6 NFL Free-Agent Signings and Trades That Are Sure to Bust

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2011

6 NFL Free-Agent Signings and Trades That Are Sure to Bust

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    With the very small window for free agency and trades because of the lockout, many teams are rushing to fill holes.

    This could mean making a hasty trade or overpaying for a free-agent signing.

    Now some of these players may perform well, but because of what a team gave up in trade or the amount of money they paid the free agent means they won't live up to expectations.

    And therefore they could be labeled a bust.

Peyton Manning*

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    Peyton gets an asterisk for this season only.  That's because he's getting paid $23 million this year, and because of his injury he might not see the field until October.

    NFL Network's Michael Lombardi is reporting that because Manning has not been able to throw in the offseason because he has atrophy in his right arm.

    If that is the case, then Manning's 2011 season could be his worst since his rookie season. 

    However, I do expect Manning to get back to his normal self in 2012.

Kevin Kolb

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    I don't know if I've ever seen a quarterback get so much offseason hype for doing so little.  

    Kolb only has seven starts and has a 3-4 record, but Andy Reid is the best snake oil salesman in the league.

    The Cardinals gave up a second-round pick and a solid young cornerback in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. That was a high and possibly foolish price the Cardinals paid to get a quarterback.

    I honestly don't think Kolb will be able to live up to the deal made to get him.

Sidney Rice

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    Rice's only standout season came two years ago with Brett Favre.  Rice had an up-and-down career.

    He's reuniting with Tarvaris Jackson in Seattle, but those two never really shot the lights out together in Minnesota.

    Rice was given a $44 million dollar contract, with $18 million guaranteed.

    He's not going to be able to live up to that contract—not with Jackson as his quarterback, at least. 

Tarvaris Jackson

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    The Seahawks overpaid to make sure that they got Jackson.  

    Jackson has had some nice moments in Minnesota but has never shown that he's worthy of being a franchise quarterback.

    The Seahawks may have made some major errors in free agency this year.

Doug Free

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    Free just got a four-year, $32 million dollar contract, with $17 million guaranteed.

    The Cowboys need to improve their offensive line but by paying too much money to one player, they are tying their hands and stopping themselves from signing other quality free agents. 

The Philadelphia Eagles

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    The Philadelphia Eagles have put together what new second-string quarterback Vince Young has labeled a "Dream Team."

    It already has the talking heads going crazy and punching the Eagles' ticket to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.

    It would seem that the Eagles (especially with their spending) are pulling a Miami Heat—it's Super Bowl or bust.

    Given that this is the NFL and anything can happen, it's looking like this year could be a bust for Philly fans.