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Saturday, May 8, 2010
Mailbag: QB production per dollar

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Hugh from Monterey, Calif., writes: Sando, because Bill on the AFC West blog let us know the figures, we can see that JaMarcus Russell earned $5.57 million per win for Oakland [$39 million for seven victories as a starter]. You've got the best stats and most skill to do this, so would you give us a ballpark on what other QBs have been paid to date per win, or at least in your division? It may not be fairest assessment, but it makes for an interesting take on this vital position. Who has given the best value over the past three, five, or 10 years? Thanks again, coach.

Mike Sando: Sounds like fun, Hugh. ESPN.com did provide a handy class-envy calculator revealing how long it would take someone to match Russell's earnings based on a static salary. For example, someone earning $50,000 annually would have to earn that amount for more than 257 years to match Russell's haul. Ouch.

I put together a chart showing what primary 2009 NFC West quarterbacks earned per victory, yard and touchdown under their most recent contracts:


I could have tried to calculate information for Warner and Smith based on previous contracts as well, and it's something I still might do. But first I would have to verify how much each quarterback earned in incentives and otherwise under terms of past deals. Smith was a bargain last season compared to the past, when the 49ers paid him roughly $24 million over his first three-plus seasons.

The chart is sorted by highest price per victory as a starter. Sorry, Rams fans.