Power Rankings vs. Starting Quarterbacks
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Power Rankings vs. Starting Quarterbacks

Comparing the 2012 salary cap hit for each team's starting quarterback.

Week 10 Rankings
Our premium NFL team takes a look at the comparison between the Week 14 ESPN Power Rankings, and the current salary cap hit of each starting quarterback.
1
Texans11-1
Matt Schaub $11,700,000 (6)
2 Matt Ryan $12,900,000(5)
3 Tom Brady $8,000,000 (15)
4
49ers8-3-1
Colin Kaepernick $1,164,610 (46)
5 Peyton Manning $18,000,000 (1)
6 Joe Flacco $8,000,000 (15)
7 Aaron Rodgers $9,000,000 (12)
8 Jay Cutler $9,600,000 (9)
9 Andrew Luck $4,015,000 (26)
10 Eli Manning $9,600,000 (9)
11 Andy Dalton $1,185,045 (45)
12 Russell Wilson $544,850 (64)
13 Ben Roethlisberger $9,895,000 (8)
14 Robert Griffin III $3,839,836 (28)
15 Josh Freeman $7,915,000 (17)
16 Tony Romo $8,059,833 (14)
17 Christian Ponder $2,308,795 (35)
18 Drew Brees $10,400,000 (7)
19
Rams5-6-1
Sam Bradford $15,595,000 (2)
20 Ryan Tannehill $2,302,500 (36)
21 Matthew Stafford $8,935,000 (13)
22
Jets5-7
Mark Sanchez $7,853,125 (18)
23 Ryan Fitzpatrick $6,000,000 (21)
24 Brandon Weeden $1,469,500 (41)
25 Phillip Rivers $15,310,000 (3)
26 Jake Locker $2,860,455 (30)
27 Ryan Lindley $416,327 (77)
28 Cam Newton $5,005,159 (22)
29 Carson Palmer $4,716,667 (24)
30 Nick Foles $525,812 (71)
31
Chiefs2-10
Brady Quinn $1,500,000 (40)
32 Chad Henne $2,600,000 (31)

The 49ers appear to be playing with financial fire using Kaepernick as their guy down the stretch. Conversely, the Chargers have been shockingly awful around one of the league's elitely paid quarterbacks in Rivers. There's no question a trend of young talent is holding strong throughout the league, with Luck, Griffin, Dalton, and Wilson well out-performing their financials. The rookie salary cap threshold has paid dividends between the lines as teams are much more logical about how to use their young talent without large chunks of money invested.

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