As a football manager, it can be difficult to get the most out of a player.
It can be tempting to pick players with huge salaries to make them great, but the truth is, a player’s value is a function of their market value and the market’s expectations for them.
The market’s value in the NFL is much lower than it is in other sports, and a manager who doesn’t properly market their players to their true potential can have their players fall into a hole of mediocrity or a decline into mediocracy.
The NFL’s current situation with its salary cap has left the league with the lowest average player salary in the major leagues, and it appears the league is on the verge of being unable to find a replacement for one of its highest-paid players.
If we were to go back and re-analyze the past three seasons of NFL salary cap data, we’d be surprised if we haven’t seen some changes.
The median salary in each of the past four seasons was $5.3 million, according to NFL Network’s Salary Cap Tracker.
That was down $1 million from the $5 million it was in 2017, and that’s not even including the $4.9 million it had in 2018.
In fact, the median NFL player salary is the lowest of any major professional sport.
For the most part, we’re seeing the typical NFL player make just over $2 million a year, which is in line with other major sports.
That’s not to say that players are not earning money, but it’s not the kind of money that can sustain a successful team, much less a franchise.
We’re also seeing a decline in average salary for every position on the field, which was down slightly in 2019 from 2018.
This is particularly true at the quarterback position, where quarterbacks tend to be the highest paid position on a team, as they typically earn about $6 million a season.
If the average NFL quarterback earns $6.9-million a year and is an elite starter, he should make around $3.8 million annually, which would make him the second-highest paid quarterback in the league behind Aaron Rodgers.
That makes Rodgers the third-highest-paid quarterback, behind only Tom Brady and Carson Palmer.
And in the case of quarterbacks, the difference between the two is huge.
Tom Brady was the highest-earning quarterback in 2017 at $24.3-million.
He earned $14.6 million from his $20 million salary in 2018, and $13.5 million in 2019.
Palmer had a career year in 2018 when he made $18.5-million from his salary of $12.7 million in 2018 and $12 million in 2020.
That puts him at the top of the league in salary for quarterbacks, but he’s only $2.9 billion behind Tom Brady.
And as we’ve seen before, the NFL doesn’t really need a quarterback to have an impact on the team.
The other position on offense, running backs, has a lot more money at its disposal.
Running backs make up nearly $30 million a game in the salary cap, and they’re in the top five in average compensation for running backs.
They are, however, behind the quarterback in average pay, with the QB earning $6-million in 2018 with $12-million earned in 2019, and the RB earning $11-million per season.
The average running back salary in 2019 was $7.5, which wasn’t a huge drop from the previous year, but that’s still well below the $12 per year that Peyton Manning made in 2020, who was the No. 1 overall pick.
For all of the money that NFL teams spend on players, their success depends on the player’s market value, and if a player has no market value they’ll not be able to earn the money necessary to be successful.
A player who is undervalued by their current team will likely not be a success.
In 2017, the Oakland Raiders made the most of a low-market quarterback by signing Derek Carr to a six-year, $114 million contract.
Carr earned $21 million from this deal, making him the highest ever made by an NFL team.
Carr had an average salary of just under $8 million in 2017.
The Raiders finished the season with the second highest-rated offense in the entire league, but Carr was one of the highest valued players in the world at $27 million per year.
The biggest problem with Carr’s deal was that he was undervalued.
The best-paid quarterbacks in the game are typically worth close to $10 million per season, and Carr was a bargain at $22 million per.
That meant Carr would be on the cheap in 2018 because of his high market value.
But that wasn’t the case for Carr.
Carr was the second best-valued quarterback in his own market, and in 2018 he was worth $23 million per, which meant Carr was worth roughly