NFL's Top Ten Overpaid players

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 10-13-2010, 07:17 AM         #1
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NFL's Top Ten Overpaid players
 

 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I saw a stunning stat on Twitter as the Browns mucked their way to a loss against the Falcons this past Sunday. It had to do with how much money QB Jake Delhomme is pulling in this year. Naturally, the number is ridiculous, as I’ll detail further in the below paragraphs.

But it gave me the idea for the newest edition of Top Ten With a Twist. Who are the most overpaid players in the game today? By overpaid, I mean the players who are either busts or has-beens or guys who simply found an owner who decided that spending tens of millions of dollars on a problem child was the way to go.

I’m not talking about rookies like Sam Bradford. Of course, the first-round NFL draft picks are overpaid, but at this point, I’m not including them on this list (it’d be an entirely new list altogether). Instead, I’m including guys like Delhomme – either guys who have been around the league for a while who are getting a good payday because they were good at one time, or guys who were supposed to be good but haven’t shown it.

Be forewarned: the salaries we’ll discuss might make you a little nauseous. So, pop a Dramamine or two and let’s go.

10. Eli Manning, QB, Giants: Before last season, you’ll recall, Manning signed a seven-year deal worth $106.9 million that pays him an average of about $15 million from 2009 through 2015, and that doesn’t include his endorsement deals. There’s little doubt that Manning is the most important player on the team, but is he really worth the money? I’m not saying Manning isn’t good, because he is a good quarterback. But he’s not an elite top-five kind of guy, and he’s making elite top-five kind of money. For what it’s worth, he currently makes more than his brother, Peyton (and his oldest brother, Cooper, for that matter).

9. Marvin Austin, DT, Tar Heels: OK, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves if we’re talking NFL. But look at the damage Austin – well, the recruitment of Austin – has done already and look how much money it’s cost the people around him. Austin apparently accepted gifts and other improper benefits from agents (the NCAA determined it was worth between $10,000-$13,000). As a result, Austin was kicked off the team Monday and UNC teammates Robert Quinn and Greg Little have been made permanently ineligible, the NCAA has brought up academic violations, coach Butch Davis might get fired, the Tar Heels football program has been set back in a major way, and the school in general has taken a hit to its reputation. That’s quite a bit of money Austin indirectly is costing everybody, and as one of my colleague says, “And he hasn’t even played yet!”

8. Joey Porter, LB, Cardinals: Blame the team in this case instead of the player. The team which gave a 33-year-old LB a three-year deal for $17.5 million which could max out at $24.5 million. Porter was coming off a pretty good season in Miami in 2009, where he recorded nine sacks in 14 games. This year, though, has been a rough one. He’s recorded 16 solo tackles, good for 10th on the team, and he’s only recorded one sack through the team’s first five games. No doubt that Porter has had a standout career, but there’s also little doubt that he’s not the player he once was. He’s still making good bank for it, though.

7. Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants: Perhaps if Jacobs had been signed as a discus hurler, his four-year, $25 million extension that he signed before last season would have made sense. Instead, Jacobs is solely a RB who’s gained 172 yards in the team’s first five games and who’s lost his starting position (for the record, in 2009, his attempts rose from the 2008 season, but his yards gained fell and his touchdowns dropped from 15 to five). Plus, you had the throwing-his-helmet-into-the-crowd incident at the Indianapolis game. The $15 million he was guaranteed doesn’t look so good now.

6. Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Raiders: We’re not discussing rookies in this list, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about second-year players (or players that are still in college, I suppose). For some reason, the Raiders took him with the seventh pick in the 2009 Draft, and then they blew up the slotting system by awarding him a five-year contract worth $38.25 million ($23.5 million guaranteed). He promptly went out and caught nine passes in 11 games. This year, he’s got 11 catches through five games, so that’s an improvement. Good thing the Raiders took Heyward-Bey instead of, say, Jeremy Maclin.

5. Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs: He was the third overall pick of the 2009 Draft, and while he wasn’t great last year – hell, he wasn’t even decent – he wasn’t the worst bust in the history of the Draft. It could be argued that he wasn’t nearly as bad as Glenn Dorsey, the Chiefs 2008 first-round pick who had tallied exactly two sacks in his first two years. But Dorsey is playing better this year, while Jackson – 38 tackles last year but zero sacks – has been out with a sprained MCL. At this point, he’s a big disappointment.

A. Smith still hasn't won a starting job with Cincinnati (Getty). 4. Andre Smith, OL, Bengals: The one thing I’ll always remember about Smith – aside from the whole running-the-40-shirtless-at-his-pro
-day-only-to-be-mocked-unmercifully
thing – is that after he signed his contract for $21 million on HBO’s Hard Knocks, his agent turned to him and said, “Congratulations. You’re a millionaire now.” Yep, that’s pretty much how he’s acted the past two years in Cincinnati. He’s been overweight, and his work ethic has been questioned. He only played in six games last season, starting one, and he still can’t be used as an every-play offensive lineman. Dennis Roland, who’s much less talented than Smith, has been starting ahead of him.

3. Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs: One good year can get you a big contract, and for proof, look no further than Cassel. In 2008, he led the Patriots to a 11-5 record while completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 3,693 yards, 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. After New England QB Tom Brady returned, Cassel signed with the Chiefs for a six-year, $63 million deal with $28 million guaranteed. Not bad for a career backup in the NFL and in college at USC. This year, he’s completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 650 yards (about 162.5 yards per game), four TDs and three INTs. That’s not much production for a guy being paid a lot of money.

2. Albert Haynesworth, NT, Redskins: You thought I was going to put Haynesworth No. 1, didn’t you? While we’ve spent so much time on Haynesworth and the $100 million contract and the tens of millions of dollars of guaranteed money, he’s begun to play better lately (he sat out this past week, though, after the death of his brother). Surely, he’s not worth the money, but considering some thought he could have been released from the Washington squad at this point, the fact he’s still playing is sort of a win. Sort of. Still, it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s made six tackles and recorded exactly zero sacks this season.

1. Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns: Ah, the impetus for this column in the first place. Delhomme, between what the Browns and his former team, the Panthers, are paying him, is making $19.7 million this season. Doesn’t that number just absolutely blow you away? He started the first game of the season but was lost for three games with an ankle injury. Then, he backed up Seneca Wallace against the Falcons on Sunday, replaced him when he went out with an ankle injury and then reinjured his own ankle. He’s likely to be out for a while now. On the year, he’s 33 of 60 for 324 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Not real good. Not a real good return on Cleveland’s money either.


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image @ delhomme making 20 mil this season...highway f**kin robbery


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108 comments for "NFL's Top Ten Overpaid players"

 7 years ago '04        #2
LordBlanco|M 50 heat pts50
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Delhomme got injured though... but still 20 mill off his recent performances??? that's a laugh... and Eli yeah.. I guess for a 100 million it just might be but it's very long term so it evens itself out.
 7 years ago '04        #3
Liquid-Science 28 heat pts28
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Delhomme is getting 20 f**kin million?

this can't be life
 7 years ago '05        #4
Dillinger805 4 heat pts
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for past few yrs and where is curry from knicks lol
 7 years ago '04        #5
Silentmurdah33 1 heat pts
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and the panthers would still prolly have peppers had they not gave delhomme all that money for being a bum with a janky a.ss arm and poor aim
 7 years ago '04        #6
1nonly 15 heat pts15
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Jake how the f**k?
 7 years ago '04        #7
$auce 
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 Dillinger805 said:
for past few yrs and where is curry from knicks lol
I guess u didnt noticed... all nfly players homie
 7 years ago '06        #8
NYGiantsHUSTLER 26 heat pts26
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Eli and Jacobs cash checks cause they have rings....... Joey Porter as well... didnt porter lead the league in sacks like 2 year ago?... those abilities bring in big dollars...
 7 years ago '08        #9
FSU_CANE561 
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man if i was blessed with a lil more height I cuda been the next Jake Delhomme...smdh
 10-13-2010, 08:30 AM         #10
A.O.™  OP
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Damn we got 2 Starters on the top 10 overpaid...lol

And f**k the article, Eli is a ELITE QB.
 7 years ago '05        #11
MadGam325 14 heat pts14
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Albert should be #1.
 7 years ago '08        #12
GhostNinja 47 heat pts47
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eli's gettin paid like that cuz the market he's in
 7 years ago '10        #13
stv18 22 heat pts22
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Joe Johnson
 7 years ago '05        #14
jay964 12 heat pts12
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 A.O.™ said:
Damn we got 2 Starters on the top 10 overpaid...lol

And f**k the article, Eli is a ELITE QB.
false...
 7 years ago '04        #15
chctynig2804 2 heat pts
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i dont watch many Chiefs games but Tyson Jackson is a DE in the 3-4, you cant expect his stats to be good, but i suppose that does make him overpaid in that case, but from a stats perspective most 3-4 DEs look like they arent doin s**t
 7 years ago '04        #16
Hustler_101 1 heat pts
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Darren Sproles needs to be on this....he doesn't do s**t anymore for us ever since getting paid.
 7 years ago '08        #17
Gmengfx 75 heat pts75
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i was waiting for big ben to be on this lmao
 7 years ago '04        #18
Mista Mizatti 5 heat pts
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Oh s**t I see Eli on the list

*waits the flood of Giants fans with no real argument*
 7 years ago '05        #19
ebcrew 2 heat pts
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arizona fans were so excited about porter, sorry dolphin fans try to tell u about him.
 7 years ago '04        #20
Prodigy 36 heat pts36
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Almost all athletes are overpaid
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