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PFT Daily: Five most underpaid players

It says a lot about Andre Johnson’s ability that he’s legitimately underpaid at $5.8 million.  (Even if his low salary is his own fault.) 

But he’s hardly the most underpaid player in the league. 

With Florio on the road back to West Virginia, I scooted up to our Stamford studios for today’s PFT Daily, looking at the best five values in football.

 
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46 Responses to “PFT Daily: Five most underpaid players”
  1. robert ethen says: May 18, 2010 1:59 PM

    Hope Florio doesn’t encounter any highwaymen or stagecoach robbers on those “roads back” to WVa.

  2. Doctor Doom says: May 18, 2010 1:59 PM

    I wasn’t aware that anyone was underpaid for playing a game.

  3. toddm6d says: May 18, 2010 2:00 PM

    There is no such thing as an underpaid NFL player.

  4. Bob Nelson says: May 18, 2010 2:02 PM

    Thanks for not mentioning Josh Sitton and causing trouble there.

  5. philbirds says: May 18, 2010 2:03 PM

    without watching my guesses are:
    Andre Johnson
    DeSean Jackson
    Miles Austin
    Darrelle Revis
    Elvis Dumervil

  6. Stillerz says: May 18, 2010 2:05 PM

    Cant even watch the video cause Im at work, but based on the recent stories and your uncanny ability to reuse “news” Im going to take a shot at the players listed in the video:
    In no particular order
    -Chris Johnson
    -Andre Johnson
    -Darrel Revis
    -Lamar Woodley
    -Tom Brady/Haloti Ngata
    Someone let me know if Im close…

  7. Opie says: May 18, 2010 2:05 PM

    Here’s what I want to know:
    Why has there been No post on a certain NYJ cornerback wanting to get paid $20million per year?!?
    I’ve read it elsewhere and, yet, you clowns don’t even touch it? If he played for an NFC East team, we’d have 30 posts by now….

  8. c hox fan says: May 18, 2010 2:06 PM

    UHHH..i doubt there living paycheck to paycheck like most of us, im sure he will be fine with his 550k this year

  9. This Guy says: May 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    You’re an idiot. Revis over C.J.? Revis is making 1 mill, C.J. is making 550k. Though both are the top player in their respective position, running back is a more valued position than corner. I believe your reasoning for Revis being #1 is because he is in NY, and not a small market like TN.

  10. KnuckleBucket says: May 18, 2010 2:07 PM

    Just read a post on Truth and Rumors that Revis is looking for 20 million per year. Is he high? He’s a great corner but seriously man…

  11. Fonetik says: May 18, 2010 2:10 PM

    I can’t wait to hear how your voice sounds once your balls drop.

  12. Contra says: May 18, 2010 2:11 PM

    Your video sucks. Stop trying to be ESPN. Carve your own path.

  13. Poo Flinging Monkey says: May 18, 2010 2:14 PM

    Nice job, Gregg. You certainly have a bright future in broadcasting, or the custodial arts.

  14. Beezer says: May 18, 2010 2:18 PM

    What about the Giants Steve Smith? He is set to make 550k next year and set the franchise record with 107 receptions.

  15. Dewey Axewoond says: May 18, 2010 2:20 PM

    I’m underpaid, too–but as a “playa”, not a player.

  16. Tom Selleck says: May 18, 2010 2:20 PM

    Good list but it’s not really accurate to look at NFL contracts on a year-to-year basis as they usually pay out most of the money in one or two lump sums and then the average salaries in the other years look pretty small. For example Revis may only be getting $550,000 this year, but he got an $11 million signing bonus in 2007. That’s supposed to stretch the entire length of the contract. He’s making roughly $5 million per year over the length of his contract. He just doesn’t happen to be getting much of it for 2010.

  17. stan26 says: May 18, 2010 2:23 PM

    What ever happened to incentive laden contracts?
    Had they been done properly, many of these problems wouldn’t exist.
    Agent problem, seems to me.

  18. HarrisonHits says: May 18, 2010 2:26 PM

    Ok this is the last article I listen to or read by Rosenthal. Gregg you just make idiotic statement after idiotic statement. The fact that you think any cornerback is worth 15 – 20 mil no matter how good a player shows you understand zero about the economics of running a team.

  19. shaggytoodle says: May 18, 2010 2:26 PM

    Guess what, Kevin Williams will probably be underpaid again when he needs to finally sit out for his suspension

  20. madstork43 says: May 18, 2010 2:27 PM

    Revis is a great player, but I’ll still take Nnamdi any day. Let Revis put a few great seasons together before you put him in the Hall of Fame for corn’s sake.

