Rutsey's five worst NFL off-season pickups

The Arizona Cardinals thought they had picked up their quarterback of the present and future when...

The Arizona Cardinals thought they had picked up their quarterback of the present and future when they acquired Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles. (REUTERS)

Mike Rutsey, QMI Agency

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1. Kerry Collins, QB Indianapolis Colts

When it became official that quarterback Peyton Manning would miss most of the season due to complications following neck surgery, the Colts went quarterback hunting and signed veteran Kerry Collins to a two-year, $14-million deal. Collins received $4 million for 2011 including a $2.5-million singing bonus with a phony $10 million second year that had salary cap implications. However, Collins was knocked out in his third game of the season by the Steelers, was diagnosed with a concussion and placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season. The Colts are still looking for their first win of the season.

2. Reggie Bush, RB Miami Dolphins

Yeah, we know that Bush came up with a 103-yard rushing performance last week against the Giants which represented just his second 100-yard rushing game of his career. Considered a bust due to his mediocre play over five season in New Orleans, Bush was acquired by the Dolphins in an off-season trade. For the most part, he has given the Dolphins little. On the season Bush has gained 335 rushing yards, has yet to run for a TD and has also caught 21 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. That’s not much bang for the buck.

3. Lee Evans, WR Baltimore Ravens

When the Ravens traded for Evans in mid-August, everybody in Baltimore’s front office was patting themselves on the back. He was expected to provide a solid, veteran downfield threat and be the perfect compliment to No. 1 receiver Anquan Boldin. “He’s a quality veteran receiver who stretches the field and gives us significant downfield presence,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said the day of the trade with the Bills. Unfortunately, Evans injured his left ankle in the second game of the season and Sunday will miss his sixth consecutive game. His contribution to date is two receptions for 45 yards and no touchdowns.

4. Chad Ochocinco, WR Patriots

In his opening 10 seasons in the league with the Bengals, Ochocinco was one of the biggest showboats but he backed up all his boasts with solid play. Two years ago he had 72 receptions and nine TD catches while last year he still turned in a solid season with 67 receptions. This season after being acquired by the Patriots, it was thought that Ochocinco would fit in smoothly on a team that accepts players of every stripe. But he has turned into the invisible man as through seven games he has just nine receptions for 136 yards and no TDs. The end of the road is found in Foxborough.

5. Kevin Kolb, QB Arizona Cardinals

The Cards went into QB hell in 2010 following the retirement of Kurt Warner. The Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton experiment produced just five wins. That prompted the Cardinals to go out and acquire Kolb from Philadelphia and they didn’t get him cheap. In Kolb Arizona believed it had secured its quarterback of the future but to date he has failed to deliver the goods. This Sunday he will not play because of turf toe. On the season Kolb has completed 56.8% of his passes and thrown eight TDs. He has also tossed eight picks and fumbled seven times, losing three of them. More than that, Kolb has looked hesitant and indecisive leaving Arizona to wonder if they acquired a package of fool’s gold.

This Just In

A game that features two of the worst teams in the league — the 1-6 St. Louis Rams visiting the 1-6 Arizona Cardinals — will also feature a battle of the backup quarterbacks. The Rams said they will make a game-time decision on whether or not they can start Sam Bradford, who missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain. If Bradford can’t play, they will once again go with backup A.J. Feeley. “He’s as questionable as you could be questionable,” Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said of Bradford. Arizona, meanwhile, listed Kolb as doubtful due to turf toe. If he can’t start, second-year pro John Skelton will ... The Oakland Raiders may be coming off their bye week but the added rest still wasn’t enough to allow running back Darren McFadden to recover from his foot injury. McFadden was on crutches all week and will not play Sunday. Michael Bush will get the start at running back for the Raiders with Taiwan Jones seeing an increased role in reserve ... The Houston Texans will be without the services of star receiver Andre Johnson for a fifth consecutive week due to lingering hamstring problems. Since his injury, the Texans have gone 2-2. They meet the punchless Browns on Sunday ... In a key game against the Baltimore Ravens, the Steelers will be without linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Also on the limp and unlikely to play is James Farrior. James Harrison, who has been out with a fractured orbital bone, was listed as probable ... Finally, we get to the latest drama involving Terrell Owens. According to reports, a California judge has issued an arrest warrant for Owens after he failed to show up for a child support hearing. When it rains, it pours.


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