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Monday, March 30, 2020

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Each NFL team’s worst contract

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NFL contracts are often a hot-button issue. People love to debate who’s making too much, too little, who deserves more and who is overpaid. Some athletes outplay their deals, while others cash in and fail to deliver. Teams obviously try hard to avoid the latter situation, but sometimes things don’t work out as hoped.

With all of that in mind, here’s a look at the worst contract on every NFL team.

Arizona Cardinals – Jermaine Gresham, tight end

The Cardinals put an emphasis on re-signing tight end Jermaine Gresham and as a result, may have drastically over-paid for him. He hasn’t had over 460 yards receiving since 2012, has seen his catch rate hover around 60% in each of the previous two seasons and hasn’t scored more than two touchdowns since 2014. Those are mediocre numbers at best for a player signed to a four-year, $28 million contract with $16.5 million guaranteed.

Atlanta Falcons – Brooks Reed, defensive end

Brooks Reed is not exactly a bad player — he’s a high-motor guy who plays a very defined role. Of course, when the Falcons signed him to a five-year, $22 million deal in 2015 they expected much more. Instead, what they’ve gotten for $9 million guaranteed is 42 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 28 games.

Baltimore Ravens – Joe Flacco, quarterback

When the Ravens signed Joe Flacco to a monstrous $120.6 million deal in 2013, many foresaw potential issues looming. However, at the time, Flacco was coming off of a magical postseason run that culminated with a Super Bowl XLVII victory. He had earned his money. But in 2016, facing a massive cap number, Baltimore was forced to extend Flacco with a three-year, $66.4 million deal. Now under contract through 2021, Flacco has cap hits above $24 million beginning next year and throughout the remainder of his deal, large dead cap numbers that render him uncuttable and guarantees that make him untradeable. Arguably, it’s the worst contract in the NFL.

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Arian Foster, Brooks Reed reportedly expected to start against Colts

Arian Foster and Brooks Reed are both expected to start in Houston’s Week 17 contest against the Indianapolis Colts despite their medical issues, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foster left Sunday’s 23-6 Week 16 loss to Minnesota in the third quarter with an irregular heartbeat. Though doctors said he could have returned to the game, coach Gary Kubiak kept the running back out as a precaution. Foster underwent testing on Monday.

“Just to be sure but everything has been positive and we’re expecting him to be back,” Kubiak said via the Chronicle.

Foster tweeted earlier in the day that everything was back to normal:

Knowing Foster, it’s a surprise he thanked his Twitter followers for their concern instead of ripping them like he has in the past.

In addition to Foster, Reed is also expected to start next week despite leaving the Vikings game with an aggravated groin.

“Brooks got sore, which we expected,” Kubiak said. “We went into the game expecting to play him a certain amount of plays. We knew he would get sore. There was probably some scar tissue-type stuff that he was going to have to go through, but there were no setbacks.”

The 12-3 Texans have already clinched the AFC South, but they’re battling for playoff seeding. They visit the 10-5 Colts on Sunday.