Each year, at least one NFL player gets a contract that makes people scratch their heads because there is no way the guy is worth the money. Some players are overpaid because they are past their prime, while some players are just simply overpaid.
Here is a list of the most overpaid player on every NFL team.
(All contract numbers courtesy of Rotoworld.)
Kevin Kolb was banged up for most of the season. That means the jury is still out on him a little bit, but it has become pretty clear in his time on the field that he is not a franchise quarterback. Not only did the Cardinals give him a $65 million contract last season, but they also gave up a good young corner in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to get him.
The Cardinals are one of the first teams that people mention when discussing possible destinations for Peyton Manning. That is a huge indictment of Kolb.
Michael Crabtree was better in 2011, but he has not lived up to the $32 million contract that he was awarded when he was drafted by the 49ers. That does not even take into consideration his long holdout before his rookie season.
There is still time for Crabtree to live up to his deal, but you can believe that San Francisco was hoping for more than 12 touchdowns in three years when they put his name on the card on draft day.
Jay Cutler has not been terrible since the Bears traded for him in 2009, but he definitely has not been the quarterback they hoped they were getting. They did not sign him to a contract that was worth close to $50 million to see him throw for 63 touchdowns and 49 interceptions in three years.
The touchdown number is not that bad, but that is entirely too many interceptions for a guy that is supposed to be a franchise quarterback.
Robert Geathers signed a six-year, $33.75 million dollar contract before the 2007 season. The Bengals gave him that money after he racked up 10.5 sacks in 2006.
Geathers has only managed 13 sacks in the five seasons since signing the extension. He has not had more that 3.5 sacks in any season since his breakout year.
This contract is just one example of why the Bengals have had so many struggles over the past decade, but the good news for their fans is that things seem to be on an upward trend.
Ryan Fitzpatrick started off hot in 2011. The Bills rewarded him with a seven-year, $62 million contract extension. Fitzpatrick rewarded them with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in the last 10 games of the season.
It has come out that Fitzpatrick was battling an injury at the end of the year, but even healthy, there are significant doubts that he is worthy of the money he was given. It is still early in the deal, so there is still the chance that Fitzpatrick could come around.
The Broncos were expecting a feature back when they took Knowshon Moreno with the 12th pick in the 2009 draft. They gave him a $16.7 million dollar contract after the draft.
Moreno had a decent rookie year with 947 yards, but has not been over 800 yards in the two season since. He only has 12 touchdowns in three seasons.
Moreno still has two years left on his rookie deal with the Broncos.Odds are he will not be with the team in 2013 if he does not show significant improvement in 2012.
Ahtyba Rubin is stealing money from the Browns. He signed a $27.6 million deal before the 2011 season started. He only managed five sacks in 2011.
It is not always about sacks for a defensive tackle. Sometimes, those guys get big money because they can stuff the run. Rubin apparently was not doing much of that in 2011, as Cleveland ranked 30th against the run.
Kellen Winslow thinks he is a soldier. What he is not is someone who lives up to the contract he signed. The Buccaneers signed him to a $36.1 million dollar contract before the 2009 season. They were probably hoping to get more than 12 touchdowns from him in three years.
Winslow really needs to step up in 2012, or he could be looking for work before the 2013 season.
Luis Castillo missed most of the 2011 season with a broken leg. It is hard to hold that against him, but he only had five sacks in two seasons after signing a $43.6 million dollar deal. That is not exactly earning the money.
Castillo will have to get healthy in a hurry, or he will never see the $16 million-plus he has left over the last years of his deal.
Cassel has not been terrible in his three years in Kansas City, but he has not lived up to the money either. He was good in 2010, but in the other two seasons, he has only thrown one more touchdown than interceptions.
The Colts thought they completed their offensive attack when they drafted Joseph Addai. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
It has been all downhill for Addai since then. He has only gone over 600 yards once since 2007.
Indianapolis even drafted Donald Brown in the first round a couple of years ago to replace Addai. Unfortunately for them, Brown has been equally as bad.
Terence Newman signed a six-year, $50 million dollar deal in 2008. It is safe to say that he has not lived up to that contract.
His most glaring failure was this year in the season finale against the Giants. Eli Manning picked on Newman all night long, and Newman could do nothing but take it. He is a liability that the Cowboys cannot afford in a pass-happy division.
Randy Starks signed a $20 million dollar contract before the 2008 season. Dolphins fans should not be surprised that Starks has not done anything because he did not do anything for the Titans before Miami signed him. There was no reason for them to give him all of that money.
Starks has 17.5 sacks in his four seasons with the Dolphins. That is not exactly a $20 million number.
Cullen Jenkins signed a $30 million deal before the 2011 season. It is safe to say that he was overpaid in 2011. Jenkins only had 5.5 sacks in 16 games, and it is not like he was eating up space in the middle so teams could not run the football.
Jenkins still has four years left on that deal, so it is too early to call it a bad signing, but he is going to need to step it up in 2012.
Ray Edwards was the prize free agent signing for the Falcons before the 2011 season. They gave him a fie-year, $30 million dollar deal. He gave them 3.5 sacks and 33 tackles in return.
Edwards learned that life is not that easy when you do not have Jared Allen on the other end of the line taking all of the attention. Now, the Falcons are forced to find a pass-rusher to bring in and take some of the attention away from Edwards.
It is time for the Giants to move on from Brandon Jacobs. He has had a pretty good career in New York, but he is no longer worth the money they are paying him.
