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This post is about NFL players who were paid very good money to get, and yet can’t seem to do a damn thing on the football field. The stats didn’t back up their play during their entire career, but somehow con a team into paying good money for their lackadaisical statistics on the field. Or they were drafted for a higher pick then they are pretty obviously not worth. Or they could just be underachieving for the year, but no hope seems to be there anymore…What were these organizations thinking?

Le’Veon Bell – New York Jets

Bell gets a little bit of a pass because he hasn’t played in a year, but you would expect his numbers to get better as the year went along. However, that was not the case. The New York Jets gave Le’Veon a four year contract for $52.5 million for a 3.2 yard per carry average and only four total touchdowns? Bell did have a few decent games leading to a 245 carry season for 789 yards and three rushing touchdowns to go with his 66 receptions for 461 yards and one receiving touchdown, but is not what the Jets nor fantasy owners alike expected. Bell can’t be hit with all of the blame as their offensive line was atrocious and Sam Darnold is not what he is cracked up to be. None of this helps Le’Veon be able to put up stats and I am not sure he will get back on track with this team. Taking an entire year off of football is not something a star should do and expect to come back at the highest level. It may take a few years, but at that point the body doesn’t always keep responding like it used to.

Earl Thomas – Baltimore Ravens

At the end of Thomas’ last season, Thomas flipped off the Seahawks bench knowing that they held money from him and he got injured. He knew it was his one chance to get a pay day from the team he helped lead to a Super Bowl victory. Luckily for Thomas, the Baltimore Ravens decided to not resign Eric Weddle and gave Earl a four year contract worth $55 million. At 30 years old, the Seahawks pulled the old strategy of letting a guy go a year too early rather than a year too late and it paid off. Much to Earl’s disapproval I am sure. Thomas stayed healthy and played in 15 games for the Ravens, but had very minimal impact on a decent defense. He was able to get his career average of two interceptions, but was only able to get 49 total tackles which is half of what he has done in every other one of his NFL seasons. Maybe a second season in the Ravens system will reap more benefits, but I am doubting that at this point. Thomas has been a physical safety, and just like running back and linebacker, typically lead to a shorter, injury-marred end of a career.

Cole Beasley – Buffalo Bills

The first of two big Bills mistakes in free agency is none other than a guy who is about as good of a rapper as he is a receiver…not very. This guy was awarded a four year contract for $29 million on a career of mostly sub 50 catches, but was able to put up his second best season of his career. The problem being when you pay a slot receiver to be a legit slot receiver a team looks for 75+ catches and 1,000+ yards, but Beasley’s only reason for being in the league is his lateral quickness. He’s too small, not fast enough, and doesn’t really have sure hands, but because he’s a white guy at a skill position the NFL wants to keep him around. Beasley was able to put up a solid 6 touchdown receptions, but only gathers 778 yards on 67 receptions while playing in 15 games. He averaged 4 catches a game for 52 yards and got around $7 million to do it. Pay for a more legit receiver for your inaccurate, better-at-running-than-throwing quarterback.

Tyler Kroft – Buffalo Bills

The second Bills mistake of free agency turned out to be their assumed tight end starter, Tyler Kroft. Kroft was signed by the Bills for $18.75 million over three years to give Josh Allen a big tight end to get the ball to. His sure handed target in tough situations. Instead what Kroft was able to give them was a measly eleven games with an astounding six receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown…Kroft makes Cole Beasley’s contract look like a steal with that kind of production.

C.J. Uzomah – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals decided to take a chance on CJ Uzomah because he was able to play well in the absence of the two Tyler’s a year ago. The problem being that the Bengals tight ends under Marvin Lewis and directed by Andy Dalton seemed to always put up solid stats. With Zach Taylor coming in the tight end didn’t seem as dangerous in this offense. He got essentially the same contract as Kroft did from the Bills, but seriously outperformed Kroft. Having said that, Uzomah’s season was quite disappointing as well, but anyone who plays fantasy football knows there’s only like 5 legitimate weapons at tight end in the NFL worth keeping. CJ was able to haul in 27 catches for 242 yards and two touchdowns while playing in all 16 games….Not exactly what you have in mind when you pay someone a solid six million dollar salary to be the starting tight end…and it’s not like he added great run blocking to the mix.

Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars

Foles was a hot commodity coming into this NFL season and the Jaguars nabbed him up and gave him a four year $88 million contract to produce Super Bowl aspirations like he did for the Eagles a few years before. Foles was able to last a total of four games compiling an 0-4 record in those games while completing 66% of his passes. The accuracy is around the NFL average, but the problem is he doesn’t have a big league arm. This guys fastball is like a fastball pitcher trying to make the major league with an 86 MPH four-seam fastball and an 84 MPH two-seam fast ball. He has not enough arm strength and lacks the correct mechanics to throw the ball farther. He was able to throw for 736 yards which is under 200 yards per game passing while he was outperformed by a rookie out of Washington State that no one had heard of before the season. Now the Jaguars are stuck with the highest paid backup quarterback in the NFL and I don’t believe anyone will be willing to trade for him without a contract restructuring.

Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders

To start off Williams was originally brought in to be a number two receiver next to Antonio Brown, but was forced into the number one role because of the Brown debacle. Williams was given a four year contract worth $44 million to give them 14 games tallying 42 receptions for 651 yards and 6 touchdowns. This guy was not worth $11 million a season when the only worthwhile stats he puts up is touchdowns, but that’s just in his description. He is not a number one receiver, he is merely a red zone threat and this season proved it. The Raiders have a huge problem in the fact that they have almost no offensive weapons, and yet Derek Carr is somehow able to keep them close to .500 year in and year out. So much for people wanting to play for Gruden and the new Raiders, huh?

Adam Humphries – Tennessee Titans

This signing just blew my mind when it came out. Humphries was given a four year contract worth $36 million by the Titans and was a huge mistake. He was outperformed by his virtual football style twin in Cole Beasley, but doesn’t have the rapping in his game. Adam was given $7 million more than Beasley and put up only 37 receptions for 374 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. This guy was given starting slot receiver money with a resume of a fourth or fifth receiver and continued to put up numbers like one. Giving a player more money based on nothing in his skill set changing and expecting him to burst onto the scene doesn’t work out. This seems like another one of those NFL business decisions to keep a decent white skill position player in the NFL for branding purposes. Humphries shouldn’t make an NFL roster, but he does have that white privilege on his side.

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