The NFL loves hype trains of all types because they generate tons of excitement in the media. Fans and some so-called experts project that players or even trams will be sensational. But inevitably, everything goes wrong, and the franchises discard athletes like yesterday’s garbage.
Maybe they’re young rookies who become massive busts like Trey Lance. Or perhaps they deliver for a couple of seasons like Odell Beckham Jr. before suffering shocking declines. In the end, these hype trains went off the rails and their teams showed no mercy. Check out these failed NFL hype trains right here.
Watson’s story is arguably one of the most controversial NFL dramas ever because he irreparably tarnished his image. The quarterback was a genuine blue-chip star for many years in Houston. But he reasonably became frustrated in Texas because the franchise seemed to be going nowhere. Watson pushed for a trade, but then sexual assault allegations involving several masseuses around the country came rolling in thick and fast.
The quarterback barely played for two seasons because of his off-field drama. In the end, the Texans traded him away like yesterday’s garbage because he was tainted goods. Meanwhile, Cleveland handed him a $230 million guaranteed contract, the first ever of its kind in the NFL and a major reason why few teams reportedly want to do business with the Browns (via NFL.com).