Albanese, L. (2020). Members of Super Bowl champion GIANTS Remember 1990 fondly. Retrieved April 12, 2021
Background: This article reflects on the reactions to the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl in the 1990 season with a mid round Quarterback named Jake Hostettler. The Giants won this Super Bowl by defeating the Buffalo Bills led by Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly.
How I used it: I used this article to support the idea that it is possible to win a championship with a mid round Quarterback. Jake Hostettler defeated a Hall of Fame Quarterback who was signed to a very lucrative contract for the time the game was being played and I used this in my rebuttal argument to refute the idea that Quarterbacks with the big contracts are the only ones who can get a team to the Super Bowl.
Benne, J. (2016). A look back at THE Panthers’ first Super Bowl appearance. Retrieved April 12, 2021
Background: This article takes the reader on a flashback to the 2003 NFL season where the Carolina Panthers went to the Super Bowl under the leadership of a free agent undrafted quarterback by the name of Jake Delhomme. The Panthers were able to pull 3 upsets en route to a Super Bowl appearance vs Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
How I used it: I used this article as another example of how you don’t need the highest paid Quarterback in the league to succeed. I also used this as an example because of the two Quarterbacks involved in that Super Bowl: an undrafted free agent and a sixth round pick still on his rookie contract in Tom Brady who would later become one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the sport.
Christopherson, C. (2020). “Do Massive Quarterback Contracts Limit Teams in the Long Run?”. Sports Illustrated Kansas City Chiefs News, Analysis and More, Sports Illustrated Kansas City Chiefs News, Analysis and More, 28 Aug. 2020
Background: Patrick Mahomes is considered by most to be the best Quarterback in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs recently extended him to a 10-year $450M contract. He is one the latest in the line of massive Quarterback contracts to be doled out to a Quarterback around the league. This article gives the details of the contract and debates whether or not the Chiefs will be able to sustain success down the line.
How I used it: This source proposes a similar question relating to my thesis on whether or not paying a Quarterback a substantial amount of money will lead to team success. The contract itself will really begin to kick in in the years to come which can give the reader something to keep an eye on as the years go by.
DaSilva, C. (2021). Rams paid the (BIG) price for extending Jared GOFF two years early. Retrieved March 28, 2021
Background: The Rams in the summer of 2019 signed their former Quarterback Jared Goff to a 4-year extension worth $134M. This past month, the Rams traded Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions for mid round draft picks and Matthew Stafford. In order to get rid of Goff, the Rams had to give extra compensation just to unload their thought to be franchise Quarterback because of a few bumpy seasons further financially crippling their team.
How I used it: This source perfectly exemplifies my thesis in action. The Rams made a mistake by paying their believed to be franchise quarterback two years early, and instead of securing the future of the team like the signing was meant to do, it made the Rams cap struggles worse by having to give up extra compensation just to get rid of him making the financial struggles even worse for the team.
Davis, S. (2020). “Tom Brady Sacrificed at Least $60 Million in His Career Helping the Patriots Build Super Bowl-Winning Rosters.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 17 Mar. 2020
Background: Tom Brady is considered one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game of football. However, he could not win the amount of championships he won without the players that have surrounded him throughout his career. Brady has been known to take salary cap hits in order to allow the Patriots to allocate resources into other positions of need to help him succeed. This method resulted in 6 championships over his 20 year career in New England.
How I used it: The career of Tom Brady is the exact model of how not overpaying for a Quarterback can still result in the ultimate goal of winning a championship. Brady’s willingness to cooperate with the Patriots and their financial situation easily allowed the Patriots to distribute resources throughout the roster rather than commit a substantial amount to one position supporting my thesis that there are better ways to build a championship roster.
Finlay, J. (2020). Wentz’s contract GIVES Eagles WORST QB situation in NFC East. Retrieved April 12, 2021
Background: The Philadelphia Eagles have recently found themselves in the middle of one of the messiest financial situations in NFL history because of a series of bad contracts, and the biggest being their former Quarterback Carson Wentz. The Eagles in the summer of 2019 signed Wentz to a 4-year $128M extension to be their Quarterback of the future. 2 years later, Wentz resides in Indianapolis and the Eagles now have to pay the largest dead cap hit in NFL history at $34.7M.
How I used it: I used this article as an example of how committing a massive amount of money to a Quarterback too early can cause more harm to the success of the team than aid. I used this article in my rebuttal to further prove my point that paying Quarterbacks a substantial amount of money is more of a risk than it is a benefit to a team’s future.
Mulholland, Jason. (2018). “Optimizing the allocation of funds of an NFL team under the salary cap.” 28 Dec. 2018
Background: This study was done with the goal in mind to analyze how to properly allocate resources throughout an NFL roster. Through theoretical models and equations, the overall result of the study is there is no clear benefit of overpaying one single player to win it all.
How I used it: I used this study to support a previous point of the Seattle Seahawks defeating this prior notion that you have to heavily overcompensate a Quarterback to win a championship. I used this in my Definition Argument to further my point that there is no real need to overpay for a Quarterback because it is in fact more harmful to team construction.
Winsberg, Max. (2014). “Player Compensation and Team Performance: Salary Cap Allocation Strategies across the NFL.” 1 Dec. 2014.
Background: This study was done on the relationship between player salaries and on field performance as a result. The conclusion reached on this study was there is no positive correlation between the overcompensation of players and overall team performance.
How I used it: I used this in my definition argument to aid my point that the overcompensation of players hurt a team’s construction more than it helps. This statement leads into the jealousy flaw among teammates of this belief.
Rolfe, B. (2021). Deshaun Watson’s contract DETAILS, salary cap impact, and bonuses. Retrieved March 28, 2021
Background: The Houston Texans recently signed their franchise Quarterback to a 4-year $156M contract shortly before the start of the 2020 NFL season. After a year of seemingly everything going wrong for the team, Watson has expressed his discontent with the team and is currently attempting to force his way out by requesting to be traded. The financial catastrophe that would be experienced by the Texans should he be traded would be substantially large and would be paying him a large amount of money to play for a different team next season.
How I used it: The financial cap hit for the release of Deshaun Watson would absolutely cripple their salary cap and restrict them from making moves in free agency to better their team by paying a player to play elsewhere next season. This article further supported my thesis that paying a quarterback a substantial amount of the salary cap hurts a team in the long run more than helps them.
Schalter, Ty. (2017). “The Art of Navigating the NFL Salary Cap.” Bleacher Report, Bleacher Report, 19 Sept. 2017
Background: This article details just how difficult it is to navigate around an NFL salary cap. There are ways to work around everything through restructures and signing bonuses to lessen the yearly cap hit from a contract. The Seattle Seahawks were the example used and in 2013 were the perfect example of how to successfully build a roster while also managing the salary cap efficiently.
How I used it: I used this article in my causal argument and definition rewrite to give the reader more of an idea on just how a championship roster can be constructed without the necessity of paying a Quarterback an obscene amount of money. The 2013 Seattle Seahawks were the perfect example of how playing “Moneyball” is just as effective or even more effective than committing a substantial amount of the salary cap toward one player.
Torres, Blanca. (2019). “Debate Swirls around CEO Pay.” Baltimoresun.com, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2019
Background: This article talks about how Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream for a brief time enforced a policy where the CEO could not make more than a certain times the amount of the lowest paid employee to make wage dispersion throughout a company more fair and balanced.
How I used it: I believe the NFL could institute a policy like this in order to limit the amount a Quarterback would make to allow teams to more effectively disperse resources throughout the entire roster to field a better product which not only improve the overall product of the NFL, but improve the income of the league and all 32 teams as well.