The Worst Contract on Every NFL Roster

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIJune 25, 2012

The Worst Contract on Every NFL Roster

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    There's nothing more frustrating for an NFL fan than when they see their favorite team hand out an enormous amount of money to a player that in their eyes is underachieving and ultimately being a bust.

    These NFL front offices might be filled with executives but believe it or not, they're not all perfect and many of them hand out some pretty bad contracts.

    With that being said, let's take a look at the worst contract on every NFL roster. 

Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb

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    The Arizona Cardinals could have very well made one of the worst decisions in all of NFL history by handing Kevin Kolb a six-year deal worth $65 million. 

    Kolb struggled horrendously in his first season with the Cardinals, as he posted just an 81.1 quarterback rating while tossing only nine touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in only nine games due to injuries. In those nine games, Arizona went a putrid 3-6.

    Kolb could certainly turn things around in 2012, but as of right now, he is the worst contract on Arizona's roster. 

Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson

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    The Atlanta Falcons really screwed themselves up against the wall when they handed Dunta Robinson a whopping $57 million contract over six seasons. 

    Let's just say this: Robinson has been a bust of a cornerback and is the team's highest-paid cornerback but isn't even projected to start in 2012. 

    I'm sure Atlanta would love to move Robinson and his ridiculous contract, but that's going to be a very difficult task to accomplish. 

Baltimore Ravens: Joe Flacco

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    When will Joe Flacco finally break out and be the quarterback that everyone is expecting him to be? Or should I just say this: This is exactly what Flacco is. A middle-of-the-road quarterback that has already peaked. 

    Flacco's $30 million contract isn't really worth what he's doing on the field—and that's just mediocre play that hasn't taken Baltimore to a Super Bowl. 

Buffalo Bills: Mario Williams

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    Six years and $96 million is a little much, wouldn't you say? That's why I believe Mario Williams' contract is the worst on the Buffalo Bills roster.

    Williams certainly is an elite pass-rusher, but by no means do I believe he's worth $96 million—I don't believe that he's the top at his position, but he's definitely one of the best. 

Carolina Panthers: Charles Johnson

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    After one breakout year, the Carolina Panthers threw a ton of money at defensive end Charles Johnson—and that's $76 million over six years to be exact.

    In all honesty, I believe that Carolina was just doing everything in their power to make sure that they wouldn't lose another pass-rusher like they did with Julius Peppers. 

Chicago Bears: Jay Cutler

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    Jay Cutler is not worth $50 million—his talent certainly is, but his production is not.

    Cutler hasn't done too much with the Chicago Bears over the past few seasons besides throw a ton of interceptions and shine at times. With that kind of contract, Cutler should be throwing 30 touchdowns a season and leading the Bears to division titles. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Smith

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    So what's my beef with Andre Smith's contract? It's just another terrible rookie contract that was signed prior to the new CBA. 

    However, I do like Smith as a right tackle and do believe that he's one of the best that the NFL has to offer—but at the same time, is a rookie really worth $42 million over six years? Absolutely not. 

    Also, I'd like to add that the Cincinnati Bengals don't have any real bad contracts, which is a huge kudos to their front office. 

Cleveland Browns: Seneca Wallace

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    Seneca Wallace making $9 million over three seasons? I'm shocked.

    Wallace is a backup quarterback not a starting quarterback.

    The Cleveland Browns should be ashamed of themselves that they offered this guy so much money—despite him being a reliable backup. No backup is worth that kind of money. No one. 

Dallas Cowboys: Miles Austin

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    Miles Austin had one impressive season back in 2009 when he reeled in 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, and from that point on, he's been injured and has thrown up decent numbers for the money that the Dallas Cowboys are paying him.

    And what kind of money is that? It's $57 million over seven years—yep, seven seasons.

    My biggest problem with that deal is the length of it and my other problem is that he's the team's No. 2 wide receiver—not their No. 1. He shouldn't be getting paid that kind of money. 

Denver Broncos: Peyton Manning

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    Five years and $96 million?

