Last year, the Bills were criticized for having one of the worst free-agency signings in the off-season.  Looking at it now, it looks like it was pretty good.

Pro Football Network listed some of the worst off-season signings in the NFL in 2023.  The Bills made that list with the signing of Connor McGovern from the Dallas Cowboys, a signing that is looking like it was a pretty good one now.

Is the signing of Connor McGovern the worst in the NFL?

The article from Pro Football Network claims that the Bills just grabbed the wrong McGovern.  There's a Connor McGovern who is on the Jets that is pretty good.  However, at the time, the McGovern that the Bills signed was still rather unproven.  Prior to signing with the Bills he was injured a lot and was reported as being a below-average run blocker.

But now that we've seen him, he was the least of their problems.  The Bills were able to finally find a run game, and that definitely had at least a little to do with the line and their chemistry.

A bad free-agency signing isn't always about the player

Some would argue that it isn't always about the player.  Sometimes a free agency signing that puts the team at a disadvantage with the contract offered could register as a "bad signing."

In the case of McGovern, his contract creates $4 million in dead cap space in his third year which could make it tough to cut him in the future.

So what makes a free agency signing a bad one?

There are a number of factors that add to whether a signing was a good one.  Does the player produce on the field?  Are they injury-prone?  Does the contract reflect what you're getting from the player?  Are they going to quit at halftime?

All these things add to whether or not a signing is a good one...or one of the worst of all time.

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