Top 20 overpaid players in the NFC East

In case you hadn’t noticed, the salaries for every player in the NFC East can be found on this site in the menus on the right hand side just above my sweet high-tech logo.  Or… to make it easier on you, you can just click right here to see the Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, and Redskins.  Anyway, I thought it might be fun to list the Top 20 worst current contracts in the NFC East.  Feel feel to tell me what I got wrong: (cont after the jump)…

Rank Player Team 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Comment
20 Casey Rabach Redskins 3,000,000 4,000,000       Like a number of other OL on this list, he’s aging and in decline. Still shows up every week though. Tried to keep him off this list, but couldn’t find anyone else.
19 Winston Justice Eagles 2,700,000 3,225,000 3,750,000     Struggled down the stretch last season (perhaps due to injury). Benched during playoff loss to GB. Token Eagle?
18 Shawn Andrews Giants 3,000,000 4,250,000 5,250,000 5,500,000   Undependable.
17 David Diehl Giants 4,000,000 3,825,000 4,100,000     Aging, and the injuries started creeping in last season.
16 Eli Manning Giants 8,500,000 10,750,000 13,000,000 15,150,000 17,000,000 Borderline Top 10 NFL QB should not be the richest man in the NFL.
15 DeAngelo Hall Redskins 4,500,000 6,000,000 7,500,000 9,000,000   Wildly overrated. Got annoyed when he made the Pro Bowl. Got even more annoyed when he was the MVP of it.
14 Keith Brooking Cowboys 2,200,000         He’s done. And I just don’t like him. (Bias alert) – Sorry, I’m trying.
13 Trent Williams Redskins 7,852,000 11,000,000 5,000,000 7,250,000 10,250,000 Williams may very well eventually be a star. This is more a result of the absurd money Top 5 picks make.
12 Antrel Rolle Giants 5,250,000 6,750,000 7,000,000 7,000,000   The Giants paid far too much last offseason when the pickings were slim in free agency.
11 Brandon Jacobs Giants 4,650,000 4,900,000       I still think Jacobs can be quite valuable to the Giants, but he’s not worth anything close to what he’s making.
10 Igor Olshansky Cowboys 3,335,000 4,200,000 4,400,000     Just a big body.
9 Michael Boley Giants 3,500,000 4,000,000 4,250,000     Not the playmaker the Giants hoped he’d be.
8 Rocky Bernard Giants 2,950,000 3,450,000       Thought this was a good signing a couple years ago. After 2 years, Bernard has 40 tackles and 3 sacks. Oops.
7 Chris Canty Giants 5,250,000 6,000,000 6,250,000 6,500,000   Never understood why the Giants paid so much for Canty. Still don’t.
6 Terence Newman Cowboys 8,000,000 6,016,000 7,600,000 7,500,000   Still a decent player, but turns 33 in Sept, and is very much in decline. Only a matter of time before he’s cut, be it this year or in the near future.
5 Leonard Davis Cowboys 6,000,000 6,000,000 6,000,000     Had a terrible season in 2010, and was even benched at one point.
4 Marion Barber Cowboys 4,250,000 5,750,000 6,250,000 7,000,000   Was really good relieving Julius Jones in the 2nd half against tired defenses; not so much as THE guy.
3 Donovan McNabb Redskins 1,750,000 11,500,000 12,500,000 13,000,000 12,750,000 99.9999% likely he’ll be cut. Awful contract makes him untradeable., and I didn’t even mention the $10 million roster bonus he’s due in August (or whenever).
2 Roy Williams Cowboys 5,109,971 6,802,000 8,498,000     Disastrous trade for the cowboys in 2008.
1 Albert Haynesworth Redskins 5,400,000 6,700,000 8,500,000 10,300,000 11,500,000 If you follow the NFL… at all… there shouldn’t be much of an explanation necessary here.


  1. Saidrick says:

    I like the site Jimmy. Question: why is haynesworth at the bottom of the list? I see him being top 3. His coach wouldn’t even let him suit up for practice. He made a boat load of money for a non injury vacation, right?

