NFL free agency has come and gone, with most of the attention turning to the draft. To say there were a few surprise signings would be an understatement. In fact, most of the signings came as a surprise because there were far more multi-year deals handed out than the one-year deals so many people expected to see.
Even with the league’s salary cap dropping for the first time, teams were handing out big-money deals. That also means several players landed much larger contracts than they likely warranted.
Here’s a look at five players who received unreasonably large deals.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is getting a fresh start out west.
As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Agholor is signing a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders after five years with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Agholor, a former first-round pick, will look to resurrect his career after an inconsistent tenure in Philadelphia. After some initial promise, his numbers fell apart in 2019, dropping to 363 yards and three touchdowns in an injury-hit season. To say that he was not a fan favorite would be an understatement.
Agholor’s best season came in 2017, when he caught eight touchdowns with 768 total receiving yards. Jon Gruden and company will be hoping something like that is still in there, as the former USC standout only turns 27 in May.
Week 11 saw the first team of the season mathematically eliminated from playoff contention — sorry, Bengals fans, we know you were holding out hope. While that’s not exactly a surprise, it does illustrate that we’re getting to the part of the season where teams are going to start facing a lot of mathematical must-wins to keep their playoff hopes alive in any realistic sense.
With high stakes come high expectations, and some people can’t reach those. Here are ten big disappointments from Week 11.
Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy, Bears
Trubisky had another listless showing for the Bears and was replaced by Chase Daniel with just over three minutes to go in a 17-7 loss. The Bears and Matt Nagy said the QB had a hip injury, though skeptics will question whether that information is a coverup for a benching in the latest lackluster performance by the former No. 2 overall pick. The conversation NBC showed Nagy having with Trubisky will only further the speculation that this was a benching. Whatever the case, Trubisky is just not getting the job done in Chicago, and many will question the timing of the move. Many viewed it as Nagy’s way of trying to pin the blame on his quarterback. Both Trubisky’s play and Nagy’s handling of it were disappointing.
Kyle Allen, QB, Panthers
Maybe the Falcons defense did discover something last week, or maybe Allen was just awful. Maybe it’s both. Whatever the reason, Allen demonstrated that he does not look like the future of the Carolina Panthers or any other team. Allen was sacked five times and picked off four times, frequently missing his targets. This was not a fluke, either; Allen just has not shown any real ability to consistently get the job done.
Nelson Agholor had yet another costly drop for the Philadelphia Eagles, and his error led to plenty of memes, as you would expect.
Philly had a 4th-and-10 down 17-10 in the final minute against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Carson Wentz was under pressure and lofted a ball into the end zone off his back foot that was intended for Agholor. Agholor had his man beat by a step but was unable to come down with the tough grab.
Here are two angles of the play:
The catch would have been difficult, but it’s one Agholor could have made. It would have given the Eagles a chance to tie the game or take the lead, too.
Agholor has been the subject of past criticism — even from total strangers — over his drops. He’s also faced questions for his effort on a long bomb too.
That’s part of the reason why there were plenty of memes involving him:
Agholor had four catches for 40 yards on nine targets.
Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was the target of ire from Philadelphia Eagles fans after he essentially seemed to give up on a long pass from Carson Wentz on Sunday night.
Agholor could have laid out for the pass from Wentz, which looked like a catchable ball if he did, but instead gave a pathetic-looking effort. He defended himself on Tuesday, stating that the play looked bad because he failed to pick the ball up until late.
Maybe he was. It still looks pretty bad, especially when Wentz made a pretty good throw on the effort. No, this isn’t why the Eagles lost, but it’s not a good look. It’s also not going to do much to endear Agholor to some fans who already dislike him.
Nelson Agholor straight up dropping passes is bad enough. But not even trying to lay out for a ball is even worse.
Agholor was open on a deep route in the fourth quarter of Sunday night’s game with his Philadelphia Eagles trailing the Dallas Cowboys 30-10. Carson Wentz threw a bomb that led Agholor, who didn’t even bother to dive for the pass.
Fans immediately called out Agholor for his alligator arms effort.
Agholor has been on the receiving end of criticism this year. Anything he hears after that putrid effort would be deserved.
Nelson Agholor had a great response to the fan who dissed him on a local news report.
Earlier on Monday, a video clip of a man who appeared on the news as an eyewitness describing how people were saving babies out of a burning building went viral. The man took the pettiest, most hilarious jab at Agholor, who has struggled with drops this season for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The clip spread throughout social media and made its way to Agholor himself, who sent a very classy tweet and invited the fan to the team’s next home game.
What an awesome response from Agholor. The guy dropped a potential game-winning touchdown pass the week before and had a fumble and drop in Week 3, and he’s still being a good sport about things. Hopefully the two will get connected. With the way social media is, we have no doubt they will.
Even a burning building and young children in imminent danger isn’t enough to stop some Philadelphia Eagles fans from expressing their frustration with the team.
A surefire candidate for soundbite of the year came this week when a Philly man who helped rescue babies from a burning building took a shot at Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor while describing the terrifying scene. He said he and others were catching babies as they were being thrown from the window, not dropping them like Agholor would.
Does it get any more ruthless than that?
Agholor has struggled with drops this year, including a crucial one on the Eagles’ final possession in their Week 2 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Agholor was wide open on a play that could have given Philly the lead and Wentz delivered a perfect pass, but the receiver dropped it.
Dropped passes are tough in any city, but the people of Philly won’t let you live them down. No, not even when discussing babies being tossed from a burning building.
The superlative performances continued in Week 2 of the NFL season, though there were plenty of low-scoring struggles as well. In either case, someone has to be a loser, but some players and teams had tougher weeks than others. Be it fumble issues, forced throws, bad offenses or defenses, there were definitely some who will look back on their week and feel very disappointed.
Here are 10 big disappointments from Week 2.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings
The Cousins contract looks worse and worse for the Vikings, who appear to be saddled with a mediocre quarterback at this point. Cousins’ decision-making against the Green Bay Packers was suspect at best, as he threw two interceptions into triple coverage. They were both completely on Cousins trying to force it. The quarterback also fumbled twice and completed just 14-of-32 passes. Even his lone touchdown pass could’ve been picked off. The reality is his performance inside the 10 continues to be a major issue.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles
Boy does Nelson Agholor wish he had one play back. Down 24-20, Philly had a 2nd-and-2 at their 40 with under two minutes left and Carson Wentz threw a perfect pass down the left sideline for Agholor. But he dropped it.
Agholor would have walked into the end zone for a touchdown to give Philly the lead and possibly the game. Agholor was lauded for making a big catch on 4th-and-14 a few plays later, but that matters little when he dropped the touchdown that would have given them the lead.
Nelson Agholor has had an up-and-down career with the Philadelphia Eagles since they drafted him in the first round back 2015, and there are apparently some teams that believe he could wind up elsewhere next season.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, teams view Agholor as being available via trade heading into the NFL Draft.
Agholor is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and he is set to make more than $9 million after the Eagles exercised his fifth-year option. While he has been a productive player over the past two seasons, that price tag seems a little steep for someone who caught 64 passes in 2018 and 62 the year before that.
Injuries to Carson Wentz have probably hindered Agholor’s development a bit, but the Eagles are already paying close to top dollar for another member of their receiver corps with Alshon Jeffery. They also brought back a familiar face that Wentz is giddy about having around, so it would not be a shock if they traded Agholor in the right deal.