Bill Barnwell, writing for Grantland.com, decides to take NFL Network's Top 100 NFL Players of 2011 and make a more interesting list. The 25 least valuable players in the NFL. Oh dear god, I can only imagine hearing your voices echoing, how many Bengals players are on this list? First. Context. Barnwell develops this list taking into account "playing time, expectations, and salary." Andre Smith anyone? Nope. Not on the list. Jerome Simpson? C'mon, the only reason you knew he even existed was because of his draft selection and lack of playing time. Yet the end of the 2010 reprieved Simpson from such lists. For now.
No Bengals. None. Unless you consider Jonathan Wade a Bengals player and not that one cornerback that played some last year, the list is entirely Bengals free. Now we're certainly not taking Bill Barnwell as the de facto voice of the least valuable players in the NFL, even though Barnwell is former of Football Outsiders fame. However, Barnwell does note two former Bengals players. Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh ranks 21st. Remember tight end Daniel Coats, now with the Denver Broncos? Yea. He ranked fourth. Rather appropriate, wouldn't you say?
This brings us to our own daily question of the day. Who is the least valuable Bengals player? You have to account for playing time, salary and expectations. Carson Palmer and Chad Ochocinco, both signed for 2011, will be heavily favored. So go outside the box (and acknowledge that I already brought them up... haha), if you dare.