Worst 2013 free-agent signings
Mike Wallace headlines FA additions who haven't worked out thus far
The old adage that free agents are often paid for what they have done rather than what they will do is a scary one, given the often precipitous drop-off seen every year among veteran players, combined with the yearly influx of draftable players with comparable skill sets for just a fraction of the price.
Many will cite the comfortable nature of bidding on a known NFL commodity as an advantage of free agency, but, as we've seen through the years, there are few guarantees in the NFL, and the list below is just a quick sample of the volatile nature of free agency.
Here are the worst free-agent signings of this past offseason so far:
The flashy signing
Mike Wallace, WR, Miami Dolphins (5 years/$60 million)
One of the most heralded offseason signings has gotten off to a rocky start, as Wallace is grading at minus-4.2 from PFF through six games. Before diving into the numbers, the thought of him drawing coverage and opening up the field for other receivers should at least be acknowledged, but I'd venture to guess the Dolphins expected to get more than a $60 million decoy. So, although there is some validity to the point that Wallace is getting extra attention from opposing defenses, the production has to match the contract at some point.
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