Traditional Prototype NFL QB’s & Long Term Deals.

NFL Owners Lock up the Prototype NFL QB!

Tony Romo & the Cowboys Linked together for another 6 yrs!

Jerry Jones has reached into that pocket full of cash and secured his QB in Dallas. 
It is interesting to see this unfolding.  In the last month or so we have witnesses the long term signing or re-signing of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and now Tony Romo.  Last spring Drew Brees signed a long term deal in New Orleans.  There is an expectation of resigning Aaron Rogers of the Packers as well as Matt Ryan of the Falcons this spring.  With the Manning brothers & secure in Denver & New York, it appears that there are a certain number of teams that prefer the traditional QB over this new brand of read option QB.  The proof is in the money and in the deal!
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Joe Flacco’s six-year, $120.6 million contract made him the NFL’s highest paid player.
His $20.1 million average yearly salary narrowly tops the $20 million
average per year Drew Brees received in the five-year, $100 million
contract he signed with the New Orleans Saints last July.
The Dallas Cowboys are now making quarterback Tony Romo the highest-paid player in Cowboys history  with $55
million in guarantees and a $25 million signing bonus that tops Flacco & Brees.
Tom Brady’s contract will keep him in New England until he is 40.
Though other quarterbacks recently have signed deals nearly twice as
lucrative, Brady has made it clear he wants to play until he’s 40 and
finish his career with the Patriots, whom he led to Super Bowl wins for
the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons, and losses in the big game after the
2007 and 2011 seasons.

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Patriots gained $8 million in salary-cap space this year and $7 million
in cap room next season. Brady’s cap numbers, which were scheduled to be
$21.8 million in each of the next two offseasons, now will be $14.8
million this season and $13.8 million next season.

Peyton Manning’s contract with the Broncos is for five years and $96 million, with the first year payout
of $18 million fully guaranteed, but another $40 million will be
guaranteed if he passes a physical showing his neck is sound after the
first year.

The New York Giants have secured Eli Manning with a $106.9 million deal signed in 2009 with an average of $15.27 million between now and
2015 when the deal expires. 

Ben Roethlisberger was scheduled to carry a $19.595 million cap hit in 2013, but his new deal signed February 28, 2013 will free up $6 million in cap space.  Roethlisberger has three years left on his
contract and it is expected he could sign an extension with the Steelers
next off season to further rework his numbers.  
Here is my point!  The contracts of Brady, the Manning brothers, Brees, Flacco, Roethlisberger and Romo total over 1/2 billion dollars in total value.  The guaranteed money approaches 1/4 billion dollars!  Incredible money but the win total of these 7 teams last year 70+ games including playoffs average is 10+ wins.  If we throw in Aaron Rogers and Matt Ryan the average wins would rise as each team won 12+ games.  The Traditional NFL QB has its value and the proof is in the win total as well as the contract value Teams are willing to invest in their QB’s.  With all the hype this past season being put in the new era QB, the numbers presented here are hard to overcome!  

Read Option QB’s and their contracts:

  • Cam Newton – 4-year deal is worth more than $22 million and is fully guaranteed.
  • RG3 – fully guaranteed 4-year contract worth $21.12 million.
  • Russell Wilson – 4-year contract, $2.99 million.
  • Colin Kaepernick – 4-year, $5.22 million contract. The deal contains $3.8 million guaranteed. 
The last 21 Super Bowl winners dating all the way back to Troy Aikman and the Cowboys

through this past seasons Ravens victory with Joe Flacco have all been led by what can be considered a traditional NFL QB.  Yes, they differ in style, mechanics, athletic ability, but name a Super Bowl winner the last 21 years and you will come to find that the winning team was led be what can be gauged as a traditional NFL QB holding up the Lombardi Trophy.  When Teams begin to invest into this new era QB, the read option QB, and the Lombardi Trophy in hoisted up by one them, then and only then will I become a believer.  For now, I put my money on NFL defenses making this breed of QB just a fad that will disappear just like the “wildcat!”

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