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31 Oct 2010
by J.I. Halsell
The Tale of the Tape series will analyze a key game in a given week based on each team's starters' guaranteed salaries.
Given the non-guaranteed nature of NFL contracts, the guaranteed money metric has been used as the quantitative measure in this analysis because it shows the club's commitment to the player from a compensation standpoint.
The intent of this analysis is to provide a look at the financial commitment to a team's starters and to shed some light into how the teams were constructed (for example, draft-oriented approach versus a veteran free agent approach).
The Saints and Steelers, the past to Super Bowl Champions will meet on Sunday evening. The first installment of this analysis will show how each of these teams have been constructed.
The table below will show both how their starters were acquired and how they're currently being compensated.
|Saints-Steelers Salary Analysis|
Depth Chart Source: Ourlads Scouting Service, www.Ourlads.com; Contract Guarantee Analysis: J.I. Halsell
Definitions: U/NYJ = unrestricted free agent who last played for Jets; 03/1 = first-round draft pick in 2003; T/Dal = Acquired via trade from Cowboys; SF09 = 2009 street free agent, a free agent who became so via early termination of their previous contract; CF08 = 2008 college free agent
The NFL is truly a quarterback-driven league. Accordingly, legitimate franchise quarterbacks deservingly command top dollar. However, the Steelers and Saints prove that elite teams can be built with a prudent, yet relatively conservative fiscal philosophy. Outstanding scouting and coaching in conjunction with this philosophy and a franchise quarterback go a long way toward building a winner in today's NFL.
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