Teams willing to take a peek at Wadsworth

Andre Wadsworth was a can't miss prospect who missed. Now, Wadsworth, who was the third-pick overall in 1998 and played his last game in 2000, is poised to make a comeback, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: January 26, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli |
At the top of a lot of NFL franchises' draft boards in 1998, keeping company with an elite group that also included quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, was Andre Wadsworth, a pure upfield pass-rusher from Florida State and projected by nearly every league scout as a perennial double-digit sack threat.

Chosen third overall that spring, by the Arizona Cardinals, the incredibly athletic Wadsworth missed all of training camp in a contract dispute before finally signing a six-year, $42 million deal on the eve of the regular-season opener. Wadsworth played in all 16 games as a rookie, posted 47 tackles, five sacks and flashed Pro Bowl-caliber potential at times.