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25 NFL Contracts That Are Badly Hurting Their Franchises

Darren - December 23, 2020
NFL

25 NFL Contracts That Are Badly Hurting Their Franchises

Darren - December 23, 2020
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4. C.J. Mosley

The New York Jets went on a massive spending spree in 2019 in a vain attempt to reignite their franchise. They offered Mosley a five-year deal worth $85 million as part of it. Gang Green made him the second-highest-paid linebacker in the entire league. It’s safe to say that this one has not worked out at all. The Jets have won just eight games since the former Ravens star signed one of the most disastrous contracts in the sport.

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The worst part of this for the Jets is that Mosley has only played in two games for New York. First, he suffered a groin injury and required surgery, missing almost all of 2019. Then he chose to opt out of the next season because of the global health crisis. Meanwhile, if the Jets cut him in 2021, they’ll lose $20 million. Even if they wait one more year, they’ll take a $12.5 million hit. Mosley has hurt them badly.

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3. Robert Quinn

First, Quinn is 30 and arguably in his prime but it could be all downhill from here. For some reason, the Chicago Bears rewarded him with a five-year deal worth $70 million. It’s bizarre that they handed him such a long and lucrative deal because he will only decline over the next couple of years. Meanwhile, the last time he made the Pro Bowl was in 2014, so it’s unlikely that he will suddenly become a worldbeater again.

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In 2019, Quinn achieved 11.5 sacks with Dallas. But a year later, he managed just two by Week 15. This fall in production meant that he delivered the lowest output of his career. Meanwhile, the outside linebacker plays opposite Khalil Mack, so he really has no excuses. Because of that, this is one of the worst contracts in any sport right now. What the Bears were thinking, nobody knows but somebody should answer for it.

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2. Ezekiel Elliot

The Cowboys were full of excitement and optimism after an exciting offseason. Many fans believed that they could go on a postseason run and even become dark horses for the Super Bowl. Of course, the Cowboys are fantastic at letting everybody down, and they imploded quite spectacularly. After Dak Prescott suffered a gruesome, season-ending broken ankle, the team’s form deteriorated dramatically.

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Elliot is emblematic of their poor display throughout the year. He played much better with Prescott, but without his quarterback, he hasn’t shown his qualities at all. One of the highest-paid running backs in the NFL, Elliot has averaged less than 65 yards per game and has more fumbles than touchdowns. Dallas must pay $24.5 million if they choose to trade him in 2021 or pay his guaranteed contract a year later. What a mess.

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1. Carson Wentz

Wentz’s form in 2020 has been near the bottom of the league in most statistical categories and resulted in the Philadelphia Eagles dropping him to start Jalen Hurts in Week 13. Meanwhile, the former first overall pick quarterback still enjoys one of the most lucrative contracts in the NFL. After a good season in 2019, the team handed him his first post-rookie deal. This should have come with a warning label to all other NFL teams to be wary of doing the same.

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The extension worth $128 million with a guaranteed $108 million that doesn’t expire until 2025. The Eagles are in a lose-lose situation because if they cut him it would result in a disgusting amount of dead money. We’re talking upwards of $68 million. But if they trade him, it’ll cost $33.8 million on the cap. As we said, it’s a no-win scenario unless he suddenly remembers how to play as a quarterback.

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