A trend is appearing when we look at teams from the last eight years.

QB pay
Graph from ESPN

When you look at those years and the names, you see they share a common theme, one I’ve been harping on all season. When your QB makes a massive amount of money, it hurts your team. It makes it become unbalanced because you can’t pay everyone.

Brady didn’t win a Super Bowl in 2011 and didn’t get back to one until after he restrutcted his contracts. Manning didn’t win his second ring until he did the same before the 2015 season.

The rest of the names, haven’t been back to or even been to a championship game, let alone a Super Bowl, except for the Packers in 2014 (and lost).

As Denver fans, and a few defensive players clamor for Kirk Cousins, who most likely would jump to the top of this list, will he break this trend? Can you be sure? Denver’s Defense is it’s lone jewel and has been since 2014. Will those players agree to take less? Will dumping Aqib Talib and maybe a couple others be worth it? Can cheap rookies be brought in to fill holes in the roster and be ready to win a SB, or just get there?

SF is a young team who’s been rebuilt through the draft and the massive amounts of cap space they had. The Jags did the same, only they won’t be paying Blake Bortles those kinds of numbers and as a result, will be able to keep almost all their players. Both those teams are in different places, but for each, turning their ships around wasn’t done in a season.

Will SF make the NFCCG game or the SB? Same for Jacksonville? Who knows, but the question will be, when it’s time for SF’s younger players to hit FA will they be able to pay them? The Jags will if they stick with Bortles.

Not one single team in the play offs this season had a top paid QB. Heck, of the four teams vying in their championship games, three of the quarterbacks combined, made less than a typical Guard.

Redskins running back, Chris Thompson, had this to say, to Chris Cooley on ESPN 980:

I knew it would be hard given that we want to win, but if you pay a guy [$30 million] a year, it’s going to sacrifice some other things as well, as far as helping our defense out, maybe getting some more receivers, or running backs and all those type of things. It’s kind of hard to say. I think everybody got a different feel about it, but I know Kirk enjoyed being with me and I enjoyed being with him, so I wanted him to be here and I think part of him wanted to be here, but at the end of the day, you gotta do whatever you think is best for you and your family.”

There’s a lesson to be learned from that chart. Question is, will it sink in?

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