  21. NFLFollower says: May 18, 2010 2:31 PM

    Cue everybody talking about how these guys “don’t live in the real world” and how the rest of us are “living paycheck to paycheck”. Last I checked people are compensated if they are in a highly skilled line of work. Newsflash, you will make a lot more money if you are one of the best 30 or so people in the world at what you do. If your profession is something that 95% of the population is capable of doing, you won’t get paid well. That is the real world. Stop complaining.

  22. Tony Snow says: May 18, 2010 2:34 PM

    Florio,
    This article should have been named, “5 most teams that overpay!” …..meaning the teams that have ramped up player pay scales by overpaying mid-level to bottom tier players. :( (In my humble opinion)

  23. DarkHorse81 says: May 18, 2010 2:42 PM

    This Guy says:
    May 18, 2010 2:07 PM
    You’re an idiot. Revis over C.J.? Revis is making 1 mill, C.J. is making 550k. Though both are the top player in their respective position, running back is a more valued position than corner. I believe your reasoning for Revis being #1 is because he is in NY, and not a small market like TN.
    ————————————————–
    What NFL are you watching RB’s are no longer more valuable than DB’s, you could even argue RB’s are now less valuable than DB’s just watch the games it’s about the QB’s hommie.

  24. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: May 18, 2010 2:45 PM

    Tony SNow—
    Why are you addressing your post to Florio?

  25. Superbelt says: May 18, 2010 2:46 PM

    Andre Johnson is only making 5.8 million this year?
    Really, you forget he got a 15 million dollar bonus too?
    He made 26 million in the first two years of this deal.
    That’s an average of 13 million dollars a year.
    That average drops when you add in the salary from this year, but only to 10.6 million a year!
    My, how underpaid that man is!
    It’s criminal, isn’t it!

  26. florio's_mom says: May 18, 2010 2:50 PM

    That’s weird.
    I didn’t know Gregg was 12.

  27. Duck Fallas says: May 18, 2010 2:52 PM

    This Guy says:
    May 18, 2010 2:07 PM
    You’re an idiot. Revis over C.J.? Revis is making 1 mill, C.J. is making 550k. Though both are the top player in their respective position, running back is a more valued position than corner. I believe your reasoning for Revis being #1 is because he is in NY, and not a small market like TN.
    =======================
    Top money for cornerbacks is higher than top money for running backs.
    Gregg, does Florio know you’re playing with the camera while he’s away?

  28. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 18, 2010 2:54 PM

    si.com always has a packers love fest. that’s not surprising. they had many analysts pick the packers to go to the superbowl last year.

  29. roboninja says: May 18, 2010 2:57 PM

    This Guy said:

    You’re an idiot. Revis over C.J.? Revis is making 1 mill, C.J. is making 550k. Though both are the top player in their respective position, running back is a more valued position than corner. I believe your reasoning for Revis being #1 is because he is in NY, and not a small market like TN.

    Or maybe because you are wrong, and corner back play is more highly valued than a running back? Running back is now the most fungible position in the NFL. It is the easiest position to start in coming directly from college. Plus, it is a position where the lifespan of a career is the shortest; why pay big money, long-term deals to guys that might not be able to play in 3 years? From a pure business standpoint, it makes no sense. Look at all the huge RB signings in the past 3-4 years; how many are not considered busts right now?

  30. royk says: May 18, 2010 3:05 PM

    This Guy says:
    May 18, 2010 2:07 PM
    You’re an idiot. Revis over C.J.? Revis is making 1 mill, C.J. is making 550k. Though both are the top player in their respective position, running back is a more valued position than corner. I believe your reasoning for Revis being #1 is because he is in NY, and not a small market like TN.
    ————————————————–
    First off thank you darkhorse for mentioning this post first.
    Secondly, I have seen some dumb posts on here, but this one displays a complete lack of any understanding of football and “this guy” should be removed from commenting on anything football related. It actually is the post that finally caused me to register and comment.
    Both players probably won a few games for their teams alone just by their play and CJ is easily either #1 or #2 in the league at his position, but there is a reason CB’s are frequently paid rediculous contracts and RB’s are allowed to test free agency or cut at or before 30.

  31. TrueFan says: May 18, 2010 3:05 PM

    You know what “Contra”?
    Seriously dude. Get a life. The guy who created this site has been the epitome of someone “carving their own path” in terms of creating a Blog and an actual living out of it.
    If you don’t like the site can’t you PLEASE just stop coming here and cluttering up the comments on the NFL stories with your stupid critique of it?
    Is is SO old.

