Inside The Bills

The value a rookie QB could provide

Posted by Chris Brown on April 30, 2013 – 1:18 pm

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar industry, but that doesn’t mean teams are looking for ways to find bargains and value to keep as much room as they can under the salary cap for their premium players. And though quarterback is a position that commands the most salary as we saw last week with Aaron Rodgers $110M extension, there is a way a couple of NFL teams have used the quarterback position to save money so it’s available or their stars at other positions.

NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling points out that San Francisco and Seattle have two of the best NFL rosters in the entire league. He cites their quarterback situation as a main reason why. With Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson still on their rookie contracts they’re not breaking the bank… yet.

That allows the 49ers and Seahawks to re-sign some of their better players to long term deals instead of losing them to free agency. In the process they’re getting tremendous production from those two young signal callers at a very affordable price.

Keapernick is 28th on the 49ers in terms of 2013 cap hit at $1.397M. That’s less than even his backup Colt McCoy ($1.5M). Russell Wilson is even lower at 29th on the Seahawks roster at $681K.

This could bode very well for the Bills with EJ Manuel. If he earns the starting job sooner rather than later, Buffalo will be in a similar salary cap situation gaining maximum value at QB, which in turn provides more cap space to hold onto the other talented players on the roster with new contracts when the current ones expire.

As Wesseling said a quality young quarterback is the most undervalued position in the game right now.


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