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3 offseason moves by Chargers' AFC West rivals that made us laugh

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3. The Denver Broncos significantly overpaying Randy Gregory

One of the biggest signings of the offseason, the Randy Gregory signing is not getting the scrutiny that it probably deserves. While Gregory could make me eat crow by having a breakout season, nothing about his career thus far indicates that he is worth the five-year, $70 million contract that he signed with the Broncos.

It is not extremely expensive, but that is a long contract to offer someone who is going to turn 30 in November. Gregory already is not as good as most NFL fans think and he certainly is not going to get better with age.

Gregory benefitted from the Dallas Cowboys bump. Playing for America's Team rose his stock as a player and the Broncos may quickly realize that before they are even halfway into his five-year contract.

The former second-round pick did have a solid season in 2021 but it was far from elite (and was the best season of his career thus far). According to Pro Football Focus, Gregory picked up a career-high 43 pressures in 2021. To put that into comparison, former Charger Uchenna Nwosu had 40 pressures in 2021.

Nwosu, who is four years younger than Gregory and still arguably has not hit his prime, signed a two-year, $19 million contract. His salary is less than that of Gregory and there is not the long-term risk involved.

It is quite bold to pay $70 million to someone who had never reached 40 pressures prior to the 2021 season despite being in the league since 2015. It also doesn't help that Gregory missed two entire seasons for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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It might not be long before the Denver Broncos are looking at Gregory's contract and are wondering what they were thinking.

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