Contract: 10 years, $102 million ($16 million guaranteed)
Team: Minnesota Vikings
Following a remarkable 2004 season where he threw for 4,717 yards with 39 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions, Daunte Culpepper was rewarded by the Minnesota Vikings with an incredibly expensive contract. With a $102 million dollar contract to his name, Culpepper started playing on the field as if he didn't have a care in the world. In his first two games under the new deal, Culpepper threw eight picks and not a single TD. Culpepper seemed to be turning it around a bit in subsequent games but then in Week 7, he tore his ACL, PCL and MCL, and was placed on the injured reserve.
Backup Brad Johnson filled in quite nicely in Daunte's absence, putting his starting job in jeopardy. After only one season with the Vikes, Culpepper requested a trade or release. He was dealt to the Dolphins for a second-rounder. And much like the elderly folks that start a life in the Sunshine State, Culpepper was practically all but forgotten.