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NFL free agency kicks off on March 12, and there are plenty of major names in play, including Victor Cruz, Dwight Freeney, Joe Flacco, Jake Long and Mike Wallace. Of course not all will hit the open market – teams have the three days before free agency to negotiate with free agents-to-be – but those who do will command major contracts. Long, for example, is reportedly looking for $10 million annually, while Flacco is said to be asking for a contract that will rival Drew Brees’ $20 million-per-year deal.

Of course the problem with such massive contracts is their propensity for backfiring. Just in the last few years we’ve seen Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel sign major deals that most would now agree were total mistakes –...

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