CHARLOTTE, N.C. - According to Forbes, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams is in the top 10 most overpaid players in the NFL.
Forbes said it came up with its rankings not with sheer football stats. It used common football sense, taking all the players that are making over $5 million in 2012 and determining which have given back the least performance-wise over the past few years.
Williams came in at No. 6 on Forbes’ list based on his performance through the last six seasons. Williams will make $8.7 million in 2012 for the Panthers.
In 2011, Williams led the team in rushing with 836 yards on 155 carries. He scored seven rushing touchdowns, which was second behind rookie quarterback Cam Newton, who had 14.
Forbes said Williams was “very good in 2008 and 2009, otherwise limited contributions through six seasons.”
The list also includes former South Carolina Gamecock receiver Sidney Rice. Rice will make $8.2 million in 2012 for the Seahawks. He was drafted in the second round of the 2007 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.
The New York Jets have three players on the list including linebacker David Harris, who according to Forbes is the most overpaid player in the NFL.
The Top 10 list, team and 2012 salary consist of:
- David Harris (New York Jets - $12 million)
- Karlos Dansby (Miami Dolphins - $10.7 million)
- Johnathan Joseph (Houston Texans - $9.75 million)
- Marcedes Lewis (Jacksonville Jaguars - $9.6 million)
- Santonio Holmes (New York Jets - $9.25 million)
- DeAngelo Williams (Carolina Panthers - $8.7 million)
- Antonio Cromartie (New York Jets - $8.25 million)
- Sidney Rice (Seattle Seahawks - $8.2 million)
- Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers - $8 million)
- Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders - $7.8 million)
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