NFL Free Agents: Signings That Still Have Us Scratching Our Heads

Clay DefayetteCorrespondent IIIAugust 24, 2011

NFL Free Agents: Signings That Still Have Us Scratching Our Heads

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    While each teams' cap number has gone down—thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement—that didn't stop organizations from throwing out cash to many players. The shortened signing period was supposed to give the leverage to the front offices over the players, but many agents earned their clients' cash that some could say was not well-deserved.

    Here are some questionable moves from the teams' perspective as well as from the players' view.

Alex Smith

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    This former No. 1 pick blows through coaches, and it's not the other way around. Jim Harbaugh's job is safe, but why not get another veteran to show Colin Kaepernick the way? There is no way Harbaugh is making this move to have a chance at his old quarterback, Andrew Luck.

    Smith's yearly earnings will keep dwindling down until either he's out of the league or he's a backup like Matt Leinart.

Tarvaris Jackson

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    If Sidney Rice is going to be brought in, forget about signing Jackson. The two never formed a connection in Minnesota after years.

    Come to think of it, the only good season Rice had was during Brett Favre's unbelievable season. The price was right for Seattle, but the player wasn't.

Vince Young

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    The Eagles drafted Mike Kafka, who's in his second season and playing well in the preseason. Why give an emotionally unstable backup $5 million for one season?

    The only point worth making if disagreeing is saying that this approach landed Michael Vick, but why try to get lightning in a bottle twice? Pocket the money or get a player who will be on the field often, preferably a linebacker.'

    From Young's perspective, will general managers reward him for staying out of trouble for one year? Young could have competed elsewhere but not for the same amount of money.

Larry Johnson

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    How bad must Tiki Barber and Clinton Portis have been in their workouts with the Dolphins that the team inked Johnson to a deal? Why not bring back the duo of Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown if the money and assets invested now involve more money to the current weaker group?

    Daniel Thomas was picked in the second round and the selection could have easily been used to help the team elsewhere, maybe in a developmental quarterback whose name isn't Chad Henne.

Steve Smith

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    The Giants trainers have worked with Smith enough to believe he wasn't worth the money the Eagles gave him. New York definitely respected Smith's value to Eli Manning, so if there were red flags from their view, I'm more willing to believe Jerry Reese.

    The deal was signed for only $2 million, but Philadelphia could have got him for even less that late in the free-agency period. Why not let Chad Hall develop into a nice slot option as well?

Ronnie Brown

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    This was a great signing by Philadelphia. A veteran running back who can run the Wildcat as well as pound the ball inside for that cheap can't be scoffed at.

    However, why would Brown allow himself to be the second running back on a team that is opposed to running? He wouldn't have earned that much more cash as an old running back, but he would have had more carries and more impact elsewhere. This leads me to believe that Andy Reid let Brown know that he'll use him in unique ways. Until this is seen, eyebrows can be raised.

Bernard Pollard

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    Baltimore doesn't need an intimidating player in their secondary. Pollard was a starter on one of the worst pass defenses seen in years in Houston. This move will be decent if Pollard plays linebacker and if the Ravens bring in another veteran safety—unless they're satisfied with Tom Zbikowski.

Matt Hasselbeck

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    A three-year deal at $21 million shouldn't be reserved for a quarterback who's 35 and injury-riddled. Hasselbeck already was nicked up against St. Louis, forcing Jake Locker to come into the game earlier than expected.

    For Titans fans, that's a scene that could play out during the regular season. The money Hasselbeck wanted didn't allow him to play for a team with a greater chance for success.

Jason Babin

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    Philadelphia broke the bank for this defensive end even though they saw him record two and a half sacks two seasons ago for their team. He's never had more than five sacks in a year, outside of last season with the Titans.

    Brandon Graham's recovery can't be going too well if the Eagles are paying Babin around $28 million. The defense wants depth, but they could have targeted a bigger run-stuffer.

    Outside of Cullen Jenkins, Philadelphia's defense is weak at the point of attack. Babin's contract is most likely front-loaded, but the Eagles could be frowning in five years when he'll be 36.