Philadelphia RB DeMarco Murray / Former team: Dallas / How acquired: Free agency (five years, $40 million, $21M guaranteed)
If all sides could do it again, the Cowboys probably would have raised their offer to re-sign Murray, he would have lowered his contract demands to stay in Dallas and the Eagles would have gone in a different direction. The Cowboys are averaging roughly 30 less rushing yards a game from last season when Murray led the league. His fall-off is even more precipitous. A poor fit so far in Chip Kelly’s offensive system, Murray is now a disgruntled backup on pace to finish with a career-low average of 3.5 yards a carry.
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Minnesota WR Mike Wallace / Former team: Miami / How acquired: Trade
Even with a change of scenery, Wallace has done little to justify the five-year, $60 million contract he signed with Miami as a free agent in 2013. Wallace’s speed has helped him draw some defensive penalties and extra attention in coverage but he isn’t producing as the deep threat Minnesota envisioned when acquiring him from the Dolphins for a fifth-round draft choice. With 33 catches for 403 yards and two TD catches, Wallace is on track for his least productive year since his rookie campaign with Pittsburgh in 2009.
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St. Louis QB Nick Foles / Former team: Philadelphia / How acquired: Trade
You know there’s a problem when you’re benched in favor of NFL journeyman Case Keenum. With how poorly he played in 2015, it’s difficult to believe Foles is the same quarterback who threw for 27 TD passes with just two interceptions in 2013. As Sam Bradford shows weekly improvement with the Eagles, it’s obvious St. Louis got the wrong end of the deal in their offseason quarterback swap.
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Indianapolis WR Andre Johnson / Former team: Houston / How acquired: Free agency (three years, $21 million, $10M guaranteed)
Based upon his salary and lack of production, Johnson was the worst acquisition in another lousy offseason of free-agent signings by general manager Ryan Grigson. The 34-year-old Johnson is showing his age with just 31 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns, which has justified Houston’s decision to cut the leading receiver in that franchise history during the offseason.
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Miami WR Greg Jennings / Former team: Minnesota / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $8 million, $3M guaranteed)
The Dolphins could have signed Michael Crabtree with a slightly higher offer but instead went with Jennings. You get what you pay for. Crabtree has flourished with Oakland, catching 70 passes for 779 yards and seven touchdowns. Jennings is an afterthought in Miami with 15 receptions for 134 yards and one score.
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Tampa Bay LB Bruce Carter / Former team: Dallas / How acquired: Free agency (Four years, $17 million, $4.25M guaranteed)
It didn’t take long for the Bucs to learn they overpaid for Carter during the offseason. Carter was beaten out by 2015 fourth-round draft pick Kwon Alexander at weak-side linebacker during training camp and didn’t make his first start until last Sunday against New Orleans as the rookie began serving a four-game suspension for a PED violation.
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Arizona LB Sean Weatherspoon / Former team: Atlanta / How acquired: Free agency (one year, $3.85 million)
Weatherspoon’s career was derailed by injuries with the Falcons and he hasn’t gotten back on track in Arizona. Weatherspoon has barely played with Kevin Minter manning the inside linebacker spot alongside hybrid safety Deone Bucannon. Weatherspoon’s defensive snaps did increase in last Thursday’s win over Minnesota, which indicates he may be on the verge of assuming a larger role in the team’s linebacker rotation.
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New Orleans CB Brandon Browner / Former team: New England / How acquired: Free agency (three years, $15 million, $7.75M guaranteed)
Browner is making NFL history — and not in a good way. He has gotten flagged for 22 penalties, tying the league’s single-season record set by Houston tackle Chester Pitts in 2003 (NFL tracking data goes back to 1999). Browner is one of the reasons opposing teams are averaging 30.5 points a game along with a ridiculous passer rating of 114.2.
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Cleveland WR Dwayne Bowe / Former team: Kansas City / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $12.5 million, $9M guaranteed)
No healthy receiver has earned more money per catch this season than Bowe. Unable to crack a pedestrian lineup of wide receivers, the 31-year-old Bowe has three receptions for 31 yards in five games.
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San Diego WR Jacoby Jones / Former team: Baltimore / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $5.5 million, $1.6M guaranteed)
Seeking to boost their special-teams units and add speed to the receiving corps, the Chargers hoped Jones would bring the same juice from when he returned a kickoff 109 yards for a TD in Super Bowl 47. Those days are long gone. Jacoby was released after the Chargers generated just one net yard on punt returns through the first eight games. Jacoby’s struggles have continued since signing with Pittsburgh. He literally and figuratively fumbled away his return job in Week 13 against Indianapolis and was inactive in last Sunday’s win over Cincinnati.
