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Dagmar
10-02-2009, 09:19 AM
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The 10 most underpaid athletes in professional sports

By Chris Chase


Compared to the rest of the working world, no professional athlete is underpaid. After all, a player earning the minimum yearly NBA salary ($457,558) is in the top one percent of American earners. But compared to other athletes who can earn $20 million not to play (Stephon Marbury) or $15 million to pitch 17 innings in a season (Jason Schmidt), there are plenty of players who are underpaid in comparison to the rest of their peers

With that in mind, Yahoo! Sports Blogs has ranked the 10 most underpaid athletes in sports, with the understanding that the word underpaid is all relative. The list is heavy on baseball and basketball players, owing to the restrictions those sports place on rookie contracts. (Baseball's free agency/arbirtation system is confusing and archaic, while NBA players are subject to slotted salaries based on draft position).

For many reasons, the NFL tends to have fewer underpaid players owing to the league's lack of rookie scale, non-guaranteed contracts and threats of holdout. Players who would have been on this list last year (Maurice Jones-Drew, James Harrison) signed massive extensions in the offseason despite still being under contract for 2009. It's rare for a player in football to stay underpaid for long. And to show how static these things can be, New England Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel would have been near the top of this list one year ago. Now, after signing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, he might be on the most overpaid list.

But that's a topic for another day. For now, the top 10 underpaid athletes in sports:

10) Mark Reynolds, MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks, 3B, $422,500 -- Beginning our list is the guy who just broke his own dubious major league record for most strikeouts in a season. Yes, he's underpaid. Look past all the Ks and you'll find an excellent young player who hits for power, drives in runs and gets on base decently enough for someone who has gone down on strikes 212 times so far this season. As Big League Stew writes, Reynolds could stand to cut down on the strikeouts, but even if he doesn't, he'll command a huge salary when he is eligible for arbitration after next season.

9) Joe Flacco, NFL, Baltimore Ravens, QB, $1,300,000 -- Like most first round picks, Flacco signed an incentive-laden deal that could eventually get him upwards of $17 million in guaranteed money. For this year, at least, he'll be getting $1.3 million to quarterback a team many think is the best in football. That's a pretty good deal for a player who already has more playoff wins than high-priced talent such as Tony Romo and Matt Schaub.

8) Rajon Rondo, NBA, Boston Celtics, G, $2,623,326 -- The engine that fuels the mighty, aging Celtics is the 22-year-old guard who played his college ball at Kentucky. Rondo is in year three of a four-year deal and is slated to get paid less in 2009-2010 than most backups. Boston has until Halloween to extend Rondo's contract, so it's quite possible that Rondo will go from underpaid to well-paid by the end of the month.

7) Martin Brodeur, NHL, New Jersey Devils, G, $5,200,000 -- The best goalie of all-time took a hometown discount to stay with the New Jersey Devils. Five million might seem like a lot for a 37-year old goalie, but that was almost $2 million less than Henrik Lundqvist got from the Rangers last year, despite the fact that Brodeur has three Stanley Cups, four Vezina trophies and has been named an all-star 10 times while Lundqvist had a really nice rookie season.

6) Hanley Ramirez, MLB, Florida Marlins, SS, $5,500,000 -- Even though he's getting paid twleve times more than he did last year, the 25-year old shortstop for the Florida Marlins is still a tremendous bargain. Ramirez is the consumate five-tool player, hitting for average and power, exhibiting blazing speed on the basepaths and combining top-notch fielding ability with a great arm. He signed a five-year, $70 million deal at the beginning of 2008 to avoid arbitration, but could have commanded much more on the open market. Normally Florida trades away its young talent to keep payroll down (that's how they got Ramirez -- he was part of trade that sent budding superstar Josh Beckett to Boston), but with the Marlins set to open a new stadium in 2012, Ramirez could be one of the first "homegrown" Marlins to stay with the team long-term.

5) Adrian Peterson, NFL, Minnesota Vikings, RB, $2,821,320 -- Like Ramirez, Peterson is a star whose compensation is adequate, but not in line with his talents. Despite leading the NFL in rushing yards for the second consecutive season, Adrian Peterson was the 28th highest paid running back in the NFL in 2008, behind such luminaries as Ahman Green, Cadillac Williams, Kevin Faulk, Greg Jones and Ovie Mughelli. The rookie contract Peterson signed after being drafted No. 7 out of Oklahoma guaranteed him $17 million and it's heavily backloaded and filled with incentives (for instance, Peterson will get $2.5 million next year for rushing for over 1,000 yards in his first two seasons), but even those additional bonuses aren't enough to bring Peterson in line with what he deserves.

