Like most competitive sports, NFL franchises are constantly trying to get the one up on opposing teams. As most teams build through the draft, free agency also plays a pivotal role in building a winner and finding those few missing pieces needed to make a championship run. It’s incredible to see people receive millions upon millions just to play a sport. But then again, there are so many fans – and winning is in high demand. So money at this point rarely becomes an obstacle for these owners looking to put themselves atop the hill.
Like with everything though there are pros and cons to dishing out huge multi-million dollar deals to professional athletes. The best case scenario is that the player plays up to, or exceeds expectation, while a risk involved in giving away so much money is that the player doesn’t pan out. What happens then? Well most of the time the player either gets traded or cut. But during the time that they were on the team, they cost their respective franchises a boatload of money. It doesn’t seem like that bad a deal if you think about it. There’s so much guaranteed money in these contracts that players literally get paid to fail.
But what happens when a team can’t simply release a player due to a steep penalty or large amount of dead cap space? Well then they’re pretty much forced to keep them on the team. It does give the players a chance to “develop” so the longer they can latch on to a team the longer they’ve got to make a good impression. But most of the time, theses guy just end up costing a whole lot of money without getting any results.
These are the 15 highest paid bums in the NFL.
15 Sean Lee – 2015 Cap Hit: $5.45 Million
14 Donald Brown – 2015 Cap Hit: $4.083 Million
13 Ryan Fitzpatrick – 2015 Cap Hit: $3.25 Million
12 Donald Thomas – 2015 Cap Hit: $3.75 Million
11 Ziggy Hood – 2015 Cap Hit: $3.975 Million
10 Riley Cooper – 2015 Cap Hit: $4.8 Million
9 Matt Cassel – 2015 Cap Hit: $4.75 Million
8 Jonathan Stewart – 2015 Cap Hit: $8.3 Million
7 Lamarr Houston – 2015 Cap Hit: $6.99 Million
6 Andy Levitre – 2015 Cap Hit: $8.6 Million
5 Jared Cook – 2015 Cap Hit: $8.3 Million
4 Pierre Garcon – 2015 Cap Hit: $9.7 Million
3 Mike Wallace – 2015 Cap Hit: $9.9 Million
2 Sam Bradford – 2015 Cap Hit: $12.985 Million
1 Jay Cutler – 2015 Cap Hit: 16.5 Million
To say that Jay Cutler has been a disappointment in Chicago is a bit of an understatement. He was brought in in 2009 and was expected to be the franchise savior. But during his tenure as a Bear, Cutler has only led the team to the playoffs once. What’s more, his 1-11 record against the Green Bay Packers shows just where the team stands in the division. His play is average at best, yet despite this he’s getting paid like a top five quarterback. Funny enough, he signed a massive seven year, $126.7 million extension with the club a year ago when he posted a 5-6 record and put up a QB rating of 89.2. His time in Chicago is probably close to being over but until then, he’ll just continue to drain their salary cap.
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