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From the Hart: Welker most underpaid player?

Andy Hart writes about how CNBC Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell called Wes Welker the most underpaid offensive player in the NFL.


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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