Monday, May 26, 2014

Rodgers versus Cutler versus Brees

Mike Morbeck, Aaron Rodgers Photo
 Photo Source: 
Aaron Rodgers - November 14, 2011 2" by Mike Morbeck - Flickr: Aaron Rodgers. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons. 

Let's look at the salaries and accomplishments of three of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

According to Spotrac, Aaron Rodgers' current five-year contract (extension) with the Green Bay Packers is worth $110 million and includes a $35,000,000 signing bonus, $54,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $22,000,000. He becomes a free agent in 2020.  Rodgers is 30 years old and he has started the past six seasons, but missed several games in 2013 when he was injured.  His career completion percentage is 65.8 and his quarterback rating is 104.9. The Packers are 58-29 when Rodgers starts for them.  Rodgers led the Packers to a Super Bowl victory for the 2010 season. Rodgers has six seasons of starting experience.

Mike Shadle, Jay Cutler Photo
Photo Source:
"Jay Cutler - 11-01-2009 (cropped)" by Mike Shadle - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 According to Spotrac, Jay Cutler's seven-year current deal with the Bears is worth $126.7 million with $54,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $18,100,000. He becomes a free agent in 2021.  Cutler who is 31 years old has started the past five seasons for the Bears, but missed several games in 2011 and 2013.  His completion percentage is 60.2 and his quarterback rating is 83.1 when playing for the Bears. The Bears are 39-28 when Cutler starts for them.  Cutler played three seasons in Denver before he joined the Bears.  Cutler took the Bears to the Conference Championship game in 2010, which they lost to the Packers 21-14.   Cutler was injured during the game. Cutler has a little over seven seasons of starting experience in the NFL.

Navy Photo, Drew Brees
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Navy Photo, Public Domain

According to Spotrac, Drew Brees, who is 35 years old, is playing under a  5 year contract with the New Orleans Saints that is worth $100 million with a $37,000,000 signing bonus, $40,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $20,000,000. He becomes a free agent in 2017.  Brees has started 8 seasons for the Saints and has missed no significant time to injury during the regular season.   Brees completion percentage is 67.3 and his quarterback rating is 99 while playing for the Saints. The Saints are 80-47  when Brees starts for them. Brees played for five seasons in San Diego before he joined the Saints.   Brees took the Saints to a Super Bowl victory in 2009. Brees has 12 full seasons of starting experience in the NFL.

The Bears have traditionally excelled at defense and Cutler has played under some challenging conditions, but going into the 2014 season, most analysts believe that Cutler now has the tools he needs to shine with the best in the league.  With an offensive line that solidified in 2013 and a receiving corps that is one of the best in the league, this coming season has plenty of offensive potential for Chicago. 

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