The NFL has a problem with inflated quarterback contracts. Only two quarterbacks deserve to be paid as elite quarterbacks, Pat Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers. They have the talent to win and both are Super Bowl MVPs and can win with little around them.
For some reason, teams are giving average to above average quarterbacks elite quarterback money. This is crippling teams as they try to stay under the salary cap, forcing teams to make cuts to get under the cap.
Teams then can’t surround their average quarterback with what he needs to win games. If average quarterbacks like Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff took pay cuts their teams would be able to surround them with better talent. Helping them win playoff games and maybe even a few super bowls along the way. Tom Brady won a few Super Bowls using this method.
Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time: 6-time champion, 4-time Super Bowl MVP and 3-time league MVP. Brady constantly took pay cuts in New England to make sure he had the talent around him to be successful.
In 2013, Brady restructured his contract and was making 13 million dollars. This freed up 15 million dollars for the 2013 and 2014 season. This extension paid him 7 million in 2015, 8 million in 2016 and 9 million dollars in 2017, well below the average for quarterbacks. For those 3 seasons he averaged out as the 17th highest paid quarterback.
This allowed New England to bring in WR Danny Amendola and re-sign WR Julian Edelman in 2013. Two years later, the Pats were able to sign CB Darrelle Revis who shut down one side of the field every game. These additions helped the Pats win the Super Bowl in 2015. Edelman and Amendola combined for 14 receptions, 157 yards and 2 touchdowns in Super Bowl 49. Revis recorded a sack and wasn’t thrown at for much of the game.
They won another title in 2017. It took a crazy catch by Edelman and 8 receptions, 78 yards and a touchdown from Amendola to beat the Falcons for the Super Bowl win. Brady even said on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “you can only spend so much, and the more that one guy gets is less for others.” He went on to say, “a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me.” He also likes to deflate balls for a competitive advantage but that’s a different story for a different day. Without the pay cuts, Brady probably doesn’t add 3 more rings or have a reason to kiss his son on the lips every Sunday.
The Minnesota Vikings pay a fully guaranteed 34 million dollar contract to Kirk Cousins each year. Since Cousins became a full time starter in 2015, he has ranked 9th in yards, 10th in touchdowns and 11th in completion percentage. These numbers are obviously good but he hasn’t produced in big games.
In his one playoff victory, Cousins went for 242 yards, a touchdown and completed 61 percent of his passes. It’s not a very good stat line. The man has Jesus on his side and still can’t win big games.
He’s 1-2 in playoffs games, 7-30 vs winning teams, 17-26-2 on the road and has a 44-42-2 overall record. If you’re getting paid like an elite quarterback, your record shouldn’t look like this. He clearly needs more around him to be more successful in big games. At least Tebow won some big games. Does anyone remember the playoff game against the steelers?
Maybe Kirk needs angels in the red zone to succeed. Or he could just take a pay cut. If the Vikings had an extra 10 million dollars, do you think Stefon Diggs would be catching passes from a trash and inaccurate Josh Allen? I don’t think so. They could have kept Diggs and still traded back with the 49ers and still selected cornerback Jeff Gladney to replace the now-released defensive backs Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes. The Vikings had the lowest amount of cap space to use this offseason and so much of it is going to Cousins. This team wouldn’t have to worry about a rookie learning the ropes and adjusting to the NFL on a win now team if Cousins took a pay cut to help the team.
I think we’re all adults and know that defense wins championships. It’s hard enough to keep good defensive players if you can’t pay them. Look at the Seahawks. They had an all-time great defense and couldn’t keep them together because of Russell Wilson’s contract. They lost both Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas after paying Russell. The duo were a huge part of the Legion of Boom and why the team went to back-to-back Super Bowls, with one win. This all happened while Wilson was making $600k dollars a year. They haven’t been to a Super Bowl since Russell signed a 4 year/$86 million contract.
The LA Rams fell into a similar situation. They had to get rid of a bunch of good pieces. Two offensive lineman had to leave in free agency because the Rams couldn’t afford them. It’s a major hit for the team. Los Angeles’s O-line ranked as the 5th best line in 2018. In 2019, it ranked 31st according to Pro Football Focus. The team had to let those players go because they had to pay Jared “looks lost” Goff and what happened? The Rams didn’t make the playoffs, nor could they surround the team with good players. They weren’t able to re-sign Ndamukong Suh who had 59 tackles and 4.5 sacks with the Rams in 2018. That’s a bunch of production from a defensive tackle.
Goff isn’t even good; he has a career completion percentage of 62%, ranked 16th in touchdowns and had the 4th most interceptions in 2019. The Rams are paying Goff like he’s some kind of Pat Mahomes when they should be surrounding him with talent. Goff doesn’t even have Brandin Cooks to help him this year. Enjoy Robert Woods as your No. 1 wideout. Renegotiate your contract Jared, if you can’t do it for the city of LA do it for your own legacy you bum.
These quarterbacks have one good season and teams are opening the vault and letting the Goffs of the world steal 110 million dollars from them. Only one man can save us from the inflated market on quarterbacks, the very man to be the first person to “allegedly” wear a thong in an NFL game: Dak Prescott. He isn’t elite but he’s an average quarterback who can produce and stay healthy.
Prescott’s not the hero we want but the hero we desperately need. Take a pay cut and let Jerry Jones get some players with character problems to help you win a Super Bowl. You’ll make your money back with sponsorships, just ask Tony Romo how much he made off Skechers. No one would be caught dead in some Skechers unless you’re getting paid millions. So take a pay cut and change the NFL in a positive way like you did with your choice of undergarments.