Some of these teams just weren’t thinking what was best for the team long-term when they made these moves and now, they’ll have to question it.
There isn’t any secret formula or secret potion that automatically turns a losing team into a winning one in professional sports. It takes a lot of patience and picking of the right players to get in a prime position to win. The New England Patriots hadn’t won a Super Bowl before 2001 since they had joined the NFL in a merger in 1970. Then, along came a coach named Bill Belichick and a quarterback named Tom Brady and five Super Bowls later, the rest is history. The Indianapolis Colts had a similar problem before they had drafted Peyton Manning in the 1998 NFL draft. As soon as he came into the picture and developed, it brought a winning culture to the Colts and brought them a Super Bowl title as well. But some of these teams in the NFL have not had the same luxury as the Patriots and the Colts in developing players that turn into winning teams. So how can some of these other teams improve? The best and quickest way is to try and sign players in free agency.
Of course, there are signings that do not pan out the way fans would hope. This list takes a look at the NFL off-season so far and sees what bad signings teams have made. Even the best teams in the NFL have some bad signings that make fans scratch their heads. Let’s see what sorts of bad signings these teams have done so far. Let’s look at every NFL team’s worst QB/RB/WR roster move this offseason.
32: Arizona Cardinals: Signing Mike Glennon
The Arizona Cardinals were looking to upgrade at quarterback after the retirement of Carson Palmer. They decided to sign Sam Bradford and hope he can live up to his number one selection in 2010 status. Recently, they also signed quarterback Mike Glennon.
He most likely will not see playing time, unless Bradford were to get hurt and Josh Rosen were to be a big disappointment.
Glennon’s only role could be to be a mentor to younger players. Otherwise, this can easily be the worst signing that the Cardinals actually did during this off-season.
31: Atlanta Falcons: Signing Ricky Ortiz
The Atlanta Falcons are a team that is looking to get back to its 2016 form. They had a prolific offense with a great duo in the backfield of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. They also signed a running back by the name of Ricky Ortiz. It just doesn’t seem to make sense. Both Freeman and Coleman are coming back and there are other running backs ahead of Ortiz. So, what was the need to sign him? They could have focused on other primary team needs.
30: Baltimore Ravens: Not Adding Another RB
The Ravens have mostly been a team known for having a strong defense, while never being especially loaded at the skill positions. This offseason, they added their QB of the future in Lamar Jackson, signed Michael Crabtree to replace Mike Wallace, but they didn’t add to their backfield, even though DeMarco Murray and Adrian Peterson were available. Murray has now retired, while Peterson is still waiting for a contract somewhere. Going into the season with Alex Collins as their lead back is a bit of a gamble for Baltimore, and they could’ve easily added to their backfield at some point this offseason.
29: Buffalo Bills: Trading Tyrod Taylor (And Signing A.J. McCarron)
The Bills finally took a step in the right direction this past season as they made the playoffs for the first time in a very long time. Then they got rid of Tyrod Taylor this off-season and brought in A.J. McCarron. Why?
After drafting Josh Allen, it’s clear the Bills don’t see McCarron as their long-term solution at QB, but McCarron has made it clear he wants to be a starter.
Keeping Taylor would’ve been the better option, as Taylor wouldn’t cause any issues holding the fort until Josh Allen is ready to take over.
28: Carolina Panthers: Signing Jarius Wright
The Carolina Panthers are trying to return to their 2015 Super Bowl form when they had a lot of offense and a lot of scoring. Cam Newton needs receivers to throw to. So the Panthers went out and signed…Jarius Wright? Right now, Wright is looking at a fourth string wide receiver role at best. Training camp can maybe change coach Ron Rivera’s mind, but that is very unlikely. He has Devin Funchess and Torrey Smith to deal with in front of him, definitely not a winning move by the Carolina Panthers.
27: Chicago Bears: Signing Chase Daniel
The Chicago Bears are in a very tough position. They have been bad for a few seasons now and they are trying to re-find a winning identity. They have a young quarterback in Mitch Trubisky who needs to develop. They also wasted time signing Chase Daniel.
Daniel is nothing more than a third string quarterback and the Bears have so many more dire needs than a back-up quarterback at the moment.
Maybe, they should have used Daniels’s money to try to get another running back to go along with Jordan Howard.
26: Cincinnati Bengals: Signing Matt Barkley
The Cincinnati Bengals are a team that seem to do particularly good in the regular season, and then choke when the playoffs come. The Bengals have a great connection in Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. The last thing they should have done is add another quarterback in Matt Barkley. Barkley has proven everywhere he has gone that he is a backup and cannot assume the everyday role of a starter. The Bengals should’ve instead drafted a QB in the second or third round to push Andy Dalton next season.
25: Cleveland Browns: Signing Carlos Hyde
The Cleveland Browns have been the talk of the offseason. They seem to be making moves left and right to avoid yet another winless season. They traded for Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry. They also drafted Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma with the number one overall pick. So, why did they sign Carlos Hyde?
We’re kind of nitpicking here, because truth be told, the Browns made some amazing moves this offseason.
Hyde is an upgrade for the Browns at RB, but was he really worth signing, considering they ended up drafting Nick Chubb in the second round?