Green Bay Packers: 7 Most Disappointing Players Ever

Matt SmithContributor IIIJune 20, 2011

Green Bay Packers: 7 Most Disappointing Players Ever

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 23:  Justin Harrell #91 of the Green Bay Packers looks on before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 23, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    When a team drafts a player with a high pick or brings in a highly sought after free agent, many fans get excited.

    They believe that that player will be able to bring them back into contention and improve their team in many ways.

    When you reflect on busts such as these players, you think, what if?

    What if we had drafted that Hall of Famer instead of this guy?

    What if we hadn't paid that player tons of money in order for him to perform lousily?

    Those busts and high paid free agents make these the seven most disappointing players in Green Bay Packers history. 

7. Marquand Manuel, S

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 19:  Marquand Manuel #22 of the Green Bay Packers moves on the field during the game against the Atlanta Falcons on August 19, 2006 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    It's not too often that the Packers make a bad move in free agency, but signing Manuel was one of them.

    Once Manuel was available, the Packers signed him to a five year, $10 million contract, which included a $2 million signing bonus.

    Manuel wasn't a terrible player, but he wasn't worth his money.

    The Packers cut him one year after obtaining his services.

6. Mark Roman, S

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 13:  Mark Roman #20 of the Green Bay Packers chases down Warrick Dunn #28 of the Atlanta Falcons during their game on November 13, 2005 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo By Streeter Lecka)
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    Roman was another of the Packers' bad free-agent signings. His contract wasn't horrible, but the way he exited and played were.

    There was something about the former Bengal that just didn't fit with the Packers.

    His stats were unimpressive as he recorded a mere two interceptions in two years.

    Near the end of his time with the Packers, things started getting messy.

    Roman skipped training camp and when the Packers signed Marquand Manuel, he demanded to be released. After being released, he criticized the Packers organization.

    Roman was just another trash talker that couldn't back it up with his play.

5. Justin Harrell, DL

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    GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 6:  Justin Harrell #91 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during summer training camp on August 6, 2007 at the Hutson Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    I'm not so convinced that Harrell is completely finished with his career in Green Bay.

    Nevertheless, up until this point Harrell has been a big bust.

    Injured for most of his career, the Packers' first-round selection out of Tennessee has never found much success.

    Harrell has showed flashes of dominance during his time when healthy but has never been able to dominate the game like Ted Thompson thought he would.

    In a make or break year, Harrell must be at the top of his game if he wants another year in the NFL.

4. Rich Campbell, QB

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    With the team not doing stellar, the Packers' organization decided to select Rich Campbell with their first-round pick (sixth overall) in 1981.

    Campbell came from the University of California, Berkeley, a place where another notable Green Bay QB came from.

    Unfortunately, the former Golden Bear didn't live up to the hype.

    He was never a consistent starter and ended up performing all-around horrible.

    Of the first eight picks in the 1981 NFL Draft, all of the players except one made a Pro Bowl in their career.

    Campbell was the exception. 

3. Randy Duncan, QB

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    A star at the University of Iowa, Duncan, like many of the players on this list, was never able to live up to the hype.

    Despite being the first overall pick in the 1959 NFL Draft, Duncan never even signed with Green Bay.

    Instead, he bolted to the Canadian League. He later gave his reasoning for this saying, "That was Green Bay before Vince Lombardi, and Canada offered a lot more dough."

    A Packer on draft day, Duncan never gave Green Bay a shot.

2. Joe Johnson, DE

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    09 Sep 2001: Joe Johnson of the Green Bay Packers moves against the Detroit Lions during the game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 28-6. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport
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    For a franchise that doesn't make a ton of horrible free-agent signings, Joe Johnson was a nightmare.

    At the time Johnson was signed, Packers fans were expressing their happiness about their new pass-rusher.

    Unfortunately, Johnson's six year, $33 million contract never worked out the way as planned.

    Johnson succumbed to the injury bug and after two seasons was cut.

    It's safe to say Johnson never lived up to the hype.

1. Tony Mandarich, OL

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    8 Oct 1989:  Offensive lineman Tony Mandarich of the Green Bay Packers moves down the field during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers won the game, 31-13. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport
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    As one of the most famous draft busts of all time, Mandarich was an easy choice for the top slot.

    Called by some as the greatest offensive line prospect ever, Titletown felt fairly confident drafting him with the No. 2 spot overall.

    To make things worse, look at the next three picks after Mandarich: Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders.

    Mandarich later admitted to steroid usage.

    Give the man some credit. He's offered up some quotable quotes and here are just a few.

    "I am not like other players. I am Tony Mandarich, and they have to understand that. If they don't like it, that is just the way I am, and they are going to learn to like it."

    “I spent four years in Green Bay and never a sober day.”

    Mandarich called Green Bay "a village."

    After three years, Mandarich was cut.