4) Zack Greinke, MLB, Kansas City Royals, P, $3,750,000 -- Sports Illustrated put Greinke on its cover in May with the headline "The Best Pitcher in Baseball." Greinke hasn't let down since, having one of the best pitching seasons of the last decade en route to what should be his first Cy Young Award. The four-year, $38 million deal he signed in January to avoid arbitration will end up being a bargain for the hapless Royals.


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3) Elvis Dumervil, NFL, Denver Broncos, LB, $535,000 -- Dumervil might be most famous for getting stomped on by Michael Vick's brother during a college football bowl game, but the Broncos linebacker has quietly turned into one of the game's premiere pass rushers. His six sacks through three games is second in the NFL. Dumervil is set for unrestricted free agency at the end of the season, which means his time on this list will be brief. Expect a deep-pocketed owner (Dan Snyder or Jerry Jones) to make Elvis a very rich man next March.

2) LeBron James, NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers, F, $15,771,992 -- How can a player getting a shade under $16 million in 2009-2010 be considered underpaid? When your name is LeBron James. Sure, LeBron gets the maximum for a player of his service and will be eligible for free agent riches in nine months. But, for now, the $15 million+ he gets (a lot less than Tracy McGrady or Jermaine O'Neal) make him a steal. Not only does LeBron make the Cavs a title contender, but he also played savior to the franchise as a whole. In the season before LeBron was drafted, the Cleveland Cavaliers finished dead last in NBA attendance, barely filling half the seats at their stadium. Now it's rare for there to be an empty seat at the Quicken Loans Arena. Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie said James' rookie contract (four years, $19 million) was the greatest NBA value of the decade. But his extension wasn't bad either.

1) Tim Lincecum, MLB, San Francisco Giants, P, $695,000 -- The lanky 25-year old is set to win his second straight Cy Young Award after another stellar season that will see him lead the NL in strikeouts, finish second in ERA and end up in a tie for the most complete games and shutouts. And, for all this, Lincecum gets paid almost 20 times less than another pitcher on his team (Barry Zito). He'll enter arbitration this year but may sign a Greinke-like extension with the Giants, just going to show that in all sports, greatness doesn't stay unrewarded for long.

HAT
10-02-2009, 09:31 AM
Oh Noes!!!! He is going to demand a trade now and McKid will screw things up.

jhns
10-02-2009, 09:35 AM
Elvis deserves some money and I hope we give it to him. Some of these pass rushers have been getting rediculous contracts so it could be easier said than done.

Peoples Champ
10-02-2009, 09:36 AM
Doom is the man, I call that a steal in the draft, the man will get his money, lets hope its just with the Broncos.

Baba Booey
10-02-2009, 09:37 AM
Glad to see Marty on that list. Let's go Devils.

Popps
10-02-2009, 09:39 AM
Yep, we've talked about this around here. He needs an extension along with a few other guys. Hope we get on this soon.

kamakazi_kal
10-02-2009, 09:42 AM
He shouldn't hold his breath. Marshall had stellar back to back years at the top of the league numbers and can't get a pat on the back. Doom did sign the contract and has had only 3 good games to start the year....... play it out right?

SonOfLe-loLang
10-02-2009, 09:50 AM
He shouldn't hold his breath. Marshall had stellar back to back years at the top of the league numbers and can't get a pat on the back. Doom did sign the contract and has had only 3 good games to start the year....... play it out right?

Uuuhhh, see this is how rumors start. Of course he's going to play it out. Hopefully we sign him, denver has a history of letting its good pass rushers fly out the door, though to their defense, these guys get insane contracts.

And i still think Pat has zero cash. They could always franchise him..they have some decisions to make.

Drek
10-02-2009, 09:58 AM
Basically impossible for a new CBA to be finished for next year and I think our management realizes that. They can tender Dumervil, Kuper, and Marshall all at a 1st and 3rd as RFAs, and hold the cards in a renegotiation. I'm expecting that to be the approach, with all three being extended during the next off-season.

Rock Chalk
10-02-2009, 10:00 AM
Uuuhhh, see this is how rumors start. Of course he's going to play it out. Hopefully we sign him, denver has a history of letting its good pass rushers fly out the door, though to their defense, these guys get insane contracts.

And i still think Pat has zero cash. They could always franchise him..they have some decisions to make.

Denver's history was based on Shanahan the GM who was incompetent when it came to defense.

Garcia Bronco
10-02-2009, 10:07 AM
You guys don't understand. Any player that has less than 6 years of service automatically becomes a RFA next year because the CBA expires. Regardless of their current deal.

