It's tough to argue with the job Tom Telesco has done in the offseason.
With cap space limited, the second-year GM of the San Diego Chargers stretched every dollar in free agency. His most recent pickup of Pro Bowl corner Brandon Flowers should have put San Diego way over budget, but the inner workings of the incentive-laden deal allowed for some breathing room.
As Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego explained, Flowers' contract is worth an estimated $5 million, but the $2 million in incentives does not affect the team's cap space. The Chargers reportedly had $3 million before signing Flowers.
On paper, this year's roster looks a lot better with the addition of Flowers and a handful of others, but as Telesco witnessed from experience—looks can be deceiving.
Take, for example, last year's group of offseason additions. Derek Cox was offered a four-year, $20 million contract by San Diego but eventually wound up flaming out due to poor performance on the field and was cut after one season. Then consider an under-the-radar signing like King Dunlap, who flourished in a starting role.
Every group has its hits and misses. Here are the most under and overrated additions for San Diego in 2014.