Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson is among a handful of 2012 NFL free agents who have squandered their opportunity to receive large pay raises.
Contract years (when a player is not under contract for the following season) tend to motivate NFL players to excel and thus maximize their negotiating leverage. Unfortunately, it occasionally is the only year that a player will put forth their maximum effort.
The following players entered this season thinking their play would translate to financial security. They'd probably be better off getting an internship at Edward Jones.