Lamarr Woodley vs. James Harrison for Pittsburgh Steelers Top Value

July 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

How many times do we read about players saying they aren't getting paid fairly? If your'e like me, you will usually dismiss it in the first few sentences and say something like, "Man, how much does that guy need to play football?" And then go on about you business.
In researching player pay for linebackers for an article about the Shawne Merriman holdout, I ran across some very interesting numbers out of Pittsburgh in that department.
I checked a few other sources and they all match up. I won't waste your time, and cut right to the chase. Here's the linebacker total salary in Pittsburgh.
James Farrior  2009 total salary  $2,979,680
James Harrison 2009 total salary  $13,257,280
Lamarr Woodley 2009 total salary  $466,240
Farrior's salary puts him just above the average for his position by NFL standards. This is the perfect measuring stick on what fair compensation for a decent linebacker should be in the NFL.
This part makes sense. Whe...

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