By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 13, 2014
After three days into the 2014 NFL free agency, several players have signed monster deals that will make their general manager’s look either brilliant or very stupid. However, it’s not general managers that make boneheaded moves. The players are just as capable of dropping the ball and not taking the right opportunity when it presents itself. Here are five players who have made dumb decisions that have cost them in free agency this year.
Zane Beadles got the five-year contract he was looking for and he will receive million guaranteed on top of it. However, the offensive guard also went from standing in the same huddle as legendary signal caller Peyton Manning to a team that has to put in the work just to see four wins per season. The Denver Broncos will most likely represent the AFC in the Super Bowl again, while the Jacksonville Jaguars will be lucky if they’re televised.
Julian Edelman rejected the New England Patriots’ three-year offer to test free agency. After three days, he’s still on the board. I understand that it can be a long process, but the only team interested at the moment appears to be the Cleveland Browns. If the Browns don’t give Edelman much more than what the Patriots were offering, there’s no question he made a huge mistake not signing the contract.
Eric Decker is a very rich man after he signed a contract for .25 million with the New York Jets. The issue with Decker is that his two productive seasons came with Manning under center. With no legitimate quarterback in New York (even if Michael Vick signs), Decker’s production is going to drop out of the sky. There’s no way he sustains his performance, which will only become more difficult in an intense media market. At least he’s rich.
B.J. Raji turned down an offer from the Green Bay Packers last offseason that would have paid him million annually. The Packers are thankful because defensive lineman has proven that he’s not worth that kind of money. Raji, on the other hand, has to be very depressed after missing out on a huge payday. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he fires his agent. As of right now, Raji is looking at a million offer for one year.
The player who made the dumbest decision of the 2014 free agency has to be Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The cornerback reportedly turned down million over six years from the Broncos because he thought he could get a better offer, or at least that’s what I’m assuming the reason to be. Now, all the big contracts for defensive backs are gone and Rodgers-Cromartie is sitting in the dust. Aqib Talib took the deal instead.
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