Overpaid and Underpaid
Alex Marvez of FoxSports has released his NFL’s All-Overpaid and All-Underpaid teams list.
This year three 49ers have made the lists. Overpaid: Vernon Davis & Mr. Glass. Underpaid: Parys Haralson. Here is what Alex had to say regarding all three.
Tight end: Vernon Davis, 49ers
Davis’ most memorable moment in two-plus NFL seasons came in October when he was kicked off the sideline during Mike Singletary’s interim head coaching debut. Davis has developed into a quality blocker, but that isn’t the reason San Francisco gave him a five-year, $23 million contract ($15.2 million guaranteed) as the sixth overall pick in the 2006 draft.
Tackle: Jonas Jennings, 49ers
In 2005, the 49ers signed Jennings to a seven-year, $36 million contract ($12 million guaranteed) expecting him to anchor their offensive line. Jennings, though, has played in just 23 of San Francisco’s past 61 games and returned to injured reserve this season after two starts. His base salary for 2008: $4.2 million.
Linebacker: Parys Haralson, 49ers
Despite all the draft disasters under Mike Nolan, the former 49ers head coach could spot linebacker talent. He hit pay dirt with Patrick Willis and Haralson, a 2006 fifth-round pick who is blossoming as a 3-4 outside linebacker with a career-high seven sacks. Haralson received a $176,000 rookie signing bonus and is currently playing for the $455,000 league-minimum base salary for third-year players. In comparison, 49ers backup linebacker Tully Banta-Cain — who lost his starting spot to Haralson during the preseason — has a $1 million base salary and received a $2.9 million signing bonus when signing with San Francisco as a free agent in 2007.
Nice to see Parys getting some love…