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NFL’s Most Overpaid Contracts For 2017

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$16,000,000 – Brock Osweiler, Cleveland, QB

At this time last year, the Houston Texans had offered Brock Osweiler a gigantic contract offer, and he was in a position to play as a starter for the Super Bowl contender. In 2015, Osweiler backed up Peyton Manning and had gone 5-2; he made 10 touchdowns and completed 61% of his passes.

He did get a few red flags, but still clinched a 4-year, $72,000,000 contract. Last season he was benched, and after having a nightmarish playoff game, with three interceptions, Houston decided to load him off to Cleveland for a pittance. He may not even play in the first week.

$15,500,000 – Malik Jackson, Jacksonville, DT

In the first year of his huge contract, Malik had very modest statistics; 6.5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss. Although he played well, it did not really match his huge contract. It is perplexing you think that Jackson earns more money that the best defensive lineman in the league – JJ Watt.

Jackson was ranked 12 in interior defenders of last year by Pro Football Focus. However, this rank will go up when Calais Campbell joins him on the team.

$14,977,116 – Tavon Austin, LA Rams, WR

This is perhaps the most bamboozling contract in the NFL. It was not clear why the team gave him a 4-year $42,000,000 contract. The Los Angeles Rams overdrafted him and have to yet figure out where he fits in the team. The previous year, Austin caught 52 passes for 473 yards, and made 5 touchdowns. The problem may be the offensive coordinator changes or the young quarterbacks.

The sad news is that 98% of the money being used by the Rams this year for wide receivers is going to Robert Woods and Tavon Austin.

$14,000,000 – Mike Glennon, Chicago, QB

This shows NFL’s dire need for quarterbacks; in 2013, Glennon was picked in the 3rd round and played a lot even as a rookie; 19 touchdowns, 40 sacks in 13 games. Coach Greg Sciano got fired and Lovie Smith replaced him and brought in Josh McGown from Chicago to replace Glennon.

McGown was terrible and Glennon was back once more and led the team to victory at Pittsburg. In November 2014, after only completing 57% of his passes, Glennon was benched and McGown brought back in. The team then landed Jameis Winston in the draft after a 2-14 record. In the last two years Glennon only threw 11 passes, and oddly enough the Bears gave him a 3-year $43,000,000 contract.

$9,500,000 – Sean Smith, Oakland, CB

In 2016, he signed a 4-year, $40,000,000 contract and then went on to have a very terrible season opener when playing against New Orleans; he had been benched by the 3rd quarter. He even went ahead and admitted that he was “getting killed”, a rare thing to say in your season opener after getting such a massive deal.

Pro Football Focus ranked smith as the 18th among cornerbacks last year; this is still generous due to the bad season he had. He was ranked as the 13th highest cap hit among the centerbacks of the next season.

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