The standings say the NFC East is one of the worst divisions in football. The bank statements say they have the best quarterbacks.
They may not be the best, but for now they’re the highest paid.
With Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins stepping into a $19.95 million salary for 2016 and Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford getting to $18 million per season on a two-year contract, all four of the quarterbacks of the NFC East are making great money.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo signed in 2013 a deal worth $18 million per year, which carries a cap number of $20.835 million in 2016. (His base salary this year, however, is a paltry $8.5 million.) Likewise, Giants quarterback Eli Manning moved north of $20 million per year with a new deal signed last September.
That could change sooner than later, as more quarterbacks become eligible for new deals, and as the market inevitably moves beyond high-water marks set when the salary cap was more than $30 million per team lower than it is now. Still, all four NFC East teams currently have quarterbacks who are on the high end of the pay scale for the position, regardless of whether any of them will be playing in 2016 beyond the wild-card round.