Recent column by ESPN correspondent NFL insider John Clayton wrote.
NFL owners have navigated through years of labor battles and escaped without having to fully guarantee contracts. Instead, teams offer huge signing bonuses and partial base salary guarantees to compete.
Top 10 Current NFL Worst Contracts:
1. Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans (six years, $80.96 million)
2. Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (six years, $100 million)
3. Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets (three years, $40.4 million)
4. Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals (six years, $62.1 million)
5. Matt Cassel, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (six years, $63 million): A good portion of the Kansas City crowd cheered when Cassel suffered a concussion. Cassel has recovered, but he has lost his job to Brady Quinn. This is Cassel's fourth and, most likely, last season in Kansas City. His salaries go to $7.5 million and $9 million in the final two years of his contract, but he's never completed better than 59.5 percent of his passes for better than 6.9 yards an attempt.
6. DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers (five years, $43 million)
7. Tyson Jackson, DE, Kansas City Chiefs (five years, $56.2 million): Scott Pioli drafted Jackson with the third pick of the 2009 draft to be a mainstay in the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense. The problem is that Jackson and Glenn Dorsey come off the field when opponents go to three- and four-receiver sets. In only one game this season has Jackson been on the field for more than 40 plays. He has two sacks and 139 tackles in four seasons and his salary goes to $14.72 million next year, the final year of his contract.
8. Will Smith, DE, New Orleans Saints (six years, $60.8 million)
9. Doug Free, RT, Dallas Cowboys (six years, $48 million)
10. Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders (four years, $43 million)