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: November 02, 2012, 03:03:16 AM

Cap Hit: Bad Value For Money

Khaled Elsayed | 2012/11/01

4-3 Defensive End: Kyle Vanden Bosch (DET) $7.5m
There comes a time when regardless of how much respect you have for one of your defensive leaders, you start to evaluate him purely on performance. Clearly thats not going on in Detroit because if it was then theres no way KVB would be on the field nearly as much as he is. Poor in the run game and generating pressure on just 8.2% of pass rushes, the end is surely near for Vanden Bosch.
Dishonorable Mentions: Julius Peppers (CHI) $12.1m and Mario Williams, BUF ($10m)

4-3 Defensive Tackle: Tommy Kelly (OAK) $9m
The Raiders have a lot of money invested in their defensive tackles, and while Richard Seymour is always good for some splash plays (and more), this hasnt been a year where Kelly has excelled. The four penalties he has given up havent helped but theres been a noticeable drop off in his penetration up the gut, with only his display against the Chiefs resembling his displays from yesteryear.
Dishonorable Mentions: Vince Wilfork (NE) $8.5m and Sedrick Ellis (NO) $7.5m

3-4 Defensive End: Tyson Jackson (KC) $9.5m
However you want to spin it, Jackson was a bad draft pick. Not because hes a bad player, but because you dont spend a third overall pick on a two down run stuffing end. Thats what the Chiefs did and theyre having to live with the consequences of his astronomical salary. His work in the run game has been decent this year (though nowhere near as good as 2011), but hes yet to pick up any pressure. In fact throughout his career he has 19 quarterback disruptions. Through 8 weeks of the NFL season 43 defenders have more this season alone.
Dishonorable Mentions: Brett Keisel (PIT) $5m and Marcus Spears (DAL) $2.5m

Nose Tackle: Casey Hampton (PIT) $5m
Its safe to say that Hampton is coming to the end of the road of a long and successful NFL career. Often regarding as the prototypical zero technique in the game, hes no longer the player he once was and the league has changed to leave his role less and less meaningful. Hes been on the field for 45% of the Steelers defensive snaps.
Dishonorable Mentions: B.J. Raji $5.5m and Ryan Pickett $5.5m of Green Bay. Depending on the match up both men rotate between defensive end and nose tackle without either justifying the cost.

3-4 Outside Linebacker: Dwight Freeney (IND) $12m
Pretty easy selection, no? You can blame this on Freeney having to transition to outside linebacker but that would be ignoring the problem. He just hasnt look like the terror he once was. Meanwhile hes only dropped into coverage on 10 plays and still spends 72.3% of his time rushing with his hand in the ground. All that for 10 quarterback disruptions, a number 23 other outside linebackers have bettered including names like Erik Walden and Jerry Hughes.
Dishonorable Mentions: Tamba Hali (KC) $15m and Calvin Pace (NYJ) $7m

3-4 Inside Linebacker: David Harris (NYJ) $9m
Weve always held the belief that Harris has been a little bit overrated. While Bart Scott has done a lot of hard lifting clearing blockers out the way, Harris was there to sweep in unblocked and make a tackle to a degree. Hes still making tackles but still struggling to get off blocks, while his usual good work in coverage has been missing. Symptomatic of a disappointing Jets season.
Dishonorable Mentions: London Fletcher (WAS) $5.5m and Bart Scott (NYJ) $6m

4-3 Outside Linebacker: Quincy Black (TB) $5.5m
Seriously, what were the Bucs thinking when they handed Black so much money? He was coming off a good year but that was a huge deal to give a player who had never coped with an every down role. It didnt work out and now Black finds himself a slightly below average two down player who has played 47% of Tampa Bay defensive snaps.
Dishonorable Mentions: Michael Boley (NYG) $5.5m and Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG) $4.5m

4-3 Middle Linebacker: Brian Urlacher (CHI) $10m
Maybe its lingering effects of injury, or maybe its father time catching up, but Urlacher is not playing like the player weve become accustomed to seeing. In fact only Rey Maualuga and Chase Blackburn rank lower in our middle linebacker grades  with nobody grading more poorly against the run. Its not that he is missing tackles but that hes not in position to make them.
Dishonorable Mentions: Curtis Lofton (NO) $5.5m and DQwell Jackson (CLV) $6m

Cornerback: Corey Webster (NYG) $9m
There was a time where Webster could lay claim to being one of the best cornerbacks around. Now, and yes he has had to deal with an injury, hes given up 486 yards and three touchdowns. Hes been inconsistent over the past couple of years but the flashes of his talent have been all too few and far between this year with Prince Amukamara outplaying him.
Dishonorable Mentions: DeAngelo Hall (WAS) $6.5m and Nnamdi Asomugha (PHI) $11m

Safety: Eric Berry (KC) $8m
I didnt give Brian Urlacher a pass and I cant give Berry one. He looks a step slower than he was pre-injury, and the Chiefs will be hoping it just takes him a bit longer to get back to his best. As it is he looks out of his depth in coverage.
Dishonorable Mentions: Michael Griffin (TEN) $4.3m


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#1 : November 02, 2012, 10:36:37 AM

BJ Raji has played like crap for the last two seasons.

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#2 : November 02, 2012, 01:39:32 PM

So Quincy is a 47% er.


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#3 : November 02, 2012, 01:51:23 PM

No Eric Wright?

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