    All I have to say is that Peyton Manning sure as hell better be healthy and better bring the Denver Broncos deep into the playoffs—if not, then this is one of the worst free-agent signings in the history of professional sports.  

Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford

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    Luckily Matthew Stafford is playing at an elite level heading into 2012, but his contract is just another outrageous rookie contract.

    Stafford is earning $72 million over six seasons—and remember, he signed this deal prior to taking a single NFL snap back in 2009. 

    Let's just say: Thank God for the new CBA. 

Green Bay Packers: A.J. Hawk

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    A.J. Hawk is as inconsistent as you can get.

    Hawk had an amazing rookie season when he accumulated 121 tackles and 3.5 sacks and hasn't really been able to return to that level of play since then.

    However, Hawk still has recorded triple-digit tackles twice since then and has been solid, but not great—and not certainly worth a contract of five years that's bringing him $33 million.

Houston Texans: Matt Schaub

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    There have been times when Matt Schaub is on the verge of breaking through the glass and being labeled an elite quarterback, but he has yet to reach that level.

    Schaub's contract is a six-year deal worth $48 million which is set to expire this upcoming offseason.

    Don't get me wrong, Schaub is a great quarterback, but I don't feel he's worth the money that the Houston Texans are paying him. 

Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis

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    What were the Indianapolis Colts thinking when they handed over a $36 million deal over four seasons to Robert Mathis?

    To be honest with you, I have no clue.

    Mathis is quickly aging and is often injured but still finds ways to produce at an elite level for a pass-rusher—but I just don't think he does it enough to be paid that kind of money. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Laurent Robinson

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    The Jacksonville Jaguars really overpaid for Laurent Robinson this offseason after just one solid season when he caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Dallas Cowboys.

    Robinson is currently on a five-year contract that's worth $32.5 million. By no means is Robinson worth $32.5 million.

    I really think this contract is laughable. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel

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    Don't get me wrong, I do believe that Matt Cassel is a solid NFL quarterback, but the Kansas City Chiefs really jumped the gun when they handed him a six-year deal worth $63 million after 2008 when he filled in for the injured Tom Brady.

    Cassel can be a Pro Bowl quarterback, as he's shown in the past, but has been very inconsistent with the Chiefs over the years—which leads me to label this contract as the worst on their roster. 

Miami Dolphins: Cameron Wake

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    What's the deal with Cameron Wake?

    Wake has had just one great season with the Miami Dolphins when he racked up 14 sacks in 2010 and was above average in 2011 when he recorded 8.5 sacks.

    If you ask me, Wake is not worth the $48 million deal over five years that the Dolphins have him signed to. 

Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Peterson is without a question one of the NFL's elite running backs, but we have to remember that the running back position isn't one where you should invest too much money into it—and that's exactly what the Minnesota Vikings did.

    Peterson tore his ACL and MCL this past December and might not be the same running back that he was once before, which makes the $96 million contract that the Vikings have him signed to a very bad one. 

New England Patriots: Jonathan Fanene

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    In all honesty, the New England Patriots don't have any terrible contracts, but the worst one that I have to go with is Jonathan Fanene's.

    Fanene signed a $12 million contract over three seasons this past offseason and if you ask me, I don't think he's worth the money.

    Fanene doesn't have the greatest stats, as he's yet to record more than 6.5 sacks in a single season. I'm not too sure why Bill Belichick and the Patriots offered him that kind of money. 

New Orleans Saints: Will Smith

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    Will Smith is as overrated as it gets. 

    Smith had just one impressive season back in 2009 when he racked up 13 sacks and hasn't been all that impressive ever since.

    Smith is currently signed to a six-year contract worth $61 million—which is the largest contract on the New Orleans Saints roster. 

New York Giants: Corey Webster

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    The New York Giants actually don't have too many bad contracts, which forces me to go with Corey Webster.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Webster is a great NFL cornerback and contributes at a high level for the Giants, but is he worth a six-year deal worth $44 million? I don't think so. 

