|10-19-2005, 02:15 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2004
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Fox Sports - NFL's Most Overpaid
. LB LaVar Arrington, Washington Redskins2004 salary: $535K base, $11.3M signing bonus, $11.8M total, $5.6M cap value
2005 base salary: $540K In no time at all, LaVar Arrington has gone from being a star to being a non-factor in Washington. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)
Arrington has had more success throwing lavish parties — and this includes the guy who was shot and wounded at a recent get-together — than finding his way on the football field since signing a new deal. A knee injury limited Arrington to just four games last season and he's still not at full strength. Making matters worse are his accusations that the Redskins cheated him out of $6.5 million in bonus money when he signed his eight-year, $68 million contract extension in December 2003. It's probably a bad sign when you've got so much money you actually lose track of a couple million bucks only to realize later that your employer short-changed you. The two sides reached a settlement but there's still the question of whether Arrington will return to the form that made him one of the best outside linebackers in football a few seasons ago. (Having a coaching staff keep you on the bench certainly doesn't help your case.)