2013 NFL Free Agents Who Will Live Up to Mega-Contracts

T.J. BrennanCorrespondent IIFebruary 13, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 23:  Mike Wallace #17 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catch make a first quarter catch next to Terence Newman #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on December 23, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Joe Flacco is just one NFL Free Agent who is going to receive a huge deal once the signing period begins on March 12.  

With free agency, there are always risks involved that teams must weigh before giving a player a big deal. Injuries, attitude, and age are all considered. 

Each year, teams give out big money to superstars and some of them are busts.  

But after signing a big deal, the following players will definitely live up to it.  


Reggie Bush, Running Back

As the best back available this offseason, 27-year-old Reggie Bush will be looking for maybe the last big contract of his career.  

Since joining the Dolphins in 2011, Bush has rushed for over 2,000 yards and six touchdowns. He's also stayed relatively healthy and only missed one game over the last two seasons.  

In his last two seasons with the New Orleans Saints, Bush missed 10 games.  

Bush's best attribute his speed.  Even as he gets older, he's still one of the fastest running backs in the league.  

He will be a workhorse for whichever team gives him the money.  Plus, he adds the difficult-to-find combination of veteran leadership and quickness. 


Mike Wallace, Wide Receiver

With the exception of Joe Flacco, no free agent deserves more money than Mike Wallace. 

The only thing that may be holding him back from a mega-deal was his performance in 2012. Wallace finished with 836 yards and eight touchdowns, but the Pittsburgh offense really suffered with Ben Roethlisberger missing three games.

In the 2010 and 2011 seasons Wallace recorded over 2,400 yards and 18 touchdowns, when Roethlisberger was healthy and didn’t have Charlie Batch throwing to him. 

Wallace has explosive speed and decent hands to catch the deep ball. If cornerbacks play up on him, he’s physical enough to get open and own the middle of the field. 

What he lacks in height (Wallace stands at 6’0”), he makes up for in immeasurable explosiveness.


Cliff Avril, Defensive End

If there is any free-agent defensive end that teams are salivating over, it’s Cliff Avril. 

As a Lion, he recorded 9.5 sacks and forced two fumbles in 2012.  But it is much more about his ability and potential than the numbers he puts up now. 

Avril stands at 6’3” and weighs 260 pounds, but is very quick off the edge.  He uses a combination of speed and strength to bull rush offensive linemen or even sneak right by them. 

In his five NFL seasons, Avril already has 39.5 sacks, and would be a welcome addition as a top pass rusher on any defense. 

With the right coaching, he can become one of the most feared pass rushers in the league.  He can be the type of player to have 15 sacks in a season.