Michael Vick will start at QB in Friday's presason game for the Eagles.
The Falcons gave Michael Vick a 10-year multimillion-dollar extension in 2005. He made the Pro Bowl in his first season after signing the deal — largely due to his running prowess — but that was the lone highlight. The team went just 15-17 the next two seasons, and that was the last we'd ever see of Vick in a Falcons jersey. He ended up serving a 23-month prison sentence for his role in a dog-fighting organization and was released. Bing: How much was his contract in 2005? Search: Which team does he play for now? Find: How much is he supposed to make this year?
After a strong NBA playoff performance with Seattle after the 2004-05 season, the New York Knicks somewhat surprisingly gave free agent Jerome James a big multiyear offer. He showed up to Knicks camp out of shape and was plagued by injuries. He appeared in only 90 games in four seasons, averaging fewer than three points per game. Bing: How much was his contract in 2005? Search: The most recent team he played for in 2012?
In July 2008, Wade Redden signed with the New York Rangers. He had come from Ottawa, where he was the highest-paid player on the team and faced criticism for not playing up to expectations. It didn't get better in the Big Apple. By September 2010, the Rangers had put him on waivers. Bing: How much was his contract in 2008? Search: Which team did he play for recently? Find: Watch him on the ice
Allan Houston, by then something of a Knicks legend, signed a maximum contract extension with New York in 2001. He missed 32 games in the 2003-04 season with a knee injury and played in just 20 games the following season due to the same issue. He ultimately retired in October 2005. The situation led the NBA to create a special rule to guard teams against such situations in the future. Bing: How much was his contract in 2001? Search: Watch videos of him on the court
The Redskins made Adam Archuleta the highest-paid safety in NFL history in March 2006, but he started only seven of 16 games that year. By the end of the 2006 season, he was being used primarily on special teams. Washington ultimately traded him for a sixth-round draft pick to Chicago, where he also languished before spending his final year in the league with the Raiders. Bing: How much was his contract in 2006? Search: Find his stats over the years
Joe Johnson signed a big contract extension with the Atlanta Hawks during the notable summer of 2010, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined the Heat (for less money, mind you). Johnson had a fine next couple of seasons in Atlanta, averaging more than 18 points a game in each, but he was traded to Brooklyn before the 2012-13 season. Bing: How much was his contract in 2010? Search: Watch him play with his current team
One of the poster boys for bad contracts, goalie Rick DiPietro signed a huge 15-year contract with the New York Islanders in 2006. After two solid years in net, he began battling injuries and appeared in just 50 games between 2008 and 2013. After this past season, the Islanders put him on waivers and bought out the rest of the contract. Bing: How much was his contract in 2006? Search: Watch him in action
In March 2008, the Raiders coughed up big bucks to secure DeAngelo Hall after acquiring him in a trade with the Redskins. The deal seemed appropriate for a two-time Pro Bowler, but Hall was released in November after just eight games because the team said he had failed to adapt to their style. He returned to the Redskins and went on to win the Pro Bowl MVP award after the 2010 season. Bing: How much was his contract in 2008? Search: How much is he supposed to earn this year?
Eddy Curry, long criticized for being overweight, landed a big contract in 2005 to join the Knicks. He stuck it out for five of those seasons in New York, but they weren't pretty by the end. He played in just 10 games in the final two seasons. Bing: How much was his contract in 2005? Search: Latest on the man who murdered his family
None of the players on this list can possibly be laughing as much as Bobby Bonilla. Desperate not to pay him the $5.9 million they owed him after the 1999 season, the New York Mets cut a deal with him. If he agreed to defer the payment, they'd pay him a set amount every year from 2001 to 2035. He said yes. So Bobby Bonilla gets a large check annually to do nothing for the next 22 years. Bing: How much was his contract in 1991? Search: How much is his check every year? Find: Watch video of him in his playing days
The big-spending Yankees gave starting pitcher A.J. Burnett a mega-deal coming off a 2008 season in which he led the American League in strikeouts as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. He made it only three of those five seasons and had an ERA over 5.00 in two of them before New York ultimately traded him to Pittsburgh. Bing: How much was his contract in 2008? Search: Watch him pitch
Denny Neagle had some highlights in the 1990s and turned them into a big deal with the Colorado Rockies in 2000. He struggled mightily in the next three seasons, with an ERA over 5.00 in all of them, and was often injured. He didn't pitch in the majors again after 2003. Bing: How much was his contract in 2000? Search: His run-in with the law in 2006
Barry Zito parlayed a 2002 Cy Young Award into a mega-deal with the San Francisco Giants after the 2006 season. His ERA hasn't been under 4.00 once since in the lighter-hitting National League, and his only season with a record over .500 came in 2012 — when the Giants won the World Series. Bing: How much was his contract in 2006? Search: He has another talent Find: His work is an Eddie Murphy film
