, there’s an Albert Haynesworth. Here are the five worst deals that have been made so far in free agency.
Matt Kalil to Panthers: five years, $55 million
Ever since his Pro Bowl rookie season ended, Matt Kalil has been fairly disappointing. Although the story of him and his brother, Ryan, being on the same team is nice, the move itself is surprising.
Offensive linemen have been hitting it rich in the offseason, whether they deserve their given contracts or not. Kalil is no exception. He is just coming off of a season which ended prematurely due to a hip injury. Even prior to that though, he was a liability for the most part on Minnesota’s offensive line.
Carolina got someone to fill a huge need for them, which is good on their part. However, they may soon regret letting an average player become their highest-paid offensive lineman.
Robert Woods to Rams: five years, $39 million
The Rams are desperate to add offensive weapons, and that really showed in this deal.
Robert Woods is an okay receiver at best. While he will help Jared Goff to some extent, he won’t be game-changing for Los Angeles by any means. The contract that they gave Woods is mind-boggling, to say the least. Terrelle Pryor received a one-year, $6 million deal despite outperforming him by 25 receptions, 394 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
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Woods is still young, so there may be some potential left to tap into. However, it’s very likely that this deal will come back to bite the Rams in a few years.
Luke Joeckel to Seahawks: one year, $8 million
The Seahawks need help on the offensive line, and Luke Joeckel will give it to them. But is he really worth the price they gave him?
I normally like one-year deals, but this one doesn’t make much sense to me. Joeckel is coming off of a season in which he only played four games. He’s only 25, but he already has an extensive injury history, including two season-ending, leg-related injuries. Plus, even when he is healthy, he’s not that impressive. As mentioned earlier, the price tags for offensive linemen in free agency has been rapidly increasing, but the Seahawks could’ve a cheaper, healthier option.
Joeckel will likely be an upgrade at guard (or tackle) over what Seattle had last year. He just might not be worth the contract he got.
Dion Sims to Bears: three years, $18 million
I was considering putting the Bears’ signing of Mike Glennon on here, but the contract works out in their favor in the long run. However, there isn’t much explanation that can excuse the contract they gave to tight end Dion Sims.
Sims isn’t a bad player by any means, but he’s not worth what Chicago gave up for him. He’s a blocking tight end with little upside as a receiver. To sum it up, he’s not the type of guy you’d pay $6 million a year for.
Considering that Martellus Bennett, a much better and much more established tight end, is only making $1 million more than Sims this year, the deal just doesn’t look good on the Bears’ end.
Dre Kirkpatrick to Bengals: five years, $52 million
Dre Kirkpatrick was given an elite contract, despite not being anything more than slightly above average.
He has been inconsistent as far as turnovers go: he has either had three interceptions or no interceptions every year since joining the NFL in 2012. He’s a penalty machine, as he has had 25 penalties as a starter. Plenty of other outlets aren’t too high on this deal, either. FanRag Sports used MAVEM, a calculator used for determining contractual value, and determined that Kirkpatrick was overpaid by nearly $3 million yearly.
Standing at 6’2″ and being 27 years old, he has length and youth that is attractive to teams. Cincinnati must be banking that he has some more growing to do.