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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11252749 NFL's Top 10 Most Overpaid Players NFL%27s+Top+10+Most+Overpaid+Players NFL

There is a lot wrong with the NFL salary structure. Quarterbacks and high draft picks get most of the owners’ money as teams also struggle to unload overpaid starters. Some players take advantage of the system, like DE Julius Peppers. He earned $1 million a game last season from the Panthers and knew somebody would pay his price this year, too (the Bears wrote the free-agent check). Here are my top 10 overpaid players in the NFL. -- John Czarnecki

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251177 Albert Haynesworth, Redskins DT Albert+Haynesworth%2C+Redskins+DT NFL

It was no April Fool’s joke when the Redskins had to pay $21 million on April 1, fulfilling a bulk of the $41 million guaranteed for this DT who didn't shown up for OTAs. What an ingrate. Haynesworth has cashed $32 million from the 'Skins in 14 months and is mad about switching to a 3-4 D. Yes, he can be dominating and is apparently over anger-management issues, but where’s the responsibility and loyalty to owner Daniel Snyder? -- John Czarnecki

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251158 Roy Williams, Cowboys WR Roy+Williams%2C+Cowboys+WR NFL

Williams is the poster boy for all those overrated University of Texas players who go bust in the NFL. Dallas really thought Williams, a Pro Bowler with the inept Lions, would thrive with Tony Romo. He has caught 57 passes in 25 games after costing the Cowboys a first-round pick and $45 million over five years. He collected a cool $13.6 million last year, and what he calls “his nightmare” experience in Big D could end up with him as the fourth WR on the roster.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251157 Jay Cutler, Bears QB Jay+Cutler%2C+Bears+QB NFL

It wasn’t a mistake trading Kyle Orton and draft picks to Denver for this QB, but it was ludicrous to give him a fat, new contract before he earned Chicago’s respect. Cutler's 2009 extension calls for him to be paid an average of $10 million a season through 2013. But he’s the third-best QB in the NFC North. Granted, he has all the physical tools to be a great one, but needs to control his crazy penchant to throw into traffic and unload under pressure. In 53 career starts, he has lost five more games than he has won.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251160 Vernon Carey, Dolphins OT Vernon+Carey%2C+Dolphins+OT NFL

Does anybody even know the Dolphins paid their right tackle like he was a left tackle ($15 million) last year? No position has fared better in free-agency than OL – it seems they all bounce around the NFL collecting big bonuses – though they rarely compare with Jonathan Ogden or Walter Jones. The Dolphins recently unloaded another overpaid lineman in guard Justin Smiley, and last year paid center Jake Grove like he’s Dwight Stephenson. It’s part of doing business in the NFL these days.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251154 Matt Cassel, Chiefs QB Matt+Cassel%2C+Chiefs+QB NFL

It made sense for former Pats exec Scott Pioli to bring Matt Cassel to Kansas City, but the price was steep, another $15 million this year. Cassel, who played well after Tom Brady tore his knee in '08, collected big bucks because the Pats had to franchise him to find a trading partner. No one is sure whom to blame in K.C., either -- a shaky WR corps, a young head coach (Todd Haley) who forever changed game plans or Cassel -- for 26 offensive TDs in '09.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251159 Antonio Bryant, Bengals WR Antonio+Bryant%2C+Bengals+WR NFL

The Bengals are Bryant’s fifth team in eight years, and after he collected $9 million from the Bucs in '09 for 39 catches and four TDs the Bengals reduced his pay to $7 million. Cincy boss Mike Brown has his fingers crossed that Bryant will be a better deep threat with Carson Palmer throwing to him rather than Tampa's Josh Freeman. Indeed, the Bucs were awful on offense, but does a 39-catch year really warrant a $28 million deal? Don’t forget he’s in the NFL drug program, having served a four-game suspension in '06.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251155 Julius Peppers, Bears DE Julius+Peppers%2C+Bears+DE NFL

Yes, “Pep” can really look dominating at times, but his value of $20 million this season is truly a product of the system. He played under the franchise tag last season and produced 10 ½ sacks and 35 quarterback pressures for the Panthers while finishing ninth overall in tackles. Is he a very good player? Yes. Is he better than Jared Allen or Kevin Williams or DeMarcus Ware? Hell, no.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11251156 Eli Manning, Giants QB Eli+Manning%2C+Giants+QB NFL

It’s pretty rare to list a Super Bowl MVP – didn’t the Giants’ D-linemen really deserve the award? – in this category, but it’s tough to get over his $97.5 million extension, one that will pay him $15.27 million per year between 2009 and 2015, with $35 million guaranteed through this year. Eli benefits from being New York’s QB and the fact that he won a Super Bowl. Yes, he’s good. But does he elevate the play of young WRs around him? Would the Packers trade Aaron Rodgers straight up for Eli? I don’t think so. Would the Cowboys trade Tony Romo for Eli? No again.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11252750 Antonio Smith, Texans DE Antonio+Smith%2C+Texans+DE NFL

There was probably no bigger bust in free agency last season than this ex-Cardinals defensive end’s showing with the Houston Texans. Yes, he did manage 4½ sacks for $15.5 million, but shouldn’t his numbers have been greater opposite Mario Williams and with rookie sensation Brian Cushing everywhere? Smith should have fallen into more sacks.

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NFL 5 43 Top 10 overpaid NFL players 11252751 Brandon Jacobs, Giants RB Brandon+Jacobs%2C+Giants+RB NFL

This New York RB will be paid $7.5 million again in 2010, but shouldn’t he be rushing for 1,000 yards? That’s a no big-deal stat anymore in a 16-game season. But Jacobs managed only 835 yards in '09 and scored only five TDs behind one of the game’s best O-lines. Ahmad Bradshaw gained a full yard more per carry than Jacobs and also scored seven times. You would think this big bruiser would be running over defenders like Larry Csonka.

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