    1. He’s ranked #1. I went countdown style. See the rank to the left of his name.

      1. Saidrick says:

        My bad. Read it on an iPhone. Didn’t see the whole picture…literally

      2. Honey says:

        Great cmoomn sense here. Wish I’d thought of that.

  2. ballyfager says:

    Not one Eagle…pfft there goes your credibility.

    Manning has won a Super Bowl, and he player well in it. That is after all the object of the whole overdone mess.

    1. Winston Justice is an Eagle. But besides him, who should be on the list instead? Here’s the whole menu of Eagles players:

      1. Philly phan says:

        Ones I’d consider: FB Weaver making 2.5 mil the next two years. He’s coming off a brutal knee injury and we have a very serviceable fullback in Schmitt. The other would be CB Joselio Hanson, who hasn’t done much but is scheduled to make about 1.7 mil. I guess these are huge paydays by any means, but maybe ones that are on the fence.

    2. Steve says:

      Trent Dilfer won a superbowl too. Would you pay him $8.5 million to play for your team? Would you have ever paid him that much?

  3. SSBlitz says:

    “I didn’t even mention the $10 million roster bonus”
    If you actually don’t consider the roster bonus, that $1 million to play for 2011 looks pretty cheap.

  4. ATLEagle says:

    The lack of Eagles says something about now getting into bad deals, but I think you can include the fact that there isnt a high quality experienced linebacker or RCB on the team right now. The front office is so frugal that they avoid bad deals but continually miss placing talent in obviously glaring holes.

  5. brisulph says:

    The only Giant I would argue with being ranked so high is Canty… he is doing his job of stuffing the run and drawing double teams. He is not necessarily going to get gaudy stats, but he has an effect on the line, assisting the rest of the players. He may still belong on the list, but he is a tad high. Otherwise I can’t argue with any of the Giants on the list.

  6. starship 007 says:

    You’re off to a great start Jimmy!

  7. Jalarsen1 says:

    Great site, Jimmy…I’ve found myself stopping by here more often than BGN since that thing has grown WAY too much for my liking

    Keep it up!!!

  8. Jim Thorpe: Athlete and a Town says:

    Great article! I really am glad to see how young (and cheap) our team is (for now – until this lockout thing is over and contracts get done).

  9. One.Cool.Customer says:

    This is scandalous!

    Why is Eli Manning only ranked 16th?

    1. I was tempted to move him up, but he’s still probably better than 2/3 of the QB’s in the NFL. On my previous post just before this, I was warned in the comment section by a Giants fan to take it easy on Manning – I think he got in my head.

      1. plektor says:

        I don’t mind people criticizing Manning nor the Giants – I’m the first to do it. When justified and argumented, not when it comes from some pure hatred.

        I believe he’s overpaid and belong on this list : being the 10th best QB in the league and the best paid is the definition of overpaid. Whether #16 is an accurate ranking or not is another thing.

  10. Tron says:

    Isn’t Shawn Andrews contract set up so that they can cut him without much of a penalty during any year of his contract… this is how giants fans justified the signing to me not sure how true it is.

    Good thing Eagles got rid of Stacey Andrews or he would have been up there.

    1. Technically, a number of the players on the above list can be cut without consequence. Exhibit A is McNabb. I didn’t bother with all of that.

      But to semi-answer your answer question, here’s how they explain his contract in full on rotoworld (NBC):

      8/20/2010: Signed a six-year, $32.5 million contract. The deal included a $250,000 signing bonus. Annual $500,000 workout bonuses are available throughout the contract’s life. Also included are annual $1 million roster bonuses in years three through six. 2011: $3 million (+ $3.5 million roster bonus due on 30th day of “league year”), 2012: $4.25 million, 2013: $5.25 million, 2014-2015: $5.5 million, 2016: Free Agent

  11. Dan in Philly says:

    Very fun read, you’re off to a great start. #1 was a no-brainer, in every sense of the word…

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