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Carolina Panther makes Forbes "overpaid" list

Forbes Magazine has released its list of the National Football League's most overpaid player list and a Carolina Panther is on the list.

Running back DeAngleo Williams made the list at number six.

According to Forbes, Williams was expected to make $8.7 million in 2012. Salary figures include salary and bonus money each player is due this season.

The magazine says he was most effective in 2008 and 2009, but otherwise has had limited contributions through his now seven seasons with the Panthers.

In fact, looking at Williams' numbers, he had more rushing yards in '08 and '09 than he has in his other five seasons combined.

But don't let the article get you too down.

Last season, Williams played in 16 games with 14 starts for Carolina. He led the team with 836 yards and seven touchdowns on 155 attempts.

He became the first player in franchise history to reach 5,000 career rushing yards and to have 1,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.

He was part of a rushing attack that featured the first team in NFL history to have three players with 700 or more rushing yards in the same season: Williams - 836 yards, Jonathan Stewart - 761 yards and Cam Newton - 706 yards.

Williams ranks as the franchise's all-time leader with 996 rushing attempts, 5,047 rushing yards, 38 rushing touchdowns and 16 games with 100 or more rushing yards.

Forbes says it came up with the "overpaid players" list, but didn't just look at the stats alone.

"We looked at all NFL players making at least $5 million in 2012 (there are 169 of them) and determined which have given back the least performance-wise over the past few years," Forbes said in the article.

"Who's getting All-Pro money without making All-Pro? Who's been having trouble staying on the field consistently?"

But don't think Forbes is slamming Williams and the other players on the list.  They freely admit - these guys are good.

"The NFL has a knack for controlling [players who are blatantly overpaid] — one of the reasons the league stands as the most well-oiled business machine in American sports," the article stated. "Rarely are player contracts fully guaranteed."

New York Jets linebacker David Harris topped the list making $12 million in 2012.

Williams isn't the only player on the list with Carolina connections.

Former South Carolina Gamecock wide receiver Sidney Rice made the list at number eight. Rice, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks, is expected to make $8.2 million in 2012.

Rice has had trouble staying on the field throughout a five-year career, doing little beyond his 1,312-yard All Pro season of 2009.

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