Justin Herbert And Joe Burrow Are About To Reset Quarterback Contracts Forever

Justin Herbert And Joe Burrow Are About To Reset Quarterback Contracts Forever

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It’s no secret that salaries for NFL quarterbacks have been exploding. As the league’s revenue balloons, it seems to be quarterbacks that are benefitting the most.

It makes sense, as a good quarterback is the hardest thing to find in football. Think about how much the lack of a franchise quarterback has hurt teams like the Browns over the past 20 years.

The data on how much those contracts have exploded is nuts. In 2011, Peyton Manning was the highest-paid quarterback at $23 million. Second, ironically, was Sam Bradford, who was still on his rookie contract before the rookie contract scale was imposed. He was making over $18 million.

This year, 14 quarterbacks are making more than Manning did, and Aaron Rodgers leads the way at over $50,000,000.

And, new extensions are going to be coming for young stars like Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert, presumably this offseason. And, it appears they are going to get PAID.

These contracts are going to be huge. It could be something like ten years, $500 million for each of them. That would put them among the biggest contracts in American sports history.

Some people think these guys deserve that much, or even more!

The downside to these contracts is that it puts a constraint on the rest of the team. It eats up so much of the cap, it makes building a strong roster around them difficult.

It will be interesting to see how these contracts play out and to see just how high they can go.