It's been made clear that the sports industry is a business—constantly flooded with financial issues, ruthless attorneys and ridiculous settlements.
But underneath the controversial economics is a bevy of horrific contracts given to athletes and coaches, essentially defining the term undeserved.
With Jeremy Lin signing a lin-sane contract in Houston after only 35 games (25 starts) of mercurial play, now seems like the time to look at others who signed on the dotted line before truly proving anything.
Now let's be clear, we're excluding pricey draft picks and international signings, because that could flood a production like this. We're focused on guys who signed at least a year or two into their unspectacular careers.
Whether these eventual millionaires offered bits of flash and potential or reeked of future success will depend on the choice, but we're positive all were franchise-halting mistakes.
Here are 20 guys who got big paydays before reaching prosperity.
Potential is a deadly trait.