The NFL offseason is a time for teams to begin looking at potentially signing big names in free agency. However, some teams need to be wary in signing some of these free agents, as it could spell disaster for the 2013 season.
Here are just a few teams that need to be very careful during the free agency if they want to improve over the offseason.
The Dolphins may have potentially found their long-term solution at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill was able to start his career off quite successfully, but the team will still need to grow around him.
As the Dolphins begin to find pieces to bring in and build around Tannehill, they will need to be careful how they spend their money. As of January, the Dolphins had around $35 million in cap space, but that isn’t taking into account the fact that they will likely re-sign both Reggie Bush and Jake Long. These are two of the most important players on the team, and will need to be re-signed soon.
There are several wide receivers on the market, and the Dolphins will be looking for one as they don’t have a solid No. 1 receiver. Despite the high appeal of Greg Jennings, they need to avoid signing him unless he goes for a cheaper deal.
Jennings has had problems with injuries the past couple of seasons, and is beginning to show signs of age. A deal with him would severely limit their opportunity to add some depth to their defense. The Dolphins have a good opportunity to grab a wild card spot in the AFC next year, but they need to be careful in who they sign.
GM Ryan Grigson proved that he can turn a team around quickly, making some good picks in the NFL draft and signing some quality free agents. This may have proven that he was 2012’s Executive of the Year, but he will need to be just as successful this offseason in 2013 if he wants the Colts to make a serious Super Bowl run.
The Colts have more cap space than most teams in the NFL, but they need to be careful. There are some dangerous players they should try to avoid. While they do need a good cornerback, they should try to avoid both Cary Williams and Aqib Talib.
Both are talented players, but are nowhere near as talented as the money they will ask for. Williams in particular should be avoided, as his attitude is a problem, as seen in the Super Bowl.
The Colts have a good team and front office, and need to be careful spending all of that money. They should focus on grabbing quality players from the draft, as their rookie contracts will be much cheaper. This is how they did it last year, and they have a chance at doing it again.