  32. Route36West says: May 18, 2010 3:06 PM

    This is dumb you cant call a guy underpaid who is still in their rookie contract.
    You get paid in your rookie contract do to slotting and postition. So unless guys like Chris Johnson becomes a qb or magically changes what slot he was drafted in he is paid accordingly.
    You cant complain for a rookie wage scale and then say a guy still in his rookie contract is underpaid. Thats asinine.
    I agree with a guy like Kevin Williams who outplayed the contract he signed with the Vikings he is underpaid. Or guys like Tom Brady or Sheldon Brown they are underpaid.
    The only thing you can say about guys like Chris Johnson and Desean Jackson is they should of been drafted higher. They arent underpaid they just outplayed their draft slot.

  33. smauricio says: May 18, 2010 3:08 PM

    Wy not just put the names?? im at work and cant watch videos.

  34. EskinSux says: May 18, 2010 3:23 PM

    Mike Vick is the most underpaid backup/ex-con in the history of the NFL…..So underpaid in fact, he had to file for bankruptcy, after pissing away a 100 some odd million dollar contract, it’s truly a shame the way these players have to scratch out a living

  35. KD says: May 18, 2010 3:38 PM

    Doesn’t half the NFL come from single-parent homes, where Mom worked like 3 jobs to keep a roof over their 8 kids (from 6 different fathers) and food on the table???
    Why can’t these guys get an offseason job or something?
    NFL needs more Jamaicans. Those f–kers all have like 3 jobs at once.

  36. packfan4ever says: May 18, 2010 3:53 PM

    toddm6d says:
    May 18, 2010 2:00 PM
    There is no such thing as an underpaid NFL player.
    ————————————————————
    Amen

  37. Deb says: May 18, 2010 3:55 PM

    @☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc …
    Did you make up that list or did Peter King really post that? I knew the guy was nuts, but … good grief!
    Do you suppose he’s one of those hardcore alcoholics who drinks kerosene?
    Or maybe he just took little helmets of all the teams, tossed them into the air, and picked them up at random to make his list. I can’t really argue with my team’s placement, but some other teams’ fans are gonna go nuts.

  38. Marc F says: May 18, 2010 3:58 PM

    wait, do you hear that? it the worlds smallest violin playing a sad tune for these “under paid” nfl players.
    what a joke. underpaid. go talk to the door greaters at wal-mart about being underpaid.
    Or the people with masters and Dr. degrees working as waiters/waitresses because they can’t find a job that pays real money.
    not only are nfl players full of themselves, but now the guys whoa are writers about nfl players are too…
    Waaaaaa.

  39. Hot_Carl_On_You says: May 18, 2010 4:00 PM

    smauricio says:
    May 18, 2010 3:08 PM
    They are:
    Jon Beason
    Kevin williams
    Lamarr Woodley
    Chris Johnson
    Darrelle Revis

  40. Tony Snow says: May 18, 2010 4:10 PM

    My bad,
    Gregg,
    This article should have been named, “5 most teams that overpay!” …..meaning the teams that have ramped up player pay scales by overpaying mid-level to bottom tier players. :( (In my humble opinion)

  41. Theodocius says: May 18, 2010 4:23 PM

    Wow, whoever said that the top RB is more valuable than the top CB is in way over his head…

  42. jenscharlson says: May 18, 2010 4:26 PM

    3 Words… SYDNEY RICE $550,000

  43. favrecansuckit says: May 18, 2010 4:46 PM

    # NFLFollower says: May 18, 2010 2:31 PM
    Cue everybody talking about how these guys “don’t live in the real world” and how the rest of us are “living paycheck to paycheck”. Last I checked people are compensated if they are in a highly skilled line of work. Newsflash, you will make a lot more money if you are one of the best 30 or so people in the world at what you do. If your profession is something that 95% of the population is capable of doing, you won’t get paid well. That is the real world. Stop complaining.
    —————————————————–
    Exactly.

  44. footballrulz says: May 18, 2010 5:15 PM

    Packers ranked @ # 1???????? & I’m a Pack fan.

  45. SwedishMurderMachine says: May 18, 2010 6:17 PM

    Packer fan posts Peter King Power ranking because he put them #1 and this is meaningful. Peter King also thinks the Seattle Seahawks are the 11th best team in the NFL. Peter King and Packer fan are both retarded.

  46. steeelfann says: May 18, 2010 10:51 PM

    I am not watching, hate the opinionated ratings stuff. But if Lamar Woodley is not on there………….#1 rated outside linebacker just ahead of Demarcus Ware and James Harrison. Pro Bowler. Can do it all. I think he makes less than $475K-ish this year.

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