15 NFL Free Agents Who Could Be Complete Busts In 2016

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The Indianapolis Colts depleted defensive secondary either got a boost today or an albatross around the neck, depending on how you view the signing of veteran corner Antonio Cromartie.

With Pro Bowler Vontae Davis out for at least the season’s first month with an ankle injury and newcomer Patrick Robinson battling a groin issue, the Colts reached a one-year deal with Cromartie.

A four-time Pro Bowler, Cromartie was deemed expendable by the Jets after finishing just one year of a four-year deal hie signed with the team in March 2015. Cromartie is a durable guy who has missed just two games in 10 seasons, but his skills have declined somewhat.

He escapes inclusion here, in that he only signed a one-year deal with a desperate team.

However, there are several high and medium profile players who inked longer term deals, most with other teams, who we think might stink out the joint this season and become buyout fodder.

Here are 15, in no particular order.

15. Josh Norman, DB – Washington Redskins

Of all free agent signings this off-season, Norman inked the third largest in total dollars, signing with Washington for five years and $75 million. That’s a lot of cake for a guy who won’t score you that many touchdowns for a team in need of more of them (they were 17th in scoring last year with 388 points). He’ll need those dinaros, too, since he is considered a dirty player who has been fined plenty, including a $26,000 whopper for an egregious face mask on Odell Beckham Jr. last season. Now, the embattled former Panther has taken to dissing the commissioner (in a ESPN Magazine article). What we see is Norman, rather than being a “glue” type player on the Redskins, will be the polarizing figure and distraction he always was with Carolina. Money well spent? We’ll see.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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