Well we did sign Clifton which was huge, so that's not something to be under-estimated. TT is not going to "overpay" for FA players even in an uncapped year. The standing theory is teams tend to overpay in the beginning stages of free agency. The Bears have no picks so if they want to improve they must sign FA's. Detroit has so many holes to plug so they just need talent. I am hoping TT also signs Tauscher to something similar in context to what Clifton got (three years). That gives us time to develop Lang more and not necessarily have to draft a Clifton understudy at #23. We could use that pick for another hole...safety,CB,OLB, or backup RB.
By definition nearly every free agent is overpaid in the view of every other team. Free agents usually go to the highest bidder. That means every other team thought the price was too high. Does that mean no free agent is ever worth signing?
The notion that TT never overspends is ridiculous. He has little chance of overspending on FREE AGENTS because he signs so few and not much is expected from many he does sign. Often the free agents he signs do as little or less than expected. If a free agent is a nobody that does little (or gets cut) is that money well spent?
Furthermore, free agents aren't the only players that are "overpaid." For example, I believe Justin Harrell is probably the highest paid defensive player in the league per tackle. You can't seriously believe that money spent on him so far was a good investment. Isn't that the real issue? Whether money is wisely spent? Is it any better to overpay a player fresh out of colledge based on his potential than to overpay a proven talent? Both involve a certain degree of risk. The best GMs weigh and balance those risks well. When unable to draft needed talent good GMs often wisely utilize free agency.
Ted's philosophy doesn't wisely balance "building through the draft" and "effectively using free agency" and the Packers 43-40 record under his management reflects that. Imagine the possibilities if the Packers hire a better GM.
BTW signing Clifton and Tauscher is a good idea. However, the length of the contracts doesn't guarantee that they remain effective or healthy. The Packers don't necessarily have years to develop their eventual replacements. The Packers may only have a matter of games to do so. TT's failure to stock the Packers with sufficient depth has been a recurring problem.