NFL Spending Per Position

The draft is here so I thought it would be helpful to put together a spending chart for each team to help see areas where teams might overvalue a player based on need or bypass a player based on perceived roster strength. For each roster I looked at the top 53 contracts and using the annual contract value of the most recent contract for the player calculated the team’s investment per position. The position is what we have in our database and there could be some movement if there is a defensive shift or player changing position, but they should be pretty accurate. We do still have a few contracts outstanding that could move the numbers a little bit but nothing significant. Here is the breakdown for each team (clicking on the header should sort the tables).

Defensive Spending

TeamCornerbackEdge RushInterior DLLinebackerSafetyTotal
Jaguars$27,659,503$23,908,948$34,531,167$16,782,291$17,447,500$120,329,409
Eagles$5,231,331$22,766,080$33,086,803$20,288,306$17,750,000$99,122,520
Vikings$19,735,168$20,737,431$21,269,590$15,808,034$15,556,056$93,106,279
Titans$25,715,299$17,345,118$28,905,557$8,567,891$10,238,572$90,772,437
Buccaneers$13,674,414$31,643,245$22,722,786$13,899,579$5,902,862$87,842,886
Panthers$15,088,108$15,364,188$28,632,462$22,755,303$3,930,000$85,770,061
Broncos$15,202,079$26,910,519$20,199,476$13,630,000$9,474,687$85,416,761
Texans$28,299,690$14,353,800$21,933,045$4,959,216$13,875,000$83,420,751
Rams$20,668,588$3,843,753$32,148,656$10,338,035$13,301,873$80,300,905
Bengals$16,455,349$13,778,350$14,539,273$22,969,192$12,150,888$79,893,052
Dolphins$4,764,345$38,739,718$3,002,321$12,478,147$20,510,333$79,494,864
Lions$22,419,176$20,671,431$9,674,453$14,935,628$11,294,641$78,995,329
Seahawks$6,778,655$12,020,065$8,585,177$22,148,313$28,949,685$78,481,895
Giants$19,673,080$24,468,695$13,013,859$14,848,885$5,024,424$77,028,943
Patriots$18,221,642$7,948,597$9,175,580$16,000,000$23,677,887$75,023,706
Redskins$23,455,087$16,076,023$17,339,150$10,910,567$7,154,723$74,935,550
Jets$28,472,783$4,743,471$13,637,717$14,265,411$11,110,205$72,229,587
Bears$28,157,000$11,355,748$15,859,959$13,138,780$3,408,799$71,920,286
Chiefs$4,416,593$21,828,313$15,293,310$11,117,830$18,531,826$71,187,872
Browns$23,287,972$15,271,766$3,528,785$23,289,322$3,955,398$69,333,243
Steelers$14,789,575$7,143,782$27,713,996$8,387,564$11,140,075$69,174,992
Ravens$22,003,741$10,007,894$15,329,774$4,264,411$17,043,705$68,649,525
Bills$8,987,838$20,579,744$17,002,324$7,383,832$12,525,000$66,478,738
Saints$10,255,162$16,830,317$5,545,304$23,231,310$9,303,178$65,165,271
Chargers$15,813,918$17,719,643$19,328,565$4,478,547$6,390,553$63,731,226
Packers$10,944,477$27,313,727$19,086,678$1,297,516$4,238,645$62,881,043
49ers$12,971,166$17,001,854$9,921,847$15,109,766$5,343,586$60,348,219
Cowboys$2,501,739$32,375,864$5,061,545$14,695,322$5,463,140$60,097,610
Cardinals$17,635,674$22,026,626$8,047,627$5,540,633$6,592,541$59,843,101
Raiders$10,856,916$9,598,493$5,932,626$20,379,878$9,352,030$56,119,943
Falcons$27,093,400$9,579,198$4,786,963$6,366,037$6,678,412$54,504,010
Colts$5,824,519$20,698,878$7,542,937$3,991,334$5,517,431$43,575,099
Average$16,470,437$17,957,852$16,011,854$13,070,528$11,026,052$74,536,722

