In my previous post, I sorted the Salaries for the Offensive Line not only for the Denver Broncos, but as they compared to the rest of the NFL. Today we will look at the Defensive Line investment for each team and see where the buck stops. The Broncos front foursome had Robert Ayers, Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas and Elvis Dumervil starting and we all know those two middlemen need to be paid or replaced. Once again, please keep in mind that these are mostly the Base Salary figures. However some bonuses are included because of the known contract numbers and how they were stated from the research sites (Rotoworld, Spotrac and Yahoo). I separated the team that used the 3-4 personnel look from those that use the 4-3 and since it is pertinent, I broke down our opponents in the AFC West for this exercise too.
Teams that use the 4-3 defense (Numerical figures are expressed in Millions)
|Atlanta Falcons||$17.90||$10.60||John Abraham|
|Denver Broncos||$16.52||$14.96||Brodrick Bunkley, Marcus Thomas|
|Indianapolis Colts||$15.56||$15.56||Robert Mathis|
|Chicago Bears||$14.52||$10.12||Israel Idonije|
|Detroit Lions||$13.42||$19.20||Cliff Avril|
|New York Giants||$9.58||$10.52|
|Seattle Seahawks||$9.36||$10||Red Bryant|
|St. Louis Rams||$8.32||$9.63|
|New Orleans Saints||$7.63||$7.46||Aubrayo Franklin|
|Carolina Panthers||$4.78||$5.70||Sione Fua's salary is missing for both years|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$2.66||$8.49|
|Tennessee Titans||$1.85||$1.78||Jason Jones|
|New England Patriots||$1.58||$4.99||Kyle Love (ERFA) Mark Anderson (UFA)|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||$1.28||$1.78||Leger Douzable (RFA) Jeremy Mincey (UFA)|
We will look at the 3-4 Teams in their own chart since there is a personnel difference.
|Miami Dolphins||$17.41||$3.73||Paul Soliai, Kendall Langford|
|San Francisco 49ers||$12.80||$13.68|
|Washington Redskins||$7.62||$6.65||Adam Carriker|
|Kansas City Chiefs||$7.12||$4.69||Kelly Gregg|
|Baltimore Ravens||$4.90||$3.40||Cory Redding|
|Arizona Cardinals||$4.86||$5.35||Calais Campbell|
|Green Bay Packers||$4.24||$7.22|
|New York Jets||$3.91||$2.65||Sione Pouha|
|San Diego Chargers||$1.50||$1.06||Antonio Garay|
The AFC West breaks down like this:
San Diego Chargers -
- NT Antonio Garay (2011:$640K, 2012:UFA)
- DE Corey Liuget (2011: $375K, 2012: $490K)
- DE Vaughn Martin (2011: $480K, 2012: $565K)
- NT Kelly Gregg (2011:$3.5M, 2012:UFA)
- DE Tyson Jackson (2011:$1.79M, 2012:$2.505M)
- DE Glenn Dorsey (2011:$1,582,250, 2012:$2.181M)
- DT Richard Seymour (2011:$15M, 2012:$7.5M)
- DT Tommy Kelly (2011:$5.5M, 2012:$6M
- DE Lamarr Houston (2011:$405K, 2012:$490K)
- DE Matt Shaughnessy (2011:$480K, 2012:$565K)
Not many can ascertain what goes on in the minds of the Raiders brain-trust, but since they now have a new Boss, new General Manager and new Head coach, changes are sure to come.
- DE Robert Ayers (2011: $880K, 2012: $965K)
- DT Brodrick Bunkley (2011:$635K, 2012:UFA)
- DT Marcus Thomas (2011:$1M, 2012:UFA)
- DE Elvis Dumervil (2011:$14M, 2012:$14M)
As for the Broncos, they are in the upper eschelon of Salary Expenditures for the Defensive Line due to Elvis Dumervil's $14M price tag. Robert Ayers balances that out for now, but the team still must add the Salaries of two Defensive Tackles and bringing back Bunkley and Thomas is going to cost more than the combined $1.635M they earned in 2011. I expect Denver to have one of the top 2 or 3 expenses in the league for their 2012 D-Line (The Minnesota Vikings are at $21.55M).
That's all I have for this topic. I will resume again next week and we will see how many positions can be covered.
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