New York Jets: Mark Sanchez

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    Mark Sanchez's contract makes me want to throw up: A five-year deal worth $58.25 million.

    Why would the New York Jets think Sanchez is worth that kind of money? He is not an elite quarterback and he never will be.

    Sanchez is a middle-of-the-road quarterback that is good enough to manage a few games for the Jets and lead them to the postseason—and that's it. 

    He will keep them from losing but won't win any games for them. 

Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer

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    Thankfully I already threw up because of Mark Sanchez's contract, because I would too with Carson Palmer's.

    Palmer is signed to a $43 million deal over four seasons with the Oakland Raiders—his contract is set to expire in 2014.

    With that being said, I firmly believe that Palmer is done and washed up. He is a has-been that has little talent left to play at a high level for the Raiders. They're most definitely wasting their money on this guy. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Vick

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    Michael Vick is a great quarterback but he's not elite, and he is not worth $80 million over five seasons.

    Why? Because Vick is hurt far too often and is a huge risk simply because he tucks the ball and runs far too often for his own good. 

    If Vick gets seriously injured, which is possible, then the Philadelphia Eagles are screwed. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger

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    I know, I know—Ben Roethlisberger has won two Super Bowls and has gone to three so you might believe he's worth $102 million over six years.

    Well, you're wrong.

    Big Ben is a great quarterback, don't get me wrong—but I don't put him in the same category as Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

    Not to mention, Big Ben is always hurt but doesn't miss too many games—but that doesn't mean he won't take a serious hit that will knock him off the field for quite some time. 

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers

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    It's time to start seriously questioning Philip Rivers.

    Is he an elite quarterback? Can he take the San Diego Chargers to the Super Bowl?

    If you ask me: I have to say no.

    Rivers is not a winner and is far from being worth $98.25 million over seven seasons. 

San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree

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    Michael Crabtree is just another one of those infamous rookie contracts.

    Crabtree actually held out half a season just to get a $32 million contract over six seasons. 

    Crabtree has yet to live up to that contract and has just one season with 70-plus receptions, and he has failed to record 1,000 yards in a single season.

    There is no way Crabtree is worth the money that the San Francisco 49ers are paying him. 

Seattle Seahawks: Sidney Rice

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    Sidney Rice is far too inconsistent to be worthy of a $41 million contract over five seasons.

    In Rice's very first season with the Seattle Seahawks this past season, he missed seven games while recording just 32 receptions for 484 yards while catching just two touchdown passes. 

    If I were the Seahawks, I'd definitely be re-thinking the contract that they handed out to Rice. 

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

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    You guessed it—another rookie contract.

    This deal is absolutely absurd for a player that hadn't played a single snap in the NFL: $78 million over six years.

    Sam Bradford had a solid rookie season as he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year but struggled tremendously this past season.

    If Bradford doesn't produce at a high level, then this deal is going to be considered one of the worst in NFL history. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy

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    Yet another horrendous rookie contract handed out: Gerald McCoy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    McCoy is earning a massive $63 million over five seasons, as he's the highest-paid player on the Bucs, while he's played just 19 games for the team over the past two seasons.

    If you ask me, I'd consider McCoy a bust—and he definitely needs to turn things around in 2012 if he wants to start actually earning the money that he's being paid. 

Tennessee Titans: Chris Johnson

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    Chris Johnson's contract is simply too large for a running back—as a running back's shelf life is far too short for being paid $55.26 million over six seasons.

    Granted, Johnson is an elite running back, but I just don't buy the whole idea of throwing so much money at an NFL running back.

    I think it's foolish. 

Washington Redskins: DeAngelo Hall

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    DeAngelo Hall is just not that good. He's actually overrated. 

    The only thing Hall is good at is picking off passes, which means he spends most of his time gambling—with the majority of those passes going right over his head to the receiver as he's too busy trying to get the interception.

    The Washington Redskins really hurt themselves when they signed Hall to a massive six-year contract worth $55 million. 

     

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