NFL Notes: Overpaid Players, Chargers, Colts

Overpaid Players

Steven Ruiz of USA Today has put together a list of the top 15 most overpaid players in the NFL including:

  1. Ravens QB Joe Flacco: $24.55 million 2017 cap hit
  2. Packers OLB Clay Matthews: $15.07 million 2017 cap hit
  3. Rams WR Tavon Austin: $14.97 million 2017 cap hit
  4. Browns QB Brock Osweiler: $16 million 2017 cap hit
  5. Bears QB Mike Glennon: $14 million 2017 cap hit
  6. Cowboys TE Jason Witten: $12.62 million 2017 cap hit
  7. Lions DT Haloti Ngata: $7.7 million 2017 cap hit
  8. Redskins QB Kirk Cousins: $23.94 million 2017 cap hit
  9. Saints TE Coby Fleener: $7.5 million 2017 cap hit
  10. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: $17 million 2017 cap hit
  11. Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson: $18 million 2017 cap hit
  12. Dolphins C Mike Pouncey: $8.97 million 2017 cap hit
  13. Colts OLB Jabaal Sheard: $9.96 million 2017 cap hit
  14. Redskins CB Josh Norman: $20 million 2017 cap hit
  15. Steelers S Mike Mitchell: $8.13 million 2017 cap hit


Chargers TEs coach John McNulty is clearly very excited about TE Hunter Henry and his future in the NFL.

“He led the league in touchdowns (by a tight end, tied with Cameron Brate), and that’s not something you ever expect out of a rookie,” McNulty said, via the “But Hunter is a kid who is going to play a long time with a lot of successful seasons. For a young player, he’s got a tremendous amount of poise.  He has rare awareness and savvy for someone his age. You don’t have to spell everything out A-Z for him.

“The biggest thing is that he has ball skills. He can catch the ball that gets in on him fast, and he makes the contested catches with big, strong hands. You look at some of those touchdown catches, they weren’t easy. Balls were down below his knees, up over his head and he had guys draped over his back. But he’s just able to concentrate and make those plays. Those touchdowns and third-down conversions are obviously big plays, and can make the difference in a game. That is what separates him from a regular player.”


Colts GM Chris Ballard mentioned that he felt like rookie CB Quincy Wilson got better during the offseason program and his “arrow is definitely going up.”

“I thought Wilson got better,” Ballard said, via “He still has a ways to go in terms of getting his body right and getting into the type of shape that we need him to be, but you see the instincts, you see the length and you see good movement. I think the arrow is definitely going up.”

As for the safety position, Ballard believes they have “pretty good” there.

“I think we have pretty good depth at safety,” Ballard said. “I was happy with Darius Butler. Just a tremendous pro. Shows up everyday, works, good teammate. Everything you would want. I think he’s got some flexibility, where he can also go play the nickel. Kind of a Swiss Army Knife back in the back end.”

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