Free agency can absolutely destroy the salary-cap situation for NFL teams that make an effort to build that way prior to the draft in April. We have seen this countless times in the past.
As much as mainstream media wants to focus on the total amount of the contracts, it really is the guaranteed money that matters the most. Most players who sign $100 million deals don't actually see all of that money. In addition, the structure of a contract plays a major role in how well a team did in free agency.
A recent example is the six-year, $36 million contract Connor Barwin signed with the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this month. With just $8 million guaranteed, it is easy to come to the conclusion that this was nothing more than a two-year deal.
As a result, you will not see those types of contracts in this article.
Rather, I will look at deals that have handcuffed teams in free agency and seem to have backfired a great deal. Certain players just haven't lived up to expectations, while others have played well but not well enough to live up to the ridiculous contracts they signed.
Let's take a look at the 10 worst contracts in the NFL today.
*All contract information provided by Spotrac.