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Average Cap Hit of Top 5 Players By Position

What got me interested in this subject was to see how the Pistol / Zone Read Option could change the way that offenses are financially structured. I found some data on the average cap hit of the top 5 players at each position. We can use this data as a baseline of what it would cost to get a premier player at a position. Here's the link to the data, but I will type out the results below.

Defensive Ends - $16.5M

Quarterbacks - $15.2M

Offensive Tackles - $11.8M

Wide Receiver - $11.4M

Cornerback - $10.4M

Linebacker - $10.0M

Safety - $9.5M

Running Back - $9.4M

Defensive Tackle - $9.3M

Tight End - $7.8M

Guard - $7.4M

Center - $4.9M

Kicker - $4.0M

Punter - $2.9

The biggest surprise for me was that premier DEs were the top paid athletes in the NFL. The scale seems to go QB Killer > Passing Offense > Passing Defense > Run Defense > Run Offense > Special Teams. I'll leave it here so that people can add comments based on their opinions.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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