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The 5 Most Overrated Players in the NFC East

Doug RushSenior Analyst IJanuary 5, 2017

The 5 Most Overrated Players in the NFC East

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    To overestimate the merits of; rate too highly.

    That's the dictionary definition of the term overrated. What does it mean for an NFL player?

    It's having high expectations with limited results.

    It's getting a really big contract and not living up to it.

    Guys like Albert Haynesworth come to mind, and if he was still on the Washington Redskins, he would have made this list.

    These lists are always tough to compile, mostly because of a difference of opinion of who thinks who is overrated.

    But, with that said, here's five of the most overrated players in the NFC East division.

Pierre Garcon

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    Pierre Garcon is a decent receiver, don't get me wrong.

    But is he really worth five-years and $42.5 million? That's what the Washington Redskins forked over to Garcon this spring to lure him from Indianapolis.

    Garcon thrived in the Peyton Manning-offense where he wasn't the prime target, but more of a secondary target.

    Now in Washington, it's a completely different offense, and Garcon is a primary target in it.

    I just have a feeling he isn't living up to the contract that the Redskins gave him, which will make him an overrated player in 2012.

Felix Jones

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    Felix Jones isn't overpaid, but I always felt the Cowboys were always expecting more when they drafted him.

    Jones was a first-round pick of Dallas back in 2008, and while he has shared time with Marion Barber in the past, Barber was more of the short-yardage situation back, while Jones was going to be the primary back.

    Jones has had decent numbers for Dallas, but for a No. 1 running back? No.

    His best season featured 185 attempts for 800 yards and one touchdown back in 2010. Again, good, but not No. 1 back numbers.

    And now Dallas has DeMarco Murray as its new premier back who might see more touches and playing time over Jones.

    As a former first-round pick, I don't think Jones has lived up to the hype that came with him back in 2008.

Nnamdi Asomugha

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    In one season, Nnamdi Asomugha went from being one of the top cornerbacks to being one of the more overrated players.

    When the Eagles lured Asomugha away from the Oakland Raiders with a five-year, $60 million deal last summer, everyone thought Philadelphia had the best defensive backfield in the NFL with Asomugha, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

    Asomugha hardly lived up to the mega-deal in 2011, and there were a lot of times during the season where Asomugha got overmatched and burned by receivers.

    The Eagles paid Asomugha like he was Darrelle Revis, but they got an, at-best, average corner.

    How will year 2 pan out for Asomugha now that Samuel is now playing for the Falcons?

Antrel Rolle

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    When the Giants signed Antrel Rolle to the five-year, $37 million deal before the 2010 season, I thought they were getting one of the more underrated safeties who would transform into a pure playmaker.

    Most of us are still waiting for that to happen, because Rolle isn't as good as his contract is paying him for.

    Sure, he's a good player, and he played well down the stretch for the Giants. But his biggest weakness is putting him into coverage and asking him to cover receivers. It's kind of hard to watch.

    But he's one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL.

    Is he in the same league as Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed? Not even close.

    I actually think Rolle should re-structure his contract for the better of the team with their salary cap because he's not worth the free agent contract the Giants gave him.

Michael Vick

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    I know I am going to catch some flack from the Eagles fans, but I'm prepared for it because I am just telling the truth here.

    Is Michael Vick an exciting player? Definitely.

    Is Michael Vick fun to watch? Absolutely

    Does Michael Vick sell tickets and jerseys? You know it.

    Is he worth six-years and $100 million? Not quite.

    When the Eagles built their "Dream Team" for 2011, everyone, including myself, thought the Eagles would coast to the NFC East crown and be a force in the playoffs.

    Instead, they finished 8-8 and watching the playoffs from home. Why?

    Vick was a huge part of it, as he made a ton of mistakes last season, whether it be poor passes that got intercepted or trying to make plays on his own and not trusting his receivers down field.

    The Eagles are paying Vick to bring them a championship, something their organization has never tasted.

    If the Eagles never win the Super Bowl, then the $100 million they shelled out to Vick was never worth it.

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