2014 NFL Team & Player Cash Breakdowns

2014 NFL Team & Player Cash Breakdowns
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2014 NFL Top Cash-Earners

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With so much attention being given to the salary cap these days in terms of NFL teams and player contracts the most important aspect sometimes gets lost - cold hard cash. Spotrac now tracks both a player's allocation to the salary cap, and the actual cash dollars earned in each given year. We'll break down some of the cash numbers by team, & position, while also taking a look at the top cash earning players heading into the 2014 campaign.
Top 10 2014 NFL Cash Earners
Fresh off his new extension in Chicago, QB Jay Cutler leads all NFL players with $22.5 million in cash earnings for 2014, followed closely by Falcons QB Matt Ryan ($21.5M), and Ravens QB Joe Flacco ($21M). Dolphins WR Mike Wallace is highest earning non-QB, bringing in $15.05M in cash this season, while Packers CB Sam Shields leads all defensive players with $15M in earnings. 25 players will be earning $10+M in cash this year,
Player Team Pos. 2014 Cash Earnings
Jay Cutler CHI QB $22,500,000
Matt Ryan ATL QB $21,500,000
Joe Flacco BAL QB $21,000,000
Mike Wallace MIA WR $15,050,000
Peyton Manning DEN QB $15,000,000
Sam Shields GB CB $15,000,000
Tony Romo DAL QB $13,500,000
Mario Williams BUF DE $13,400,000
Chris Long STL DE $13,400,000
Greg Hardy CAR DE $13,116,000
NFL Cash Earnings by Position
When looking at how cash is being dispersed by position in 2014, it should come to noone's surprise that the Top 3 average dollars per player come from Quarterback, Left Tackle, and Defensive End - positions most likely to be drafted in the Top 10 in next week's NFL draft. The pure saturation of wide receivers in the league (274 currently signed) makes them the highest combined earning position this year, followed by Defensive Ends (179, $395M). Surprisingly, Kickers are earning the 7th most cash per player this season, while Running Backs are bringing in the 5th lowest amount of cash positionally in 2014, with just Punters, Right Tackles, Fullbacks, and Long Snappers behind them.
Position Total 2014 Cash Avg. Cash per Player Top Earner
Quarterback $262,292,329 $2,649,417 Jay Cutler (CHI, $22,500,000)
Fullback $30,949,438 $793,575 Marcel Reece (OAK, $3,000,000)
Running Back $190,341,253 $1,286,090 Adrian Peterson(MIN, $12,000,000)
Wide Receiver $415,471,211 $1,516,318 Mike Wallace (MIA, $15,050,000)
Tight End $182,953,292 $1,365,323 Dennis Pitta (BAL, $12,000,000)
Left Tackle $183,923,239 $2,452,310 Jason Peters (PHI, $12,000,000)
Right Tackle $77,690,505 $1,119,790 Zach Strief (NO, $6,400,000)
Guard $206,892,630 $1,543,975 Austin Howard (OAK, $8,000,000)
Center $116,965,094 $1,647,396 Alex Mack (CLE, $10,000,000)
Defensive Tackle $227,998,192 $1,676,457 Gerald McCoy (TB, $13,032,253)
Defensive End $395,968,662 $2,212,115 Mario Williams (BUF, $13,400,000)
Inside Linebacker $218,856,034 $1,823,800 Daryl Washington (ARI, $13,000,000)
Outside Linebacker $241,729,681 $1,447,483 Terrell Suggs (BAL, $12,000,000)
Cornerback $360,357,507 $1,594,502 Sam Shields (CB, $15,000,000)
Safety $276,387,851 $1,527,005 Jairus Byrd (NO, $12,300,000)
Kicker $65,230,007 $1,630,750 Dan Bailey (DAL, $4,900,000)
Punter $48,978,514 $1,224,463 Pat McAfee (IND, $3,750,000)
Long Snapper $25,335,087 $745,150 Cullen Loeffler (MIN, $1,145,000)
 
NFL 2014 Team Cash Totals
The Baltimore Ravens lead all teams currently with more than $137M in 2014 cash spendings, with the Broncos and Eagles rounding out the Top 3. The NFC East represents the low spending teams this year, as the Cowboys have just $86.3M in spendings, and the Washington Redskins a league low (by far) $58.5M. In total, 8 teams have cash payrolls less than $100 million as of today - but all of these figures will rise in the coming months as draft picks are signed.

