NFL free agency has come and gone, with most of the attention turning to the draft. To say there were a few surprise signings would be an understatement. In fact, most of the signings came as a surprise because there were far more multi-year deals handed out than the one-year deals so many people expected to see.
Even with the league’s salary cap dropping for the first time, teams were handing out big-money deals. That also means several players landed much larger contracts than they likely warranted.
Here’s a look at five players who received unreasonably large deals.
5. Nelson Agholor, WR, New England Patriots
Bill Belichick and the Patriots went on a wild and unexpected spending spree, but did all of that money really need to be spent? Or, perhaps the better question is: did all of that money have to be spent in the way it was? Enter wide receiver Nelson Agholor?, who inked a two-year, $26 million contract that included $16 million fully guaranteed. At a max potential value of $13 million per season, Agholor? essentially reset the market and drove up the price for other wide receivers in what had briefly been a depressed market. The $11 million annual average value (AAV) is fourth among all free agent receivers. If Agholor? maxes out the deal, the $13 million AAV will be second to only Kenny Golladay (New York Giants). That’s a lot of coin and a lot of guarantees for a wideout who has never had more than 900 yards in a single season.
4. Devontae Booker, RB, New York Giants
The Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman have received their fair share of criticism for the contracts handed out to wide receiver Kenny Golladay, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, but that feels misplaced. All three are top-end players when healthy and come at positions of need.