The NFC East : Financially

The NFC East : Financially
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The NFC East : Financially

Digging deep into the finances of these franchises.

Our Premium team breaks down the NFC East financially by position, providing notable insight where necessary. Welcome back football.
Quarterbacks
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Michael Vick PHI 32 $13,900,000
Eli Manning NYG 31 $11,850,000
Tony Romo DAL 32 $8,059,833
Robert Griffin III WAS 22 $3,839,836
Don't read too much into these rankings. Both Manning and Romo have restructured their base salaries the past two seasons.
Running Backs
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Ahmad Bradshaw NYG 26 $4,500,000
LeSean McCoy PHI 24 $2,657,530
DeMarco Murray DAL 24 $675,781
Evan Royster WAS 24 $465,000
Oh how the financial worth of the running back has decreased over the past few years. Bradshaw has two years remaining on his contract, but is projected to losea large percentage of carries to rookie David Wilson this season. Murray isn't even the highest paid back on his team (Felix Jones), and Evan Royster was waived twice last year as the Redskins continue to use a running back-by-committee system.
Wide Receivers
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Pierre Garcon WAS 26 $4,700,000
Dez Bryant DAL 23 $3,660,000
Desean Jackson PHI 25 $3,000,000
Hakeem Nicks NYG 24 $1,780,000
The division's number one receivers are young, talented, fairly paid fantasy studs. In addition, all of these teams have viable #2 receivers to complement these players.
Tight Ends
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Jason Witten DAL 30 $7,141,000
Fred Davis WAS 26 $5,446,000
Brent Celek PHI 27 $3,184,000
Bear Pascoe NYG 26 $615,000
Witten's high cap this season wouldn't normally raise eyebrows. But his nagging injuries last year are still lingering into opening week. Davis is fresh off a new contract signing, but has shown off-field disciplinary issues in his young career. Pascoe enters the season as the #1 TE for the Giants, but many assume Martellus Bennett ($2.5M) will supercede him within a few weeks.
Left Tackles
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Trent Williams WAS 24 $14,000,000
Tyron Smith DAL 21 $2,8401,022
King Dunlap PHI 26 $1,200,000
Sean Locklear NYG 31 $890,000
The list here shows quite a disparity in value from team to team. Philadelphia starts their #2 option with Jason Peters on IR ($8.15M). The Giants have chosen to spend their money in other areas.
Left Guards
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Evan Mathis PHI 30 $2,000,000
Nate Livings DAL 30 $1,700,000
Kevin Boothe NYG 29 $1,500,000
Kory Lichtensteiger WAS 27 $1,260,000
There appears to be a standard going rate for a left guard in this division. Only the Giants pay more for a Guard than a Tackle.
Centers
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
David Baas NYG 30 $3,375,000
Will Montgomery WAS 29 $1,437,500
Phil Costa DAL 25 $494,000
Jason Kelce PHI 24 $489,385
It's one of the most underrated positions in the game, and the numbers here tell all. The Giants have proven stability with the core of their offense, while the rest of the division has yet to find solid ground.
Right Guards
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Chris Snee NYG 30 $7,783,333
Chris Chester WAS 29 $3,800,000
Mackenzy Bernadeau DAL 26 $1,812,500
Danny Watkins PHI 27 $1,803,625
Chris Snee is Tom Coughlin's son-in-law. Maybe that helps in understanding why the Giant's Right Guard makes more than their starting RB + WR combined?
Right Tackles
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Doug Free DAL 28 $5,375,000
David Diehl NYG 31 $4,550,000
Todd Herremans PHI 29 $3,733,333
Tyler Polumbus WAS 27 $540,000
