As the 2022 NFL offseason sets to kick off in March, free agency will be upon us. Which teams will overpay for current free agents?
Each NFL offseason, teams justify giving millions upon millions upon millions of dollars to free agents, right when the free agency period opens.
Sometimes, teams overpay for free agents because they are afraid that another team will acquire their services.
Other times, teams simply make a not-smart decision and overpay for them anyway.
Overpaying free agents usually happens right when the free agency window opens. Like each offseason, there are big-name free agents that much of the league will covet.
While some teams will make smart financial decisions, others will sadly overpay to get “their guy.” So, which players are most likely to get overpaid when free agency begins?
NFL Offseason: Players likely to get overpaid
Brandon Scherff, G
When on the field, Scherff is one of the premier guards in the NFL, but that’s the problem. Brandon Scherff has a hard time staying healthy. Scherff is a 5 time Pro Bowler drafted in 2015, but he has not played a full season since 2016.
Scherff missed 6 games this season, which is a large chunk of the season, and in 2018, he only played in 8 games.
Most teams in the NFL are looking for quality offensive linemen, as the league has a shortage in this area, so some team will open up their checkbook for Scherff.
Not only is his injury history a concern, but he recently turned 30, which is the age that players in the NFL usually begin their drop-off into irrelevancy.
He is projected to earn a contract around $13 million per year in free agency, which would be one of the most expensive for an interior offensive lineman.
This is the frustrating part that teams have to deal with. Which team will take a chance that Scherff stays healthy and is able to live up to receiving a large contract?