Every offseason, we see marquee signings that make us hopeful for an exciting new season. Today, we are going to examine the top 5 head-scratchers of the 2021 offseason.
Top 5 Worst FA Signings of 2021
5| Patrick Peterson| 1 year, $8 Million
The Minnesota Vikings had an active offseason, but they might have taken a step back while making changes to their secondary. The team decided to let a stout safety in Anthony Harris leave, and decided to bring in the veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson. From the outside in this move isn’t that bad, but taking a closer look at the contracts, it seems Peterson came out the winner. Harris signed a $4 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. While The Vikings shelled out $8 million to get Peterson for one year. It seems Minnesota paid double what they would have to keep Harris, a steady contributor, while bringing in the 30-year-old Peterson who has obviously lost a step from his early days.
4|Matt Skura| 1 year, $2.13 Million
The Miami Dolphins narrowly missed making the postseason and were one of the more fun young teams to watch last season. With optimism high heading into the offseason, the Dolphins seemingly downgraded their center position. After Ted Karras signed with the rival Patriots. The Dolphins picked up Matt Skura on a one-year, $2.13 million deal. Skura comes off a season where he lost the starting position due to snapping issues. That’s a giant hazard for a center, especially one who will be working with a young quarterback.
3| Andy Dalton| 1 year, $10 Million
At the beginning of the off-season, it made sense for Andy Dalton to sign a one-year, $10 million contract with the Chicago Bears. Dalton, a ten-year veteran, brings leadership and expertise to a Bears offense that has lacked leadership in the quarterback position in years past. With the Bears picking up Justin Fields, with the 11th overall pick in the draft, it makes you wonder what direction the Bears are going. Will they go with Dalton, a veteran player who can help mold Fields into the quarterback of the Franchise, or do they hand the keys right over to Fields and see how well he drives?
2| Joe Flacco| 1 year, $3.5 Million
The Philadelphia Eagles started the off-season, strapped for cash. After, a few moves, they freed up enough cap space to make a couple of acquisitions. Some good, like safety Anthony Harris to a one-year, $4 million deal. Others, not so good, like Joe Flacco to a one-year $3.5 million contract. The 36-year-old will most likely serve as a backup to whomever, the Eagles decide to make their play-caller. The problem is no team in the NFL should be signing the former Super Bowl MVP to anything more than the veteran’s minimum at this point in his career. Considering he has only won two of his last ten starts. The higher-ups in the Eagles organization are going to need to start spending more wisely if they want to get back to their winning ways.
1| Tim Tebow| 1 year, $920 Thousand
The Jacksonville Jaguars had primed themselves for the spotlight this offseason after hiring former Ohio State University Coach, Urban Meyer, as well as landing the first overall draft pick in Trevor Lawrence. To add to the spotlight, the Jaguars have added former quarterback Tim Tebow to the lineup, but with a twist. Tebow, a 33-year-old, who hasn’t played a professional snap since 2015, will now be battling for a spot on the 53- man roster as a tight end. The Jaguars signed Tebow to a one-year, $920,000 league minimum contract. Will the former college standout be able to bring magic back to Florida in a different position? Time will only tell.
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