NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Lost amid all the negative banter — and Monday morning quarterbacking — after the Jets’ Week 2 loss in Pittsburgh was, well, more negativity.
Earlier this week, Forbes released its list of the NFL’s “Most Overpaid Players” in 2012, and three Jets were on the roster. Gang Green made up a whopping 33 percent of the 10-player hit list — including linebacker David Harris in the top spot.
Harris, well respected by Jets fans, came in as the league’s most overpaid player with $12 million in total earnings.
“There’s a difference between very good and elite,” wrote Forbes’ Tom Van Riper. “Harris is known as a run stopper who sometimes has trouble in pass coverage. He’s made All-Pro just once, when he was a second-team selection in 2009. Solid as he is, you don’t expect to see him making more than every other linebacker in the NFL.”
Wide receiver Santonio Holmes, boasting only one 1,000-yard season, rounded out the top five. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was pinned at No. 7.
“Cromartie’s high-risk, high-reward style leads to big plays but also a lot of burn marks,” Van Riper wrote.
According to Van Riper, Forbes conceived the list “using basic common sense” and not just stats: “Who’s getting All-Pro money without making All-Pro? Who’s been having trouble staying on the field consistently?”
No members of the Super Bowl champion Giants made the list, which also included Raiders running back Darren McFadden, Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis and Karlos Dansby of the Dolphins.
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