I want to preface by saying that this is a VERY long recap, so if you are not interested in looking at my opinions on all of the free-agent signings I would ctrl. F your favorite players and read their recaps rather than reading the entire piece (and I know that Carlos Dunlap is not on here, so quick recap yes I liked the signing, he was great last year for the Seahawks and will likely continue to fit in their scheme).
- Trent Williams, LT, San Francisco 49ers
Deal: 6 yr., $138M
The Niners locked Williams up with a mega deal that keeps him in town until the 2027 offseason. That is a lot of money to throw at an offensive tackle that is over 30 years old and has struggled with injuries. There is absolutely nothing wrong with locking up a premier offensive tackle as they are hard to find, but again this is a lot of money to throw at a 32 year old offensive tackle with health concerns.
- Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Deal: 4 yr., $68M
This was a great re-signing for Tampa Bay, Barrett was a breakout star in 2019, leading the league in sacks while making an All-Pro appearance as well. While he might not have made that same impact in 2020, the Bucs might not have been able to reach the Super Bowl without Barrett. He is that crucial. I do not think it is too much money at all, Barrett is only 28 and has shown no injury issues.
- Mitchell Schwartz, RT, Free Agent
Why has Schwartz not been picked up yet? In the past five seasons Schwartz has four All-Pro appearances, three on the second team and one on the first team. Admittedly, his 2020 season was a big downer, Schwartz not only struggled on the field but had injury problems as well. With all this in mind, the Chiefs parted ways so as to save cap space and get a fresh start on their abysmal offensive line. The Giants or Dolphins could really use Schwartz, and it is very confusing to me that he is still on the market.
- Daniel Sorensen, SS, Kansas City Chiefs
Deal: 1 yr., $2.46M
Daniel Sorensen is an unsung hero of this defense, but he was not paid like one at all. While I of course like the fact that the Chiefs decided to retain their stud defensive player, why not lock Sorensen up for a few more years? Conversely, I am glad that the Chiefs did not overpay for Sorensen either, but $2.46M over only one year is underpaid.
- Jurrell Casey, DT, Free Agent
One of the most peculiar offseason moves of 2019 was the Tennessee Titans trading away Jurrell Casy to the Denver Broncos for only a seventh round pick. Considering that Casey has made multiple Pro Bowls and has been the rock of the Titans’ defensive line, it seemed like Casey should have drawn more value. Casey was then released immediately following the 2020 season due to injury, which makes me wonder if Casey is getting himself run out of town everywhere he goes, especially since he has failed to land a deal.
- Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Las Vegas Raiders
Deal: 2 yr., $26M
This signing seems a little rash and desperate from Las Vegas, this is a lot of money to throw at an edge rusher who seems to not stick on any team he has been on, and has been outspoken in his career. It is completely possible that Ngakoue’s contract could actually match his play, but I feel like this signing was a bigger risk that the Raiders did not necessarily need to take.
- Corey Linsley, C, Los Angeles Chargers
Deal: 5 yr., $62.5M
The second offensive lineman to get a massive contract came off of the board very quickly, the Chargers nabbed the talented center within hours of free agency starting. I like the signing for LA, and I do not think they overpaid. My main concern is how much of a loss this is for Green Bay, thank God they re-signed David Bakhtiari or they would be screwed until they can remake their offensive line. But overall, good job by the Chargers for filling a position of need.
- Kyle Van Noy, ILB, New England Patriots
Deal: 2 yr., $12M
The Dolphins awkwardly cut Van Noy after signing him to a mega deal in the 2020 offseason, this left a very talented player on the board for free agency. The Patriots really missed what Van Noy in the 2020 season, and I am sure they were very glad to have him back in 2021. This is yet another example of a former…