NFL free agency is in full swing and players are being signed left and right. Some players are getting major pay days as we speak. That made me think of who got paid in the past that did not live up to their contracts. Here are 10 of the dumbest free agent signings of NFL history.
Javon Walker, Oakland Raiders - Walker was given a six-year, $55 million contract , but played in just 11 games over two seasons before being cut. He caught only 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown while severely hampered by injuries.
Jeremiah Trotter, Washington Redskins - Trotter was given a seven-year, $36 million deal by Washington. He recorded 150 tackles and 1.5 sacks during his two years with the team before being cut.
Adam Archuleta Washington Redskins - Afters signing a 7 year $35 million Contract Archuleta appeared in all 16 games with Washington and recorded 49 tackles. They wound up being the only games he played with the team.
Daryl Gardener, Denver Broncos - After signing a 7 year $34.8 million Contract In his one and only year with the team, Gardener notched exactly zero sacks and mustered only eight tackles before being cut and seeing his NFL career go up in smoke.
Bruce Smith, Washington Redskins - Washington came calling and hit Smith with a five-year, $23.5 million contract. The result was uninspired play that saw Smith only give effort when he had a chance at the opposing quarterback.
Deion Sanders, Washington Redskins - Washington handed Sanders an absurd seven year, $56 million contract despite his age. Sanders was awful during his one season with the team, although he did manage to nab four interceptions.
Neil O'Donnell, New York Jets - New York signed O'Donnell to a $25 million contract over five years the following offseason. He lasted just two seasons with the team, playing miserable football at best when he was not sidelined with an injury.
David Boston, San Diego Chargers - The San Diego Chargers smartly grabbed him on the free agent market to the tune of a seven-year, $47 million contract.
Boston lasted just one year with the team. He recorded 880 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, but it was the off-field issues that made San Diego trade him away.
Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia Eagles - the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a five-year, $60 million contract in 2011, making him the highest paid corner in the NFL.
Asomugha was cut after the 2012 season
Albert Haynesworth, Washington Redskins - The Washington Redskins bit and handed him a seven-year, $100 million contract. Haynesworth appeared in only 20 games with the team over two seasons before being cut.