Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (2014)

Every year that passes proves that the game of American football is becoming more and more of a quarterback’s game. They have always been the clear leader on the offense (and sometimes the whole team), but quarterbacks have become more and more important to a team’s success and production. Teams are recognizing that and paying their quarterbacks accordingly though. The point is, it’s getting out of control. This is my second annual installment of the … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part six)

There’s also a small list of starters in this group who are getting underpaid for their performance. And when I say small list, I mean it’s just one person: Colin Kaepernick. The genius thing about his contract is that he will probably never be overpaid in his career. He just signed a new contract this offseason for $114 million. My first reaction was that that was absolutely ridiculous. But then I looked at the details … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part five)

Ryan Tannehill is going to be the starting QB in Miami, yet he’s not the highest paid QB on the roster this year; it’s Matt Moore. Tannehill is still on his rookie contract, and Moore is going into this season with a $5.5 million cap hit. And he’s a backup. Last year he played just a small portion of one game and managed to throw two picks and fumble. That’s atrocious. He’s only had one … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part four)

Joe Flacco is one of the most consistent QBs in the league. He’s never missed a game in his career and has almost always thrown between 3,600 and 3,900 yards in a season. He throws an average of 20 TDs per season and, until last year, about 11 picks per season. Consistency is usually good because you know what’s expected. He has an excellent playoff record and has already won a Super Bowl ring. But … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part three)

Now, let’s start looking at some individual players to determine whether or not they deserve their contract. I think the best example to start with is Jay Cutler, QB for the Bears. Cutler’s cap hit and cash earnings more than doubled from the year before. He has the highest cap hit among QBs in the league at $22.5 million. This honestly doesn’t make any sense at all. Once again, Cutler was unable to finish a … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part two)

As I mentioned last year, there are four main ways to judge a QB (in my opinion): stats, regular season wins, postseason wins, and Super Bowl rings. Some players have one or more of these categories, and some have none. Some guys have all of them. If a player has all of them, then he basically deserves the maximum amount of money because he’s an elite QB. If a QB doesn’t have any of them, … Continue reading

2014: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part one)

Every year that passes proves that the game of American football is becoming more and more of a quarterback’s game. They have always been the clear leader on the offense (and sometimes the whole team), but quarterbacks have become more and more important to a team’s success and production. Teams are recognizing that and paying their quarterbacks accordingly though. The point is, it’s getting out of control. This is my second annual installment of the … Continue reading

Do NFL QBs Really Deserve Their Contracts? (2013)

It seems that every time another quarterback gets a new contract or some sort of extension, the idea is to beat out the last person’s deal and have something included in the contract that screams “first time ever” or “biggest in NFL history.” These deals will only continue too as long as the salary cap goes up. But regarding the salary cap, it seems like some teams are getting away with minimal cap hits for … Continue reading

2013: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part nine)

So after analyzing all the elite QBs as well, there are still guys that haven’t been named. Some of them are just bad starting QBs that are getting lower salaries such as Kevin Kolb and Brandon Weeden. Then there are other guys who are young in their careers and are growing, but still have low salaries such as Andy Dalton, Ryan Tannehill, and Jake Locker. And then there are starting QBs who have great deals … Continue reading

2013: Do NFL QBs really deserve their contracts? (part eight)

Now come the elite QBs that are getting a ton of money. These guys are getting ridiculous amounts of money, but they’ve deserved it over the years. The first guy is Peyton Manning. Some people questioned whether he was still worth a lot after having neck surgery, but he definitely proved that last year. He will make $25 million in cash with a $17.5 million cap hit, but honestly, he’s probably worth that. He has … Continue reading