Free converts to the right side of the line to make room for Tyron Smith. Polumbus has a lot to prove with a rookie quarterback and mediorce backs behind him.
Defensive Ends
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Justin Tuck NYG 29 $7,500,000
Jason Babin PHI 32 $5,950,000
Trent Cole PHI 29 $4,850,000
Stephen Bowen WAS 28 $4,500,000
Kenyon Coleman DAL 33 $2,345,000
Jason Hatcher DAL 30 $2,333,000
Jason Pierre-Paul NYG 23 $2,275,000
Adam Carriker WAS 28 $1,750,000
This list needs no introduction, and will probably be the most talented group we'll compile this year. Pierre-Paul will most certainly warrant an extension with another solid year in the trenches. The Eagles will look to get younger sooner than later.
Defensive Tackles
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Cullen Jenkins PHI 31 $5,820,000
Barry Cofield WAS 28 $4,800,000
Rocky Bernard NYG 33 $925,000
Josh Brent DAL 24 $501,887
While all hovering the 30 year old mark, the Eagles front 3 (Babin, Jenkins, Cole), should make life tough in this division. The Cowboys are living dangerously by keeping the young Brent to hold the center of their defense together.
Linebackers
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Anthony Spencer DAL 28 $8,856,000
DeMarcus Ware DAL 30 $7,546,750
DeMeco Ryans PHI 28 $5,962,500
Michael Boley NYG 30 $5,650,000
Mathias Kiwanuka NYG 29 $4,125,000
London Fletcher WAS 37 $3,500,000
Brian Orakpo WAS 26 $2,754,000
Dan Connor DAL 26 $2,150,000
Ryan Kerrigan WAS 24 $1,981,957
Sean Lee DAL 26 $840,000
Mychal Kendricks PHI 21 $808,080
Perry Riley WAS 24 $672,500
Chase Blackburn NYG 29 $540,000
Akeem Jordan PHI 27 $540,000
The Eagles also brought in DeMeco Ryans this offseason to add speed and veteran saavy to this defense. On paper there's no question they have the best lineup in the division.
Cornerbacks
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Nnamdi Asomugha PHI 31 11,000,000
DeAngelo Hall WAS 28 $9,800,000
Corey Webster NYG 30 $6,750,000
Josh Wilson WAS 27 $4,833,333
Brandon Carr DAL 26 $3,200,000
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie PHI 26 $3,123,750
Morris Claiborne DAL 22 $2,957,182
Michael Coe NYG 28 $700,000
With the Giants already facing injuries to their secondary, look for them to be vulnerable through the air early on. Dallas spent high draft pick money to put together a long-term solution in Carr and Claiborne, and the Eagles certainly have a lot of paychecks to hand out here.
Safeties
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Antrel Rolle NYG 29 $9,100,000
Kenny Phillips NYG 25 $2,961,250
Brandon Meriweather WAS 28 2,000,000
Gerald Sensabaugh DAL 29 $1,750,000
Nate Allen PHI 24 $1,157,000
Madieu Williams WAS 30 $890,000
Kurt Coleman PHI 24 $500,850
Barry Church DAL 24 $494,000
On paper this appears to be the weakest position in the division. These teams have built their cores around lineman and cornerbacks, and for the most part have converted un-worthy cornerbacks to safeties. Rolle is terribly overpaid for this position and will need to restructure to keep the likes of Pierre-Paul in town.
Kickers
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Billy Cundiff WAS 32 $2,200,000
Lawrence Tynes NYG 34 $1,550,000
Alex Henery PHI 25 $570,045
Dan Bailey DAL 24 $465,833
With the exception of Tynes, the kicking position has been a revolving door in the NFC East. Bailey is being valued as a fantasy stud this season, so the price appears to be extremely fair.
Punters
Player Team Age 2012 Cap Value
Sav Rocca WAS 38 $1,850,000
Steve Weatherford NYG 29 $1,425,000
Chas Henry PHI 23 $470,833
Chris Jones DAL 23 $465,000
Weatherford put pen to a 5 year contract to remain the long-term option in NY. Rocca is on his last leg in Washington, and Henry and Jones have big shoes to fill.
Michael Ginnitti, Managing Editor of Spotrac

Michael Ginnitti

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