11/09/2012 07:31 am ET

Most Underpaid NFL Players: Victor Cruz, Jimmy Graham, Clay Matthews Provide Most Bang For Buck

By Joel Corry, National Football Post

The NFL pay structure isn’t a perfect system where performance matches compensation. This is particularly true of draft choices because their salaries are dictated by draft position.

Here’s a look at some of the NFL’s most underpaid players. In order to be considered, a player must be eligible to renegotiate his contract under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. Players drafted during the last two seasons, like J.J. Watt and Randall Cobb, have been excluded because they won’t be able to sign new deals until the end of the third year of their rookie contracts.

10 Most Underpaid NFL Players

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Joel Corry is a former sports agent who helped found Premier Sports & Entertainment, a sports management firm that represents professional athletes and coaches. Prior to his tenure at Premier, Joel worked for Management Plus Enterprises, which represented Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ronnie Lott. You can email Joel at