With several players entering contract years in the NFL, teams will be looking to lock up some key names before they hit the open market. But at what price? Sometimes teams overpay to make sure they can keep the roster intact and doesn't pay off. Here are five veteran players teams will regret giving big contract extensions.
5. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has been a tremendous receiver for the Bengals, recording 8,907 yards, 63 touchdowns and 602 receptions with a career 14.8 yards per catch. Despite that, handing nearly the 31-year-old receiver a big extension would be a huge mistake for the Bengals. The franchise needs to rebuild and kicking that process off by doling out a chunk of money to a receiver exiting his prime is a terrible idea.
4. Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams
After dominating for the first two years of his career, Peters has seen a drop in almost all statistical areas. Although he was certainly a factor in the excellence shown by the Rams defense, the team has several key pieces that will need be taken care of for the future. If they were to extend a big contract to Peters and his production never returns to what it was, the Rams could be looking at a situation in which they unable to pay players in positions of more importance to the team, especially with all the money they have tied up right now.
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Although Big Ben is still a great player for the Steelers, offering him a big contract extension could be a grave mistake for a team that should be preparing for their future without him. Historically, quarterbacks fall off significantly (outside of Tom Brady) as they approach the age of 40. At 37 years old, if Roethlisberger follows the historical trend of the aging quarterback, the Steelers could damage their potential to improve their roster in the future if they sign him to a lucrative extension.
2. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Despite performing adequately enough on Rams' path to the Super Bowl last season, Goff failed to show up in the biggest moment and led the team to only three points. As a result, the Rams should be cautious about handing him a huge contract until he can show he is capable of coming alive in the big moments, especially with the abundance of talent the Rams would want to secure long term.
1. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
After a stellar rookie season, Prescott has not been consistently able to maintain a similar production despite leading the Cowboys to the playoffs last season. While he has delivered in several clutch moments, the Cowboys should be weary of signing him to a prohibitive long-term deal. They're already paying DeMarcus Lawrence, have a ton of money tied up on the offensive line, and need to pay Ezekiel Elliott and eventually Amari Cooper. Is Dak worth a top QB contract? Maybe not for Big D.