Jacobs had his chance to prove that he could shoulder the full load this season when Ahmad Bradshaw was out with a foot injury, but he only averaged 3.8 yards per carry on the season.
The Jaguars gave Aaron Kampman a $24 million contract before the 2010 season. They knew he was an injury risk at the time they gave him the deal.
He has only played in 11 games in his two seasons in Jacksonville. In those 11 games, he has only managed four sacks.
Kampman is due almost $5 million in 2012. There is no way the Jaguars keep him around at that number.
Mark Sanchez is not a good quarterback, but he sure is paid like one. His current deal was for a total $44.5 million. In his time with the Jets, he has thrown 55 touchdowns to 51 interceptions. The only reason they have won as many games as they have is because of their defense.
The Jets are another team that comes up often in discussions of where Peyton Manning might land in 2012.
Corey Williams has four sacks in the last two seasons. That is four sacks total. For those four sacks, Williams has been paid close to $30 million dollars.
You would think Williams would be able to put up some bigger numbers playing on the same line with guys like Ndamukong Suh and Cliff Avril.
A.J. Hawk is a good player, but he is not worth the money the Packers are paying him. They cut him after the 2010 season so they could re-do his contract, but they still paid him too much.
His total deal that he signed before the 2011 season was worth $33.75 million. He was only able to manage 84 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season. Those are not the type of numbers someone making that much money should be putting up.
The Panthers gave DeAngelo Williams a ridiculous contract before the 2011 season. His deal is worth a total of $43 million, with $21 million of that being guaranteed.
There is no doubt that Williams has elite talent, but he has been banged up for a lot of his career. He is also a platoon back in Carolina. You could argue that he is not even the best running back on his own team.
The Patriots thought they were getting a Pro Bowl receiver when they traded for Chad Ochocinco before the 2011 season. Instead, they got a guy that totaled 276 yards on the season.
There is a good chance that he will not be back with New England next season. He did not cause any problems in the locker room, but they are not going to want to pay him $3 million if he can only manage one touchdown.
Darrius Heyward-Bey had by far his best season in 2011, but he still did not come anywhere close to living up to his contract. His rookie contract was for a total of $38.25 million. 2011 was the first season where he broke the 400-yard barrier.
Of course, it comes as no surprise that Hey-Bey has not lived up to that deal. The only team that thought he was worthy of the seventh pick in the 2009 draft was the Raiders.
Sam Bradford looked good as a rookie, but took a huge step back in 2011. He was banged up for most of the season and only managed six touchdown passes against six interceptions.
The injury should not come as a huge surprise to the Rams, considering how much he was hurt in college. That was one of the things that made the $78 million contract the Rams signed him to such a big risk.
Like some of the others on this list, Bradford is still young. There is plenty of time for him to bounce back.
Lee Evans came to the Ravens to be the deep threat their offense was desperately missing. That did not exactly work out. Evans was only able to get on the field in nine games. In those nine games, he had just four catches.
He also was not able to pull in a pass at the end of the game against the Patriots that would have sent Baltimore to the playoffs. The defensive back made a nice play, but a guy that is making as much money as Evans needs to make that play.
DeAngelo Hall is stealing money from Daniel Snyder. He signed a deal before the 2009 season that will pay him more than $22 million in guaranteed money.
He did have six interceptions in 2010, but he only had three in 2011. Sometimes, a corner will have his interception numbers go down because teams are afraid to throw to his side. That is not the case with Hall.
Roman Harper was the lead whipping boy for a Saints secondary that was picked on for most of the season. He signed a $25 million contract before the 2011 season.
Harper still has three years left on that deal, but the odds are, he will never see years three and four if he does not play any better than he did in 2011. Maybe the change at defensive coordinator will be beneficial for him.
Let's be honest, any money that is paid to Tarvaris Jackson to play quarterback is too much money. He signed a two-year deal worth $8 million before the 2011 season.
Jackson threw 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2011. Seattle should consider themselves lucky that he actually threw more touchdowns than interceptions.
The thing that most people do not realize about the Seahawks is that they are not far from being a legitimate contender. They just need a quarterback.
Hines Ward is just past his prime. He had a really good NFL career, but he just is not able to get it done. The Steelers paid him a lot of money in 2011 to come up with 46 catches and just two touchdowns.
Pittsburgh is going to have a tough time getting under the salary cap before the 2012 season. It is hard to envision any scenario where Ward is a part of the team going forward.
The Texans have been searching for years to find a receiver that actually poses a threat to line up opposite of Andre Johnson. They gave Kevin Walter money like he was that guy, but he has not been able to produce on the field.
He has never had more than 65 catches in a season, and he only had 39 catches in 2011. Walter signed a five-year deal worth $21.5 million before the 2010 season. He has a long way to go to live up to that contract.
Chris Johnson got paid before the 2011 season. He held out until the week of the first game, and it showed in his performance on the field. He was barely able to break the 1,000-yard rushing mark on the season.
The Titans were not very smart to invest $30 million in a running back in today's NFL. There is no way CJ will ever be able to live up to that contract, and like a lot of the other players on this list, he will be playing for a roster spot in 2012.
Cedric Griffin signed a $28.5 million contract before the 2009 season. It is safe to say that the Vikings were expecting more than one interception and 67 tackles from a guy they are paying that much money.
Griffin has really high cap numbers in the last three years of his deal. Minnesota is going to need to see more from him than they did in 2011 to justify paying him that money.