Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 9/24/12
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. Karlos Dansby has been playing somewhat in anonymity for nine seasons. He believes he should have made a Pro Bowl at some point. But some national publicity finally has come Dansbys way. And he hardly cares its not exactly the positive variety. Forbes named the Miami Dolphins linebacker the second-most overpaid player in the NFL. Dansby, earning 10.7 million this season, trailed only New York Jets linebacker David Harris, who is making 12 million. I wouldnt call it dissing, Dansby said in an interview with FOX Sports Florida. They finally recognize that I got that bag, as (Dolphins cornerback) Sean Smith would say. I got that bag. They finally recognize it. Im paid. Thats what I mean by that. They finally recognize that that man makes a lot of money in this league. Its a beautiful league. Now, they can keep their eyes on me. After six seasons with Arizona, Dansby signed a five-year, 43 million contract with the Dolphins before the 2010 season. Now, Dansby considers it sort of a badge of honor to be on Forbes list. I hope I can justify that, man, he said with a laugh. Im trying, man . If thats what theyre putting out, it is what it is. The All-Overpaid list is subjective and not based on any sort of statistical formula. Forbes considered only the 169 NFL players making 5 million or more this season. Rounding out the top five are Houston cornerback Johnathan Joseph (9.75 million), Jacksonville tight end Mercedes Lewis (9.6 million) and Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (9.25 million), who hardly looked overpaid with nine catches for 147 yards in Sundays 23-20 overtime win over Miami at Sun Life Stadium. In the games battle between two most overpaid players on the list, both also played well. Harris tied for the team lead with nine tackles and Dansby tied for second on the Dolphins with eight stops. But while Dansby laughs off being so high on Forbes list, some teammates arent too happy about it. Thats silly, defensive end Cameron Wake said. He makes plays. Hes a captain on the team. Hes a leader on defense. Thats ridiculous." Another Miami linebacker also came to Dansbys defense. Its an opinion, Kevin Burnett said. Guess what? Donald Trump might be overpaid, but hes paid, so who gives a (darn)? Unfortunately, the people who write them get paid to give their opinion. He gets paid to play football. So lets everybody do their job and shut up. Dansbys next job is facing the Cardinals for the first time since he bolted to Miami. The 1-2 Dolphins play Sunday at 3-0 Arizona. Its going to be electrifying, man, Dansby said of his return. I know a couple of guys out there are ready for it. Theyve been talking about it since the offseason. (Cardinals safety) Adrian Wilson, (wide receiver) Larry Fitzgerald, you name it. They want to get their shot at me. And they know were going out there to get a win. So its going to be exciting. Dansby said calls from Arizona players started right after the schedule was announced. He expects them to continue this week. Theres going to be plenty of trash talk, Dansby said. Theres been trash ever since when they got the schedule out (last spring) and they saw whos coming out there. Ill get a call from Adrian . Might get one from Fitz, (defensive end Darnell) Dockett. It goes on and on. But if any of those trash-talking Cardinals believe they can get under Dansbys skin by bringing up Forbes All-Overpaid list, that apparently wont work. Chris Tomasson can be reached at christomasson@hotmail.com or on Twitter @christomasson
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