5 Most Overpaid and Underpaid Dolphins Currently on the Roster
With the massive amount of money NFL teams, and any sports team for that matter, throw at players, it is not rare to see many of these players being overpaid for their value to the team.
In other cases, players are not valued enough, causing them to be underpaid for the impact they bring to a game and to their team.
The Dolphins have done a nice job of balancing salaries to fit the impact of each player and not overpaying or underpaying for their value.
There are always a couple of players that fall into this category regardless, but the tag of being overpaid or underpaid varies greatly from a fan's perspective to a GM's perspective.
Let's take a look at some of the players that might fall into this category.
Overpaid: Karlos Dansby
Contract: Five years/$43 million
Signing Bonus: $16 million
Guaranteed: $22 million
Karlos Dansby is projected to be the second highest paid player on the Dolphins roster in 2012, behind only Jake Long. Dansby was courted by Miami in 2010 just two years after helping the Arizona Cardinals reach the Super Bowl.
Dansby has failed to live up to his paycheck in Miami, and his declarations of being the best linebacker in the NFL didn't help his cause.
He will have a chance to prove himself this year as Miami will be often running a 4-3 formation, the same formation he played while with the Cardinals.
Underpaid: Vontae Davis
Contract: Five years/$10.25 million
Signing Bonus: $500,000
Vontae Davis is still playing with his rookie contract, which is why he is paid so little. He will be the 24th highest payed player on the Dolphins roster in 2012, which is not indicative of his value to the team.
Davis has become one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL, and his future looks as bright as anyone's. He is constantly matched up with the opposition's best receivers and has improved over time. He will become a free agent in 2014 and will attract a lot of money in the open market.
I wouldn't be surprised if the Dolphins negotiated a contract with Davis before his current contract runs out. He is Miami's best cornerback in a team that is already thin at the position.
Overpaid: Reggie Bush
Contract: Two years/$9.75 million
Signing Bonus: $2.5 million
Even though Reggie Bush is one of the best change-of-pace backs in the NFL, his contract doesn't reflect the player that he is. He is incredible in open spaces and catching the football, but that's it. He is not a strong running back that can run in between the tackles and gain an extra two or three yards.
Bush is the third highest paid player in the Dolphins roster, and he may very well be the third best player, but he is not the 10th best running back like his contract suggests.
Bush is in a contract year, and unless he shows that he can be an every-down back that doesn't get injured, Miami will be hesitant to re-sign him. They have a lot of talent at the position, and Bush will probably be looking for too much money come next year.
Underpaid: Sean Smith
Contract: Four years/$3.116 million
Signing Bonus: $945,000
Guaranteed: $1.366 million
Just like his partner in crime, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith is still playing with his rookie contract, which explains why he is paid so little. Smith came into the league as a second-round pick with a lot of potential. He has great size and ability to play cornerback at the NFL, but he still hasn't reached his complete potential.
Smith has been criticized for his lackluster play at times, but he has shown flashes that he can become a very good starting cornerback. He will be the 38th highest payed player on the Dolphins roster in 2012.
Smith is entering a contract year, and his future in Miami will very much depend on this season. There are no ties between him and the new coaching staff, and he hasn't really opened too many eyes. If he has the season he is capable of having, he will most likely return to Miami for a lot more money.
Overpaid: Richie Incognito
Contract: Three years/$9-10 million
Signing Bonus: $1-2 million
Richie Incognito had been a pest for both the Buffalo Bills and the St. Louis Rams before getting to Miami. The Dolphins first signed him to a one-year deal in case he became a problem in South Beach as well. After having a solid season in 2010, Miami rewarded Incognito with a three year contract.
Incognito has been a good player for the Dolphins, but he is by no means spectacular. He makes a lot of the bone-headed plays that coaches hate, and he is not the most consistent player. He will be Miami's seventh highest payed player in 2012 and the seventh best paid guard in the NFL.
Miami is switching to a West Coast offense that requires guards to be more athletic. Incognito was a good player for the system Tony Sparano had in place, but he is not the best fit for this new system. His salary will only increase after this year, so it wouldn't surprise if Miami tried to move him during or at the end of this season.