These players aren’t making enough money
With the 2011 NFL season halfway over, the first 10 weeks have been marked by injuries, disappointments but also breakout performances. Of this year’s breakout players, many have only been in the league for a few seasons, and for these elite players their current contracts may be working against them.
Although these premier players may not be making all-star salaries, when it comes time for them to negotiate a new contract you can expect their compensation will be more in line with their abilities. This list focuses on identifying underpaid offensive players at skill positions as their stat lines are more quantifiable.
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Gronkowski is an absolute machine, moving his 6-foot-6, 265-pound body with ridiculous agility. In the last four games, against the Cowboys, Steelers, Giants and Jets, Gronkowski has caught at least seven passes and has averaged 95.5 yards a game. Gronkowski got a $1.76 million signing bonus and a $830,000 playing time bonus but he’s still making the $450,000 minimum salary.
So which other offensive players are making the least, but making the most of it? Here’s our rundown of the best bang for the buck in the league.
The top five:
Wallace has had at least 70 yards receive in 8 of the team’s 10 games, averaging 17.4 yards per catch. See more
Forte has three rushing touchdowns but his 869 yards rushing is only behind Fred Jackson and LeSean McCoy. See more
In the eight games he has played in this season, Foster only failed to reach a combined 100 yards rushing or receiving in the season opener. See more
Thanks to having Rodgers, the Pack is predicted to defend its Super Bowl title and is using the success to launch a stock sale that will seek $143 million in improvements to Lambeau Field. See more
1. Wes Welker
Position: Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
2011 salary: $2.15 million
Weekly paycheck: $127,647
Welker has pulled in 72 receptions for 1,006 yards receiving to go along with six touchdowns thus far this season. See more