NFL's All-Overpaid Team: Offense
Which players are a steal? Which are stealing money? Alex Marvez unveils his All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams for 2008.
In this third series, we look at 11 players on offense whose salaries are not helping their teams' causes . Be sure to see the other slideshows of All-Underpaid (Offense), All-Underpaid (Defense) and All-Overpaid (Defense).
Quarterback—Derek Anderson, Browns
If the Browns part ways with general manager Phil Savage, his handling of Cleveland's quarterback situation will be a contributing factor. Anderson entered the offseason as a restricted free agent with considerable trade value following a 29-touchdown effort in 2007. Savage instead decided to keep Brady Quinn on the bench and re-sign Anderson to a three-year contract extension that paid him $8 million for this season. Big, big mistake. Anderson had completed just 50.2 percent of his passes and lost his starting job to Quinn before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Browns are expected to trade Anderson during the off-season but won't receive anywhere near the same compensation were he dealt earlier.
Running Back—Larry Johnson, Chiefs
Before signing a six-year contract worth a potential $45 million in August 2007, Johnson had posted consecutive 1,700-yard rushing seasons. He has rushed for just 1,252 yards since, the result of injuries and off-field issues that led to a three-game benching this season. Johnson, who was given a $12.5 million signing bonus, probably won't be around to receive his scheduled $4.6 million salary for 2009.
Running Back—Edgerrin James, Cardinals
"Edge" has lost his edge, averaging a pedestrian 3.4 yards per carry and losing his starting spot to rookie Tim Hightower. The 30-year-old James is slated to earn the same $5 million base salary in 2009 that he's collecting this season. Expect the Cardinals to part ways with James long before then.
Wide Receiver—Javon Walker, Raiders
Jaws dropped around the NFL this off-season when Walker was signed to a six-year, $55 million contract that included an $11 million signing bonus. The injury-prone Walker did nothing to disprove his critics before having a 15-catch season end with ankle surgery. Compounding Oakland's mistake: The Raiders also are likely on the hook for a $5 million roster bonus Walker is owed this off-season while he recovers.
Wide Receiver: Jerry Porter, Jaguars
With an anemic pass offense considered Jacksonville's biggest weakness in 2007, Porter was signed to a six-year, $30.4 million free-agent contract that included a $7.5 million payout for this season. Porter, though, required offseason hamstring surgery and has just 11 catches for 181 yards in 10 games.
Tight End—Vernon Davis, 49ers
Davis' most memorable moment in two-plus NFL seasons came in October when he was kicked off the sideline during Mike Singletary's interim head coaching debut. Davis has developed into a quality blocker, but that isn't the reason San Francisco gave him a five-year, $23 million contract ($15.2 million guaranteed) as the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Tackle—Levi Jones, Bengals
Injuries have robbed Jones of the mobility that helped him land a six-year, $40 million contract extension in 2006 that included $16.3 million in guaranteed money. With a likely top five pick in April's draft, the lowly Bengals (1-11-1) could very well target a new left tackle and show Jones the door.
Tackle—Jonas Jennings, 49ers
In 2005, the 49ers signed Jennings to a seven-year, $36 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) expecting him to anchor their offensive line. Jennings, though, has played in just 23 of San Francisco's past 61 games and returned to injured reserve this season after two starts. His base salary for 2008: $4.2 million.
Guard—Mike Goff, Chargers
The decline in Goff's play and San Diego's running game go hand-in-hand. In retrospect, the Chargers stuck one season too long with the 32-year-old Goff in the starting lineup (playing Jeromey Clary at right tackle didn't help matters either). Goff, who is earning $2.5 million in base salary this season, will be allowed to leave San Diego via free agency in the offseason.
Guard—Jeremy Bridges, Panthers
A journeyman backup, Bridges should be grateful for his $1.73 million salary for 2008. Bridges, though, placed his future with Carolina in jeopardy by getting arrested Saturday for the second time in 14 months after a nightclub incident. An NFL suspension also seems likely.
Center—Sean Mahan, Bucs
No backup center is worthy of a $2.2 million base salary. Yet that's what Mahan is collecting as he sits behind Jeff Faine. Mahan also scored a $4 million bonus last year when signing as a free agent with Pittsburgh, which traded him back to Tampa Bay during the preseason after a poor 2007 campaign.