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
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
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
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.