The Cost to Cut or Trade Your Quarterback

The Cost to Cut or Trade Your Quarterback
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It's unarguably the most important, and highest paid position in football, but are Quarterback contracts structured differently than any other position? The answer is a nutshell is no. Sure, the overall maximum value of a multi-year QB contract has plenty of zeros and raises many eyebrows, but digging into the numbers shows that even the biggest deals on paper are really just 2 or 3 year contracts in reality. We'll take a look at quarterbacks on each NFL team heading toward the summer, their projected cash earnings for the upcoming year, the cost to cut or trade them this summer, and the cost to cut or trade them after the 2017 season.

 

Notable Notes:

  • Joe Flacco (BAL) holds the highest dead cap hits in both 2017 & 2018. He's virtually untouchable.
  • Mitchell Trubisky's #2 overall contract with the Bears will make him the 2nd hardest player to release prior to 2018. While Mike Glennon can be released or traded at a $4.5M dead cap cost.
  • Tyrod Taylor's previous contract with the Bills would've meant $17.69M in dead cap for the 2018 season. His restructured deal carries just $8.64M.
  • The Patriots may be in a sticky situation soon with Jimmy Garoppolo's contract set to expire after 2017, and Tom Brady carrying $14M in dead cap into 2018.
  • Drew Brees' deal with the Saints will automatically void after the 2017 season, leaving $18M in dead cap to carry into 2018 - even if a new contract is tendered.
  • Not only does Aaron Rodgers no longer have guaranteed money associated with his current Packers contract, after 2017 he'll carry $0 in dead cap as well.
  • Brock Osweiler's $16M salary for 2017 is fully guaranteed, meaning the Browns would take it on by keeping him on the roster, or releasing him. The guaranteed salary would transfer to a new team if traded.
  • Trevor Siemian ($628,195, DEN), Dak Prescott ($635,848, DAL), Tom Savage ($765,146, HOU), and Derek Carr ($1.7M, OAK) carry the lowest cap figures of all projected 2017 starting quarterbacks.
  • 22 of the 65 quarterbacks listed here are not currently under contract for 2018.
Before the 2017 Season After the 2017 Season
Team Quarterback POS Age 2017 Cap Release Trade 2018 Cap Release Trade
ARI Carson Palmer QB1 37 $24,125,000 $30,750,000 $15,250,000 $20,625,000 $6,625,000 $6,625,000
ARI Drew Stanton QB2 33 $4,050,000 $2,000,000 $1,000,000      
ATL Matt Ryan QB1 31 $23,750,000 $10,400,000 $10,400,000 $21,650,000 $2,400,000 $2,400,000
ATL Matt Schaub QB2 35 $3,500,000 $2,500,000 $2,500,000 $5,500,000 $1,250,000 $1,250,000
BAL Joe Flacco QB1 32 $24,550,000 $47,300,000 $47,300,000 $24,750,000 $28,750,000 $28,750,000
BAL Ryan Mallett QB2 28 $2,000,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000      
BUF Tyrod Taylor QB1 27 $9,713,334 $18,353,334 $10,853,334 $18,080,000 $8,640,000 $8,640,000
BUF T.J. Yates QB2 29 $655,000 $40,000 $40,000      
CAR Cam Newton QB1 27 $20,166,666 $21,500,000 $21,500,000 $21,500,000 $15,000,000 $15,000,000
CAR Derek Anderson QB2 33 $2,243,750 $500,000 $500,000      
CHI Mike Glennon QB1 27 $14,000,000 $18,500,000 $10,500,000 $16,000,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000
CHI Mitchell Trubisky QB2 22 $5,278,622 $29,032,424 $19,254,490 $6,598,278 $23,753,801 $18,789,490
CIN Andy Dalton QB1 29 $15,700,000 $4,800,000 $4,800,000 $16,300,000 $2,400,000 $2,400,000
CIN A.J. McCarron QB2 26 $735,413 $45,413 $45,413      
CLE Brock Osweiler QB1 26 $16,000,000 $16,000,000 $0 $18,000,000 $0 $0
CLE Cody Kessler QB2 23 $770,246 $498,591 $498,591 $924,295 $332,394 $332,394
CLE DeShone Kizer QB2 21 $899,712 $2,428,776 $1,738,848 $1,124,640 $1,994,064 $1,304,136
