The Redskins have become known as the franchise that wins the free agent sweepstakes. Every season, the Redskins splurge on one stop gap free agent after another, in the hopes of finding that one player who’ll magically deliver a championship. NFL free agents, and their agents, love to deal with the Washington Redskins. When a player’s agent says the Redskins make it easy, you know there’s something wrong. While the Redskins have remained quiet this year, their history is full of ridiculous free agent signings, and they all seem to correspond with current Redskin owner Dan Snyder’s arrival in the Nation’s Capital. So, who are the worst free agent signings in Redskins history?
How Many Years did Deion Sanders Play as a Redskin?
Well, the answer to this question is pretty simple, 1 season. That’s it, Deion played all of one season in Washington. The 200 free agent signed a 7 year $56 million contract with the Redskins with an $8 million signing bonus. He took that $8 million, played half asleep, and then retired.
How Big Was Dana Stubblefield’s Redskins Contract?
In 1998, the Redskins went after defensive tackle, Dana Stubblefield. The 3 time Pro-Bowler, 4 time All-Pro, and 1997 NFL Defensive Player of the Year arrived with high expectations and a 6 year contract worth $36 million with a nice little $8 million signing bonus. The former 1993 Defensive Rookie of the Year, was average at best in Washington, despite playing beside a gigantic defensive tackle in Dan Wilkinson. Stubblefield played three seasons as a Redskin before heading back to San Francisco.
Where is Adam Archuleta?
If you’re gonna talk about the worst free agent signings in Redskins history, then look no further than Adam Archuleta. In 2006, coming off a playoff season and a 10-6 record, you just knew the Redskins would go out and splurge. They did exactly that by going after former St. Louis Rams safety, Adam Archuleta. The 2006 free agent signed a 6 year $30 million contract with a, get this, $10 million guaranteed. At that time, it was the largest contract paid to an NFL free agent safety. Archuleta rewarded the Redskins by sucking, and ended up on their special teams. He then went to Chicago the following season, before being cut. He’s currently a free agent, and might be looking to play in the UFL.
What Happened to Brandon Lloyd?
Much like the deal the Redskins signed with Archuleta, this one also makes no sense what-so-ever! The Redskins signed Brandon Lloyd to the exact same contract as Archuleta, and Lloyd, much like Archuleta, was horrible, petulant, and difficult from day one. It wasn’t as if the Redskins didn’t have advanced warning. A number of former teammates in San Francisco said that Lloyd was a cancer. Regardless, the Redskins signed the free agent, and he promptly caught 25 passes for 405 yards and 0 touchdowns, over two seasons!
How Big Was Albert Haynesworth’s Contract?
This is considered the absolute worst free agent signing of all time in the NFL. The Redskins signed Tennessee Titan defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to an astonishing $100 million contract with over $30 million guaranteed in the first year. Haynesworth had only played a full 16 game schedule once in his career, his rookie season, and once again, missed games throughout the 2009 season. He was average at best, always tired, and clearly out of shape. True to form, this free agent rewarded the Redskins by taking his money, and thumbing his nose at the Redskins 2010 off-season mini-camp, drawing the ire of both the Redskin’s coaching staff, and owner Dan Snyder himself. These are easily the worst free agent signings in Redskins history.
When it comes to discussing the worst free agent signings in Redskins history, it’s pretty hard to argue with these guys. Of course, given Redskins owner Dan Snyder penchant for hiring and firing coaches, it’s not likely the Redskins will stop winning the off-season free agent sweepstakes.