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Top 15 Worst Contracts In The NFL For 2016

Life in the National Football League revolves around winning and losing. The same can be said for player contracts. Within every team lies at least one contract that just screams absurdity when matched with production output. You can't really blame the general managers for initially signing them though, considering the dog-eat-dog nature and competitiveness of the league. Gaps need to be filled. Positions need to be reevaluated. And besides, overpaying for players has always been a deeply rooted staple in NFL history, so it should not come as a surprise to anybody when a team forks over an arm and a leg for a player only to have it end up in a disaster (two words: Albert Haynesworth).

Much of the overpaying can be accredited to the rise of the salary cap a couple years back. Players that "outperformed" their prior contract were being paid the big bucks only to underwhelm as the impact player that they were made out to be. The worst part about it is that teams lock them up for X amount of years, their contracts soaking up a good chunk of cap space that they have to work with, which ultimately hurts them in the offseason. This goes without saying that teams will eventually look to restructure their contract or convert their fully guaranteed money into roster bonuses. Or, they can simply ask them to take a pay cut, although highly unlikely.

Now to be fair, most of these players have scratched and clawed their way to reach the pinnacle of their game. Nobody is downplaying the struggles and hardships that they had to endure to make the 53-man roster. The stats don't always make the man. However, considering the fact that their teams are absorbing their cap-heavy contracts with minimal results, it can be safe to say that their inclusion onto this list is justifiable.

15 Mike Wallace

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14 Charles Johnson

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13 Daryl Washington

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12 Charles Clay

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11 Dennis Pitta

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10 Torrey Smith

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9 Ryan Clady

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8 Dwayne Bowe

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7 Julius Thomas

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6 Donald Butler

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5 Jairus Byrd

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The hard-hitting safety brought little to nothing to the already porous Saints defensive backfield. In 2014, the Saints picked up Byrd as an unrestricted free agent from the Buffalo Bills and inked him to a six-year, $54 million deal that included $26.3 million guaranteed. His 2014 season was limited to only four games due to a knee injury.

4 Ndamukong Suh

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3 Jay Cutler

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2 Drew Brees

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1 Brandon Carr

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When the Cowboys decided to sign Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract back in 2012, they also invested in a longterm solution at cornerback. Well, that was nothing short of a disaster. He vastly underperformed each year of his contract and never lived up to the gross amount of dead money and cap space that he was eating up year after year. If the Cowboys were to release Carr, they would also have to give up $7.4 million in dead money that could be used to address positional needs. Even Jerry Jones admitted that they overpaid the man. Now if that doesn't say enough...

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