Every single NFL free-agent class contains players with significant risk, and 2014's is no different.
Once free agency officially opens on Tuesday, owners and general managers across the league will be opening their checkbooks and lavishly spending money on a host of players, and the onus is on those decision-makers to make the right signings and avoid the pitfalls that could set their franchise back.
But it happens every year: Teams sign players that could be labeled as "risks" for a variety of reasons, often looking past whatever earned them that moniker in favor of potential on-field production.
In this column, I'll assess the biggest risks set to hit the free-agent market and explain why they've garnered the dubious distinction. The reasons include injury risk, inconsistency, off-field transgressions and the potential for a player to be overpaid and not produce to the level of his compensation.
Here are the riskiest 2014 NFL free agents.