NFL Free Agency: Buyer Beware

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December 17, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (95) during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

These busts seem minor in the big picture compared to the Albert Haynesworth signing in 2009 which boasted an enormous $100 million contract with $42 million guaranteed.  How did that work out?  Well it didn’t.  Everything from Haynesworth flopping on the field to refusing to take a physical fitness test that I believe most of us could pass, just screams he was out for the guaranteed money and nothing else.  He is the most memorable, but the free agent landscape is littered with busts and hype that did not pan out.

When free agency opens on March 12th, just remember two things.  First, there is a reason why these guys are free agents, either the team didn’t want them any longer or they are a victim of the salary cap, and second, just because they were successful elsewhere is no guarantee they will be successful on your team.  Where a lucky roll of the dice in free agency can pay off huge in the long run, a snake eyes can cripple a franchise for many years to come.

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