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NFC East has the richest quarterbacks in football

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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.

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38 Responses to “NFC East has the richest quarterbacks in football”
  1. bassplucker says: Mar 1, 2016 10:04 PM

    Insane to think that some of the greatest NFL QBs who ever played didn’t make as much money their entire careers as Cousins and Bradford did the past couple of days.

  2. dansardo says: Mar 1, 2016 10:06 PM

    The entire NFC is “weak sauce”. The panthers are far and away the best team in the NFC and they would barely make the playoffs in the afc. The nfc east is garbage

  3. cobrala2 says: Mar 1, 2016 10:06 PM

    NFC Least pays the NFC Most.

  4. milehihoss says: Mar 1, 2016 10:08 PM

    We’re not splitting the atom here folks.
    Biggest markets = $$$

  5. therealraider says: Mar 1, 2016 10:10 PM

    20 million is the new average.. geezus.

  6. bigbluefandom says: Mar 1, 2016 10:24 PM

    Only one has really earned his pay check and we can argue for the second one. It is embarrassing that QBs from the other two teams will steal money. I will leave it up to you to figure out who are the thieves!

  7. mistyzhang says: Mar 1, 2016 10:24 PM

    Fun fact: Sam Bradford has made over 114 million dollars during his career! 114 Million! Next time you think your QB is overpaid just remember Sam Bradford.

  8. typicalnipple says: Mar 1, 2016 10:32 PM

    So where does Big John Football line up in all of this?

  9. paulieorkid says: Mar 1, 2016 10:32 PM

    Then, that must also mean that their incomes are not dependent upon winning Lombardis.

    Philly has NEVER won a Super Bowl. Never. Ever ever. Never ever ever.

    Dallas hasn’t won one since Switzer stooged his way into one on the backs of the talent Jimmy groomed.

    And Washington’s last Super Bowl was a quarter century ago.

    Only the G-Men have squeaked out two, and even those took miracle plays in stunning upsets. If it wasn’t for those “you have got to be kidding me plays,” the NFC East hasn’t done jack in over 20 years.

  10. motleytrap says: Mar 1, 2016 10:41 PM

    Just shows how overrated those chumps are.

  11. dlux36 says: Mar 1, 2016 10:54 PM

    Only one has a ring (2) and the others have what 2 playoff wins? (Romo – should have been 3 muffer)
    Bring back the NFCE!

    Eagles fan

  12. bhindenemylines says: Mar 1, 2016 10:58 PM

    Most SUPER BOWL trophies too.

  13. hahalolrofl says: Mar 1, 2016 11:01 PM

    Only one worth a damn is Eli.

    Romo has been ok. Not close to elite.

    Cousins. Unproven and got throttled in the playoffs this year.

    Bradford. His agent is a badass but him not so much

  14. redsoxu571 says: Mar 1, 2016 11:22 PM

    Amusingly, for all the flak Dallas got for Romo’s contract, it turns out he is the most appropriately paid division QB.

  15. mazenblue says: Mar 1, 2016 11:24 PM

    2015 standings, the two worst divisions
    afc south 25-39
    nfc east 26-38

  16. theonecorrectopinion says: Mar 1, 2016 11:28 PM

    lol

  17. ariani1985 says: Mar 1, 2016 11:51 PM

    These losers would barely make my local high school team!

  18. rhymeswithpunt says: Mar 1, 2016 11:53 PM

    What a waste.

  19. laxer37 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:01 AM

    $80 million per year combined, and Eli’s the only one whose ever won a meaningful game.

  20. Modern Day Einstein says: Mar 2, 2016 12:24 AM

    And yet, the media has a huge crush on the absolute worst, and easily least entertaining division in the entire NFL.

    Its simply not relevant in the least bit, the media should do itself justice and talk about genuine divisions, like the AFC North/West, and NFC North/West. Completely underrepresented in terms of coverage, yet actually interesting and worth investing valuable conscious, living time on earth.

    Its not rocket science.

  21. bobbyinlondon says: Mar 2, 2016 12:34 AM

    dansardo says:Mar 1, 2016 10:06 PM

    The entire NFC is “weak sauce”. The panthers are far and away the best team in the NFC and they would barely make the playoffs in the afc. The nfc east is garbage

    It was only 2 seasons ago when the Panthers won the South with a LOSING record. The writer of the article is trying to equate the QBs contracts with winning–it doesn’t work like that. It’s the economy of the position and the dearth of quality QBs in the game as a whole. Just one look at who the FA QBs are should tell you why these QBs are getting paid.

    It’s worse in Dallas, where Jerry Jones was quoted the other day saying he sees Romo, who’s been injured in at least 2 of the last 3 seasons, playing until he’s 40-41.

  22. justintuckrule says: Mar 2, 2016 1:15 AM

    Half of them are hall of famers. How about your division haters.

