Biggest Locker Room Killers in the NFL
The Brandon Marshall trade is just another example of a player who has all the talent in the world, but is too big of an issue off the field for a team to keep him. Throughout the past couple of years there have been many players with similar character issues that destroy a team, and cause locker rooms to split up and choose sides. Here is a list of the top 10 Locker Room Killers in the NFL.
10. Jeremy Shockey
While he won a Super Bowl in 2010, it was the 2008 Super Bowl that showed Shokey as a problem off in the locker room. While his Giants team was shocking the world, Shokey was in a box knocking back mixed drinks. He has also had many instances of lashing out against teammates and coaches to the media. In New York he refused to take the practice field because of issues he had with Tom Coughlin, and the front office. Eventually the Giants traded Shockey to New Orleans, where his attitude has improved.
9. Albert Haynesworth
Albert has had issues with front offices and coaches with his short stint in Washington. He has had issue with the defensive scheme the Redskins are using, and is being shopped around by the Washington front office. He even had some character issues on the field while he was in Tennessee. He will always be remembered for the time he Julius Jones in the face in the middle of a game.
8. Kellen Winslow
Winslow has been an issue in the locker room every since his college days at Miami. Who could for get his "I'm a soldier" rant after a loss to Tennessee? In the NFL Winslow has been through a motorcycle crash and arguments with the Browns front office, which ultimately led to him being traded to Tampa Bay.
7. Jay Cutler
Widely known throughout the league for his loud mouth, Cutler is known to run into disputes. Cutler's s propensity to throw interceptions leaves him vulnerable to criticism, which Cutler does not take well. He had to leave Denver for Chicago because of disputes with the new coaching staff and front office in 2009.
6. Antonio Cromartie
Had issues with tackling on the field this year, but that isn't even close to his biggest issue. As a Charger he did not get along well with the front office, and has had 7 kids from 6 different women, in 5 different states. In the Charger's 2009 training camp, Cromatrie complained about the food at training camp, which led to a story in the San Diego Union Tribune. After his well documented phantom tackle attempts in the AFC playoffs in 2010, the Chargers were finally fed up with him and sent him packing to New York.
5. Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson started was drafted by Kansas City with the 27th pick of the 1st round in 2003. Even with all of the talent he had, he never really saw the field until 2005 because he did not get along well with coach Dick Vermeal. In 2007 he held out until the Chiefs gave him the most money per year of any back in the NFL. In 2009, the Chiefs told him not to participate in team activities due to his angry tweets regarding head coach Tom Haley. He was eventually released from Kansas City and signed by the Bengals.
4. Randy Moss
While he has cleaned up his act of late, Randy Moss is a locker room killer at heart. The red flags started in high school, when he lost his scholarship offer to Notre Dame because of his off his field issues. He enrolled at Florida State, until he went to jail after his freshman year in college. He would have been a top 10 pick, but ended up going 21st because teams were afraid that he would continue to run into trouble with the law. After he had a few hiccups with the Vikings, he eventually was sent to Oakland were he admittedly didn't give full effort on every play. He was given away for almost nothing to the Patriots after the Raiders got tiered of him.
3. Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall had issues with Josh McDaniels ever since the Broncos hired him as the head coach. He lollygagged through training camp in 2009 in hopes of a new contract or a trade. The Broncos got off to a hot start and his relationship with his head coach improved, but he ended the season by getting suspended for the last game. Eventually the Broncos shipped him to Miami for two 2nd round pics.
2. Brett Favre
After his farewell tour in Green Bay, he had a heated divorce with the Packers. He has "retired" 3 times, and has put his teams in the awkward position of not knowing what to do during the draft and off season. His antics often grow to be tiring to his teammates, which has caused a divide in the locker room.
1. Terrell Owens
He has been a problem were ever he has been with the exception of Buffalo. He has been refereed to as "Team Obliterator" by Skip Bayless, and has done nothing in his career to disprove that nickname. Owens has been in fights with every quarterback he's ever had, every offensive coordinator, and every head coach. Everyone tries to take a chance on him, only to regret it later.