2012 NFL Free Agents: Overpriced Players Teams Must Avoid

T.J. McaloonContributorMarch 6, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 01:  Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packerslooks for a receiver as Ndamukong Suh #90 of the Detroit Lions rushes at Lambeau Field on January 1, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 45-41.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL free agents are ready to hit the open market for teams to throw as much money at them for their services. However, a player like quarterback Matt Flynn will entice a team to throw so much money at him that he will not be able to live up to the expectations of his contract.

The following players will become overpaid free agents and make fans wish their team did not sign them.

Quarterback Matt Flynn

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Matt Flynn #10 talks with head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Mi
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Flynn has made a name for himself playing in limited time. He played whenever Aaron Rodgers was hurt or resting. In only three career starts, Flynn has nine touchdown passes, 980 passing yards and three interceptions. 

However, six of those touchdowns, 480 of those yards and one of those interceptions came in one game last year against one of the worst passing defenses in the NFC, the Detroit Lions. 

The NFL is a quarterback driven league, so there will be a team that will overpay to have him be their quarterback next year. With Flynn having such little experience, it is hard to trust that he will succeed in his new offense. 

Wide Receiver Marques Colston

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints falls in to the end zone for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San
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Colston has been the No. 1 receiver in what has been a very high-powered Saints passing attack. However, Colston has been playing with one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Drew Brees

The question that surrounds Colston: Can he still put up big numbers without a quarterback with the skill set of Brees?

The answer could be no. When free agency begins, Colston will look to get a contract that puts him among some of the highest paid receivers in the game.

However, unless he goes to a team that has a great quarterback already in place, he will be a bust in his new city. 

Running Back Michael Bush

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 24:  Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs tackles Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders as Bush carries the ball upfield during the game on December 24, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ja
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Bush has been a beneficiary of playing behind the injury prone Darren McFadden. When McFadden would go down with an injury, Bush would be able to come in for some starts and produce high numbers.

However, when Bush had a chance to start a majority of the Raiders' games, as he did last season, he showed signs of slowing down. 

Bush had some great games, including four straight with over 95 rushing yards. However, after that four-game stretch, he never rushed for over 80 yards.

Bush will get a big contract thrown his way from a team desperate for a No. 1 running back. However, it seems like when he is given the opportunity to start 10 or more games, he starts to wear down. 

These three players will have a ton of hype surrounding them when free agency starts. However, it looks like these players will be busts not saviors.