The price tags of NFL quarterbacks have escalated during this offseason.
Aaron Rodgers created a new ceiling with his three-year, $150 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.
Deshaun Watson also received a five-year, $230 million fully-guaranteed deal from the Cleveland Browns.
Matthew Stafford agreed to a four-year, $160 million extension after winning Super Bowl LVI with the Los Angeles Rams.
Finally, Derek Carr became the latest member of the $40 million club after signing a three-year, $121.5 million extension with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Unfortunately, as NBC Sports’ Warren Sharp pointed out, paying so much money doesn’t guarantee success.
highest paid QBs last 3 yrs vs playoff wins
$108.6M – Dak Prescott: 0
$107.0M – Russell Wilson: 1
$95.8M – Tom Brady: 5 playoff wins
$89.0M – Kirk Cousins: 1
$88.3M – Matt Ryan: 0
$82.7M – Jared Goff: 0
$80.0M – Ben Roethlisberger: 0
$77.8M – Carson Wentz: 0
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 16, 2022
Sharp tweeted the list of the highest-paid quarterbacks over the last three seasons, and their corresponding playoff wins.
It’s no surprise that Tom Brady is the most successful play-caller among the bunch, winning five playoff games and earning $95.8 million.
Cousins earned $89 million while Wilson pocketed $107 million.
Getting The Money But Not The Wins
Brady, Wilson, and Cousins are the only ones with playoff victories on the list.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott tops the list at $108.6 million but is yet to have his first playoff victory.
Last season’s Wild Card defeat against the San Francisco 49ers adds to his disappointing postseason performances.
However, Roethlisberger gets a reprieve because he’s a two-time Super Bowl winner.
Sadly, quarterbacks get to name their price based on what their fellow play-callers receive, even if they can’t deliver postseason success.
That’s how the market moves but it does not translate to victories and championships.