Trying to justify big AFC East paychecks

Football Outsiders salary cap analysts J.I. Halsell examines the AFC East players with the greatest pressure to measure up to their financial numbersInsider in a column for ESPN Insider.

Halsell, a former capologist for the Washington Redskins, breaks down each team's largest salary cap number, a notable non-tendered player heading into a contract year and the player facing the most substantial justification.

Also listed are 2010 cap projections, along with dead money.

Check out the story to see the figures and read Halsell's insightful remarks on the following:

For the Buffalo Bills, possibly retired defensive end Aaron Schobel has the biggest cap hit. Halsell names safety Donte Whitner the key player entering a contract year and Lee Evans the one with the biggest deal to live up to.

Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long has the division's heftiest cap number. Running back Ricky Williams is an important player headed into a contract year. Disappointing defensive back Jason Allen has the most to validate.

New England Patriots receiver Randy Moss carries the biggest cap number for them. Everybody knows quarterback Tom Brady is entering the final year of his contract. Halsell deems tackle Nick Kaczur the one who must defend his paycheck most of all.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez delivers the New York Jets' largest cap hit. Halsell had several high-profile candidates to choose from when selecting a key player in the final year of his contract and went with cornerback Antonio Cromartie. Halsell's player with the most to prove is defensive end Vernon Gholston.