Matt Schaub is one of the better QBs in the league, especially while he’s been with the Texans. He has passed for over 4,000 yards in all three seasons where he’s started all 16 games, but he tends to get injured a lot. He’s been a key part of the Texans offense and the early stages of their franchise, but he still falls into the exact same category as many other starting QBs in the league. He has one playoff win. How can a player deserve $10.75 million (Schaub’s cap hit this year) if he’s only won one playoff game in his entire career? Normally a player gets a lot of money after his team and the player has a great season, but in this case, he’s only getting the money after having a great individual season. Now the Texans just started making the playoffs and have only been in existence for 10 years, but either way, he only has one playoff win and he’s getting the big money. Final verdict: he probably doesn’t deserve his contract.
Jay Cutler probably doesn’t deserve his contract either. Do you think his cap hit should be $10.37 million? Well, in his four years as a starter for the Bears, he’s only won one playoff game (that seems to be a trend, doesn’t it?) and hasn’t finished a full season since 2009. And not even his stats are showing that he deserves to be this highly paid. He has only passed for over 3,500 yards once in his four years with the team; while I said that stats shouldn’t be looked at solely for a QB’s monetary worth, Cutler doesn’t seem to fit the bill of a $10 million quarterback no matter how you look at it. 19 TD passes in 15 games? That’s terrible, and it’s not going to get the team wins. The main reason that the team is winning at all is their defense, which is holding Cutler up. Final verdict: he does not deserve his contract.
Does anyone remember the first overall pick in the 2005 draft? His name is Alex Smith, and he’s going to be the starting QB for the Chiefs this year. This is a guy that we’ve been very patiently waiting to break out, but I’m not really sure if that’s happened yet. He was never the franchise QB in San Francisco…in fact, he only played in all 16 games two out of eight seasons he spent with the 49ers. He finally made his first playoff game in 2011, but he only won once before losing. The 49ers made the playoffs the next year, but he was beat out midseason by Colin Kaepernick and didn’t start for the team in the playoffs. So that means that Smith has…one playoff win. Hmm, just like the rest of them. But the Chiefs traded for him and will be paying him $8.5 million this season, a number that far outweighs his worth. Is he a good QB? Nobody really knows yet because he hasn’t produced the stats or the playoff wins. He’s gotten it done in the regular season and posted an amazing 19-5-1 record in the past two seasons, but is that really enough to deserve $8.5 million? He’ll be entering his ninth year in the league, meaning he’s in the second half of his career. The Chiefs seemed to have jumped the gun here and given an ultimately unproven QB a lot of money. Final verdict: he does not deserve his contract.
Part 5 will be released tomorrow.