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List of NFL teams' best and worst free agents

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 12:02am  ET

The Associated Press

The best and worst free agent signings of the last five years for each NFL team:



Best -- FB Vonta Leach (2011) was All-Pro in both seasons with Ravens and considered best fullback in the league.

Worst -- CB Domonique Foxworth (2009) signed four-year deal, fought injuries and finished with four INTs in 18 games before retiring.


Best -- TE Scott Chandler (2010) came to Bills off waivers, developed instant rapport with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and has scored six touchdowns in each of past two seasons.

Worst -- QB Vince Young (2012) signed one-year, incentive-laden contract with potential to make $3 million, but never made it through preseason before being cut.


Best -- RB Cedric Benson (2008), one of few Bengals risks on player with checkered background to pay off. Benson was their leading rusher in his four seasons.

Worst -- WR Antonio Bryant (2010) was recovering from left knee damage when he got four-year, $28 million deal, never made it onto the field before being cut.


Best -- TE Benjamin Watson (2010) has 154 catches for 1,674 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons and provided leadership for one of NFL's youngest teams.

Worst -- QB Jake Delhomme (2010) got hurt in Cleveland's opener and played in just five games, slowing development of a young QB.


Best -- QB Peyton Manning (2012) signed five-year, $96 million deal, then nearly won fifth MVP award as team went 13-3.

Worst -- DL Jarvis Green (2010) got $12 million for four years, didn't make it through training camp.


Best -- CB Johnathan Joseph, S Danieal Manning (2011). Both helped pass defense go from league's worst to third.

Worst -- CB Jacques Reeves (2008) had one productive season after signing four-year, $20 million contract, was cut in 2010.


Best -- DE Cory Redding (2012) brought wealth of information from Baltimore to help new coach Chuck Pagano implement 3-4 scheme and was great locker room addition for young team.

Worst -- Peyton Manning (2011). Huh? Colts lost gamble that Manning would recover from multiple offseason neck surgeries to lead them back to playoffs. Instead, Manning never played another down for Colts, still pocketing more than $26 million.


Best -- LB Paul Posluszny (2011) is one of franchise's few free agents to pan out. Still, some believe Jaguars overpaid (six-year deal worth $45 million, $15 million guaranteed), but he led team in tackles both years.

Worst-- WR Jerry Porter (2008) signed six-year, $30 million contract, $10 million guaranteed, started season on physically unable to perform list and ended it on IR. Caught 11 passes for 181 yards and touchdown, caused chemistry issues.

Kansas City

Best -- OG Ryan Lilja (2010) started 15 games in each of three seasons after helping Peyton Manning win a Super Bowl in Indianapolis. Never made Pro Bowl but emerged as dependable lineman.

Worst -- WR Steve Breaston (2011) got $22.5 million, five-year deal, but was inactive for all but 10 games last season.


Best -- DT Randy Starks (2008) got $21 million, five-year deal, has 22 sacks in five seasons and made Pro Bowl in 2012.

Worst -- WR Ernest Wilford (2008) signed $13 million, four-year deal and caught three passes that year, then was cut.

New England

Best -- DE Rob Ninkovich (2009) led Patriots with eight sacks last season and has 19
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