Projected starting QB salaries for 2014 by team

BY foxsports • August 13, 2014

How in the world is Chad Henne making more than Aaron Rodgers this season?

Well, he's not, actually. But Henne's base salary of $1.5 million is more than Rodgers' $900,000, and 25 of the 31 other projected starting QBs in the NFL have a higher base salary than the Green Bay Packers star.

But don't let that creative accounting fool you. Rodgers will pocket millions this year in bonuses, thanks to a contract that makes his average salary the highest of all players in the league, at $22 million a year.

But which NFL QB will make the most money this season? You can crunch the numbers different ways, as the folks at Spotrac.com have done, but we'll give you the projected starting QBs' base salaries and their salary cap numbers for the 2014 season.

So while Chicago's Jay Cutler has the highest base salary this season at $17.5 million, the Giants' Eli Manning has the biggest cap number at $20.4 million.

See what your team's starting QB is pocketing in base salary in the list below, then scroll down to see their actual cap number. And if you're hungry for more, check out the top 10 QB contracts in the NFL.

2014 BASE SALARY

1) Jay Cutler, Bears — $17.5 million

2) Eli Manning, Giants — $15.1 million

3) Peyton Manning, Broncos — $15 million

4) Sam Bradford, Rams — $14 million

5) Philip Rivers, Chargers — $13.8 million

6) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers — $12.1 million

7) Drew Brees, Saints — $10.7 million

8) Matt Ryan, Falcons — $9.5 million

9) Carson Palmer, Cardinals — $9 million

10) Alex Smith, Chiefs — $7.5 million

11) Joe Flacco, Ravens — $6 million

12) Matt Schaub, Raiders — $4.5 million

13) Josh McCown, Bucs — $3.7 million

14) Cam Newton, Panthers, $3.3 million

15) Matt Cassel, Vikings — $2.65 million

16) Andrew Luck, Colts — $2.39 million

17) Robert Griffin III, Redskins — $2.3 million

18) Jake Locker, Titans — $2.09 million

t-19) Matt Stafford, Lions — $2 million

t-19) Tom Brady, Pats — $2 million

21) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans — $1.75 million

22) Chad Henne, Jags — $1.5 million

t-23) Brian Hoyer, Browns — $1 million

t-23) Tony Romo, Cowboys — $1 million

25) Andy Dalton, Bengals — $986,027

26) Aaron Rodgers, Packers — $900,000

27) EJ Manuel, Bills — $808,877

28) Russell Wilson, Seahawks — $662,434

29) Colin Kaepernick, 49ers — $645,000

30) Geno Smith, Jets — $633,164

31) Nick Foles, Eagles — $615,000

32) Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — $570,000

2014 SALARY CAP HIT

1) Eli Manning, Giants — $20,400,000

2) Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers — $18,895,000

3) Jay Cutler, Bears — $18,500,000

4) Drew Brees, Saints — $18,400,000

5) Sam Bradford, Rams — $17,610,000

6) Aaron Rodgers, Packers — $17,550,000

t-7) Peyton Manning, Broncos — $17,500,000

t-7) Matt Ryan, Falcons — $17,500,000

9) Philip Rivers, Chargers — $16,666,666

10) Matt Stafford, Lions — $15,820,000

t-11) Joe Flacco, Ravens — $14,800,000

t-11) Tom Brady, Patriots — $14,800,000

13) Carson Palmer, Cardinals — $12,000,000

14) Tony Romo, Cowboys — $11,773,000

15) Andy Dalton, Bengals — $8,959,036

t-16) Alex Smith, Chiefs — $8,000,000

t-16) Matt Schaub, Raiders — $8,000,000

18) Cam Newton, Panthers — $7,008,113

19) Andrew Luck, Colts — $6,029,454

20) Robert Griffin III, Redskins — $5,759,754

t-21) Matt Cassel, Vikings — $5,750,000

t-21) Chad Henne, Jaguars — $5,750,000

23) Josh McCown, Buccaneers — $4,750,000

24) Jake Locker, Titans — $4,004,637

25) Colin Kaepernick, 49ers — $3,767,444

26) Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins — $3,455,046

27) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Texans — $3,375,000

28) EJ Manuel, Bills — $2,019,386

29) Brian Hoyer, Browns — $1,250,000

30) Geno Smith, Jets — $1,140,819

31) Russell Wilson, Seahawks — $817,302

32) Nick Foles, Eagles — $770,880



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