NFL free-agent signings are just like the NFL Draft. Some work out great and some go down in flames. We are now entering the start of the 2012 offseason free-agency period and just witnessed the Kansas City Chiefs sign ex-Oakland Raiders corner Stanford Routt to a new three-year deal this week.
There is a rich history of free-agent signings that have helped a team improve, or make a team implode.
Signing the right free agent can turn above-average teams into playoff teams; signing the wrong free agent can turn good teams into terrible teams.
An expensive free-agent signing is a gamble. You enter into the deal with the best intentions, but you are also sending a loud message to the rest of the players on your team when you spend a ton of money on one player. Look at this guy, we think he is special. Hopefully, he backs up management with a good year. If not, the entire organization looks like idiots.
If you are a big fan of the Washington Redskins, we would strongly advise you to skip this article as reading this might be detrimental to your health. If you do not have a strong heart, we would advise you not to go any further, as you are going to subject yourself to pain, bad memories and possible nightmares. Okay, you have been warned!
Welcome to our presentation of the 50 biggest free-agent busts in NFL history.