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Vikings laugh off overpaid designation

Jerome Felton AP

We mentioned in the one-liners yesterday that Forbes had named a pair of Vikings atop its list of most overpaid players in the NFL.

They’re clearly crushed.

Jerome Felton, the fullback who accumulated no rushing stats but helped Adrian Peterson compile many of them, was dubbed the most overpaid, with his new three-year, $7.5 million deal. Tight end John Carlson, who signed a five-year, $25 million last year, battled injuries and caught eight passes, was second.

“Wow,” Felton said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I don’t care.”

“That’s impressive,” Carlson said. “Two guys on the same team.”

Carlson actually took a pay cut this offseason, giving back $1.4 million in base salary.

“People are going to say lots of stuff in the media,” Carlson said. “That’s what you guys are paid to do, right? I don’t read that stuff, whether it’s good or bad. I choose to stay away from it. My focus is on trying to be as good a player as well and earn the respect of my teammates and my coaches.”

Felton, who bounced from the Lions to the Panthers to the Colts before finding a comfortable spot in front of Peterson, takes pride in the 2,097 yards the guy behind him gained.

“If I can stay out of his way,” Felton said, “hopefully he can get 2,500 yards. According to Forbes.”

If that happens, he might actually deserve a raise.

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51 Responses to “Vikings laugh off overpaid designation”
  1. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 16, 2013 9:10 AM

    Dude was a pro bowler last year and played a huge rule in AD’s career year. Stupid to say he’s overpaid.

  2. reesesteel23 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:10 AM

    Jerome…maybe…

    But if paying him frees up All Day to compile 2000+ yards….im down

    Carlson……definitely! He’s stealing!

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    Most people laugh at the Vikings, and this is why. So much cap space for two overrated players.

  4. buhbay1c says: Aug 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    The guy who wrote the article told my via twitter that the formula takes blocking into consideration. What it does not account for is how many plays were called for AP when Felton was on the field, essentially giving him zero opportunity to earn any other offensive points. So it’s flawed to say the least.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:14 AM

    These two stiffs follow in the proud Viking tradition of Bernard Berrian.

  6. sandblastermoron says: Aug 16, 2013 9:16 AM

    well, If i got to play against the Packers D-fense
    twice a year I am sure I would get a good pay raise too!!!! Man Ted Thompson sure knows how to put together a bunch of soft losers on D!!!!!

  7. bradshawlives says: Aug 16, 2013 9:16 AM

    The geeks at Forbes have probably never watched a football game so they don’t know what a blocking fullback does.

  8. iejdaniel says: Aug 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    Felton, no. Carlson, YES. Even at his lower salary, Carlson is overpaid.

  9. golforepar says: Aug 16, 2013 9:20 AM

    Personal stats are a reason these guys are overpaid! Try to win first boys!

  10. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    Of course Vikings are overpaid. 50+ years. *0* Superbowl wins.

  11. daamgud says: Aug 16, 2013 9:21 AM

    I think Felton is a square peg that they’re trying to jam into the round hole of their AV formula. Felton doesn’t accumulate a lot of stats – it’s not what he does or what he was brought to Minnesota for. He clears the road. Not very glorious but the results speak for themselves.

    Carlson, on the other hand, has completely earned his spot on the list. He had what, one or two good seasons in Seattle? That’s the guy the Vikings signed. Not sure who actually got off the plane though.

  12. angelogiaquinto18 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:24 AM

    Gotta love Felton’s reply…”wow…I don’t care!” Classic. And I wouldn’t care. Anyone who watched the vikes had to be impressed by this guy. Good player, don’t blame him that teams never use fullbacks anymore. Carlson is overpaid but lets hope the guys stays healthy, and we’ll see what happens!

  13. mnmarine0351 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:35 AM

    Hope Carson contributes this year. Reminds me of the big contract Shank signed and did nothing his first year but then was one of the best TEs in the league the next 2 years.

    As for Felton being overpaid with what he did last year? Doh’Kay

  14. minnesoulja says: Aug 16, 2013 9:41 AM

    TONY ROMO

    MATT STAFFORD

    JOE FLACCO

    LARRY FITZGERALD

    ummm ya nuf said….

    Big fan of Fitz but lets call a spade a spade (no racial context)

  15. contra74 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:42 AM

    Vikings – tough skin, hard workers
    Packers – Soft, ‘he looked me in the eyed and lied” :(

  16. GenXJay says: Aug 16, 2013 9:46 AM

    in other words; suck it Trebeck.

  17. cpo187 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    Forbes has been writing rubbish for years. Leave sports to sports guys.

  18. godofwine330 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    Seriously? He is a throwback fullback. His job is to block for Adrian Peterson, catch an occasional pass, get an occasional yard on a 3rd & 1. Pass block. That’s it.

