The Worst Contracts in NFL History


The NFLis the most profitable, professional
sports league in the country by a large margin but when it comes to player contracts they pale in comparison to the fat payouts NBA & MLB players receive. But just because the NFL isn’t handing out
salaries north of 100 million every day doesn’t mean there haven’t been
some truly AWFUL contracts and for these five players
that’s exactly what happened. These teams thought they
were making the right move but instead they turned out to be some of the When the Minnesota Vikings
signed Daunte Culpepper to a 10-year contract extension
worth 102 million dollars in 2003 it made sense. He just came off a season where he threw for
over 4,000 yards and 39 touchdowns which solidified that a giant
payday was coming his way. Unfortunately for Minnesota that’s as
good as it ever got for Culpepper. In his first season after signing the extension Culpepper threw 8 interceptions in just
the first two games of the year. That season was further derailed
by an ACL tear in week 7, and after backup QB Brad Johnson performed well
enough to be considered the starter going forward, Culpepper forced a trade out of Minnesota. That trade landed him in Miami
where he only lasted one season, and despite playing four more years
with several teams after Minnesota, he slipped into irrelevance and
was altogether forgotten. The Atlanta Falcons wanted to insure that
Michael Vick would be a Falcon for life with their Godfather-like 10-year $140 million
deal they offered him after the 2004 season. Only problem… Vick only played two years of that colossal contract because he was sentenced to 23 months in prison
for his involvement in an illegal dog fighting ring. Vick was suspended from the league for 2 years, but the Falcons still had to pay him $35 million. It was bad enough that Vick never came close to
living up to that 10-year deal for the Falcons, but to make matters worse he received another $100 million+
deal post dog fighting scandal. The Philadelphia Eagles took a gamble on the
former Pro-Bowler, inking a six-year deal, but Vick never completed a full
season in Philly due to injuries. And after the 2013 season, both sides came to
an agreement to restructure his deal making him a free agent before his contract was up. Vick spent two more years in the
league before his career ended in 2015. The Oakland Raiders thought Javon Walker could
duplicate his 1000+ receiving seasons he produced in both Green Bay & Denver when
they picked him up in 2008. Instead what they got for their
6-year, 55 million dollar deal was two seasons in which he
started a total of seven games and caught just one touchdown pass. Walker finished his time in Oakland
with only 15 receptions for 196 yards. With $16 million guaranteed of his contract, that’s almost 1 million dollars per reception. Walker was released by the Raiders after
underperforming and racking up injuries. Unfortunately for the Raiders it cost
them a little over $14 million to release him. Albert Haynesworth was coming off back-to-back
Pro Bowl seasons with the Tennessee Titans. So when the Washington Redskins bet the house
on him in 2009 with a 7-year $100 million deal, it wasn’t considered a bad move… at least not at first. Haynesworth had a history of injuries and was
considered by many to have a poor work ethic, and those issues started to creep up in Washington. His production dropped significantly
over the two years in D.C. and he clashed frequently
with head coach Mike Shanahan. After a subpar 2009 season
where he started 12 games, Haynesworth was reduced to a bench player,
failing to start in a single game. Washington didn’t have to pay the full price tag of his contract, but for his two years of forgettable service the Redskins had to shell out
$38 million before releasing him. In the summer of 2010, Nnamdi Asomugha was
considered the top free agent on the market. His resume spoke for itself: A three-time Pro Bowler Two-time first-team all-pro and his 2006 season with the Oakland Raiders where he recorded a career-high 8 interceptions
was the third most in the league. The Philadelphia Eagles thought the
5-year $60 million signing was worth it. Even head coach Andy Reid said that Asomugha was
one of, if not the best cornerback in the league, but Asomugha did little to live up to that praise. In his two seasons with Philly,
Asomugha totaled only 4 interceptions and was a major reason as to why the Eagles
allowed 60 touchdowns in his two seasons there. After failing to agree with the Eagles
to restructure his hefty contract, Philadelphia cut the once elite cornerback. After one season with the San Francisco 49ers, Asomugha retired as a member
of the Oakland Raiders, the only place where he saw any success. Free agency is a risky game and these are just some of the cautionary tales
of high-risk contracts gone wrong.

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