Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players

Peter Hailey
NBC Sports Washington

Two Redskins and Kirk Cousins land on 2019 list of most overpaid players originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

NFL teams, like any other business in the universe, love finding people who far outproduce what they're being paid. However, sometimes franchises end up on the opposite side of that scale: compensating players at a level that's higher than what they're doing on the field.

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Well, thanks to For The Win, there's a new list available that projects the 20 most overpaid guys in football for 2019. Unfortunately for the Redskins, they're quite familiar with two of the 20. 

Steven Ruiz's "Value Above Market Price" metric - a.k.a VAMP - measures "how much a player is being paid for his production compared to the league-wide market rate for his position" and is what fueled his analysis, which was published Tuesday. Basically, Ruiz looked at PFF's 2018 grades as well as an individual's 2019 cap hit to figure out how undervalued or overvalued that pro will be this coming year.

And according to Ruiz, Josh Norman is the eighth most overpaid athlete in the sport. 

"The Redskins gave him the big contract he was looking for and they have to be regretting that decision now," he says of the DB, who carries a projected VAMP of $-9.2 million. "Norman has been exposed as a corner who struggles in man coverage but he's being paid like a shutdown guy." 

Ruiz also has Alex Smith on his list, slotting him at No. 20 even though his VAMP is much higher than anyone else due to the fact he's likely not going to suit up for the Burgundy and Gold this campaign. He acknowledges the ranking "isn't really fair," but fair or not, his giant salary is a burden to Washington.

"The Redskins are paying him $20.4 million to rehab, which is going to force the front office to put together its roster with one hand tied behind its back," he writes.    

If you're now an annoyed Redskins supporter, perhaps you can take some petty solace in the fact that Kirk Cousins checks in at No. 3. 

"Cousins is being paid like a player who can overcome a weakened supporting cast, but he's never proven that to be the case," Ruiz says.

Slightly less annoyed, right? That's because petty solace is the best.   

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