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From the Hart: Welker most underpaid player?

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CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell (who is arguably my favorite overall guy to follow on Twitter thanks to his combination of sports business and food-based tweets via @darrenrovell) put together a slide show for site that lists the NFL's most underpaid offensive players.

A couple of Patriots find their way onto the list, including the No. 1 overall spot that goes to New England wide receiver Wes Welker. Welker beats out No. 2 man Aaron Rodgers, as well as a who's who of young offensive stars like Arien Foster, Matt Forte, Mike Wallace, Cam Newton, LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson and Jimmy Graham.

Rovell lists Welker's weekly game check as $127,647 and relates that it's quite a bargain for a guy who leads the NFL in catches and already surpassed 1,000 yards receiving in just nine games.

Welker is a free agent at the end of the year and will likely be looking to upgrade his income as he finishes out the five-year, $18 million deal that that he signed with the Patriots when he was traded from the Dolphins in 2007.

Welker also beats out a teammate on the list, as second-year tight end Rob Gronkowski gets the No. 10 slot from Rovell, reporting No. 87's paycheck as $26,741. Gronkowski is leading the Pro Bowl fan voting for AFC tight ends and is likely to make his first all-star appearance after the season given that he's scored 18 touchdowns in 25 career games and is also a dominating blocker.

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