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1. Wes Welker

Position: Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
2011 salary: $2.15 million
Weekly paycheck: $127,647

When the Patriots gave up a second round draft pick to get Wes Welker, many fans thought it was too much. Well, that deal and Welker's five-year, $18 million contract is now proving to be a bargain. This year, the lightning-fast, 5-foot-9-inch receiver is making a measly $2.15 million in the last year of that contract. He's pulled in 72 receptions for 1,006 yards receiving to go along with six touchdowns.

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