First, it’s completely understandable why teams spend big in free agency. The alternative is not getting the players you want. It’s easy to stand on the sidelines, outside the competitive ring of team building, and take a shot at overpayment for players when jobs are on the line for executives charged with improving their current roster.
General managers know they overpay in free agency. When Dale Tallon was building the Blackhawks and signed Brian Campbell to a monster contract to lure him to a young Chicago team, he made no public defenses of the amount paid. He said it simply: They overpaid. It’s a necessity to land top free agents, and he wanted Campbell -- rightfully so, as it turns out.
Hopefully, if you overpay in free agency, you have young players on good deals to offset the necessary costs, like the Blackhawks had at the time. Keith Yandle's deal this summer with Florida is a good example of where that works.
But with that said, coming off a 2015 offseason in which general managers were surprisingly prudent, there were some contracts signed this summer that are concerning. Here’s a look at 10 of them that raise the red flag: