NFL Free agency is an opportunity for teams to get better, but these five franchises missed the boat.
The NFL has been in crazy town since the start of free agency, with teams throwing around millions of dollars like drunken sailors. Some deals have proven to be wise, like the Raiders’ three-year pact with Cory Littleton, while other franchises have left their fanbases scratching their heads.
There is still a lot more time left in the offseason, but so far a few teams have done terribly in the offseason. Let’s start out with a look at the one-win Cincinnati Bengals.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
There is no disputing that the Bengals were the worst team in the NFL a year ago, going just 2-14. The expected pick of Joe Burrow in April’s draft will solve the quarterback vacancy, but the rest of the roster still needs a lot of work.
So far all Cincinnati has done is slap a franchise tag on A.J. Green, who didn’t play all of last season due to injury, and throw a boatload of cash at D.J. Reader to man the nose tackle position. Paying $53 million for a player who can get schemed off the field is not smart business, which is par for the course with the Bengals these days.
Trae Waynes washed out with the Minnesota Vikings, so swapping him in for Darqueze Dennard is nothing to brag about.
Cincinnati is definitely earning a failing grade in free agency, mostly due to its failure to wisely participate in it. The next few teams on our list are actively making questionable decisions.