6.5 NFL Players Not Living Up to the Expectations of Their Contracts
Not every player is going to have the impact of Cortland Finnegan. But when you sign a contract in the NFL, especially if it's for big money, you'd better be prepared to live up to it.
Apparently, none of the players on this list got the memo.
Some signed their deal this summer, while others haven't been handling their business for years.
Regardless of the circumstances, click through to find out who is embezzling funds from their organizations.
Kevin Kolb Gets a Half-Pass
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Just when it seemed that Kevin Kolb was beginning to run the Cardinals offense, the offensive line remembered how terrible it is.
Perhaps terrible is an understatement. When a line has given up a league-leading 23 sacks, maybe atrocious is a better word.
Or horrendous. You get the idea.
However, not all the blame can be put on the offensive line. He couldn't even keep his starting job last year, which isn't what a team expects when they hand over a five-year, $65 million contract.
In 2012, Kolb has been impressive at times, posting a quarterback rating of over 127 on two separate occasions. He's also been terrible at others, dipping down to 72.8 against the St. Louis Rams.
Has Kolb performed up to his contract? At times, yes. Most of the time, no. Yet, the offensive line has to give him the opportunity to do so.
The Buffalo Bills Literally Can't Buy a Sack
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Based on Mario Williams' 1.5 sacks through five games, he's on pace to notch five sacks for the season.
And that's only if we round up.
Which means the Bills will be paying approximately 3.3 million per sack. To make matters even worse, both of his sacks came against the Cleveland Browns so we can probably just throw those out the window.
For Buffalo fans' sake, here's hoping that Williams' mysterious wrist injury is the reason he isn't able to get any separation.
Michael Lombardi pointed out on the B.S. Report that Williams is what's known as a "sacker," meaning he isn't going to provide pressure on his own. Thus, if he isn't capable of getting sacks, there isn't much reason to keep him on the field.
If You're Going to Hold Out, Then You Might Want to Show Up
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Maybe the Detroit Lions should be happy about Cliff Avril's disappearing act over the first four games of the season. Now they shouldn't have to franchise him in order to keep him around.
After recording 11 sacks and forcing six fumbles in 2011, Avril decided he deserved a deal that included long-term security. He wasn't able to come to terms with the Lions and signed his one-year, $10.6-million deal.
Not unlike the defensive end in Buffalo, he has yet to make any noise considering his 1.5 sacks to go along with one pass defensed.
It appears Avril benefited from Ndamukong Suh's interior presence more than he would care to admit. Since Suh hasn't been as disruptive this year, Avril hasn't been able to shake himself loose to wreak havoc.
That Hold-out Statement Goes for Chris Johnson, Too
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After completely highjacking the 2011 offseason, Chris Johnson must have figured out that he enjoyed screwing with people. Fantasy owners, fans, coaches—you name it.
His poor 2011 (1,047 yards, four touchdowns) wasn't enough for his sadistic appetite. Johnson has been much, much worse in 2012, running for 210 yards in five games.
But it gets even more appalling. Johnson ran for 141 of those 210 yards in one game versus the Houston Texans. Take away the one aberration, and he's averaging 1.4 yards per carry.
I'm not going to figure it out for you, but that's quite a bit of money per yard considering his 4-year, $53.5 million extension.
The Boos Were Warranted, Just Poorly Timed
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Since he inked that deal prior to the 2009 season, Cassel has thrown 58 touchdowns and turned the ball over 56 times.
That's even more ridiculous.
Cassel was knocked out of the Kansas City Chiefs game against the Baltimore Ravens and was serenaded with cheers. The gesture was in poor taste, but so was his 38.1 quarterback rating.
The more I think about it, Cassel's agent should probably skip town for awhile. He should be under plenty of heat from the fans, local police and possibly the FBI.
The New York Jets Brought It on Themselves
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Sanchez wasn't worth it then and he isn't now.
Sanchez has many of the same excuses as Kolb and even a few more. The Jets lost Santonio Holmes to an injury and Shonne Green to ineptitude.
However, Sanchez has never lived up to his lofty draft status, especially in 2012. If you take away his lone solid start in the opener, he has posted three straight quarterback ratings of 66.6, 58.2 and 39.9.
Apparently $100 Million Doesn't Buy Anything in Philadelphia, Either
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Both $100 million dollar contracts seemed somewhat defensible based upon the recipients' talent, but neither has lived up to his price.
Michael Vick has taken things to another level though. Instead of helping his team win, he is actively beating the Philadelphia Eagles on a weekly basis.
Through five games, Vick has thrown six interceptions and lost three fumbles. He's lucky that his team was able to grab the other two he put on the carpet.
I don't know if Vick has lost it mentally, but the Eagles won't be playing in January if he doesn't get it together.