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Indianapolis OLB Trent Cole / Former team: Philadelphia / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $14 million, $7M guaranteed)
Cole has two sacks in the past three games, which is an encouraging sign for someone who hadn’t registered any through the first 10 contests. The Colts need the help. Indianapolis entered Week 15 tied for 28th in the NFL in sacks with 22.
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Oakland RB Trent Richardson / Former team: Indianapolis / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $3.85 million, $600,000 guaranteed)
He flopped in Cleveland and Indianapolis. The Raiders were his third strike. Richardson is now out of the NFL only four years after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 draft. The Raiders released Richardson at the end of the preseason and he has yet to sign with another team after several workouts.
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Indianapolis RB Frank Gore / Former team: San Francisco / How acquired: Free agency (three years, $12 million, $6.5M guaranteed)
It’s impossible to say exactly how much Gore’s decline in production stems from age (31), wear and tear after 10 seasons in San Francisco or the Colts’ offensive woes that have included injuries to QB Andrew Luck, a shoddy offensive line and the in-season firing of coordinator Pep Hamilton. This much we do know: Gore is set to finish with the worst per-carry average of his storied NFL career.
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Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy / Former team: Carolina / How acquired: Free agency (one year, $11.3 million)
For all the chaos and bad publicity Hardy has brought to the Cowboys, even a double-digit sack season might not have been worth bringing him in the fold. Hardy isn’t even close to duplicating the success he enjoyed in Carolina before serving what was essentially a de facto season-long suspension in 2014 for a domestic violence incident.
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Atlanta outside linebacker Brooks Reed / Former team: Houston / How acquired: Free agency (five years, $22 million, $9M guaranteed)
As Atlanta’s highest-paid, free-agent acquisition in 2015, Reed admits he hasn’t lived up to expectations. Reed, who missed the first three games following groin surgery, has just 13 tackles and no sacks in 10 games (five starts).
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Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh / Former team: Detroit / How acquired: Free agency (six years, $114.4 million, $60M guaranteed)
Suh remains one of the NFL’s top defensive tackles. The Dolphins also are a mess defensively from both a coaching and personnel standpoint. But with the massive contract he signed, Suh was expected to make a far bigger impact.
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New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie / Former team: Arizona / How acquired: Free agency (four years, $32 million, $7M guaranteed)
At age 31, The Cro’s best days may have flown away as he struggled badly through the first part of the season. 'It hasn’t been good,' Cromartie told Jets media in mid-November. Cromartie, though, also promised improvement down the stretch. He remains a starter on an 8-5 squad that has won three straight games heading into Saturday night’s game at Dallas.
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Miami TE Jordan Cameron / Former team: Cleveland / How acquired: Free agency (two years, $15 million, $5M guaranteed)
Cameron was signed when the Dolphins lost tight end Charles Clay to Buffalo. Unfortunately for Cameron, Miami QB Ryan Tannehill hasn’t targeted him nearly as much as he did Clay. Cameron has only 29 catches for 341 yards and two touchdowns. He had 58 receptions for 605 yards and four scores in 14 games last season.
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Seattle TE Jimmy Graham / Former team: New Orleans / How acquired: Trade
Before landing on injured reserve with a torn patella tendon suffered in Week 12 versus Pittsburgh, Graham was a prime round-peg-in-a-square-hole example. Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell never figured out how to successfully integrate Graham into a system long lacking difference-making play from the tight end position. Seattle’s offense has actually operated far more efficiently with Graham out of the lineup. That wasn’t what the Seahawks’ front office expected when trading a first-round draft pick and center Max Unger to the Saints for Graham’s services.
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New Orleans running back C.J. Spiller / Former team: Buffalo / How acquired: Free agency (four years, $16 million, $5.75M guaranteed)
The Saints made a huge mistake trading Darren Sproles to Philadelphia in 2014. They made another one this year by thinking Spiller could bring the same kind of versatility and game-breaking element that Sproles did during his three seasons in New Orleans. Spiller has generated just 333 yards rushing and receiving. The Saints also are featuring retread Tim Hightower rather than Spiller as the replacement for injured starter Mark Ingram.