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Cash Kings: 12 Grossly Overpaid NFL Football Players


NFL players make a lot of money, no doubt about it. Of course, only the best get the mega-deals. But sometimes, a team can overpay for a particular player. Whether it’s loft expectations that were never met, or players being paid big contracts simply because they didn’t have better options at the position, there are definitely some players that you can say aren’t really earning their big contracts.

Here are 12 NFL players that could be considered overpaid.

1. John Carlson, TE Minnesota Vikings

It’s really rare too see a tight end get paid this much, especially one that has done as little as John Carlson has in the league. But for some reason, the Vikings decided to pay him like a top receiver. He is getting $25 million for five years, and $5 million a year really is unheard of for players of his caliber, especially ones that are as injury-prone as he is.

What is even more incredible is that Carlson is not even the starting tight end. He will be playing behind Kyle Rudolph. So why would you pay a back up tight end this much? It really is pretty hard to fathom.

This makes him probably the player with making the highest amount of money that doesn’t really deserve it. Sure, there are plenty of marquee players that haven’t produced as much as they should have, but no one is getting paid to be a backup tight end more than Carlson is right now. And considering that he is very injury prone, we can’t say that it’s a sound investment, even for a backup.

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    6. Jerome Felton, FB Minnesota Vikings is over paid for being a blocking fullback proves you know words but not the game. The two most important things in football are blocking and tackling and all the kids I coached know that and well.

  • justin lecroy

    I like the list as a whole but Felton isn’t a bad deal. Just ask AP.

    • iolaisinwisconsin

      Agreed. AP is almost Superman. But since he isn’t actually Superman, he needs Jerome.

  • Troy

    Larry Fitzgerald is worth every penny. He is HOF quality the first year he played in the league. He is the best reciever to play the game, not Rice, Gordon, Irvin or all the other thugs and malcontents.

    • Mike

      While I’ll agree Larry is worth every penny, saying he’s the best receiver to play the game is a bit of a stretch. One of the best? Sure why not. But to compare against Rice? You’re very delusional (or a rapid Arizona Cardinal fan)

  • Christian Peterson

    Extremely pedestrian Rick Spielman, Vikes “GM” who signed Carlson, et al, has made one pitiful signing after another..yet somehow he remains in good standing with his job… Hard to believe, but it certainly appears the Vikes ownership (Wilf’s) is actually more clueless than the Bozo pulling the trigger on these moves… UGH!….

  • Anthony Hutchinson

    the 2014 NFL cap tracker doesn’t even have the Chicago Bears defensive cap at 45 million so how does Julius Peppers make 90 million a year? Must be a typo!

  • Anthony Hutchinson

    This is incorrect, Peppers makes less than 13.5 million in 2014, no where close to 90 million. come on guys! pay a little more attention. and my last comment is awaiting moderation. LOL ok

  • Gregory Stanford

    3.25 is too much for a punter? These writers are idiots. A good punter can decide games, and it’s a bargain compared to other difference makers; 3.25 doesnt take much away for a game changer. And why do they feel a fulback can’t be paid a lot? I’d pay double the average for players at those usually low-paid positions- kicker, punter, fullback, and tightend

  • DC

    Are you kidding me with the Kareem Jackson? He’s gotten considerably better every single season. Yeah, $10mil is a bit much, but remember that he’s still on his rookie salary from the last year of the old CBA – any rookie drafted in the first round of that year is probably getting paid as much. Honestly he was the best cornerback on the Texans last year – he outplayed Jonathan Joseph and his cap hit is a good million under Joseph’s.

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