The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the top payrolls in the NFL last season, despite finishing the year with just a 2-14 record and being blown out in quite a few of their games. The team was missing some important pieces like Maurice Jones-Drew and Daryl Smith for the majority of the season, but overall the team just wasn't very good.
Pro Football Focus took an interesting take on each roster in the NFL in 2012, ranking the team's "Performance Based Value". It's based off what the player's value on the field was versus his cap hit.
By far the most overvalued player on the Jaguars in 2012 was linebacker Paul Posluszny, which isn't much of a surprise given his overall salary and cap hit.
When Posluszny was signed two years ago by the Jaguars it was a little bit of a questionable move. The numbers back-up that he wasn't worth his big contract, as his Run Stop Percentage has been on the decline and was down to 7.5% in 2012. While his numbers in the secondary don't look that different between 2011 and 2012, he allowed 21 passing first downs in 2012 compared to 12 in 2011, and had seven tackles on third-down passes that led to fourth downs compared to just two in 2012. He's getting paid like one of the best in the league, but was below average at best.
2012 Cap Hit: $7.0m
2012 Performance Based Value: $1.2m
Value Differential: -$5.8m
I've written about it before, that Posluszny is overpaid given what he produces on the field, but it doesn't necessarily mean he's a bad football player, he's just a limited football player. While the lack of play on the defensive line contributed, Posluszny is just strictly a 4-3 middle linebacker that's going to be more a tackle machine than a playmaker at the position. He's a solid workhorse, but shouldn't have the type of contract and cap hit that he does.
The most undervalued player shouldn't be much of a surprise either if you paid attention to the defensive line. Defensive tackle C.J. Mosley played well as a rotational player, but eventually took over as the Jaguars starting defensive tackle and continued to play well, considering. He wasn't really a playmaker, but he was solid starter on the line for a team that struggled there.
You may not have heard of this Jaguars' defensive tackle, but from Week 5 on he took over as a starter, and had 19 stops in his 12 games. His consistency in the run game helped him as well, with only two missed tackles on the season, and a few late-season sacks and hits helped him remain an average pass rusher. Prior to the season he signed a three-year deal, and it looks like the Jaguars may have got a bargain.
2012 Cap Hit: $1.3m
2012 Performance Based Value: $5.3m
Value Differential: +$3.9m
You can read the full list here, but long story short it wasn't very good for the Jaguars.