For each and every overpaid has-been the NFL has to offer, there's an up-and-coming star working his tail off to earn a similar contract.
And depending on the franchise, the NFL's lack of longevity makes it awfully hard to reward a deserving young star without running the risk of hampering your team's chances of success for the distant future.
Whether or not a pay raise shortly awaits them, you won't see a single roster among the league's 32 teams that doesn't contain an impact player whose value severely outweighs his income.
But that's life in the National Football League.
Moving on, the upcoming slides will present you with the most underpaid player (and a few honorable mentions) from each NFL squad.
Enjoy, and feel free to either criticize or commend my selections in the comments below.
All yearly player salaries used in this article were gathered from spotrac.com and are only a base figure. Meaning, no signing bonuses or any other miscellaneous bonuses are included in the yearly figures, only the overall contract amounts.
Stars such as Matt Forte, Mike Wallace, Ray Rice and Brent Grimes—who were all franchise tagged—are not included in this slideshow. Though each of these players (and others) have been severely underpaid in prior seasons, they'll be paid at a much higher rate in 2012 whether they sign their respective franchise tags or agree to long-term deals.