By Anthony Holzman-Escareno


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Richard Sherman has developed into a 5th-round steal for the Seahawks.
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Though generally not the case in the NFL, there is a (un)fortunate list of players who either got their big pay day before proving themselves or proved to themselves after their pay day that they had proven enough. In2The League will also be releasing the 2013 All-Hope-You-Kept-the-Receipt team soon.

However, every NFL Team has players that perform beyond their pay grade. Actually, in many businesses, those with the biggest checks do the least amount of work. There is no scarcity of players who have proven more worthy than their draft slot or their bank account.

They are, to put it into appropriate terms, ballin’ on a budget.

There were three criterions used to judge a player’s eligibility for the team. The player had to be making no more than $20,000 over the minimum salary allowable for their Credited Seasons (link). He also had to be playing on his rookie contract and be eligible for the Proven Performance Escalator (link) or have been undrafted. Player earned spots on the 2013 team for their performances and salaries in 2012.

In2The League’s 2013 Ballin’ on a Budget Team

Pos.

Player

Salary

CS

Yr/Rnd

Comment

QB

Russell Wilson, SEA

$390k

0

‘12/3

May have had best rookie season of the class…obvious steal of 2012 Draft.

HB

Alfred Morris, WASH

$390k

0

‘12/6

1,613 yards and 13 TDS. Redskins first NFC East Crown since ’99. ‘Nuff Said.

HB

DeMarco Murray, DAL

$481+k

1

‘11/3

Durability concerns every season but no denying talent.

WR

Eric Decker, DEN

$490k

2

‘10/3

Blossomed in first season with Peyton Manning but what WR wouldn’t.

WR

Victor Cruz, NYG

$540K

2

‘10/-

Came out of nowhere yet even you know the Salsa now.

TE

Jimmy Graham, NO

$540K

2

‘10/3

One of top TEs in the League and robbed of spot on NFL Network’s Top 100.

OT

Jared Veldheer, OAK

$540K

2

‘10/3

Has grown into a Pro Bowl player and elite tackle.

OG

Jon Asamoah, KC

$540K

2

’10/3

Helps paves the path for one of the best backs in the game, Jamal Charles.

C

Brain De La Puente, NO

$540K

2

‘08/-

Had long journey to start for Saints. Has taken advantage of opportunity.

OG

Alex Boone, SF

$540K

2

‘09/-

Another long, rocky path to becoming one of the best players at guard in the NFL.

OT

Austin Howard, NYJ

$540K

2

‘10/-

Helped Jets replace ESPN’s Damien Woody with good play.

As for the All-Defensive Ballin’ on a Budget team:

Pos.

Player

Salary

CS

Yr/Rnd

Comment

DE

Greg Hardy, CAR

$540k

2

‘10/6

50 sacks? No. However, will be terror on Carolina’s improved defensive line.

DT

Geno Atkins, CIN

$540k

2

‘10/4

The absolute best defensive tackle in the entire League (Ngata is a DE).

DT

Henry Melton, CHI

$540k

2

‘09/4

Earned Franchise Tag with stellar 2012 season rushing the passer.

DE

Pernell McPhee, BAL

$465k

1

‘11/5

Helped an aging Ravens’ defense will way to Super Bowl.

LB

Justin Houston, KC

$465k

1

‘11/3

Great pass rusher, good in coverage, and emerging as one of League’s best backers.

LB

Vontaze Burfict, CIN

$390k

0

‘12/-

Scathed by Mike Mayock and undrafted but showed huge potential in rookie year.

LB

KJ Wright, SEA

$465k

1

‘11/4

The first key piece of Seattle’s great defense to make this list.

CB

Richard Sherman, SEA

$465k

1

‘11/5

Talks a lot and backs it up. 8 INT and Pro Bowl selection in 2012.

CB

Brandon Browner, SEA

$465k

1

‘05/-

One of the most physical corners around in the League’s most physical secondary.

S

Kam Chancellor, SEA

$540k

2

‘10/5

A brutal assassin. Heads the punishment section of the before mentioned defense.

S

Reshad Jones, MIA

$540k

2

‘10/5

Understandly wants a new deal. On the verge of becoming a great player.

The Seattle Seahawks definitely have some decisions coming, though they have already inked Chancellor to a long-term deal.

 

Seattle Seahawk SS Kam “BamBam” Chancellor got 4-year extension worth $28M with $17M guaranteed.

— In2the League (@In2theLeague) April 24, 2013

 



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