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The most underrated players of the decade

6/29/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

So you thought all-decade week was over? On Monday, I came across an intriguing list compiled by the Football Outsiders. We've already gone over their list of the most overrated players of the decade. Now, let's take a look at the most underrated players, according to the Outsiders.

Since this list is on ESPN Insider, I'm only going to reveal the underrated players from the NFC East:

5. Shaun O'Hara, C, Giants

9. Shawn Springs, CB, Redskins

10. London Fletcher, LB, Redskins

15. Brian Westbrook, RB, Eagles

17. David Akers, K, Eagles

18. Antonio Pierce, LB, Giants

I like all of these names -- especially Fletcher, although the Rams should get most of the credit for him. Here's what the Outsiders said about Springs: "Springs came out of Ohio State as the good Lord's gift to pass defense, and looked like a Hall of Famer in 1998-99. He got hurt in 2001, came back a little slower and suddenly everyone forgot about him. Fans often think of Springs as a guy who "used to be good," but the fact is that when healthy, he's still very good, and he's always been very good. He's just not the Hall of Famer people originally expected, and he's much better at coverage than at making big plays (only 19 interceptions since 2000)."

Who did we miss here?