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Survey says Seahawks are big spenders

Most of you probably don't think of the Seahawks as big spenders, but they spent more per player than 31 of 32 NFL teams in 2013.

That's one of the interesting results from our ESPN The Magazine/Sportingintelligence Global Salary Survey. Last season's Super Bowl champs spent an average of $2.303 million per player in 2013.

Only the Minnesota Vikings spent more at $2.315 million per player, and that number was reached without former Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, who signed a six-year, $67 million deal with the Seahawks in 2013.

Well, pretty easy to figure out which team got more bang for the buck.

However, comparatively speaking, it just a little above middle of the pack in the overall financial picture of the pro sports landscape. The survey lists the Seahawks as No. 116 in spending per player among major sports franchises.

Every NBA team spent more, as did 28 of 30 MLB teams. Topping the list was Manchester City's soccer squad in the English Premier League, averaging $8.1 million per player.

The New York Yankees were just a shade behind at $8.0 million per player. The Los Angeles Dodgers were third at $7.7 million per player.

Here's a link to the full list of sports franchises.

There's also a list of the top-paid athletes in each sport. The Seahawks don't have anyone close to a top-10 spot on that list. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers tops the NFL list at $40 million a year.

No. 10 on the NFL list is Cincinnati defensive tackle Geno Atkins at $19 million, a figure that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson just might top before long.

Here's a link to the list of highest paid athletes.