Team Total Cash Top Earning PLayer(s) Pos. 2014 Cap figure 2014 Cash Earnings
Arizona Cardinals $118,614,854 Larry Fitzgerald
Daryl Washington
WR
ILB
$8,600,000
$6,000,000
$13,000,000
Atlanta Falcons $125,813,345 Matt Ryan QB $17,500,000 $21,500,000
Baltimore Ravens $137,809,507 Joe Flacco QB $14,800,000 $21,000,000
Buffalo Bills $120,134,880 Mario Williams DE $18,800,000 $13,400,000
Carolina Panthers $114,046,353 Greg Hardy DE $13,116,000 $13,116,000
Chicago Bears $126,706,287 Jay Cutler QB $18,500,000 $22,500,000
Cincinnati Bengals $98,396,646 Carlos Dunlap DE $8,600,000 $7,000,000
Cleveland Browns $122,060,854 Joe Thomas LT $12,300,000 $11,100,000
Dallas Cowboys $86,376,630 Tony Romo QB $11,773,000 $13,500,000
Denver Broncos $130,818,265 Peyton Manning QB $17,500,000 $15,000,000
Detroit Lions $98,718,534 Ndamukong Suh DT $22,412,500 $12,675,000
Green Bay Packers $119,607,863 Sam Shields CB $5,625,000 $15,000,000
Houston Texans $91,461,136 Andre Johnson WR $15,644,583 $11,000,000
Indianapolis Colts $111,091,115 Vontae Davis
Arthur Jones
CB
DE
$6,250,000
$5,600,000
$10,000,000
Jacksonville Jaguars $104,567,603 Paul Posluszny
Zane Beadles
ILB
G
$9,500,000
$7,500,000
$7,500,000
Kansas City Chiefs $101,161,521 Dwayne Bowe WR $12,000,000 $9,000,000
Miami Dolphins $127,993,820 Mike Wallace WR $17,250,000 $15,050,000
Minnesota Vikings $117,751,075 Everson Griffen DE $8,200,000 $13,000,000
New England Patriots $104,316,239 Darrelle Revis CB $7,000,000 $12,000,000
New Orleans Saints $104,237,928 Jairus Byrd S $3,500,000 $12,300,000
New York Giants $106,881,472 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie CB $2,730,000 $10,730,000
New York Jets $88,302,975 Eric Decker WR $4,000,000 $10,000,000
Oakland Raiders $111,797,751 Matt Schaub QB $8,000,000 $8,000,000
Philadelphia Eagles $129,281,779 Jason Peters LT $8,292,000 $12,000,000
Pittsburgh Steelers $116,343,309 Ben Roethlisberger QB $18,895,000 $12,100,000
San Diego Chargers $93,964,653 Donald Butler ILB $2,980,000 $11,900,000
San Francisco 49ers $112,163,779 Antoine Bethea S $3,000,000 $6,750,000
Seattle Seahawks $112,775,362 Percy Harvin WR $13,400,000 $11,000,000
St. Louis Rams $93,920,287 Chris Long DE $14,900,000 $13,400,000
Tampa Bay Buccaneers $115,932,175 Gerald McCoy DT $15,627,253 $13,032,253
Tennessee Titans $113,538,146 Michael Roos LT $6,625,000 $6,625,000
Washington Redskins $58,535,199 DeSean Jackson WR $4,250,000 $8,000,000

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