25 NFL Players Who Will Make Way Too Much Money in 2014

25 NFL Players Who Will Make Way Too Much Money in 2014

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It’s hard to predict which players will be overpaid in 2014 because the season hasn’t occurred yet. With that being said, based on their 2013 production as well as taking into consideration what they might accomplish this year, we can predict which players will earn money that they don’t deserve. Check out 25 NFL players who will make way too much money based on their base salary in 2014.

25. Jerome Felton, FB

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25. Jerome Felton, FB

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2014 Base Salary: 1.95 million dollars
Fullbacks are a dying breed in the NFL, which is why paying millions of dollars for one is somewhat useless. Felton does block for Adrian Peterson, but other than that, he doesn’t bring much to the table for the Minnesota Vikings.

24. Michael Koenen, P

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24. Michael Koenen, P

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2014 Base Salary: 3.25 million dollars
Punter Michael Koenen was considered one of the most overpaid players in football last season. Considering he will make the exact same amount of money this year, one has to assume he will be overpaid once again. Koenen is the highest paid punter in the league, yet he barely stays in the top 10 at his position as far as production.

23. James Casey, TE

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23. James Casey, TE

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2014 Base Salary: 3.985 million dollars
James Casey only played 13 percent of the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive snaps last season. Yet, he will make nearly million in 2014. Tight ends typically don’t get paid nearly as much as they should, but in the case of Casey, he will be way overpaid this season.

22. Jacob Tamme, TE

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22. Jacob Tamme, TE

Jacob Tamme
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2014 Base Salary: 3.00 million dollars
It seems ludicrous that Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme will make four and a half times what teammate Julius Thomas will make in 2014, especially since their offensive production isn’t even remotely similar.

21. Ray Rice, RB

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21. Ray Rice, RB

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2014 Base Salary: 4.00 million dollars
Running back Ray Rice had his worst season as a pro in 2013, which was followed up by an offseason loaded with legal problems. As far as I’m concerned, million is way too much money for someone as unstable as Rice.

20. Ricky Jean-Francois, DT

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20. Ricky Jean-Francois, DT

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2014 Base Salary: 4.50 million dollars
Ricky Jean-Francois was another player who was considered to be one of the most overpaid players in the NFL last season. Even though the defensive tackle posted a career-high 2.5 sacks in 2013, his overall production continues to sit at a stalemate. The Indianapolis Colts paying him nearly million is insane.

19. Arian Foster, RB

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19. Arian Foster, RB

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2014 Base Salary: 5.75 million dollars
I will probably take some flak for putting Arian Foster on this list. However, his injured back mixed with a slow start to the 2013 season has to make the Houston Texans a little worried about this season. Foster will be the fourth highest paid running back in the NFL in 2014, which means there will be plenty of pressure to perform.

18. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OT

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18. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, OT

D’Brickashaw Ferguson
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2014 Base Salary: 5.95 million dollars
The New York Jets had one of the worst offensive lines in the league last season. On top of that, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who is supposed to be their supreme talent, gave up eight sacks and really struggled in the run game. I suppose million is a steal for a left tackle, but at the same time, Ferguson isn’t even worth that much.

17. Dashon Goldson, S

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17. Dashon Goldson, S

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2014 Base Salary: 6.00 million dollars
Dashon Goldson signed a huge contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a year ago. The problem is his production took a bit of a nosedive last year. On top of that, he had ankle surgery in the offseason, which means it could come up as a problem during the season.

16. Michael Griffin, S

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16. Michael Griffin, S

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2014 Base Salary: 6.20 million dollars
Michael Griffin has proven to be a talented safety, but the fact that he lost a step last season has to make the Tennessee Titans worried. Paying him .2 million could be a huge problem for a team that is most likely going to struggle against opponents this year.

15. Ahtyba Rubin, DE

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15. Ahtyba Rubin, DE

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2014 Base Salary: 6.60 million dollars
There has been talk that the Browns will negotiate to lower Ahtyba Rubin’s salary, rightfully so. However, it appears the defensive end will still get paid the .6 million that he’s owed. In my opinion, that’s a problem because Rubin’s tackle numbers and sack numbers have dropped considerably from where they were a few years ago. Not to mention, he missed at least two games for the second year in a row.

14. Leon Hall, CB

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14. Leon Hall, CB

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2014 Base Salary: 6.80 million dollars
Cornerback Leon Hall has had a difficult time remaining healthy, which is the biggest reason why getting paid nearly million is a mistake by the Cincinnati Bengals. Since 2011, he has only suited up for 28 of the 48 games. Along with that, his numbers have fallen way off.

