Projected 2014 QB Financial Depth Charts

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August 23rd, 2014 by Michael Ginnitti

USATSI_8012815_160074578_lowresEli Manning (NYG) carries the highest cap of any NFL QB for the 2nd straight year.As teams begin to finalize rosters for the upcoming 2014 season, many are already naming their starting quarterbacks for the opening week. We’ll take a quick look at the projected starting and backup quarterbacks across the league, and the coinciding salary cap figures for each.

Notable Notes

Starting QBs have an average cap hit of $9,775,673 in 2014. While backup QBs carry an average cap of just $1,594,576. Teams are carrying an average of $8,181,097 in difference between their starter and backup.

For the second straight year, Eli Manning (NYG) holds the top cap hit of any NFL quarterback. His $20.4M cap figure is $19.6M more than the Nick Foles’ $770,880 cap hit, the lowest of any starting quarterback. In terms of cash, Jay Cutler (CHI) takes in $22.5M this season with his newly-signed extension. Geno Smith (NYJ) will earn the least amount of cash as a starting QB this season at “just” $633,164.

Matt Moore (MIA) is the league’s highest cap-allocated backup quarterback at $5.5M. Case Keenum (HOU) is currently the backup QB with the lowest cap figure at just $495,000. In terms of cash, Blake Bortles (JAC) leads all backups, reeling in $13,761,680 in 2014.

5 teams have backup QBs with higher cap hits than their starters: Cleveland, Seattle, Philadelphia, Miami, and the New York Jets. Of the, the Jets have the biggest gap with Michael Vick accounting for $2.85M more than starter Geno Smith.

2014 Cap
2014 Cap
GBAaron Rodgers$17,550,000Matt Flynn$1,068,125
CARCam Newton$7,008,113Derek Anderson$1,100,000
SDPhilip Rivers$16,666,666Kellen Clemens$1,177,500
MINMatt Cassel$5,750,000Teddy Bridgewater$1,245,364
SEARussell Wilson$817,302Tarvaris Jackson$1,250,000
CLEBrian Hoyer$1,250,000Johnny Manziel$1,499,745
CINAndy Dalton$8,959,036Jason Campbell$1,500,000
TENJake Locker$4,004,637Charlie Whitehurst$1,500,000
STLShaun Hill$1,750,000Austin Davis$570,000
PITBen Roethlisberger$18,895,000Bruce Gradkowski$1,833,333
SFColin Kaepernick$3,767,444Blaine Gabbert$2,011,587
PHINick Foles$770,880Mark Sanchez$2,250,000
ARICarson Palmer$12,000,000Drew Stanton$2,666,667
KCAlex Smith$8,000,000Chase Daniel$3,400,000
INDAndrew Luck$6,029,454Matt Hasselbeck$3,750,000
JACChad Henne$5,750,000Blake Bortles$3,755,420
NYJGeno Smith$1,140,819Michael Vick$4,000,000
MIARyan Tannehill$3,455,046Matt Moore$5,500,000
HOURyan Fitzpatrick$3,375,000Ryan Mallett$776,976
DALTony Romo$11,773,000Brandon Weeden$570,000
CHIJay Cutler$18,500,000Jimmy Clausen$645,000
NYGEli Manning$20,400,000Curtis Painter$635,000
NODrew Brees$18,400,000Luke McCown$635,000
DETMatthew Stafford$15,820,000Dan Orlovsky$635,000
ATLMatt Ryan$17,500,000T.J. Yates$645,000
BUFE.J. Manuel$2,019,386Kyle Orton$5,000,000
BALJoe Flacco$14,800,000Tyrod Taylor$671,327
WASRobert Griffin III$5,759,754Kirk Cousins$688,172
TBJosh McCown$4,750,000Mike Glennon$705,469
NETom Brady$14,800,000Jimmy Garoppolo$633,436
DENPeyton Manning$17,500,000Brock Osweiler$959,096
OAKDerek Carr$976,691Matt Schaub$8,000,000


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