FBO: Backup QB salary-cap analysis
The Eagles and Colts dedicate lots of money to quarterbacks and still win often
This summer we've seen lucrative quarterback deals for Matt Cassel, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers; all of these contracts have an average per year value in excess of $10.5 million. Clearly, this demonstrates the emphasis front offices place on the quarterback position; however -- and not so surprisingly -- there is a significant disparity in contract value between a team's No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks. The median 2009 cap number for starting quarterbacks is $9.23 million, while the median for backups is $1.93 million.
In Indianapolis, Peyton Manning accounts for 16.5 percent of his club's 2009 salary cap, with a whopping cap number of $21.2 million. Conversely, backup QB Jim Sorgi accounts for 1 percent of the Colts' cap, with a cap number of $1.31 million. Combined, Manning and Sorgi account for 17.5 percent of Indianapolis' salary cap, or the highest combined amount allocated to any NFL team's top two quarterbacks.
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