Alex Rodriguez is on the list for not one, but two monstrous deals. The first was with the Texas Rangers in 2000 after he had risen to prominence with the Mariners. A-Rod won the AL MVP award in 2003, but the Rangers, hamstrung by the huge payments, looked to trade him anyway. They succeeded, as the Yankees agreed to take him on, with Texas still paying part of the salary. After the 2007 season, he re-upped with the Yankees for even more moola. Now that he is battling injuries and embroiled in a steroid controversy, the deal seems even loftier. Bing: How much was his contract in 2000? Search: How much was his contract in 2007? Find: Latest on his steroid scandal
Almost immediately upon receiving his big contract in 2001 after being traded from Ottawa to the New York Islanders, Alexei Yashin was taking heat for being overpaid. Yashin struggled early on in the contract before achieving something of a resurgence with a new crop of players around him in 2006-07. But the success was short-lived. After battling injuries, the Russian was eventually bought out with $17.6 million still to go on the deal. Bing: How much was his contract in 2001? Search: Watch some of his best moments on the ice
JaMarcus Russell held out after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2007 until he secured a big rookie deal. He was an epic flop for the Raiders, starting just 25 games in three seasons and winning only seven of them with an 18-to-23 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Oakland released him in 2009 and he hasn't played in the league since. Bing: How much was his contract in 2007? Search: He was caught with this substance in 2010 Find: Watch him throw
The Sonics gave Vin Baker a big deal in 1999 because he was a four-time All-Star center. But little did Seattle know, his career had already peaked. His production declined, and Seattle shipped him off to Boston after the 2001-02 season. Bing: How much was his contract in 1999? Search: Watch some of his best moments on the court
After a decent season with the Florida Marlins in 2004, Carl Pavano attracted a big free-agent offer from the Yankees. The run in New York started well but injuries derailed Pavano. One of those came in an automobile accident that he waited two weeks to inform Yankees management about. Between the injuries and deception, Pavano fell out of favor in the Yankees' clubhouse. Bing: How much was his contract in 2004? Search: Watch videos of him in action
Albert Haynesworth signed a huge contract with the Washington Redskins in February 2009, but the love affair did not last long. He arrived at camp in poor condition and was not cooperative with the coaching staff. After two contentious, low-performing seasons, Haynesworth was traded to the Patriots. Bing: How much was his contract in 2009? Search: Watch him play
Darren Dreifort's career record was just 39-45 in 2001, but he still got a big contract offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers that year. He was beset by injuries in ensuing seasons, at one point needing elbow reconstruction surgery. He retired at age 32 and still works with the Dodgers as a minor-league instructor. Bing: How much was his contract in 2001?
Scott Gomez got big bucks to leave the New Jersey Devils for the rival New York Rangers after the 2006 season. His Rangers tenure started with a controversy over what jersey number he would wear and ended with a trade to the Montreal Canadiens just two years later after an unremarkable run. Bing: How much was his contract in 2006? Search: Which team does he play for now? Find: How much is his latest deal?
Matt Cassel filled in admirably for an injured Tom Brady in the 2008 season for the New England Patriots and spun that success into a big contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He and the team languished that season. In 2010, Kansas City made the playoffs behind a strong year from Cassel. But he quickly regressed in the following two seasons, had trouble holding the starting job and was ultimately released and signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Bing: How much was his contract in 2009? Search: How much is he making now? Find: Watch him on the field
After being a four-time All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays, Carl Crawford signed a major free-agent deal with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010. Crawford hit just .255 in his first season in Boston before wrist injuries cost him most of the next season. Now with the Dodgers, Crawford is still struggling to regain his old form. Bing: How much was his contract in 2010? Search: What's his nickname? Find: Watch him swing
The Colorado Rockies gave Mike Hampton a big deal in 2001, two years after a season in which he nearly won the NL Cy Young Award. He would make it through two of those seasons — both dreadful — before Colorado gave up and shipped him to Atlanta. But they had to eat part of the left-hander's salary to make the deal work. Bing: How much was his contract in 2001? Search: What does he do for work now?
Gilbert Arenas chose to sign a big free-agent contract in 2003 with the Washington Wizards, purportedly after flipping a coin to choose between them and other teams. Washington probably wishes it had gone the other way. Though Arenas has shown brilliant flashes of talent at times, he's also been a gigantic headache. An incident involving storing firearms in his locker at the Verizon Center created a legal mess, and the struggling team had little to show for his tenure in D.C. Bing: How much was his contract in 2003? Search: Whom did he reportedly pull his gun on in the locker room? Find: Watch Arenas on the court