No. 2: EDGE Gabe Wilkins
Signed in 1998 to a five-year, $20 million contract
For the first four years of his career with the Packers, EDGE Gabe Wilkins played under the shadow of Green Bay legend Reggie White.
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So when the 49ers signed Wilkins to a five-year deal back in 1998, they were hoping to get a protege in the mold of White to supplement their own pass rush — a unit needed to help overturn all those playoff losses to the Packers, previously.
Wilkins did next to nothing his first year in San Francisco, playing in eight games but registering only 10 tackles in the process. While he was hampered by a knee injury, his presence was essentially a non-factor.
In 1999, Wilkins’ efforts were slightly better, but not by much. He managed to start 15 games that year and even recorded a sack (woo hoo!). The knee injury was still bugging him, however, and Wilkins elected to retire in 2000.
So much for that $20 million failed experiment.