More and more, NFL teams are benefitting each season by getting elite production out of a lower-paid player. On the flip side, quarterbacks are returning a lower amount of return on investment. Specifically, at the top of the list.
The NFL Research Twitter account recently listed the six highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, and where they find themselves in terms of making the playoffs. It's not looking good for the wealthiest signal-callers in the league.
Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford, and Derek Carr all make up the list of highest-paid quarterbacks. Only Cousins is in the playoff conversation, while Garopplo makes the list after missing nearly all of this season with a torn ACL.
In terms of the best return on investment, Dak Prescott is making $680,848 per year as a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 -- the lowest of any starting quarterback currently in the playoff hunt. The Cowboys better squeeze every ounce of juice from this fruit, because they'll certainly be paying him a lot of money in the near future.
Lowest-paid quarterbacks in playoff contention:— The Duel (@TheDuelSports) December 17, 2018
* Dak Prescott (DAL): $680,848/yr
* Lamar Jackson (BAL): $2,367,913/yr
* Deshaun Watson (HOU): $3,463,621/yr
* Patrick Mahomes (KC): $4,106,491/yr
Lamar Jackson ($2,367,913), Deshaun Watson ($3,463,621), and Patrick Mahomes ($4,106,491) are all behind Prescott in terms of returning value on investment. Jackson is the only one of those three quarterbacks not virtually guaranteed to make the playoffs, but the Ravens do control their own destiny heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
More and more, we're starting to see teams excel with these cheaper quarterbacks. Not to say this is where the league should be heading in the future, but it's not a necessarily a bad thing to allocate money (in a salary cap league) to other areas of the field.
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