Hogan11
10-02-2009, 10:12 AM
The article is just one big pot stir..most of those clubs are small market teams, go figure.

supermanhr9
10-02-2009, 10:13 AM
Man, I really hope everything gets worked out. An un capped year will be horrible for the league.

Drek
10-02-2009, 10:15 AM
You guys don't understand. Any player that has less than 6 years of service automatically becomes a RFA next year because the CBA expires. Regardless of their current deal.

Exactly. Even Orton will be only finishing his 5th year. We don't have any big money guys with six or more years in hitting FA next year, so the front office holds all the cards.

I'm expecting Champ to get an extension that carries a smaller AAV than what he's due for next year, the freed up cap room and our existing cap room will then be used to extend Doom, Marshall, Kuper, and Orton based on their '09 performances.

oubronco
10-02-2009, 10:18 AM
What about Marshall?

UberBroncoMan
10-02-2009, 10:28 AM
Sounds like Elvis isn't a Bronco next year guys. The magazine says so.

Damn Cowboys and Redskins!

OBF1
10-02-2009, 12:05 PM
great.... now we are going to have to hear the cutler crap about Doom for the next 9 months?

cutthemdown
10-02-2009, 12:12 PM
Basically impossible for a new CBA to be finished for next year and I think our management realizes that. They can tender Dumervil, Kuper, and Marshall all at a 1st and 3rd as RFAs, and hold the cards in a renegotiation. I'm expecting that to be the approach, with all three being extended during the next off-season.

yep.

Rock Chalk
10-02-2009, 12:13 PM
Exactly. Even Orton will be only finishing his 5th year. We don't have any big money guys with six or more years in hitting FA next year, so the front office holds all the cards.

I'm expecting Champ to get an extension that carries a smaller AAV than what he's due for next year, the freed up cap room and our existing cap room will then be used to extend Doom, Marshall, Kuper, and Orton based on their '09 performances.

If the CBA isn't finished then there is no cap so no worries about staying under it.

Drek
10-02-2009, 12:31 PM
If the CBA isn't finished then there is no cap so no worries about staying under it.

They'll have a cap for 2011 when a new CBA is hammered out. Intelligent teams will plan accordingly to avoid cap hell when the cap comes back.

The Joker
10-02-2009, 12:46 PM
I'd rather resign Elvis than Marshall if it came to a straight choice between the two.

Garcia Bronco
10-02-2009, 01:25 PM
Another thing to understand is that Certain teams will only be able to sign X amount of RFA's for other teams based on thier finishing position.

Peoples Champ
10-02-2009, 01:26 PM
could you imagine getting paid 15 mil a year and considered underpaid. Lebron is the man

However, I dont feel bad for him, he probably makes double that a year in endorsements.

TonyR
10-02-2009, 01:27 PM
He shouldn't hold his breath. Marshall had stellar back to back years at the top of the league numbers and can't get a pat on the back.

Yes, the Marshall and Doom situations are exactly the same... >sarcasm<

WABronco
10-02-2009, 01:50 PM
Since when does having a good start to a season entitle you to being one of the most underpaid athletes in professional sports...

DeusExManning
10-02-2009, 02:05 PM
Franchise tag

UberBroncoMan
10-02-2009, 02:45 PM
Don't forget Scheffler!

Mogulseeker
10-02-2009, 03:03 PM
We need to lock Doom up before Snyder of Jones can take a shot at him.

Br0nc0Buster
10-02-2009, 03:12 PM
Marshall
Doom
Kuper
Orton
Scheffler

lots of guys that will need new contracts, luckily as has been pointed out these guys will be RFAs

Will be interesting to see what happens with Champ, I really hope we can keep all our good players

kamakazi_kal
10-02-2009, 03:47 PM
Yes, the Marshall and Doom situations are exactly the same... >sarcasm<

If were talking on field performance then no. Doom has not nearly the production. If you mean off the field ...... thats not what they get paid for.

BlaK-Argentina
10-02-2009, 04:09 PM
If were talking on field performance then no. Doom has not nearly the production. If you mean off the field ...... thats not what they get paid for.

This year he does.

kamakazi_kal
10-02-2009, 04:46 PM
This year he does.

so..... 3 good games vs. terrible O-lines now means a new contract? cmon.
He's played awesome for sure ..... If he keeps it up for the year I'll agree.

cutthemdown
10-02-2009, 04:52 PM
Another thing to understand is that Certain teams will only be able to sign X amount of RFA's for other teams based on thier finishing position.

Yep playoff teams can only sign a player if they lose a player.

You can bet unless its a huge start the other teams will stay away from there FA.