DAL Dak Prescott QB1 23 $635,848 $287,545 $287,545 $725,848 $191,697 $191,697
DAL Kellen Moore QB2 27 $615,000 $100,000 $0      
DEN Trevor Siemian QB1 25 $628,195 $26,393 $26,393 $718,198 $13,198 $13,198
DEN Paxton Lynch QB2 23 $2,153,704 $6,611,111 $3,818,889 $2,584,444 $4,457,407 $2,545,926
DET Matthew Stafford QB1 29 $22,000,000 $5,500,000 $5,500,000      
DET Jake Rudock QB2 24 $540,000 $0 $0      
GB Aaron Rodgers QB1 33 $20,300,000 $6,650,000 $6,650,000 $20,900,000 $0 $0
GB Brett Hundley QB2 23 $670,908 $111,816 $111,816 $760,908 $55,908 $55,908
HOU Tom Savage QB1 27 $765,146 $75,146 $75,146      
HOU Deshaun Watson QB2 21 $2,518,960 $8,215,841 $2,518,960 $3,148,700 $7,121,168 $1,889,220
IND Andrew Luck QB1 27 $19,400,000 $41,600,000 $34,600,000 $24,400,000 $22,200,000 $22,200,000
IND Scott Tolzien QB2 29 $2,000,000 $250,000 $250,000      
JAC Blake Bortles QB1 25 $6,571,985 $6,571,985 $3,335,420 $19,053,000 $0 $0
JAC Chad Henne QB2 31 $3,500,000 $500,000 $500,000      
KC Alex Smith QB1 33 $16,900,000 $9,200,000 $9,200,000 $20,600,000 $3,600,000 $3,600,000
KC Patrick Mahomes QB2 21 $2,986,506 $16,425,786 $10,086,026 $3,733,133 $13,439,279 $7,564,519
LA Jared Goff QB1 22 $6,349,471 $22,858,096 $13,888,731 $7,619,365 $16,508,625 $9,259,154
LA Sean Mannion QB2 25 $886,486 $312,900 $312,900 $1,034,228 $156,450 $156,450
LAC Philip Rivers QB1 35 $20,000,000 $29,000,000 $18,000,000 $21,000,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000
LAC Kellen Clemens QB2 33 $695,000 $80,000 $80,000      
MIA Ryan Tannehill QB1 28 $20,300,000 $24,875,000 $6,900,000 $19,800,000 $4,600,000 $4,600,000
MIA Matt Moore QB2 32 $2,150,000 $1,375,000 $375,000      
MIN Sam Bradford QB1 29 $18,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000      
MIN Teddy Bridgewater QB2 25 $2,179,387 $825,364 $825,364      
NE Tom Brady QB1 39 $14,000,000 $28,000,000 $27,000,000 $22,000,000 $14,000,000 $14,000,000
NE Jimmy Garoppolo QB2 25 $1,108,513 $213,436 $213,436      
NO Drew Brees QB1 38 $19,000,000 $37,000,000 $24,000,000 VOID $18,000,000 $18,000,000
NO Chase Daniel QB2 30 $615,000 $900,000 $900,000      
NYG Eli Manning QB1 36 $19,700,000 $31,600,000 $18,600,000 $22,200,000 $12,400,000 $12,400,000
NYG Davis Webb QB2 22 $656,604 $766,417 $766,417 $785,955 $574,812 $574,812
NYJ Josh McCown QB1 37 $6,500,000 $6,000,000 $0      
NYJ Bryce Petty QB2 25 $753,424 $276,848 $276,848 $843,425 $138,425 $138,425
OAK Derek Carr QB1 26 $1,709,210 $556,691 $556,691      
OAK Connor Cook QB2 24 $694,972 $464,916 $464,916 $784,972 $309,946 $309,946
PHI Carson Wentz QB1 24 $6,062,804 $21,826,095 $13,200,732 $7,275,365 $15,763,291 $8,800,488
PHI Nick Foles QB2 28 $1,600,000 $7,000,000 $6,000,000 $7,600,000 $5,400,000 $5,400,000
PIT Ben Roethlisberger QB1 35 $18,200,000 $18,600,000 $18,600,000 $23,200,000 $12,400,000 $12,400,000
PIT Landry Jones QB2 28 $2,200,000 $600,000 $600,000 $2,200,000 $300,000 $300,000
SEA Russell Wilson QB1 28 $18,800,000 $31,200,000 $18,600,000 $21,700,000 $12,400,000 $12,400,000
SEA Trevone Boykin QB2 23 $545,000 $10,000 $10,000 $635,000 $5,000 $5,000
SF Brian Hoyer QB1 31 $5,275,000 $6,950,000 $4,000,000 $6,500,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000
SF Matt Barkley QB2 26 $1,918,750 $500,000 $500,000 $2,050,000 $250,000 $250,000
TB Jameis Winston QB1 23 $6,913,985 $9,668,646 $8,348,646 $8,066,315 $4,879,323 $4,174,323
TB Ryan Griffin QB2 27 $1,797,000 $0 $0      
TEN Marcus Mariota QB1 23 $6,603,811 $9,255,082 $7,935,082 $7,704,446 $4,672,541 $3,967,541
TEN Matt Cassel QB2 34 $2,750,000 $1,000,000 $1,000,000 $2,500,000 $0 $0
WAS Kirk Cousins QB1 28 $23,943,600 $23,943,600 $0      
WAS Colt McCoy QB2 30 $3,600,000 $1,200,000 $1,200,000 $3,600,000 $600,000 $600,000
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