Apparently Jacksonville Jaguars tight end, Marcedes Lewis, is overpaid.
In Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the most overpaid players in the NFL, the publication listed Lewis as the fourth most overpaid player with a 2012 salary of $9.6 million.
Lewis trails only New York Jets linebacker David Harris ($12 million), Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby ($10.7 million) and Houston Texans defensive back Johnathan Joseph ($9.75 million) on the list.
At the moment it is hard to disagree with Lewis being included on the list. Lewis cashed in on the best season of his NFL career in 2010, in which he caught 58 passes and 10 touchdowns, for a big new contract that pays him his current salary.
In the first season under his new contract, Lewis only caught 39 passes and no touchdowns. He in fact dropped several passes in the end zone last season, much to the dismay of Jaguars fans.
Lewis is perhaps the best two-way tight end currently in the NFL, meaning he is as good at run blocking, as he is at being a receiver. However, he needs to have more of a presence in the Jaguars passing game to warrant the big contract he received.
His size and speed allows Lewis to be a big mismatch for opposing defenses and makes him an attractive target for second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Until Lewis returns to his 2010 form, however, he will continue to be labeled as an overpaid player and the Jaguars passing offense will continue to struggle to succeed.