We see it every year. NFL free agents haulĀ in huge sums of cash, then fail to justify their contracts with tepid performances.

They’re the fool’s gold of the NFL free agency period.

No player from last year’s crop of free agents typifies this more than Brock Osweiler, who is laughing all the way to the bank after raking in $37 million guaranteed with the Houston Texans.

Not every free agent bust is as horrifying as Osweiler was last year, however. Some end up producing adequately, yet they fall short of living up to the big-money deals they ink.

The following players are all highly risky propositions who could easily turn out to be the 2017’s version of the fool’s gold club.