10 NFL players will have bigger hits than the combined $ 22.2 million of the 8 starters in the Jacksonville Jaguars skill position
To say the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive will be young and inexperienced is an understatement. The good news for the organization is that this group won’t be expensive in the 2021 NFL season. The core group of the eight-player skill position team (QB1, RB1, RB2, WR1, WR2, WR3, TE1 and TE2) will only earn a total of $ 22.2 million.
That number is incredibly low when you consider the bonuses teams pay for these positions and that there are 10 NFL players with a higher cap. This inexperience could make Duval a long year, but it could also mean the Jags are building something special.
Jacksonville aguars will have a young and inexpensive attack in 2021
The 2021 Jaguars offense will revolve around 2021 NFL Draft No.1 pick Trevor Lawrence. Even as the top pick, it will still have a relatively low cap in 2021 at $ 6.6 million. Behind him there will be another first-round pick and former Clemson Tiger Travis Etienne or signing free agent Carlos Hyde. The rookie running back will earn just over $ 2 million while Hyde will earn a little less.
In wide receiver roles, the Jags will start free agent Marvin Jones ($ 4.7 million) and a pair of former second-round players DJ Chark ($ 2.5 million) and Laviska Shenault ( $ 1.7 million). At the tight end, Jacksonville will ride with former Panther Chris Manhertz ($ 2.6 million) and James O’Shaughnessy ($ 1.5 million).
If second-year players like WR Collin Johnson or RB James Robinson can find their way into the starting lineup during camp, that number could drop even more. These two have caps of $ 76,778 and $ 1,666, respectively.
Quarterback turned tight end Tim Tebow would reduce that number as well as a starter. Its maximum number for 2021 is only $ 920,000.
10 NFL players have bigger hat trick than Jaguars offense
It’s amazing to think that a handful of NFL players will take up more of their team’s cap, all of the Jags’ skill position players combined in 2021. Who are these high-paid stars?
It’s no surprise that the majority of the names on this list are quarterbacks. The top six, in fact, are all well paid flaggers. However, this is not necessarily a list of the best assisters in the league.
The players with the biggest caps in 2021 are Aaron Rodgers ($ 37.5 million), Russell Wilson ($ 32 million), Kirk Cousins ($ 31 million), Matt Ryan ($ 26.9 million) ), Jimmy Garoppolo ($ 26.3 million) and Ben Roethlisberger ($ 25.9 million). ).
The bottom four on the list are all defensive linemen or linebackers rushing for the pass. They are Frank Clark of Kansas City ($ 25.8M), DeMarcus Lawrence of Dallas ($ 25M), Fletcher Cox of Philadelphia ($ 23.8M) and Von Miller of Denver ($ 22.2M) ).
Dak Prescott also has a cap of $ 22.2 million, but that’s a few thousand dollars less than the Jags starters. Ryan was No. 1 on the list before 2021 before restructuring his contract. Ryan Tannehill did the same and went from No.5 to No.88.
A good QB on a rookie contract is incredibly valuable in the NFL
While paying $ 22 million to your offensive skill group might seem like a risky proposition, it can actually be a good thing for the Jaguars and new head coach Urban Meyer.
Teams with star QBs in rookie deals have a leg up on the competition. If Lawrence can become a starting project like many projects, the Jags could be set up for Super Bowl races in the next few years.
You can check out the AFC 2021 Playoffs to see how much it helps to build a squad if you pay a rookie QB a reasonable salary. Four of the seven teams had QBs on rookie deals. Those teams were the Kansas City Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes), Buffalo Bills (Josh Allen), Baltimore Ravens (Lamar Jackson) and Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield).
Also, while Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and the two Manning brothers recently won the Super Bowl, so there are quite a few QBs on rookie offers. Mahomes, Wilson, Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco all won the title in their first five years. Nick Foles won it as a high-quality replacement the Eagles could afford thanks to Carson Wentz’s rookie deal.
If Lawrence can live up to the hype and the Jacksonville Jaguars can build around him over the next four to five years, the team could be a force in the AFC for years to come, even with its meager payroll in 2021.
All contract figures are courtesy of spotrac
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