The Oilers signed Thigpen to a five-year, $21 million deal, hoping he could make big plays for young quarterback Steve McNair. Thigpen proved to be well past his prime. In three years with Tennessee, he hauled in an average of 30.3 passes per year with only nine touchdowns. He retired after the 2000 season.
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Deion Sanders, 2000
Sanders did not play poorly in his one and only season for Washington, but the Redskins grossly overpaid for the aged cornerback. Owner Dan Snyder gave Sanders an eight year, $56 million deal -- with an $8 million signing bonus -- but he was not the same player who had made eight out of the previous nine Pro Bowls.
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Chester McGlockton, 1998
Prior to signing, McGlockton had been to four straight Pro Bowls as a Raider. But as soon as he came to Arrowhead Stadium, his production took a nosedive. McGlockton made only seven sacks in three years with the Chiefs and averaged 35.7 tackles per year.
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Ahman Green, 2007
The Texans wanted a back who could handle the bulk of the running game, so they signed the Packers' all-time leading rusher. The injury-prone Green played in only 14 games in two seasons, rushing for a meager 554 yards.
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Kerry Collins, 2004
Upon his release from the Giants, Collins signed a three-year, $16.82 million deal. When Rich Gannon went down with an injury in 2004, Collins took over, throwing 21 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. While his numbers improved in 2005, Collins won just seven games in two years, and was cut at the end of the '05 season.
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David Boston, 2003
In his first and only season with the Chargers, Boston caught 70 passes for 880 yards and seven touchdowns, but was a locker room liability, arguing with teammate Reche Caldwell and head coach Marty Schottenheimer. The Chargers won only four games and Boston was released.
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Jevon Kearse, 2004
The speedy defensive end's first two years in Philadelphia were successful, but in 2006 he suffered a knee injury that limited him to just two games. Eleven games into the next season he lost the starting job to Juqua Thomas. Kearse was released in 2008, four years into his eight-year contract.
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Gabe Wilkins, 1998
He had showed such freakish athleticism and incredible promise on the Super Bowl-winning Packers of the mid-90's that the 49ers had few doubts about signing him to a $4 million-a-year deal. But a lingering knee injury limited Wilkins to just 24 games and one sack in two years with the franchise.
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Bert Emanuel, 1998
The Bucs followed up the blunder of signing Alvin Harper by replacing him with yet another bust. Emanuel signed for $4 million a year after three straight 65-reception seasons in Atlanta, buthis production dropped sharply. He caught 41 balls in 1998, only 21 in 1999, and was released after those two seasons.
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Alvin Harper, 1995
Coming off two straight Super Bowl appearances with the Cowboys and a 1994 season in which he led the league with 24.9 yards-per-reception, Harper signed for big money with the Bucs. He caught 46 balls for 633 yards and two touchdowns his first season, but he never recaptured the big-play prowess he showed in Dallas. He was released after the following season.
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Larry Brown, 1996
Fresh off a Super Bowl victory in which he was named MVP, Brown signed with the Raiders in 1996 for $12.5 million over five years. In his two years with the franchise, Brown played in just 12 games, started in only one, and earned a four-week suspension for ''conduct detrimental to the team.'' He was released in 1998.
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Lawrence Phillips, 1998
Phillips earns a spot on the list for making a catastrophic boneheaded mistake in just half a season with the 49ers. His missed block on cornerback Aeneas Williams ultimately resulted in a career-ending concussion for quarterback Steve Young. Phillips was suspended halfway through the season and released at its close.
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Scott Mitchell, 1994
With Barry Sanders in the backfield and the receiving tandem of Herman Moore and Brett Perriman at his disposal, Mitchell should have been great. But the three-year backup to Dan Marino had only one standout season in his five with the Lions. The other four he was mediocre, and twice the Lions were bounced in the first round of the playoffs due in large part to his poor performances.
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Jeff Garcia, 2004
Enticed by Garcia's three Pro Bowl appearances as a 49er, the Browns offered him a lucrative four-year, $25 million dollar contract. But from the get-go, Garcia was a poor fit in Cleveland, clashing with head coach Butch Davis and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. He played in just 10 games with the Browns, in which they went a meager 3-7.
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Chuck Smith, 2000
Poor Chuck Smith inherited the curse of Nate Odoms when he agreed to a five-year, $21 million deal with the Panthers. Smith, who finished his career in Atlanta as the franchise's all-time leader in sacks (58.5), played only two games for the Panthers. Hampered by a knee injury, he retired at the end of the season.
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Dale Carter, 1999
He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the Chiefs and a three-time arrestee, but the Broncos felt his talent outweighed his off-field misbehavior. He was offered a four-year, $22.8 million deal with Denver and became the NFL's most expensive defensive back. After an unimpressive first season, Carter was suspended the entire 2000 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy for the fourth time. He was released in the middle of the 2001 season.
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Neil O'Donnell, 1996
Perhaps the Jets should have taken O'Donnell's miserable performance in Super Bowl XXX as a warning sign, but they didn't. Instead, they signed him to a five-year deal worth $25 million. In his first season as a Jet, O'Donnell separated his shoulder and started only six games as the Jets went 1-15. A year later, he was benched numerous times by head coach Bill Parcells for poor play, and released in the offseason.
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Andre Rison, 1995
The four-time Pro Bowl receiver signed a five-year, $17 million deal, making him the highest paid receiver in NFL history at the time. But that season he had career lows in receptions (47), yards (701), touchdowns (3), receptions per game (2.9) and yards per game (43.8). He was released at the end of the season.
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Dana Stubblefield, 1998
The 'Skins swooped in on the NFL's reigning defensive MVP in 1998, offering a hefty six-year, $36 million deal that included an $8 million signing bonus. The highly touted defensive tackle quickly became part of a tradition of Redskins' free-agent busts. After Washington lost its first seven games in 1998, Stubblefield injured his knee and missed the rest of the season. He had only seven sacks in three seasons with the Redskins.
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Nate Odomes, 1994
One of the best defensive backs of the early '90's, Odomes literally signed away his career by accepting a deal with the Seahawks in 1994. He had been to four straight Super Bowls with the Bills, but never played a game in his two years with Seattle, injuring a knee before both seasons began. He retired shortly thereafter.
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