2. Denzel Ward
Just to beat you to the punch before you click on my author profile to write me a scathing email, I'm not saying Denzel Ward isn't great. I'm not saying he's not a crucial part of this defense.
But Ward is now the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history. Obviously deals scale with salary caps so there's no need to be upset that he has a bigger contract than Deion Sanders did, but I'm also not sold on him deserving to the be the highest-paid player at the position today.
Ward has largely lived up to the hype he got as a top-five draft pick in 2018, but he's not exceeded it. He's made two Pro Bowls in five years, never being named even a second-team All-Pro.
Awards aren't the be-all and end-all of course, and the Browns tend to be underrated, but it's really hard to make a claim to be the best at your position with zero All-Pro honors. The highest overall grade he's earned in a season from Pro Football Focus is also just 79.8. Again, I'm not suggesting you take PFF's analysis without question, but it's certainly a factor to consider.
Would it have been better to let Ward walk than to overpay him? That's a tough one to say, and probably warrants an entire article of its own. But I am confident in saying that his deal was, in fact, an overpay.