    In a time when the league is undervaluing fullbacks he is not overpaid. 2097 reasons why he isn’t.

  19. chillyball says: Aug 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    Vikings go 8-8.

  20. len462 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Well I know when I need some hard hitting reporting on football I turn to… Forbes?

  21. golynxgo says: Aug 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    Next year on the list Greg Jennings

  22. darkneptune73 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:09 AM

    Felton deserved the raise. Carlson took a pay cut. Where’s the negativity in this?

  23. mn1288 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:10 AM

    Pretty spot-on analysis. At least for Carlson – Even Vikings fans were complaining about that one all year (Including KFAN).

  24. bigblu73 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:13 AM

    Felton is maybe slightly over paid but Carlson is severely overpaid!!! Who can honestly say he’s done more than Shiancoe?

  25. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 16, 2013 10:26 AM

    It’s a dumb list, but even dumber because they used Felton’s salary for this year and Carlson’s salary for last year. I think Carlson’s base salary was actually cut TO $1.4 million rather than cut BY $1.4 million. Carlson was definitely overpaid last year but Felton was a bargain.

  26. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    ilovemyringlessfranchise says:
    Aug 16, 2013 9:10 AM
    Dude was a pro bowler last year and played a huge rule in AD’s career year. Stupid to say he’s overpaid.

    —-

    And yet, all your brethren claim that Aaron Rodgers, who won a Super Bowl, was Super Bowl MVP, and has been a probowler several times is overpaid.

  27. valhallarising says: Aug 16, 2013 10:34 AM

    Mark Sanchez makes $12.8 million this season. I know Felton is a Fullback but at least he contributes in a positive way to the team. I’d much rather pay Felton his $1.7M than Sanchez his $12.8M.

  28. purpleguy says: Aug 16, 2013 10:39 AM

    Yeah, the Vikes are just in cap hell paying $2.5M/yr for a pro bowl FB and a significantly reduced per year pay for a TE that sprained knee ligaments last year — now where is that sarcasm font so Pack fans will understand this post. . . . . .

  29. jrmbadger says: Aug 16, 2013 10:44 AM

    The universal truth of the NFL: Go to Green Bay to get a ring. Go to Minnesota to get overpaid.

  30. herbbster says: Aug 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    valhallarising says:
    Aug 16, 2013 10:34 AM
    Mark Sanchez makes $12.8 million this season. I know Felton is a Fullback but at least he contributes in a positive way to the team. I’d much rather pay Felton his $1.7M than Sanchez his $12.8M.

    —–

    This is clearly wrong. The “butt-fumble” alone was worth paying Mark Sanchez $12.8 million. There will never be a better play in the history of the NFL…

  31. whatjusthapped says: Aug 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    I would love to see where Jared Allen falls on that list, he is not a terrible player but at $17 million for a guy who disappears for stretches of games at a time, he definitely is vastly overpaid.

    How about Sister Christian, not sure what his cap number is but he is in the bottom third of all starting Qb’s so the money is clearly not well spent.

    For those complaining about the formula, let’s try this metric, take the total payroll of the franchise for the life of the franchise and divide it into the number of Superbowls won. I’m sure they teach this in Minnesota high schools but any number divided into zero is always zero.

  32. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    I under stand a lot of the names for Ponder, but what’s the deal with “Sister Christian”? That is reeeeaaaalllllyyyy dumb.

  33. ilovemyringlessfranchise says: Aug 16, 2013 11:47 AM

    tokyosandblaster says:Aug 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    ilovemyringlessfranchise says:
    Aug 16, 2013 9:10 AM
    Dude was a pro bowler last year and played a huge rule in AD’s career year. Stupid to say he’s overpaid.

    —-

    And yet, all your brethren claim that Aaron Rodgers, who won a Super Bowl, was Super Bowl MVP, and has been a probowler several times is overpaid.

    —–

    Don’t let my brothers get you down, Tokyo. I think Rodgers is awesome.

  34. icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 16, 2013 11:47 AM

    jrmbadger says:
    Aug 16, 2013 10:44 AM
    The universal truth of the NFL: Go to Green Bay to get a ring. Go to Minnesota to get overpaid.
    ————————————————–

    Rings don’t buy houses, boats, and big screen tv’s. So since the NFL is a Job for these guys, go where the money is. If you can make 1.5 million and win a super bowl, or make 8 million an be one an done in the playoffs I would take the money any day of the week.

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 16, 2013 11:49 AM

    Who are these guys? You’re paying them $32.5M? No wonder you’ve never won the Super Bowl.

  36. 7ransponder says: Aug 16, 2013 11:59 AM

    THIS is how you handle criticism – are you paying attention Rodgers?

