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Troy Polamalu (LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers is just one example of a player who's worth almost as much off the field as on.

You might have read recently that Troy Polamalu is the most overpaid strong safety in football. That’s the take of Grantland.com’s Bill Barnwell, in any case. I had a somewhat different take on the issue, but more than that, I was intrigued by the concept of how one determines which deals are bad. For instance, a year earlier, Barnwell had Polamalu in the same spot based largely upon an injury...

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