Price, Boston failed to earn paycheck

It's important to remember that free agents are often free agents because their teams didn't want to keep them.

Updated: February 9, 2004, 12:17 PM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
Since the advent of free agency in 1993, teams enter the offseason with visions of the Lombardi Trophy dancing in their heads if only they can add one or two impact players. No doubt this year teams will think they are one Terrell Owens or Jevon Kearse away from becoming the next Super Bowl champions.

But adding talented players isn't a guaranteed recipe for success. It's always important to remember that free agents are often free agents because no matter how much ability they have their former teams didn't want to keep them.

That won't stop teams from chasing players like they're the gold at the end of the rainbow. Some will hit the jackpot, but others won't be so lucky. Here are five of the worst free agent acquisitions from 2003 and how they may fare next season as they try to make up for falling well short of expectations.


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