  37. axespray says: Aug 16, 2013 12:05 PM

    wasn’t Rhett Ellison the better fullback last year, but no one in the media gave him credit – they just sort of said, “hey – anyone starting up front should get some credit for AP’s season!” – I’m surprised Brandon Fusco wasn’t given All Pro honors.

  38. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    This list is a joke and made by non-hardcore football analysts. Their methods and reasoning to come up with Jerome Felton as the most overpaid player is completely illogical. This is a poorly constructed list.

  39. bigoldred says: Aug 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    I under stand a lot of the names for Ponder, but what’s the deal with “Sister Christian”? That is reeeeaaaalllllyyyy dumb.

    Sister Christian was a glam rock band in the early 80’s.

  40. rikker12 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:42 PM

    The way I look at is, if you run a offense that requires a FB, then pay the guy! Obviously he’s good, he’s proven that. He means more to the Vikings than he does for other teams. As for Carlson, you can’t predict injuries…. I believe GB is paying Kuhn 2.4 mil. a year. I’m a GB fan, and seeing how GB pay’s there players, they allocate money for each position, and if they are paying to much, thats when they start looking for younger and cheaper players (Draft). Thats why they have been a winning successful organization over the years. As much as I hate the Vikings, Felton is not over paid!

  41. granadafan says: Aug 16, 2013 12:43 PM

    I’m certainly no Vikings fan (49ers) but to call Felton overpaid is pretty ignorant. Peterson is a monster RB, the best in the league, but no way he achieves his huge numbers without Felton clearing out that linebacker or safety.

  42. rikker12 says: Aug 16, 2013 12:44 PM

    bigoldred says:
    icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    I under stand a lot of the names for Ponder, but what’s the deal with “Sister Christian”? That is reeeeaaaalllllyyyy dumb.

    Sister Christian was a glam rock band in the early 80′s.

    ___________________________
    No, it’s a song, done by Night Ranger.. Back in the 80’s… Sorry I’m old.

  43. steelerben says: Aug 16, 2013 12:51 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 16, 2013 10:32 AM

    And yet, all your brethren claim that Aaron Rodgers, who won a Super Bowl, was Super Bowl MVP, and has been a probowler several times is overpaid.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    NFL quarterbacks not on a rookie payscale contract are ALL over paid. Especially the $20 million a year club. It isn’t just Aaron.

  44. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 16, 2013 12:54 PM

    bigoldred says:Aug 16, 2013 12:27 PM

    icornholedmcnastysmom says: Aug 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    I under stand a lot of the names for Ponder, but what’s the deal with “Sister Christian”? That is reeeeaaaalllllyyyy dumb.

    Sister Christian was a glam rock band in the early 80′s.
    ____

    I think it’s better known as a 1983 song by Night Ranger.

  45. billbrasky72 says: Aug 16, 2013 1:12 PM

    Carlson is overpaid. Felton is a beast and deserves every penny. All you need to do is look at AP’s yards per attempt with and without Felton lead blocking. It’s a huge difference.

  46. whatjusthapped says: Aug 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    Actually Sister Christian is an effeminate name for a guy who throws like a girl. Lack of arm strength restricts your ability to throw down field so Ponder has earned his nickname.

    We could rename the franchise to the Minnesota Chokers, they definitely earned that name.

  47. stellarperformance says: Aug 16, 2013 1:26 PM

    sandblastermoron says:
    Aug 16, 2013 9:16 AM
    well, If i got to play against the Packers D-fense
    twice a year I am sure I would get a good pay raise too!!!! Man Ted Thompson sure knows how to put together a bunch of soft losers on D!!!!!
    ////////////////////////////////

    Huh. All that hot air and the Packers still finished the regular season at #11, and the Vikings finished #16. No wonder the Vikings are overpaid…..they get paid by how good they THINK they are.

  48. originalsteelcurtain says: Aug 16, 2013 3:10 PM

    Corporate Aemrica tries to get the most out of each employee at the least possible cost.

    Working America tries to ge the most income for themselves while doing the least amount of work.

    Working Ameica applauds you!

  49. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 16, 2013 3:57 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    How about Sister Christian………..

    ********************************************

    Dang, that’s good. And just when “noodle armed Ponder chick” was starting to catch on.

  50. stvang says: Aug 17, 2013 11:37 AM

    Maybe take some of that money and invest in a QB that defenses will respect.

  51. brkviking says: Aug 17, 2013 12:09 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Aug 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    For those complaining about the formula, let’s try this metric, take the total payroll of the franchise for the life of the franchise and divide it into the number of Superbowls won. I’m sure they teach this in Minnesota high schools but any number divided into zero is always zero.

    ————————————————
    Actually they teach if you multiply by zero you get zero, if you divide by zero the function is undefined. In y=1/x as x approaches zero the function approach infinity, so in a way you’d more correct to say they’re infinitely valuable.

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