NFL Free Agency 2012: 7 Worst Cleveland Browns Signings Since 1999

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NFL Free Agency 2012: 7 Worst Cleveland Browns Signings Since 1999
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Andre Rison: a beacon of troubles ahead.

"Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving."-Iago, Othello

While Cleveland Browns fans express reactions ranging from approval to mild frustration to utter disgust at the organization's "toesies first" approach to the free-agency market, these seven acquisitions remind fans of the risks an organization runs when they adopt a cavalier attitude toward signing established stars.

The tale of Andre Rison in 1995 foreshadowed the Browns' coming futility, as the team pursued the most expensive wide receiver of all time and proceeded to declare relocation to ease financial burdens that fall.

Rison signed a five-year, $17 million deal with $5 million in guarantees. Rison espoused his gratitude for a franchise making him "finally feel appreciated," with a 1995 season consisting of a mere 47 receptions, 701 yards and three touchdowns.

Some of these signings failed as a result of circumstances like injury and organizational futility.

But the reality is before this free-agency period the Browns had signed 81 free agents since 1999, and one has made it to the Pro Bowl: Jamir Miller in 2001.

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