Best-Paid Benchwarmers In Sports

In 2010-2011, these players made the most to play the least. Salaries and player stats from the most recently (or soon to be) completed football, basketball and hockey seasons. The current 2011 season is used for baseball.

Albert Haynesworth

Washington Redskins

NFL

Salary: $24 million

Out-of-shape defensive lineman clashed with coach Mike Shanahan. Played eight games, starting none, before being suspended for the final few weeks. His seven-year, $100 million free-agent deal included a $21 million bonus for 2010.

Michael Redd

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA

Salary: $18.3 million

Wearing down as he gets older. Redd, a big scorer in the middle of the decade, hasn’t played more than 33 games since 2007-’08. Limited to 10 games this year at 13.4 minutes per game.

Peja Stojakovic

Dallas Mavericks

NBA

Salary: $15 million

Veteran sharpshooter averaged 18.7 minutes and 8.5 points in 33 games with three teams this year. Stojakovic hasn’t topped 70 games since 2007-’08. But hey, his team is in the finals.

Milton Bradley

Seattle Mariners

MLB

Salary: $13 million

Talented but short-tempered outfielder has long been plagued by anger-management issues. Bradley was just released by Seattle on May 16 after playing in 28 games. His only 500-plus at-bat season came in 2004, with the Dodgers.

Travis Hafner

Cleveland Indians

MLB

Salary: $13 million

A good hitter who’s perpetually hurt. Hafner hasn’t topped 400 at-bats since 2007. He’s played in just 32 of 59 games this season.

Scott Kazmir

Los Angeles Angels

MLB

Salary: $15 million

We cut slack for sudden, recent injuries, but Kazmir has been a puzzle. After showing so much promise in Tampa Bay, he struggled to a 9-15 record and 5.94 ERA with the Angels in 2010. Most think Kazmir’s inactivity this year (one game, pulled in the second inning) has as much to do with his flawed mechanics as it does a stiff back.

Eddy Curry

New York Knicks

NBA

Salary: $11 million

What would this list be without Curry, the old standby who’s perpetual inability to stay in shape has limited him to 10 games over the past three seasons?

T.J. Ford

Indiana Pacers

NBA

Salary: $8.5 million

The eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft has never played a full season in his eight years, and hasn’t been a regular starter since 2007. He finished this season averaging 19 minutes, 5.4 points and 3.4 assists in 41 games.

Dan Gadzuric

New Jersey Nets

NBA

Salary: $7.3 million

Gadzuric, a 6-foot-11-inch center from the Netherlands, started just nine of 42 games he played in last year for the Warriors and Nets, averaging about 3 points and 3 rebounds. He’s averaged 4.7 points a game for his nine-year career in about 15 minutes a game.

Shaun Rogers

Cleveland Browns

NFL

Salary: $6.9 million

Signed by the Browns to a six-year, $42 million deal in 2008, the defensive lineman eventually clashed with coach Eric Mangini. He started one of the 15 games he played in last year before being released in February.

Sources: USA Today; Sportscity.com.

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Best-Paid Benchwarmers In Sports