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Here's What Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Pays Per Snap

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A novel way of looking at team costs per player is the cost per snap concept. It quickly shows what happens when a player who's making starter type pay, ends up sitting for several games. That cost per snap escalates quite rapidly.

A good example is Willis McGahee last year. He missed 6 games that would have substantially reduced his cost per snap for the 2012 season. When we realize that the team only fields 11 guys per snap, then the cost of back ups begins to loom large.

It's also interesting to see the difference in the snap value of one player over another, especially since the new CBA has brought rookies salaries more in line to where they should be. The source I used for the 2012 Broncos salaries is foxsports.com.

When you look at the two players below you can quickly see the amazing difference that the number of snap counts makes. Although Peyton makes over 17 mill more than Brock does, Brock made 3K more per snap than Peyton did.

Obviously these guys put in a heck of a lot more work than what the game day snaps indicate, but this is a fun way of putting the money where it matters the most, wins & losses, and that all happens on game day.

PLAYER

POSITION

SALARY

SNAP TOTAL

COST / SNAP

Peyton Manning

QB

$18,000,000.00

1111

$16,201.62

Brock Osweiler

QB

$639,396.00

33

$19,375.63

The above is a great example of opposites! Peyton handled almost eleven hundred more snaps than Brock did. An outsider could look at the last two columns above and mistakenly think that Peyton was under paid, but we know that Brock just isn't earning his keep yet. Haney made a million bucks and never took a regular season snap.

This next table lists the top ten salaried Denver Bronco Players in 2012 and compares their totals.

PLAYER

POSITION

SALARY

SNAP TOTAL

COST / SNAP

Elvis Dumervil

DE

$18,948,000.00

928

$20,418.10

Peyton Manning

QB

$18,000,000.00

1111

$16,201.62

Champ Bailey

CB

$11,500,000.00

1018

$11,296.66

Ryan Clady

LT

$5,829,375.00

1201

$4,853.76

Chris Kuper

G

$4,915,166.00

345

$14,246.85

Von Miller

LB

$4,772,814.00

965

$4,945.92

Tracy Porter

CB

$4,000,000.00

323

$12,383.90

Demaryius Thomas

WR

$3,497,750.00

1029

$3,399.17

Knowshon Moreno

RB

$2,630,750.00

337

$7,806.37

Willis McGahee

RB

$2,500,000.00

393

$6,361.32

AVERAGE

-

-

-

$10,190.80

Looking at the last two columns in that table, it would be easy to make a case for dumping Chris Kuper, Tracy Porter, Moreno and McGahee. The case gets even stronger on Moreno when you start compiling the previous years data. Porter is gone, and the verdict on Kuper and McGahee is still out.

I can easily side with John Elway when he said that Elvis Dumervil's pay scale was way out of whack. He certainly is no where near worth what Peyton is per snap, and yet he made more!

This fun and games gets even more interesting when you compare the top ten players based on snap counts. Some of you may have read the article I recently posted on snap percentages & value, and so this next list is familiar except the Dollar Values are included.

PLAYER

POSITION

SALARY

SNAP TOTAL

COST / SNAP

Zane Beadles

G

$920,000.00

1232

$746.75

Orlando Franklin

OT

$993,000.00

1222

$812.60

Ryan Clady

LT

$5,829,375.00

1201

$4,853.76

Peyton Manning

QB

$18,000,000.00

1111

$16,201.62

Mike Adams

S

$2,000,000.00

1073

$1,863.93

Eric Decker

WR

$673,037.00

1059

$635.54

Rahim Moore

S

$897,500.00

1057

$849.10

Demaryius Thomas

WR

$3,497,750.00

1029

$3,399.17

Joel Dreessen

TE

$1,833,333.00

1024

$1,790.36

Champ Bailey

CB

$11,500,000.00

1018

$11,296.66

AVERAGE

-

-

-

$4,244.40

There is an astonishing difference between the average cost per snap from the top ten producers on the team vs the top ten wage earners! Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey and Demaryius Thomas are the only three players to make both lists. (Doom was #15 on down the list)

Four of the top wage earners went down with injuries, but since two of those four were our "starting" RB's it's safe to say that they both wouldn't have made the top producers list if they hadn't been injured. The top producers list cost Pat Bowlen about $60,000.00 LESS PER SNAP then the top earners list.

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Of this top ten producers list, Eric Decker is the Top Value Pick costing just $635.54 per each down he played. And someone here was saying we won't reward him by giving him a second contract!?! Bad Fan! ;o(

So that takes us to the next question. How much did it cost Mr. Bowlen, per snap, to provide the players his coaching staff needed to field a team each week? foxsports.com says he paid out $113,611,222 in players wages last year. Roughly 2,790 is the total offense, defense & special teams snaps last year.

Simple math says that $113,611,222 / 2,790 snaps = $40,720.86. The top ten wage earners last year cost him over $100,000.00 per snap which obviously shows us that they didn't earn their keep. The top ten producers cost him $42,000.00 per snap which shows that they were definitely in line with what was expected.

We can take that $40,720.00 / 53 players = $769.00/player average and see that Decker is making roughly $134.00 less per snap than the average Bronco player. It also shows that Elvis Dumervil made roughly $20,000.00 per snap more than the average Denver Bronco player last year!

Fortunately, each players annual cost/snap production doesn't affect what Pat has to pay out. He has his set price for the year, and the lower salary high producers are the meat and potatoes of the franchise. It isn't hard to see why it's fiscally important to build through the draft, especially after the adjustments that were made to the CBA.

Now, the question for our conversation is this. You are part of the excellent Broncos Cap Control Staff, and you are sitting in a meeting with Pat Bowlen - Owner and Chief Executive Officer (his son John Bowlen is sitting in also), Joe Ellis - President, John Elway - Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Matt Russell - Director of Player Personnel and Mike Sullivan - Director of Football Administration.

Now, it's your job to explain why you want to keep McGahee instead of Moreno or the other way around, or both. Or explain why you got rid of Porter, but want to keep Kuper, or whatever. What I'd like to hear, since I'm Pat, is how you are going to save me money, while getting this team to produce better results then I got last year.

And don't be giving me any crap like, "Well, we almost got there Pat!" It's a high powered meeting and I want some high powered answers!

Just kidding, you can give me all the crap you want, cause I'm Pat Bowlen and I can take a joke! If you don't believe me, just look at some of the jokers I've paid big bucks to!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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