Five NFL offseason moves that fell flat: Saints shortchanged on Derek Carr, Jets strike out on WR

The NFL offseason always has a mixed bags of signings and trades. Some signings are the difference between being a playoff contender and winning a Super Bowl, while others can go in the reverse direction. Playoff teams can go from missing the postseason altogether or bad teams can get even worse with a poor offseason move (or two). 

These poor offseason moves are part of the reason why these teams aren’t as good as they were the year prior — or just not a playoff team at all. Poor offseason moves are quickly judged and ridiculed thanks to these teams paying these poor contracts for several years, affecting their salary cap space and ability to become a contender. 

Of all the players who signed as free agents with new teams or were acquired via trade, here are five examples who didn’t pay off:

Contract: Three years, $29 million

Dillard had trouble getting on the field with the Eagles in his four seasons in Philadelphia, with the former first-round pick eventually becoming a valuable backup tackle who could only play the left side. The Titans took a chance on Dillard and gave him starting tackle money, allowing him to protect Ryan Tannehill’s blind side.

Dillard has been anything but a blind-side protector. 

Starting eight of 13 games, Dillard has allowed 11 sacks and 34 pressures in 251 pass-blocking snaps. That’s a sack rate of 4.4% and pressure rate of 13.5%. Dillard is tied for the most sacks allowed in the league this season and has the highest pressure rate allowed. 

The Titans thought they were getting taylor Lewan’s replacement. Instead, Dillard was benched in October. 

Trade acquisition: Giants get Waller from Raiders for 2023 third-round pick 

The Giants made a few poor offseason moves in regards to their offense, but it seems like Waller has been on the injured list more often than on the field. Waller has played nine games this season, having 40 catches for 424 yards and…


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