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J.J. Watt's 2012 season was one for the ages -- he had 20.5 sacks and an astounding 16 passes defended as opposing quarterbacks quailed at the site of him across the line of scrimmage. His stats this season aren't quite as good, but they still place him in the running for the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Has he had a better season than the likes of Robert Mathis or Richard Sherman? Submit your rankings!

Defensive Player of the Year

Vontaze Burfict

Vontaze Burfict

Bengals LB
151 tackles, 8 passes defensed, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble

Lavonte David

Lavonte David

Buccaneers LB
126 tackles, 9 pass defenses, 6 sacks, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers LB
122 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 sacks

Robert Mathis

Robert Mathis

Colts DE
49 tackles, 16.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles

Robert Quinn

Robert Quinn

Rams DE
46 tackles, 15 sacks, 7 forced fumbles

Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman

Seahawks CB
34 tackles, 6 INTs

Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas

Seahawks FS
93 tackles, 5 INTs, 2 forced fumbles

J.J. Watt

J.J. Watt

Texans DE
69 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 6 pass defenses, 3 forced fumbles

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If you're going to sign a guy to a six-year, $63 million contract, do it the day after a team gave the same contract to a quarterback who never started a game in college.

A moral of limited use in your everyday life? Perhaps, but that's apparently the lesson SportsNation is offering in the wake of the Ravens' keeping pass-rusher extraordinaire Terrell Suggs in the fold for the next six seasons (hypothetically, at least, given the nature of NFL contracts; let's just say voters aren't sure he'll be around in 2015).

But if the 'Nation thinks Suggs is a safer investment than Matt Cassel, does it mean he's one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL? Because if that's the only qualification, Citibank might be one of the NFL's best pass-rushers.

ashy-larry

D. Ware is smiling from ear to ear right now. He should send Suggs a thank you card.

-- Ashy-Larry
sfirx

That's a lot of pressure to perform. You know the more you earn the more the company and people expect from you, except if you're a CEO of a company that deals with mortgages, stocks, or any other financial institution.

-- sfirx

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