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.
- 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.