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September 20, 2012

Forbes: The NFL's Most Overpaid Players: Forbes has compiled a list of the most overpaid athletes in the NFL, topping it with these five: New York Jets linebacker David Harris ($12 million), Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby ($10.7 million), Houston Texans defensive back Johnathan Joseph ($9.75 million), Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis ($9.6 million) and Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($9.25 million). "[T]he thing that catches your eye about NFL salaries is the relative paucity of players who are blatantly overpaid," writes Tom Van Riper. "The NBA is sprinkled with big-money bench warmers averaging five points a game. Baseball has its unproductive, aging stars collecting mega millions on the back ends of long-term contracts."

posted by rcade to football at 03:54 PM - 9 comments

In my conservative and humble opinion most, if not all, professional athletes are egregiously overpaid.

posted by tedlip1 at 08:41 PM on September 20

In my conservative and humble opinion most, if not all, professional athletes are egregiously overpaid.

The average NFL team is worth over $1billion and takes in over $250million in revenues each year, and that's being VERY conservative using old numbers.

Considering the players are the ones that the fans come out to watch, and they are the ones that perform each week, and they are the ones that risk severe, long term injuries, don't you think they'd deserve some of that money?

posted by grum@work at 11:38 PM on September 20

I don't go to NFL games to see owners own.

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on September 21

I don't go to NFL games to see owners own.

Pat S: "Keys to the game: does Robert Kraft eat a hot dog early? Statistically, first quarter hot-dogging occurs 80% of the time when Brady throws for over 300 yards. You can't rule out these types of x-factors, can you John?"

John M: "Nah, you really can't. 90% of the game is half mental, and you know the owners have brains too. I mean, if the owner puts better players on the field who play better than their opponents for four quarters and who score more points than their opponents, that usually results in a win."

posted by dfleming at 09:00 AM on September 21

All I can say is, Vernon Davis? Seriously? His stats may not be all-world but he is a huge contributor to the Niners' offense; as proof I offer game tapes of the first two games this season alone. Writers must have been hard up for one last name to include.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:44 AM on September 21

Yeah, Vernon Davis is a huge reason the Niners can run the ball effectively even when defences know what is coming. Harbaugh also limits Alex Smith to 25ish passing plays per game - Davis is never going to have 15 or 16 balls thrown his way like Gronkowski, Gates, Finley and other tight ends in pass heavy offenses do. Davis gets roughly 6 balls thrown his way each game.

I'd like to see the the targeted vs receptions numbers for NFL TE's, I'd bet that Davis is at the top of the list. In 2 games this year he has 8 receptions and leads the NFL with 3 touchdowns.

Overrated?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:14 PM on September 21

Plus he was an absolute beast when they needed him in the post-season. He was their only receiver and getting himself open and down the field. There's no way he's over-rated.

posted by dfleming at 12:20 PM on September 21

I don't go to NFL games to see owners own.

There have been times during TV broadcasts, as Tony Romo was having one of his Mayberry Deputy moments out on the field, when I found myself longing for another lingering shot of Charlotte Anderson up in the ownership suite.

posted by beaverboard at 02:13 PM on September 21

I don't go to NFL games to see owners own.

Try watching the Redskins when they are in "Let's suck" mode. It's pretty awesome, and can be attributed mostly to Dan Snyder.

posted by Bonkers at 03:21 PM on September 21

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