NFL teams are about to spend top dollar on free agents to try and improve their chances of winning the Super Bowl. Undoubtedly, several of the moves made this offseason will be mistakes. Teams will overpay to try and close the competitive gap only to find out the player they invested in was overrated.
Here is a look at the top five worst contracts in the NFL:
To be fair to Johnson, his quarterback situation last season did not lend itself to having a dominant year. Nevertheless, Johnson turns 34 in July and is unlikely to produce well enough to command a $16 million cap number according to Sportrac.com, even with the best of quarterbacks. He has been disgruntled with the Houston Texans front office for years, and now they have allowed him to seek a trade according to NFL.com.
This is not to say Johnson has nothing left in the tank. He probably will go to another team and be productive. This is just about his salary, and it is hard to fathom him putting up a season worthy of $16 million.
Kaepernick has talent. The market demanded that he be paid handsomely. The problem is $15,265,753 against the cap demands that you have more than three games where he passes for 250 yards. In an era where quarterbacks are putting up video game numbers, he only threw for 300 yards one time last season. He did not have the best of weapons but too often he flat missed on his reads. At times, he still looks like he doesn’t trust what he sees.
With one big season passing, Kapernick is easily off this list. The problem is no one is sure he has a big passing season in him.
Jay Cutler takes much of the heat in Chicago, much of it deservedly so. Hiding behind that heat is Allen who had his worst season as a pro. He is slated to have a cap number of $12.5 million. Last season, the whole Chicago Bears defense struggled, but Allen must produce more than 5.5 sacks. Even if he rebounds and has a better year this season, it is remote that he proves to be a good signing for the Bears.
Amongst 4-3 defensive ends Profootballfocus.com (subscription required) rated Allen the 19th best in the league. He had a negative rating against the run and with him being on the backside of his career, it is not probable that things will change for the better.
Jennings’ best days have clearly been behind him for a couple of seasons now. This upcoming season his cap number is slated to be $11 million. Profootballfocus.com graded Jennings as the 48th best receiver in the league last season. He was behind the likes of Brice Butler, Kenny Britt, and Percy Harvin.
Jennings serves as a mentor to the team’s young receivers and second year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. While that role is vital, his on-field production does not come close to being worth the pay day he is receiving.
Unlike Jennings and Johnson, Wallace is supposed to be in his prime. He is supposed to be setting the league on fire. The speedy receiver has failed to eclipse 1,000 yards the last three seasons. He did have 10 touchdowns last season and profootballfocus.com still ranked him 53rd best receiver in the league. That means 26 teams could sign two starting receivers that are better than Wallace.
Wallace’s attitude does not help matters. In the season finale, nbcsports.com reported Wallace took himself out of the game. He was not injured or banged up. He obviously has the diva attitude of most top receivers, but his production just does not line up with making $12.1 million.
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