The Most Overpaid NFL Player at Every Position

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The Most Overpaid NFL Player at Every Position
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You could probably put together a valid argument stating that every single professional baseball, basketball, hockey and football player in the United States is overpaid. After all, the minimum salary for any four-year NFL veteran is $685,000.

Those guys are playing a game. Surgeons are savin' lives and whatnot, but according to Forbes, they only make an average of $231,000. Football isn't rocket science, but every veteran NFL player makes at least seven times what your average rocket scientist takes home, according to the Houston Chronicle. Why should these over-sized children make more than those in charge of grooming and educating actual children, right? But they do make more. A lot more.

The reality, sadly, is that nobody hands over a two weeks' pay in order to watch doctors, teachers and researchers at work. The free market has treated pro football players well, and you can't embrace the art of supply and demand and pay to watch sports while also dumping on those who benefit while entertaining millions every Sunday. 

So, who among the already-spoiled is overpaid more than the crop? Let's go position by position to put together what will essentially look like an All-Overpaid Team. 

Four notes:

1. All contract information comes via Spotrac, while all stats come courtesy of NFL.com, Pro Football Reference and Pro Football Focus (subscription required). 

2. We generally didn't include players who signed new deals this offseason, unless they were already grossly overpaid beforehand. Have to give it time.

3. We generally avoided giving too much weight to injuries that took place in 2012. If a player with a high salary got hurt, that's not his fault. That, however, still factored in to a small degree. And if the injury history was long enough, it became a major piece of criteria.

4. Please feel free to contribute to the discussion/debate in the comments section.

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