Adam Archuleta was a one year wonder...or not. After he signed a seven-year, $35 million contract, Archuleta quickly showed why the Rams made the easy decision to let him go. Archuleta was beaten a lot in Washington and made a habit of letting slot receivers get behind him. He was moved to special teams and only played the 2006 season in Washington. He registered 60 tackles, one sack and zero interceptions for the Redskins.
Jeremiah Trotter was signed to a contract similar to Adam Archuleta's, seven-years, $35 million. Trotter never fit in with the Redskins defense, but played better in his two seasons in the Nation's Capital than Archuleta. 204 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two interceptions in two seasons. He then returned to Philadelphia and picked up where he left off.
“Neon” Deion Sanders was past his prime when he was brought to Washington to play alongside Skins great Darrell Green. The seven-year, $56 million contract he signed showed the team's commitment to the once prolific player to have him play cornerback and be a return specialist. His speed was greatly reduced from his years in Atlanta, San Francisco and Dallas. Sanders earned the nickname "Mr. Three Yards" for his numerous returns of only three yards or less due to his sideline-to-sideline running. He finished the season with a 7.4 average per return. Sanders "retired" after only one season with Washington. He then returned to the NFL in 2004 to play for two more seasons in Baltimore.
Brandon Lloyd was a talented wide receiver that was known to be a "cancer" in the locker room in San Francisco. Even though he had some issues, the Redskins decided to sign him to a seven-year, $35 million deal with $10 million in guaranteed bonus money. Lloyd had only 25 catches, 405 yards and zero touchdowns in only two seasons with Washington. Lloyd went on to play briefly with some mild success in Chicago and a rocky start in Denver. The 2010 season brought him great success including leading the NFL in receiving yards and being a top fantasy football contributor.
Jeff George was brought to Washington after many good seasons in Indianapolis, Atlanta and Oakland. George played in eight games as a Redskin, starting only seven and recording a 1-6 record as a starter. On top of not being able to move within three steps outside the pocket, George was slowly being shopped by the Redskins before ending his career after the 2001 season. George signed a four-year, $18 million dollar contract but only played for two years of it.
On November 15, 2010 QB Donovan McNabb signed a five-year extension worth $78 million ($3.5 million guaranteed) with a chance to make it $88 million by completing incentives. The deal stated that if McNabb was not cut or traded at the conclusion of the 2010 season, he would receive a $10 million bonus. The same day his Redskins suffered a 59-28 defeat by his former team, the Eagles, at home on Monday Night Football. McNabb finished the game going 17 of 31 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Why not save the worst for last? Albert Haynesworth received one of the biggest contracts ever given to a player in NFL history but he produced hardly any returns. He only recorded 53 tackles, 6.5 sacks and zero fumbles in 20 games over two seasons with Washington. He was guaranteed $41 million of a seven-year $100 million contract but was suspended and eventually released.