David Harris, Johnathan Joseph top Forbes’ list of overpaid players, but should they? (Shutdown Corner)
Earlier this week, Forbes put out their list of the " NFL's Most Overpaid Players Of 2012 ". While we'd never accuse a player of being "overpaid" — NFL careers are far too short, and the risk of injury far too great for us to do so — we certainly do not begrudge those outlets that would. All that we ask is that the criteria for which players are deemed to be overpaid make sense and be accurate.
For example, the first player in the Forbes article is New York Jets linebacker David Harris, who "quietly led the Jets with 65 tackles last season" and will make $12 million in "salary and bonus this season".
Now, tackles are not an official statistic, but Harris actually had 86 of 'em last year, 65 of which were of the "solo" variety. Forbes did mention Harris' five sacks from last season, which ranked second on the Jets, but omitted his four interceptions, which tied for the team lead, while noting that Harris' struggles in coverage. According to the 2012 Football Outsiders Almanac, Harris led NFL linebackers with a 75 percent rate when defending the pass.
Oh, and that $12 million salary figure? That's Harris' salary cap number , not his 2012 pre-tax income, which is actually $10 million, a $9.9 million base salary paid over the course of the 2012 regular season and a $100,000 workout bonus.
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