NFL Power Rankings, Financially

NFL Power Rankings, Financially
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Financial Power Rankings

With the 1st Edition of ESPN's NFL Power Rankings hot off the presses, we'll take our annual tour through the list and align each team's financial situation/ranking as it currently stands.

It may be a surprise to some that the Seattle Seahawks top the list, but generally speaking they did enough on the field last year, and on paper this offseason to earn a preseason perch at #1. We'll break down the Seahawks financials by position to show how they've put themselves together for the 2013 campaign.
ESPN Power Rankings
A quick breakdown of the NFL Rankings and their current cap figures.
ESPN Rank Team Team Cap (Rank)
1 Seahawks $129,360,409 (2)
2 Falcons $115,444,339 (25)
3 49ers $117,956,133 (19)
4 Broncos $127,264,591 (3)
5 Packers $115,833,757 (24)
6 Patriots $117,959,874 (18)
7 Texans $123,891,890 (8)
8 Ravens $117,189,847 (21)
9 Bengals $116,472,937 (22)
10 Redskins $105,578,198 (32)
11 Colts $117,753,393 (20)
12 Giants $121,299,572 (12)
13 Saints $120,086,527 (14)
14 Bears $126,501,662 (4)
15 Rams $121,997,204 (10)
16 Steelers $120,025,931 (15)
17 Vikings $125,026,499 (7)
18 Cowboys $112,320,780 (28)
19 Chiefs $136,386,610 (1)
20 Dolphins $107,276,142 (31)
21 Lions $116,242,896 (23)
22 Buccaneers $122,508,326 (9)
23 Panthers $112,987,851 (27)
24 Chargers $114,126,373 (26)
25 Eagles $125,668,470 (5)
26 Cardinals $118,688,539 (17)
27 Titans $125,328,450 (6)
28 Browns $110,248,988 (30)
29 Jaguars $121,444,007 (11)
30 Bills $110,362,076 (29)
31 Raiders $119,557,667 (16)
32 Jets $120,098,106 (13)
Seattle Seahawks
This is a team that made plenty of noise in the 2013 offseason, but spent only an estimated $63.4M, 42% of which went to their draft selections. 86% of their free agent signings ($23.3M) were on the defensive side of the ball.

Here's a look at how the Seahawks are built positionally this year in terms of money against the cap and how this ranks across all NFL teams:
Position Cap Spending % of Cap NFL Position Rank
Quarterbacks: $1,521,085 1.11% 32nd
Running Backs: $9,707,647 7.38% 5th
Wide Receivers: $11,695,833 8.87% 10th
Tight Ends: $11,656,212 8.82% 1st
Left Tackles: $9,540,000 6.95% 6th
Right Tackles: $4,805,000 3.5% 6th
Guards $5,459,046 4.69% 17th
Centers: $6,555,000 4.78% 4th
Defensive Ends: $24,871,667 18.13% 2nd
Defensive Line: $6,435,000 5.42% 14th
Outside Linebackers: $3,996,202 2.91% 25th
Inside Linebackers: $2,645,712 2.28% 20th
Cornerbacks: $2,713,600 2.35% 30th
Safeties $9,261,402 6.75% 11th
Kickers: $620,000 .45% 20th
Punters: $2,713,600 1.02% 30th
Long Snappers: $767,500 .56% 14th
Related: View the Seahawks 2013 Cap Breakdown

The Seahawks have clearly defined their financial important to the "edges" of their depth chart, i.e. durable and plentiful options at Tight End, Defensive End, and the offensive Tackles. They trimmed plenty of veteran cash in the secondary in the past two seasons, and did well to extend (restructure) their young talent (Kam Chancellor, etc...) in an effort to manage their numbers long-term. While an injured and expensive Percy Harvin is an obvious hit to the cap/roster, they can enjoy base minimum figures for Russell Wilson and less than $9M per year cap figured for Marshawn Lynch through 2015.

The Seahawks are built to win right now on the field, and financially stable for the near future - a win win situation.




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