It’s long been considered that manageable quarterback salary is a way to sustain a strong roster in the NFL, and, thus, have an advantage when it comes to be building a competitive overall team.
According to a study by Bookies.com, the 2022 Las Vegas Raiders may be in good shape in that regard. The website looked at the contract of every Super Bowl-winning quarterback in the salary cap era (since 1994) to find the optimal quarterback salary-cap hit.
During 46 percent of that 28-year time span (13 years), the quarterback had the highest cap their on the roster and 75 percent of the time the quarterback was in the top three cap hits. Since 2010, Bookies.com figured the sweep spot for quarterbacks is to be between 10.6-12.3 percent of the total salary cap. Thus, for 2022, the optimal quarterback cap hit is between 22-25.6 million.
Bookies.com has figures these five quarterbacks are all in the optimal range in order: Russell Wilson (Broncos) Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Matt Ryan (Colts), Derek Carr (Raiders and Dak Prescott (Cowboys). Carr’s cap hit in 2022 is $19.3 million and eats 9.2 of the Raiders’ cap.
It is no coincidence that all of the above quarterbacks play for teams with high playoff hopes. It will be fun to see it all unfold.
Other Raiders’ links:
- Renfrow timeline: A Raiders beat writer thinks a new deal for Raiders’ slot stud Hunter Renfrow could come this summer.
- Maxx Time: Maxx Crosby has planned the programming slate for today on the NFL Network.
- Lucky 13: Peter King has the Raiders pegged as the 13th best team in his current NFL power rankings.