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Mark Thomas

The Niner - overpaid NFL players

Posted August 5, 2009

I am the first person to stand up and say that football players need to be making more money. The NFL is a BILLION dollar industry! But when I heard Eli Manning was going to get a contract that makes him the highest paid player in the league, I lost it.

So here's the list of folks he now hangs with...

9 – Jason Peters, OT, Philadelphia – $12.7 million. As a left tackle for Buffalo last year he gave up 11.5 sacks. That was tops in the league.

8 – Jake Delhomme, QB, Carolina - $8.6 million. He is close to being worth this. But what a bad playoff game to remember him by.

7 – Vince Young, QB, Tennessee
– $4.6 million. Wow this number made sense when he was with the Texas Longhorns.

6 – Julius Peppers, DE, Carolina – $16.7 million One million dollars a game. If he has a GREAT year and gets 16 sacks, that's a mil per sack.

5 – Daniel Graham, TE, Denver – $6.6 million. 20th best tight end in league last year.

4 – Matt Cassell QB KC – $15.2 million. One good year. That includes college.

3 – All Defensive Ends in Buffalo – $14.1 million for Aaron Schobel and Chris Kelsay. Who was the Bills' first-round draft pick this year? DE Aaron Maybin out of Penn State.

2 – Eli Manning, QB, NY Giants – $15.3 million and he's the 3rd best quarterback in his family.

1 – JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland – $13.6 million. Russell is officially the highest paid backup quarterback to EVER play football. (Jeff Garcia).

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  • duane11 Aug 28, 3:25 a.m.

    agreed....its all out of whack....same with politicians and lawyers, overpaid...politicians, for the most part, dont care about the common man b/c they dont face the same problems...they are overpaid in addition to the under the table money that is passed around....the ecomony doesnt affect them, so why should they be concerned with passing legislation to help the rest of us...they vote for themselves a raise, and "recess"...but they assure us they will be back in a month or so to vote on bills, etc., that actually affect their constituents.....why do they take a recess??..they need a vacation from the partyin and womanizing?!?!?!

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Aug 9, 12:08 a.m.

    I think there is something wrong when we pay athletes and Hollywood types millions and teachers, police and firemen are paid a pittance. Just love Peppers getting a million per game.....NOT.

  • Full_Decker Aug 6, 4:50 p.m.

    Obviously it is worth it because the owners are STILL making money in the end.

  • Hokies94 Aug 6, 4:34 p.m.

    I think that it is outrageous. This kind of money for playing a game is way out of touch with America. I guess this is another reason why so many Countries hate us. When is it going to stop. I know these clubs make such huge monies, but is anyone worth this?

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