The San Francisco 49ers would not have found themselves an overtime away from Super Bowl XLVI if they weren't a well-managed team with a financially balanced roster.
That said, no NFL roster is devoid of at least a couple of players whose level of play hasn't yet matched their amount of pay.
Likewise, you'll find a surprise late-round pick or undervalued veteran who's outperformed his contract in any NFL city to which you travel.
San Francisco is certainly no different.
As you navigate through the upcoming slideshow, I'll present you with three current members of the 49ers roster whom I view as slightly overpaid players and four who are—in my opinion—vastly underpaid in relation to the income of their peers in the National Football League.
Let me first emphasize, however, that the players I've selected for the "overpaid" portion of this article are not included because I feel they've got no place on this roster. Nor is it simply because I just don't like them.
It's just that, for one reason or another, they've yet to provide an adequate return in regards to the investment the organization placed on said players.
And for the "underpaid" players—I do not believe the 49ers I've listed are immediately deserving of shiny new deals that would saddle the franchise with an unstable financial future.
Trent Baalke and Co. handle their business in a well-detailed manner that does not go unnoticed among the 49er faithful. That includes salary cap responsibilities, scouting and everything in between.
But the 49ers would not be on the cusp of greatness if not for these underpaid players becoming the luxurious bargains that they currently are.
All that said, let's get this thing going.
I've ordered the slides in a staggered fashion (Underpaid Player No. 4, Overpaid Player No. 3, Underpaid Player No. 3...etc.) instead of listing them consecutively. Whether it was for suspense—or maybe convenience—I'm not sure. Personally, it was more entertaining to assemble things that way. Hopefully you'll agree.
Also, all contract amounts and player salary rankings were gathered via spotrac.com.