Five FA deals that make no sense

Aqib Talib's pact with Denver among contracts that don't add up

Updated: March 13, 2014, 8:47 AM ET
By Sam Monson | Pro Football Focus

Aqib TalibJim Rogash/Getty ImagesAqib Talib is a solid cornerback, but the Broncos had a better in-house option.

Half the fun of NFL free agency is the opportunity to get mad at decisions that teams make. If every team made smart moves all the way through the process, there would be much less to dissect. Instead, we get to sit back and watch teams press the panic button, throwing ill-advised cash at players they shouldn't. Then we get to analyze the results.

This season, something in the region of $1 billion was spent by NFL teams in the first 24 hours of free agency. Though much of that figure was spent wisely, there were, as always, a bunch of moves that made no sense whatsoever, and those are the ones we're going to identify here.

Here are the five free-agent signings that have left us scratching our heads so far.


Talib

Aqib Talib, CB, Denver Broncos
Six years, $57 million, $26 million guaranteed

There is a lot that makes sense about this move. The Broncos needed to add a corner with Champ Bailey leaving town and Chris Harris blowing out his knee late in the season, but they elected to throw money at Talib over extending Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who had a better season and was already in the building.

Other than interceptions (where he trailed by one), Rodgers-Cromartie bettered Talib's coverage numbers across the board in 2013. He allowed fewer catches (30 to 38), 143 fewer yards, a lower percentage of targets to be caught (44.1 to 53.5) and broke up more passes (10 to 7 PDs) while passers throwing into his coverage ended the season with a rating of just 67.8 as opposed to the 72.3 when aiming at Talib.