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Published: Sept. 20, 2012 at 03:08 p.m.
Updated: Sept. 21, 2012 at 03:59 p.m.

NFL's Most Overpaid Players in 2012?

NFL’s most overpaid players in 2012? That certainly is an objective measurement, but Forbes magazine tried to apply some science by looking at NFL players who are making at least $5 million in 2012 (169 in all ) and cross-checking the players with their performance. In other words, as Forbes writes, “Who’s getting All-Pro money without making All-Pro?”

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  • Forbes: "Good linebacker, but the second-highest paid player in the league? Harris has been an all-pro once in five years." 10

    Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

    David Harris, Jets LB (2012 salary: $12 million)

    Forbes: "Good linebacker, but the second-highest paid player in the league? Harris has been an all-pro once in five years."

  • Forbes: "League's second-highest paid linebacker has been a steady performer for eight seasons but never All-Pro." 9

    Tom DiPace/Associated Press

    Karlos Dansby, Dolphins LB (2012 salary: $10.7 million)

    Forbes: "League's second-highest paid linebacker has been a steady performer for eight seasons but never All-Pro."

  • Forbes: "The corner drafted in the first round in 2006 has started a full 16-game season once (2009) has been named All-Pro once (2011)." 8

    Dave Einsel/Associated Press

    Johnathan Joseph, Texans CB (2012 salary: $9.75 million)

    Forbes: "The corner drafted in the first round in 2006 has started a full 16-game season once (2009) has been named All-Pro once (2011)."

  • Forbes: "Big 2010 season (58 catches, 700 yards, 10 TDs) was his only standout performance in a six-year career." 7

    Stephen Morton/Associated Press

    Marcedes Lewis, Jaguars TE (2012 salary: $9.6 million)

    Forbes: "Big 2010 season (58 catches, 700 yards, 10 TDs) was his only standout performance in a six-year career."

  • Forbes: "League's sixth-highest paid receiver has broken 1,000 yards just once. Steelers let Holmes and his questionable attitude go for a fifth-round draft pick to the Jets, who promptly gave him a five-year, $45 million deal" 6

    Mel Evans/Associated Press

    Santonio Holmes, Jets WR (2012 season: $9.25 million)

    Forbes: "League's sixth-highest paid receiver has broken 1,000 yards just once. Steelers let Holmes and his questionable attitude go for a fifth-round draft pick to the Jets, who promptly gave him a five-year, $45 million deal"

  • Forbes: "Was very good in 2008 and 2009, otherwise limited contributions through six seasons." 5

    Bob Leverone/Associated Press

    DeAngelo Williams, Panthers RB (2012 salary: $8.7 million)

    Forbes: "Was very good in 2008 and 2009, otherwise limited contributions through six seasons."

  • Forbes: "Opponents prefer to pick on him instead of Darrelle Revis on the other side." 4

    Evan Pinkus/Associated Press

    Antonio Cromartie, Jets CB (2012 salary: $8.25 million)

    Forbes: "Opponents prefer to pick on him instead of Darrelle Revis on the other side."

  • Forbes: "Has had trouble staying on the field throughout a five-year career, doing little beyone his 1,312-yard season of 2009." 3

    Paul Connors/Associated Press

    Sidney Rice, Seahawks WR (2012 salary: $8.2 million)

    Forbes: "Has had trouble staying on the field throughout a five-year career, doing little beyone his 1,312-yard season of 2009."

  • Forbes: "Had 78 receptions and 13 TDs in his 2009 Pro Bowl season. Didn't approach those numbers in any of his other five seasons." 2

    Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

    Vernon Davis, 49ers TE (2012 salary: $8 million)

    Forbes: "Had 78 receptions and 13 TDs in his 2009 Pro Bowl season. Didn't approach those numbers in any of his other five seasons."

  • Forbes: "Has played just 46 of a possible 65 games since the Raiders took him No. 4 overall in the 2008 draft." 1

    Tony Avelar/Associated Press

    Darren McFadden, Raiders RB (2012 salary: $7.8 million)

    Forbes: "Has played just 46 of a possible 65 games since the Raiders took him No. 4 overall in the 2008 draft."