How much do the Colts’ three-year contracts, a first-round draft pick and the contract of the third-highest paid player in the NFL stack up to?
A new analysis of the NFL’s three-team salary cap has shown that each team is paying its players nearly $400 million more than it’s been paid in years.
The new data shows that each of the league’s 16 teams is paying their players nearly three times the salary cap that they’re supposed to be paying.
The Indianapolis Colts are the only team to pay their players more than the cap the entire time.
The team is in a contract year, which means that it has more money to spend than it has to spend.
The Colts, however, are paying their starting defensive tackle Anthony Castonzo $16.7 million more each year than he was paid in 2016.
Castonzs salary cap hit this year is $8.5 million more, which is a slight jump from his 2016 contract.
In total, the Colts are paying Castonzos $26 million more in cap hits than they were paid in the 2016 season.
The average team pays its starting defensive end $14 million.
The third-most expensive player on the team is the New England Patriots, paying $14.1 million more annually than he did in 2016, according to the analysis by Spotrac.
New England has two contracts that carry a cap hit of more than $25 million: the $8 million deal that the Patriots signed in 2014 and the $9 million contract that the team signed in 2017.
The Patriots also have contracts that are significantly higher than the league average in 2017: $28.5 and $30.3 million, respectively.
The Bills have the highest cap hit in 2017, $17.1 billion, followed by the Steelers, $15.6 billion, and the Broncos, $11.4 billion.
The Steelers were the only other team to exceed the cap this year, paying their starter $17 million more and the backup $8,000 more than they did in 2017.(Getty Images)The Broncos, meanwhile, have the lowest cap hit, paying linebacker Von Miller $7 million less than he made in 2017 and cornerback Chris Harris $5 million less.
The most expensive player is the Kansas City Chiefs, paying the backup quarterback $10.9 million more.
The Broncos also have the most expensive defensive player on their roster: linebacker Darian Stewart, who has a $13 million cap hit.
The Bears also had the most costly player on a contract of $15 million in 2017 — safety Quintin Demps, who is in his fourth season with the team.
The Dolphins also have a $10 million cap cost on their contract for linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who was waived after he had a second career-ending knee injury in 2018.
The Falcons paid cornerback Desmond Trufant $12 million more this season than he received in 2016.(AP)The Saints paid cornerback Marshon Lattimore $16 million more over the same period than he earned in 2016 in his third year in the league.
The Saints are also the only NFL team to have multiple contracts that exceed $25,000 in cap space.
The Jaguars paid linebacker Darrin Walls $15 percent more than he would have earned in 2017 ($6 million) and the team has signed defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman to a two-year, $14-million deal.
The Panthers are the team that paid linebacker Luke Kuechly $16-million more than in 2017 than he actually earned in 2018.(Getty)The Steelers are the most overpaid at $24.5-million in 2017 with defensive tackle Joey Porter making $12.6 million more ($8 million over the cap) than he could have in 2017 when he was released after he was benched.
The Steelers also have four contracts that have a cap cost exceeding $20 million, including the $15-million contract that they signed in 2018 and the two-and-a-half-year extension they signed last year.
The Browns are the one team that has the most cap space for 2018 ($20 million), having added defensive tackle Josh Boyd to their defensive roster in free agency.
The Vikings paid linebacker Andrew Sendejo $12-million less in 2017 (the same amount that Sendeja was paid by the team in 2016) and then signed defensive end Charles Johnson to a three-day contract for 2018.
They also have two contracts with a cap charge exceeding $25-million.