13. Everson Griffin, LB

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13. Everson Griffin, LB

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2014 Base Salary: 6.90 million dollars
Everson Griffin recorded 5.5 sacks in 2013, which is the second most in a season in his four-year career. However, that number ranked 62nd among all of the defensive ends in the NFL last season. Griffin’s .9 million will be the fifth highest paid salary at his position in 2014. And that is where the problem lies.

12. Tramon Williams, CB

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12. Tramon Williams, CB

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2014 Base Salary: 6.90 million dollars
Tramon Williams broke onto the scene at the best time possible as the Green Bay Packers were making their Super Bowl XLV run. The cornerback was awarded with a pricey contract, rightfully so. However, many in Green Bay have discussed the possibility of restructuring his contract because his play on defense simply hasn’t matched the money, although he still has been a productive player.

11. Paul Kruger, LB

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11. Paul Kruger, LB

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2014 Base Salary: 7.00 million dollars
Paul Kruger saw his production dip after he signed a huge contract with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. The Browns are apparently satisfied with his performance on the field, even though his sack numbers took a big dive. If his sack statistics don’t increase in 2014, million is simply too much money.

10. Alex Smith, QB

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10. Alex Smith, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 7.50 million dollars
Alex Smith led the Kansas City Chiefs to the playoffs last season. However, one has to wonder how much of that was because of him, opposed of the stellar defense. It may seem like .5 million for a postseason quarterback is a steal, but the fact that Smith’s true colors could arise in 2014 means it may be a bit pricey.

9. Haloti Ngata, DT

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9. Haloti Ngata, DT

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2014 Base Salary: 8.50 million dollars
Haloti Ngata has been a primary asset on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens for many years. Unfortunately, his sack numbers dropped significantly in 2013. The Ravens reportedly offered Ngata a long-term deal this past season in order to lower his salary, as well as, his million salary cap hit.

8. Russell Okung, OT

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8. Russell Okung, OT

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2014 Base Salary: 8.76 million dollars
Russell Okung performed significantly lower than usual despite missing eight games with an injury. On top of that, he recently had surgery on his foot, which definitely could go into play at some point in 2014. Okung’s durability has been questioned, and that’s why paying him nearly million could be a big letdown.

7. Carson Palmer, QB

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7. Carson Palmer, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 9.00 million dollars
Carson Palmer improved his completion percentage and passing yards with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. Unfortunately, he threw a career-high 22 interceptions, which definitely played a role in the Cardinals missing out on the playoffs. Even though Palmer is Arizona’s most suitable player to play quarterback, paying him million hardly seems worth it.

6. Matt Ryan, QB

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6. Matt Ryan, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 9.50 million dollars
Teams live and die by the quarterback position. There’s no reason to put the Atlanta Falcons’ dismal season solely on the play of Matt Ryan. At the same time, Ryan saw his numbers drop from 2012 to 2013, which certainly didn’t help the team in the standings. The fact is Ryan is getting paid elite quarterback money but he has yet to develop into an elite quarterback.

5. Percy Harvin, WR

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5. Percy Harvin, WR

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2014 Base Salary: 11.00 million dollars
Percy Harvin played in 10 games over the past two seasons, including just one during the regular season last year. Regardless, Harvin will be the second highest paid wide receiver in the NFL in 2014. As much as the Seattle Seahawks need talent on the outside, it’s hard to imagine Harvin will be worth the money.

4. Ben Roethlisberger, QB

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4. Ben Roethlisberger, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 12.10 million dollars
Ben Roethlisberger is a two-time Super Bowl champion who has kept the Pittsburgh Steelers relevant despite losing talent on the roster. However, paying him million could be what prevents the Steelers from retaking control of the division in 2014.

3. Sam Bradford, QB

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3. Sam Bradford, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 14.015 million dollars
Sam Bradford isn’t a bad quarterback, but paying him the fourth highest amount of money at his position is ridiculous. There are several more accomplished and talented quarterbacks who won’t make as much money as him, which is the biggest reason why it’s a shame that he will be overpaid once again.

2. Eli Manning, QB

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2. Eli Manning, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 15.15 million dollars
Eli Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP. Personally, I don’t think of him as an elite quarterback simply because of his inconsistency. With that being said, there is certainly a level of respect that must come with winning two championships. Manning tossed a league-high 27 interceptions last season, and he led the Giants to a 7-9 record. Yet, he will be the second-highest paid player in 2014.

1. Jay Cutler, QB

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1. Jay Cutler, QB

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2014 Base Salary: 17.50 million dollars
Jay Cutler’s new contract will pay him a league-high .5 million base salary in 2014. Cutler isn’t a horrible quarterback by any means, but he’s definitely nowhere near the best either. He stumbles when it matters most, has a hard time staying healthy and consistently does things that infuriate fans in Chicago.


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