Think NFL players are overpaid? Four of the 10 most overpaid will be on display in Sunday’s Miami Dolphins-New York Jets game at Sun Life Stadium, according to Forbes magazine.
Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby, due to make $10.7 million this season, is the second-most overpaid player of 2012, behind Jets linebacker David Harris, who is set to make $12 million in salary and bonuses.
The Jets were the only team with multiple players on the list: Wide receiver Santonio Holmes ($9.25 million) is fifth, cornerback Antonio Cromartie ($8.25 million) is seventh.
Forbes said all of the top 10 are good players but fall short of elite status to justify their hefty salaries. Harris was second-team All-NFL last season, but his deficiencies in pass coverage were cited.
Dansby, the league’s second-highest paid linebacker, didn’t make All-NFL in his first eight seasons.
Holmes has had one 1,000-yard season. Cromartie made one Pro Bowl, five seasons ago.
Others on the Forbes All-Overpaid team: Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph ($9.75 million), Jacksonville receiver Marcedes Lewis ($9.6 million), Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams ($8.7 million), Seattle receiver Sidney Rice ($8.2 million), San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis ($8 million) and Oakland running back Darren McFadden ($7.8 million).
Photo: Karlos Dansby, missing a tackle against Houston's Ben Tate, is the NFL's second-highest paid linebacker. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)