NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

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    NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    Here is an interesting article from Forbes.

    Sanchez tops list of NFL’s most overpaid

    It’s been a decent start for third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez(notes), the former first round pick who’s completed 63 percent of his passes and thrown for four touchdowns in leading the New York Jets to victories in their first two games.

    Sanchez, though, has also thrown three interceptions. He enters Week 3 with a middle-of-the-road passer rating of 87.7. That’s an improvement over the low 70s Sanchez averaged in his first two seasons after signing a rookie contract worth up to $60 million over five years. This season happen to be the balloon year of Sanchez’s five-year deal: he’s owed $14.75 million. Like any QB drafted high, Sanchez is being paid for the potential the club figures he has to develop into a star. But while he’s progressing, there’s no way to avoid viewing his salary as anything but excessive until that big year actually comes.

     

    Hence, Sanchez is our choice to top the 2011 list of the NFL’s most overpaid players. Measuring pay vs. performance is trickier for football than for other sports. Quarterback ratings and yardage numbers are useful, but statistics in the NFL trend toward systems and game plans more so than in other sports. A top cornerback may lack big stats because opposing offenses avoid throwing to his side of the field (the Jets’ Darrelle Revis(notes), known as a top corner, picked off zero passes last season because he rarely saw the ball).

    So picking the most overpaid requires a touch of subjectivity and some common sense. Going down the list of the NFL’s highest 100 salaries for 2011, we focused on those whose career history is lacking not only statistically (QB passer ratings, etc.) but on those who haven’t consistently earned starting berths or who haven’t made All Pro despite collecting one of the top salaries in the game at his position. Base 2011 salaries were used, according to data kept by spotrac.com – not annual averages or one-time bonus payments.

    Quarterbacks joining Sanchez on the all-overpaid list: San Francisco’s Alex Smith, who’s started just 50 games while putting up mediocre stats over six seasons, and Kansas City’s Matt Cassel(notes), who is coming off a Pro Bowl season for the first time but whose $12.25 salary still dwarfs his status among top QBs.

    Others fitting the bill: Atlanta Falcons’ cornerback Dunta Robinson(notes), whose $5.5 million salary places him in the top ten at his position despite the fact that he’s never made All Pro and who is ranked by ESPN as the NFL’s 19th best corner, and Miami defensive tackle Paul Soliai(notes), who will collect over $12 million this season after the Dolphins tagged him as their franchise player, despite starting just 20 games in his first four years.

    The top five:

    1. www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45ejhi/mark-sanchez-2?partner=yahoosports">Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
    2. www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45ejhi/roy-williams-dunta-robinson?partner=yahoosports">Dunta Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
    3. www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45ejhi/alex-smith?partner=yahoosports">Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
    4. www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45ejhi/paul-soliai-2?partner=yahoosports">Paul Soliai, Miami Dolphins
    5. www.forbes.com/pictures/eddf45ejhi/owen-daniels?partner=yahoosports">Owen Daniels, Houston Texans

     
     
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    Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    Some people want the team run like a video game team.  Pay a few big names big money and fill in the roster with scrubs.  Take an 'all-in' approach and pray that it works once, and when it doesn't, watch the steady decline or at best continue to tread water and hope to hit it big with one of the draft picks that you didn't trade away. 

    NE has chosen to build in a way that fosters long term success.  Have they won a SB in the past few years?  No, but neither has Dallas, NYJ, or Oakland.  NE has been in contention all those years, every year.  Even in the "down" years.  What about the others?
     
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    Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    Brady's 1st 3 years in the league as a starter his passer rating was 86.5, 85.7, and 85.9  respectively between 01-03

    in 06 he had a rating of 87.

    Whats the point?

    It doesnt matter where you get drafted its what you do.  The amount of money Sanchez got as a rookie will even out if he isnt a player and his second contract will be reflective of that.

    Same way as Brady played for peanuts early on but is now getting 20 mill/year. It all evens out.
     
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    Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    Tarvaris Jackson "earns" less than 1/7 of what the Sanchize makes, and even at that is wildly overpaid.


    I have nothing further to add to this discussion.



     
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    Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    In Response to Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing:
    Exactly the point, Mike.  This method is no more effective than the other. We just want to beleive it is.  I, for one, would love to take that pile of cash and bring in a marquee player instead of lining Kraft's pocket.
    Posted by HaverhillBob


    So you want the team run like a video game?  OK that's fine, I guess if that's the way you feel.  Neither method is more effective over a one year period, but NE's method if definitely more effective over the long run.  It gives teams the most chances at success.  I mean if the Jets, for example, don't cash in last year (didn't happen) or this year, they could be in the dumpster for a while.  If NE doesn't win this year, they keep on going with just as good of a chance next year and the year after.
     
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    Re: NFL's Most Overpaid Players. Sanchez gets Top Billing

    Truth is Sanchez is very similar to Brady in his early years. Both were considered system players who thrived off playing with a top notch defense. They both had games early on they would like to have back w/multiple picks, and they both like to take compromising pics of themselves.  Now we know Tom is no longer a system qb, and has surpassed expectations and all is left now is to see how Sanchez progresses and if he can still win w/out a great defense. Hopefully we can judge that later on.

    I dont think Sanchez will ever be that great, but as long as he has some weapons and a good "D" he will be a winner.
     
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