2012 NFL Free Agents: Identifying the Biggest Fool's Gold on Market

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2012 NFL Free Agents: Identifying the Biggest Fool's Gold on Market
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Which free agents won't live up to their next contract?

Every offseason, NFL franchises offer top dollar to free agents.

Some unsigned players have proven their worth, yet many are being lured strictly on flashes of talent.

With that said, it's important to remember that not all players take their teams to the promised land.

Over the past decade, players like David Boston, Adam Archuleta and Javon Walker were swimming in money after signing massive deals—except none of these players deserved to sign such lucrative contracts. Before too long, all three men were out of the league.

This year's free-agent class is decorated with players like DeSean Jackson, Ray Rice, Matt Forte and Mario Williams.

However, history shows that some players are merely fool's gold.

Here are the high-risk free agents of 2012.

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