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1) Adam Archuleta The St. Louis Rams took the strong safety from Arizona State in the first round...

1) Adam Archuleta The St. Louis Rams took the strong safety from Arizona State in the first round of 2001. Playing in defensive coordinator Lovie Smith's Tampa-2 scheme, Archuleta got the reputation as the next John Lynch. The Redskins, in 2006, paid him as such, giving Archuleta a seven-year, $35 million deal that included $10 million up front. He was benched after eight games, cut after one season and out of football making workout videos two years later. 2) Jeff George Snyder bought the team in '99. He fired GM Charley Casserly the year after the team had traded for quarterback Brad Johnson, who threw for more than 4,000 yards, led the Redskins to their last NFC East title to date and went to the Pro Bowl. Enter Cerrato, who brings in the cancer of all QBs -- George got a four-year, $18 million pact -- to back up Johnson. Yeah, right. Snyder wasn't the first to be enamored with George's magnificent arm or the last to be victimized by his petulance. By midseason, Johnson had been benched for George. By late-season, the Redskins were a mess and coach Norv Turner had been fired. Johnson, by the way, was released the following offseason, signed with Tampa Bay and won a Super Bowl. 3) Brandon Lloyd Though a restricted free agent wide receiver with San Francisco in 2006, the Redskins fell in love with his athleticism and ignored his reputation for being lazy. Washington traded third- and fourth-round picks to the 49ers, then gave Lloyd -- before he'd ever taken an offseason rep -- a $31 million deal with more than $10 million up front. Lloyd started 12 games, caught 23 passes and no touchdowns. The next year, Lloyd caught two passes ... and then was gone. Share 4) Deion Sanders At 32 years old, Sanders was released by Dallas and was immediately signed -- get this -- to a seven-year, $56 million deal that included a $8 million bonus. Sanders joined that infamous Redskins dog-and-pony free-agent class with George, Bruce Smith (over the hill) and Mark Carrier (never up the hill), and promptly helped define its underachievement. Though Sanders wasn't awful, he may have been the weak link in the Washington secondary that 2000 season. He was cut after one season. 5) Jeremiah Trotter Philadelphia cut its emotional team leader in the offseason of '02, with Washington swooping in and signing its former division rival to a seven-year, $35 million deal that came with $7 million guaranteed. Trotter was a nice name, but not a great fit for what the Redskins were doing defensively, and stunted the development of a young and promising Redskins' prospect -- Snyder always prefers big stars to his own up-and-comers -- by the name of Antonio Pierce. In '03, Trotter suffered a season-ending injury. In '04, he was released, re-signed by Philly and played in the Super Bowl (presumably with a lot of Snyder's money still in his bank account).

The Five Worst Free Agent signings for the Redskins. Click the link to see the Five worst overall. http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/06/22/the-worst-free-agent-signings-ever-redskins-and-non-redskins-ed/
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