In response to a recent blog post about former offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley suing the Browns over a career-ending staph infection, a reader named Will asked, "What did Bentley do with the $36 million dollars paid to him as he never played in a game for the Browns?"
LeCharles Bentley wasn't paid $36 million by the Browns. Yes, he signed a six-year, $36 million contract. But after his comeback attempt didn't pan out, and when it was all said and done, the Browns had paid him about $16 million. That's obviously still a ton of money, especially for a player who, as you pointed out, didn't play a single snap for the team paying him. Thomas Neumann of ESPN.com went as far as to include Bentley's deal in his list of the worst contracts in NFL history. As for how Bentley spent the $16 million he received, I have no idea, but I hope he still has some of it saved.