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    Eight 2014 NFL Free Agents That Will be Overpaid

    Figured that this was a very well done article and others might want to read t.
    As far as Phillip's and Boldin go, I don't know how they can get a "bad" contract if they sign a 1 or 2 year deal.

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    Each Friday, Eight in the Box will highlight a list of eight players, teams or moments and their impact on the 2013 season and beyond …

    Inevitably, teams misfire on free-agent signings from time to time. So who are the players that could draw problematic deals if they hit the market this coming offseason?


    Jay Cutler, Quarterback, Bears: At this point, that the 30-year-old Cuter will be paid more than his remaining value as an NFL quarterback is almost inevitable. Either the Bears will slap a franchise tag of between $16 million and $17 million on him, or he’ll hit the open market and find a gaggle of teams willing to pony up dough for a proven No. 1 quarterback.

    Under the latter scenario, Cutler might be able to push up and over that projected tag money, which could put him in rarefied air — only six quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tony Romo) played through 2013 at $18 million or more.

    Is Cutler worth that kind of cash? Is he worth $16 million or so under the tag? He’s arguably been outplayed by Josh McCown this season and was only a fringe top-10 QB in things like QB rating and completion percentage … despite being on pace for one of his best statistical seasons ever.

    FARRAR: Will the Bears rue Trestman’s call to stay the course with Cutler?

    The 2014 season will be Cutler’s ninth in the league and he’ll turn 31 four months before it opens. Expecting him to be even better than he’s been thus far is unrealistic based on his history; paying him upwards of $16-$17 million would be setting the bar too high.

    Eric Decker, WR, Broncos: Decker continues to emerge as a star in this league — he had 85 catches and 13 touchdowns last season, and he’s sitting on 73 and eight in those categories, respectively, this season. At just 26, the 6-foot-3 receiver could make the case that he’s a No. 1 WR this offseason.

    And therein lies the problem for Decker and the Broncos. Decker and Mike Wallace are not the same receiver, but allow us to look at Wallace as an example. He caught just 58 passes last season, but flashed enough potential to garner a five-year deal at $12 million per this past offseason.

    KING: Five reasons for Denver to be concerned on the heels of its upset loss to San Diego

    Decker’s production has lapped that, and WR is one spot where production is often handsomely rewarded. So, for the Broncos to retain Decker, they’d either be looking at a franchise tag (projected around $10.5 million for WRs) or a lucrative, long-term deal. Can they afford to ink Decker for a contract in that Wallace neighborhood with both Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker up for new deals after 2014?

    On the flip side, if Decker hits the market, is it possible that he’ll match the production expected of a new contract? There’s certainly an argument to be made that playing in the Denver system with Peyton Manning at quarterback has made him what he is. In 2011, with Tim Tebow and Kyle Orton tossing passes, Decker finished at 44 catches and just 612 yards.

    Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Lions: The thought of finding an athletic, 6-5 tight end in his prime in free agency would have at least a few teams drooling. The performance has never really matched the potential.

    Pettigrew’s actually in the midst of his worst season since he was a rookie — 39 catches for 393 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games, with undrafted Joseph Fauria stealing red-zone chances. And that’s in Detroit’s pass-heavy attack.

    His five seasons in the Motor City have been filled with flashes of potential and dropped passes. Some team will gamble that he’ll flip the switch permanently.

    DILLON: Lions-Ravens among Week 15′s must attend games

    Anquan Boldin, WR, 49ers: This all comes down to one thing — age. Boldin was irreplaceable in Baltimore’s Super Bowl run last season and then again so far this season for San Francisco, which only now is starting to get healthy at wide receiver.

    There are few more reliable offensive threats in the game, let alone guys who can bail out their quarterbacks as Boldin can. But he’ll be 34 in October. He’s already lasted longer than the mean stay for WRs in this league, and, naturally, a decline should follow.

    If a club forks over a three- or four-year deal, it might be difficult to get full value in return.

    Branden Albert, OT, Chiefs: Rumors flew around this past offseason that the Chiefs were trying to trade Albert after hitting him with the franchise tag. Now, they face the possibility of having to use that tag again, at a price of approximately $12 million.

    Otherwise, Albert figures to walk — and if there’s one thing we’ve seen repeatedly in NFL free agency, it’s that experienced left tackles will find massive contracts somewhere.

    BURKE: The 15 worst trades in NFL history

    Michael Johnson, DE, Bengals: The Bengals apparently have made their choices along the D-line, spending money in places other than Johnson’s contract. That means the soon-to-be 27-year-old edge-rusher will be free to play the market this offseason.

