Michael Vick and the 5 Worst Contracts in the NFL

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IAugust 30, 2011

Michael Vick and the 5 Worst Contracts in the NFL

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    By now most football fans are aware of Michael Vick's insane new contract.

    Well much like Vick, there are a few other NFL contract's that stick out. However, they stick out in a bad way.

    Everyone can tell when a player is really worth the contract their given, especially when it's long term.

    Sometimes, though, all is for naught and that particular player is scrutinized for being offered a ridiculous contract that they're not worth. Also, the management is occasionally put under a lot of heat for making those decisions.

    So in the wake of Vick's new dollar sign, here are five of the NFL's worst contracts.

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Albert Haynesworth

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    2011 Salary: $5.4 Million

    The way this man has played football the past two years, he's not even worth $5.40.

    In addition, Albert Haynesworth has never played a full season with the exception of his rookie year in 2002.

    And yes, he's shown at times that he can in fact play the game.

    But he's never going to be worth anything in the eyes of critics, especially since he has yet to play a down this preseason.

Michael Vick

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    2011 Salary: $15.975 Million

    When Michael Vick first came back into the NFL, the one million-dollar contract he received, some felt was too much.

    I bet those people will jaw-drop once they hear of Vick's new contract.

    Just right now, Michael Vick isn't quite worth $100 million. Maybe in a year or two, if he leads Philly to a Super Bowl, then throw him some dough.

    Otherwise, force him to earn it by playing beyond his potential.

Mark Sanchez

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    2011 Salary: $13.5 Million

    For his career, Sanchez has thrown 29 TDs to 33 interceptions with a rating of just over 70, and a completion percentage of 54.

    Are those numbers indicative of someone who should earn $13.5 million?

    Sure, Mark Sanchez has a playoff record of 4-2, and has thrown nine TDs to only three picks in the postseason, along with two consecutive AFC Championship appearances.

    But a lot of that can also be attributed to his defense, and even though those are solid playoff numbers, they're not worthy of an eight-digit contract.

Stanford Routt

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    2011 Salary: $10 Million

    Are you shocked that Al Davis paid a man you've never heard of $10 million?

    This is Stanford Routt. He's been with Oakland since 2005, and has only compiled six picks with 13 passes defended in six NFL seasons. That's an average of 2.1 passes defended and one pick each year.

    How does Al Davis get $10 million out of that kind of performance?

    Now you may be saying, "Well, he covers so well that the ball never gets thrown his way?" That is a plausible explanation.

    However, Routt has been prone to injury, is not a full-time starter (but that may change this year), and has not been selected to one Pro Bowl.

    You would think a Pro Bowl selection would be on the criteria list for having an eight-digit income.

Paul Soliai

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    2011 Salary: $12.381 Million

    2010 was Paul Soliai's first year in which he played all 16 games, and he only made 39 tackles, two sacks, and had two pass deflects.

    Sure it was his best year, and he now has the franchise tag, but does he really deserve to make more than Jake Long, Brandon Marshall and/or Reggie Bush?

    No, no, and no.

    If Dolphins fans want something to redirect their anger from Chad Henne being under center, Soliai's contract is it.

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