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Ken Lucas, former Seahawks CB: six years, $37 million contract with the Panthers.

Jonas Jennings, former Bills OT: seven years, $36 million from the 49ers.

Kareem McKenzie, former Jets OT: seven years, $37 millions from the Giants.

LaMont Jordan, former Jets second-string tailback: five years, $27.5 million from the Raiders.

That's just a sliver of the big-bucks action that's been happening since the NFL free agent signing period began on March 2. Some teams have paid a whole lot for very little – only they don't know it yet. Will any of the above be on a future list of worst NFL free agent signings? Chances are.

10. David Boston (Chargers, 2003)
In March of 2003, the Chargers signed Boston to a seven-year, $47 million deal. That was the highlight of his year in San Diego, which included a couple of injuries, arguments with teammate Reche Caldwell and strength coach Dave Redding (the latter landed him a one-game suspension), a dispute with head coach Marty Schottenheimer, and so on. The Chargers finished 4-12. After the rocky start the suspiciously bulked-up Boston had a decent year, leading the Bolts with 70 catches for 880 yards and seven TDs. But that wasn't good enough to justify the trouble and money still to come (the Chargers blew $12 million on Boston that one year alone). He was shipped off to Miami in March 2004, and San Diego exhaled.

Jeff Garcia
It was clear in 2004 -- No T.O, no chance for Garcia.

9. Nate Odomes, (Seahawks, 1994)
In 1993, Odomes, a cornerback in his seventh season with the Buffalo Bills, led the league with nine interceptions and was named to the Pro Bowl team for the second straight season. The Seahawks enticed him with a four-year, $8.4 million deal and the prospect of roaming the defensive backfield with free safety Eugene Robinson.

Odomes was only 28, but he'd played 108 consecutive games and, of course, had gone through the rigors of four straight long playoff runs. In June, just a few months after signing, he injured his right knee and was out for the 1994 season. He injured the knee again at the beginning of training camp a year later; good-bye, 1995 season. He never played a game for the Seahawks. Seattle finally released him two years after his celebrated signing. "Odomes left a legacy of valiant rehabilitation but non-existent production," wrote Larry Stone of the Seattle Times.

8. Jeff Garcia (Browns, 2004)
The 34-year-old Garcia was a three-time Pro Bowler for the Niners, which is why the Browns gave him a four-year deal worth $25 million last March. Garcia complained in training camp about not getting enough playing time, about head coach Butch Davis and about offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. In the second game of the season, he became only the fifth QB since 1970 to achieve a 0.0 QB rating. In Garcia's 10 starts in Cleveland, the Browns netted a 3-7 record. Before the marriage hit the one-year mark, Garcia was released.

7. Dana Stubblefield (Redskins, 1998)
Stubblefield, 27, was a three-time Pro Bowler in his first five seasons with the 49ers. The 1993 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year matured, by 1997, into the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. And then he became free.

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