  23. jerry944 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:16 AM

    mazenblue says:
    Mar 1, 2016 11:24 PM
    2015 standings, the two worst divisions
    afc south 25-39
    nfc east 26-38
    ——————————
    And?

  24. dino2997 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:17 AM

    At this point in his career where Eli can’t even make the playoffs in a weak division and living off the past it’s safe to say that none of these QB”s is even remotely close to being worth this kind of money.

  25. jake6879 says: Mar 2, 2016 1:45 AM

    Player salaries are a portion of team revenues.. if these guys were getting $100k while the league made $11 billion, you’d be crying that players should get a cut of what the teams earn.. it’s an entertainment business, you watch the games, advertisers pay to pitch you products and services while you watch the games. Television networks pay the league for the rights to carry the games and sell pitch time to said advertisers and the league pays players around 45% of the revenues earned. That turns out to be a pool of around $5 billion.. it’s a fair deal for everyone involved, quit whining about it..

  26. orivar says: Mar 2, 2016 1:50 AM

    ” If it wasn’t for those “you have got to be kidding me plays,” the NFC East hasn’t done jack in over 20 years.”

    So in other words the better team won.

  27. greg3117 says: Mar 2, 2016 3:32 AM

    I want Bradford’s agent for my next annual review. Maybe I can be in the 7-8 figure salary range.

  28. kev86 says: Mar 2, 2016 7:21 AM

    NFC East has storied franchises rich in tradition. The Giants have two SBs since 2000. can any other NFC teams say that? I think the division has 12 total. Some seem jealous and are crying like babies about it.

  29. mysterytonite says: Mar 2, 2016 7:23 AM

    Half of them are hof’ers? Who? Romo who’s won a playoff game? Or Eli, the guy who lucked out and won with two 9-7 teams with an amazing pass rush that carried him? Eli is the latter day Jim plunket. The only reason her even be considered is he’s played in a big market and his last name. But look in the dictionary, he is the definition of mediocre.

  30. abninf says: Mar 2, 2016 7:49 AM

    hahalolrofl says:

    Romo has been ok. Not close to elite.
    ====================================

    He has the third highest QB rating in NFL history. In history as in there are hundreds of quarterbacks with lower ratings. And if a ref knew what a catch was he could have a ring right now.

  31. bleedgreen says: Mar 2, 2016 8:39 AM

    Lets be clear here. Bradford is not going to earn $18M a year. Only $22M is fully guaranteed. $11M signing, $7M salary this year and $4M fully guaranteed next year. That’s $12.5M this year and $9.5M because remember, the signing bonus gets allocated (at least cap wise) across the whole contract, not all up front in one lump sum. So, while he’ll have $18M in cash in his pocket this year, in terms of NFL dollars, he’s not making $18M this year. The only way he gets $18M this year is if they win in the playoffs. And guess what? No one, and I mean NO ONE, in Philly would complain about paying a QB $18M if the Eagles make a deep playoff run or win the Super Bowl. Hell, we’d all be OK if he got $50M if they won the Super Bowl.

  32. bleedgreen says: Mar 2, 2016 8:41 AM

    Also, for everyone bitching that Bradford is average and mediocre the average amount earned on his contract is 15th in the league, and his guarantee ranks 16th. So….. average salary for an average QB.

  33. realfootballfan says: Mar 2, 2016 8:58 AM

    That’s just so funny for so many reasons.

  34. floratiotime says: Mar 2, 2016 10:30 AM

    NFC East … 12 Superbowl Championships … and that’s with no help from the Eagles.

  35. mindelm42 says: Mar 2, 2016 12:14 PM

    10-6 (not 9-7) became 14-6 after beating the 18-0 Patriots…and 9-7 became 13-7 in 2011. Eli earned his two MVP’s, not because of his name but what he did at the end of both of those games.

  36. imbetterthanyou says: Mar 2, 2016 12:25 PM

    “At this point in his career where Eli can’t even make the playoffs in a weak division and living off the past it’s safe to say that none of these QB”s is even remotely close to being worth this kind of money”

    Are you even serious? They had what cannot even be considered a defense. Pretty much one of the worst defenses. Really, really bad defense. That’s why they didn’t win games.

  37. skins1970 says: Mar 2, 2016 2:41 PM

    Some seem to forget the NFC East have won the most combined SBs no other division has come close to that.Until another division can match that they they will always be the best no matter what the teams records are got it ?

  38. bigblue431 says: Mar 2, 2016 3:10 PM

    TO imbetterthanyou:
    Mar 2, 2016 12:25 PM

    Agreed – Gmen lost 6 games by one possession this year and were in it to the end in many games. They were close to beating Panthers. Lack of defense killed them (and lack of WRs- Eli can’t throw it to himself if OBJ isn’t around).

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