With each passing season in the NFL contracts continue to grow. TV deals, stadium upgrades and collective bargaining agreements drive up the yearly salary cap and how much each player on the fifty-three-man roster should be paid is increasingly important. Is the quarterback not only the perceived most important position but also the most important monetarily? Are there any trends in how the last ten Super Bowl champions spread their money throughout their roster? The highest paid position on all those teams, how the teams at the bottom of the league distributed their salary cap and any surprise spending will all be explored in this nine-part series on positional spending in the NFL.
Part 1 – It’s Not All About the Quarterback
Part 2 - The Importance of the Skill Positions: Running Back
Part 3 - The Importance of the Skill Positions: Wide Receiver
Part 4 - The Importance of the Skill Positions: Tight End
Part 5 - Is it All in the Trenches? Offensive Line
Part 6 - Is it All in the Trenches? Defensive Line
Part 7 - The Middle of the Defense: Linebackers
Part 8 - Covering the Pass: Secondary
Part 9 - Often the Overlooked: Special Teams
About the Author
Patrick Schilling is a senior at Western Carolina University pursuing a double major in sports management and computer information systems. Please follow him on LinkedIn.