    He has slumped in 2013, with just 3.0 sacks. He still should be able to persuade some team to sign him based off his 2012 production (11.0 sacks) and the possibility that he’s only scratching the surface. Still, buyer beware: Johnson has been inconsistent throughout his career, and he won’t have the benefit of playing alongside Geno Atkins if he bolts Cincinnati.

    Shaun Phillips, DE/OLB, Broncos: Give credit to Denver for snatching up Phillips on a cheap, one-year deal this offseason with Von Miller facing suspension. And a pat on the back for Phillips as well — he’s at 10.0 sacks, on pace to challenge his career high of 11.5.

    Phillips has gone above and beyond on his current prove-your-worth contract. He should be able to parlay his 2013 effort into one last score in free agency. The team that signs him, though, will be adding a player who will turn 33 before next season and who will likely not match his 2013 output.

    Donte Whitner, S, 49ers: The magic of a contract year — Whitner is playing probably the best football of his career in 2013, as he primes to hit free agency. The question is if he can maintain this current level of play beyond 2013, once he’s loaded up with a new deal, or if he’ll regress to the guy who struggled in last season’s playoffs.

    Whitner should have enough seasons left in the tank for a team to give him a multi-year deal comfortably. He’s setting the bar rather high, however, with his play right now.

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    Can a mod please edit title? Supposed to be "eight" instead of "right". E and R are night next to each other on the keyboard.

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    Decker will definitely be overpaid.

    Cutler will not get overpaid. Cutler is a franchise QB and while most don't think he deserves a Flacco like contract I think he does deserve it.

    Boldin is my fave of all the 2014 FA's. even though we went WR hungry last season in FA I really hope we go after Boldin. still has 2-3 good years left in him.

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    Decker sure would look nice in New england

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeefan54 View Post
    Decker sure would look nice in New england
    Carolina might be the best fit for Decker.

    I bet Oak, Jax, or Cleve end up overpaying him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warfelg View Post
    Carolina might be the best fit for Decker.

    I bet Oak, Jax, or Cleve end up overpaying him.
    The raiders aren't managed by al Davis anymore, Reggie Mckenzie doesn't overpay for players

    Love him or hate him, call him overrated, a punk, chump, and whatever blasphemy you people speak, fact of the matter is there is no denying he's the best of his generation and will go down as a top 5 player ever...what he has done for the NBA is amazing he's the biggest name in basketball all around the world and his chase for number 6 continues! All that matters though to us Laker fans is #17! Lakersnation! #16to17

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveMeOrHateMe View Post
    The raiders aren't managed by al Davis anymore, Reggie Mckenzie doesn't overpay for players
    Thing is WR is such an area of need. And even good GMs overpay at times. Thing is the build contracts or overpay in a way it won't hurt your cap or future if he isn't worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tunnicliffderek:27610091
    Decker will definitely be overpaid.

    Cutler will not get overpaid. Cutler is a franchise QB and while most don't think he deserves a Flacco like contract I think he does deserve it.

    Boldin is my fave of all the 2014 FA's. even though we went WR hungry last season in FA I really hope we go after Boldin. still has 2-3 good years left in him.
    What has Cutler done in his career to earn it?

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    Talib might get overpaid.

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    Wow.. Jets could use upgrade in all those positions!! Yes they will b overpaid!
    We got this!!!

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    Do the Jets even have the cap room?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austeezy View Post
    Talib might get overpaid.
    Yea he will

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    Quote Originally Posted by warfelg View Post
    Do the Jets even have the cap room?
    If they cut Sanchez, Holmes, Cromartie they will have nearly $60 million in cap room. This isn't like the last two years. They will spend some money this offseason on FAs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets012 View Post
    If they cut Sanchez, Holmes, Cromartie they will have nearly $60 million in cap room. This isn't like the last two years. They will spend some money this offseason on FAs.
    Figured they had some. Didn't know they could gain that much.
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    Raiders and jets will be the biggest players this free agency! Raiders almost 70 mil under and with a good draft, watch out!

    Love him or hate him, call him overrated, a punk, chump, and whatever blasphemy you people speak, fact of the matter is there is no denying he's the best of his generation and will go down as a top 5 player ever...what he has done for the NBA is amazing he's the biggest name in basketball all around the world and his chase for number 6 continues! All that matters though to us Laker fans is #17! Lakersnation! #16to17

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