Kaepernick’s Deal Breaks The Bank. Are Quarterbacks Really Worth The Big Bucks?

Featured, Sports and Bets — June 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm by

by Babes

San Fran signal caller Colin Kaepernick is the latest to sign a mega deal worth well north of 100 million dollars.  The deal is reportedly for six years and is in the neighborhood of $126 million with a record-setting $61 million guaranteed.  All I can say is this, 49er fans get ready to see your stocked roster start to dwindle away.  Just the way the Ravens had to say goodbye to 8 starters from off of a Super Bowl winning team, the Niners are gonna feel the hurt from this deal.

Is it the wrong move?  Is Kap worth the money?  Folks, it doesn’t fucking matter, because there was no plausible way for the Niners to walk away from this deal.  Here is the bottom line, you don’t win in this league without a good quarterback.  Therefore, if you want to compete, you need to pay that QB when you have him on your roster.  Otherwise,  your franchise goes backwards for three to four years.

Look at Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Alex Smith, Andy Dalton and their respective situations.  All are accomplished signal callers who signed, or will sign big deals.  Romo is over 30 and coming off of back surgery and he just signed a 100 million-plus extension with the Dallas Cowboys.  Romo has great stats when it comes to yards and TD’s, but he sports just one career playoff win.  Jay Cutler quite possibly has the best arm in football.  He also sported some pretty gaudy stats this season when healthy, but Cutler also has a grand total of one playoff win to his name.  Cutler got seven years and $126 million, with $54 million guaranteed.  Are these guys worth that kind of money?  I’ll bet most of you said no.

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Let’s look at the upcoming contract situations for two other quarterbacks who are widely considered to possess the same skill set as Romo and Cutler. Alex Smith and Andy Dalton are who we’re talking about. Alex Smith led a Chiefs team that was 2-14 in 2012 to the playoffs last year.  Smith doesn’t have eye-popping stats, but he wins by not turning the ball over.  Smith wants a contract in the same range of five years and 100 million dollars.  Do the Chiefs let Smith walk because he’s not worth that money?  Do they take their chances developing rookie Aaron Murray on the fly?  That second option sounds an awful lot like a 4-12 season to me for a team stocked with pro bowl caliber players. They have no choice but to pay Smith if they expect to stay competitive.  Or they could simply concede that Denver is head and shoulders above them  in their division, wait out the short-lived Peyton Manning era, and develop Murray all while suffering two bad, to mediocre, seasons. Then the Chiefs can further stock their roster with the free cap space they would have allocated to Smith.  The problem with that scenario is  that most head coaches don’t survive two rebuilding seasons in a row.  Andy Reid could find his walking papers along the way of developing Aaron Murray.

Looking at the Andy Dalton situation, it’s basically the same problem.  The market will dictate that Dalton’s deal will be in the range of twenty million a season.  Dalton has pretty impressive regular season stats and a great record, but he is 0-3 in the playoffs.  I can tell you straight up that he is not worth twenty million a year, but once again, what should the Bengals do?  Marvin Lewis most certainly won’t suffer through a rebuilding process with another QB, and he shouldn’t have to.  Their team is too talented and ready to win now with the likes of AJ Green, Gio Bernard, and a tough defense.  The Bengals drafted AJ McCarron, but no fucking way are they gonna start him and let Dalton walk.  They would lose three years and waste an abundance of talent in that scenario.

Now let’s look at some talented teams that don’t have a mainstay at quarterback.  Cleveland, even with their incredible defense, has sucked for years.  Minnesota has Adrian Peterson, yet they have only sniffed the playoffs once since old man Brett Favre left town.  Hell, look at Houston last year, they had a ton of rostered talent, but their quarterback fell to pieces and they ended up with the first pick in the draft.  In this day and age in the NFL,  you must have a good quarterback.  A good QB can carry a team in crunch time and be the difference between a 9-7 team that is one and done in the playoffs and a 9-7 team gets hot at the right time and goes on to make a Super Bowl run.  Because of this fact, teams simply can’t let their good, but not great, quarterbacks walk.

There are about 16 starting quarterbacks in the NFL that have the ability to take a team to the Super Bowl.  If your favorite team is lucky enough to possess one those players, your team is going to  need to pony up the dough and shut the fuck up.  Just the way the Niners did.  Yes, they may lose two or three good players along the way, but none of their contributions will come close to what they’ll get from their good franchise quarterback.

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