The amount of money thrown around during the annual NFL free-agency period is mind-blowing. And it only seems to increase with every passing year. In 2015, we saw five-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh break the bank by signing a record-breaking six-year, $114.375 million deal that included just under $60 million in guaranteed money with the Miami Dolphins.
Suh joins the likes of cornerback Darrelle Revis (five years, $70.1 million with the New York Jets), wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (five years, $55 million with the Kansas City Chiefs), and tight end Julius Thomas (five years, $46 million with the Jacksonville Jaguars) as the biggest winners during the 2015 free agency period. While this quartet of players performed relatively well (when healthy) in the first year of their mega-deals, we can argue that none of them actually lived up to the expectations that come with contracts of that magnitude.
This offseason, we saw 13 players sign contracts that will pay them an average annual salary of $9 million or more. Given recent history around the NFL, we are fairly confident that, by the end of the season, more than one of those signings will prove to be disappointing. On that note, it’s worth pointing out that a contract doesn’t have to be massive to end up being a bad deal. Here is our take on the seven worst free agency contracts of the 2016 offseason.