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Five most overpaid players in the NFL on eve of 2014 season

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The 2014 NFL season gets underway tonight in Seattle as the Seahawks begin their quest to retain the Superbowl with a blockbuster match up against the Green Bay Packers.

The months since Pete Carroll's team lifted the Vince Lombardi trophy have passed slowly for most associated with the league, and everyone is hotly anticipating the return of their favorite stars to stadiums across the country.

The players themselves are obviously keen to get the Week One of the regular-season under their belt too, but it's not just the love of the game which keeps the stars coming back to the gridiron.

The pay packets in the NFL have never been higher than on the even of the 2014 season as franchises battle to bring in the best talent within the salary capped league.

The likes of Colin Kaepernick, J.J. Watt and Andy Dalton have all been handed lucrative new deals this summer in the hope they can bring success to their cities and the pressure will really be on.

But for every successful contract there are those out there plying their trade in the NFL being vastly overpaid for the privilege. 

And now, thanks to Forbes magazine, we can learn exactly which players are failing to live up to the millions of dollars heading their way.

Looking at the 500 most well-paid players in the NFL this season, Forbes compared their earnings to their on-field impact over the last three seasons - using a figure (Approximate Value) which makes it possible to contrast players, and their output, across positions. 

The higher the AV the better the impact (Peyton Manning for example racked up a 19 AV during his record breaking 2013 season)

So just who leads the way as the most over-paid player in the NFL in 2014?

Here's the top five....

5) James Casey - Philadelphia Eagles - Tight End

Average Salary: $4 million
AV per 16 games: 1.8

4) Ricky Jean-Francois - Indianapolis Colts - Defensive End

Average Salary: $5.5 million
AV per 16 games: 2.3

3) Craig Stevens - Tennessee Titans - Tight End

Average Salary: $2.6 million
AV per 16 games: 1.1

With the Titans employing Stevens largely as a blocker in 2013 his impact with the ball was diminished - recording just two catches for five yards. The Titans did not originally shell out for a blocker in Stevens but that is increasingly what they have given themselves.

2) Chris Baker - Washington Redskins - Defensive End

Average Salary: $3 million
AV per 16 games: 1.1

A new deal this offseason worth up to $12 million over three years seems hardly justified for man who missed most of one season, was benched for a large part of the next, and then failed to impose himself in the most recent campaign.

1) Everson Griffen - Minnesota Vikings - Defensive End

Average Salary: $8.5 million
AV per 16 games: 2

The Viking has achieved just one start, and 67 tackles in his four years with the franchise. Not great for the tenth most well-paid DE in the league.

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