Offensive Spending

TeamQuarterbackRunning BackWide ReceiverO-lineTight EndTotalTotal (w/o QB)
49ers$28,382,162$14,212,346$19,043,909$34,664,280$4,404,574$100,707,271$72,325,109
Bears$13,053,109$2,021,384$28,252,762$31,895,009$16,987,629$92,209,893$79,156,784
Bengals$18,288,135$7,084,208$26,752,074$23,981,725$10,546,581$86,652,723$68,364,588
Bills$4,709,877$15,275,000$7,542,680$20,010,013$9,755,000$57,292,570$52,582,693
Broncos$20,985,148$1,875,716$27,690,460$32,624,431$1,411,688$84,587,443$63,602,295
Browns$15,250,000$7,715,766$22,550,709$40,706,693$7,594,068$93,817,236$78,567,236
Buccaneers$10,912,819$3,540,000$32,661,708$31,417,242$10,135,381$88,667,150$77,754,331
Cardinals$24,000,000$3,123,705$14,186,522$25,326,685$7,585,000$74,221,912$50,221,912
Chargers$22,493,348$4,389,028$25,871,514$34,441,577$5,575,744$92,771,211$70,277,863
Chiefs$7,456,491$8,271,431$19,740,557$32,861,041$12,346,733$80,676,253$73,219,762
Colts$25,446,708$4,032,587$19,350,000$21,543,455$12,800,000$83,172,750$57,726,042
Cowboys$1,237,515$9,574,085$16,311,734$37,289,768$8,219,217$72,632,319$71,394,804
Dolphins$21,010,000$2,535,315$27,363,905$19,633,379$2,228,013$72,770,612$51,760,612
Eagles$21,754,085$2,573,653$20,157,572$41,797,663$9,980,000$96,262,973$74,508,888
Falcons$25,350,000$9,763,176$23,108,651$35,342,035$2,717,025$96,280,887$70,930,887
Giants$21,902,832$5,358,049$7,727,693$31,973,625$8,355,351$75,317,550$53,414,718
Jaguars$17,483,500$13,089,338$20,852,178$35,723,281$6,248,313$93,396,610$75,913,110
Jets$17,873,500$7,750,000$20,695,661$35,235,992$1,506,876$83,062,029$65,188,529
Lions$28,735,000$8,542,973$17,566,081$27,112,181$4,749,811$86,706,046$57,971,046
Packers$24,493,011$3,974,544$26,866,794$36,282,610$12,000,000$103,616,959$79,123,948
Panthers$21,420,000$6,771,889$15,015,304$35,250,444$8,700,000$87,157,637$65,737,637
Patriots$22,105,000$14,055,000$21,313,351$15,583,276$17,995,000$91,051,627$68,946,627
Raiders$27,749,972$8,127,299$19,803,280$47,244,556$10,150,000$113,075,107$85,325,135
Rams$8,413,210$5,201,628$18,953,576$25,250,193$3,466,223$61,284,830$52,871,620
Ravens$23,233,333$1,999,466$16,272,423$20,857,184$2,851,271$65,213,677$41,980,344
Redskins$27,130,000$5,526,335$12,098,817$33,745,944$15,019,129$93,520,225$66,390,225
Saints$26,500,000$7,271,943$13,388,411$36,447,397$13,266,667$96,874,418$70,374,418
Seahawks$22,780,000$3,449,401$16,503,510$25,776,058$4,330,887$72,839,856$50,059,856
Steelers$24,789,781$18,661,572$20,850,417$35,374,947$7,752,228$107,428,945$82,639,164
Texans$5,258,621$10,553,555$21,515,858$27,124,652$3,660,000$68,112,686$62,854,065
Titans$8,638,494$6,301,983$14,432,662$25,335,172$9,968,978$64,677,289$56,038,795
Vikings$29,138,196$6,218,328$10,996,346$26,111,447$8,615,147$81,079,464$51,941,268
Average$19,311,683$7,151,272$19,544,910$30,748,874$8,153,829$84,910,567$65,598,885

Here is the quick cheat sheet for the top 5 and bottom 5 spenders at each position

Top Spenders

QBVikingsLions49ersRaidersRedskins
RBSteelersBills49ersPatriotsJaguars
WRBuccaneersBearsBroncosDolphinsPackers
OLRaidersEaglesBrownsCowboysSaints
TEPatriotsBearsRedskinsSaintsColts
EdgeDolphinsCowboysBuccaneersPackersBroncos
Int. DLJaguarsEaglesRamsTitansPanthers
LBBrownsSaintsBengalsPanthersSeahawks
CBJetsTexansBearsJaguarsFalcons
SSeahawksPatriotsDolphinsChiefsEagles

Bottom Spenders

QBCowboysBillsTexansChiefsRams
RBBroncosRavensBearsDolphinsEagles
WRBillsGiantsVikingsRedskinsSaints
OLPatriotsDolphinsBillsRavensColts
TEBroncosJetsDolphinsFalconsRavens
EdgeRamsJetsSteelersPatriotsFalcons
Int. DLDolphinsBrownsFalconsCowboysSaints
LBPackersColtsRavensChargersTexans
CBCowboysChiefsDolphinsEaglesColts
SBearsPanthersBrownsPackersGiants

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