Lions lead league in spending; Panthers tops in cost per victory
The Panthers, on the cusp of a playoff berth, lead the league in cost per victory, while the Lions and Packers run the most costly payrolls, Jason La Canfora reports.
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The NFC North was the highest-spending division in the NFL this season, according to payroll figures compiled by the NFL Players Association. The Lions spent $162 million, and the Packers $160 million, with each team spending nearly $40 million over the $124-million salary cap. Carolina has been the biggest bargain in the league this season, with only three teams spending less in actual money on payroll than the Panthers’ $98 million, and the Panthers averaging an NFL-best $9.8-million per victory, far and away best in the NFL (Seattle is second at $10.9M per win).
Mind you, payroll will include money tied to players no longer on the team.
The Texans, meantime, are by far the NFL’s least-efficient team, spending a whopping $54 million per win, with the next closest team Atlanta at $34 million per win.
The following table displays the 32 teams, in terms of highest spending to lowest spending (keep in mind that salary cap penalties prevented the Redskins and Cowboys from spending as they may have otherwise):
|Team Spending vs. Cost Per Win (2013 Season)|
|Team||2013 payroll||Wins||Cost per win|
|Detroit Lions||$161,957,819||7 wins||$23,136,831.30|
|Green Bay Packers||$160,139,760||7 wins||$22,877,108.60|
|Kansas City Chiefs||$151,470,920||11 wins||$13,770,083.60|
|Miami Dolphins||$140,540,531||8 Wins||$17,567,566.40|
|Cincinnati Bengals||$140,215,531||9 wins||$15,579,503.40|
|Dallas Cowboys||$138,946,821||7 wins||$19,849,545.90|
|Atlanta Falcons||$136,405,293||4 wins||$34,101,323.20|
|Minnesota Vikings||$135,586,223||4 wins||$33,896,555.80|
|Denver Broncos||$135,088,941||11 wins||$12,280,812.80|
|San Francisco 49ers||$131,230,945||10 wins||$13,123,094.50|
|Seattle Seahawks||$130,665,239||12 wins||$10,888,769.90|
|Chicago Bears||$130,632,410||8 wins||$16,320,051.20|
|Baltimore Ravens||$130,546,846||8 wins||$16,318,355.80|
|New England Patriots||$127,739,925||10 wins||$12,773,992.50|
|St. Louis Rams||$125,176,345||6 wins||$20,862,724.20|
|Tennessee Titans||$124,724,643||5 wins||$24,944,928.60|
|Indianapolis Colts||$124,213,293||9 wins||$13,801,477|
|Philadelphia Eagles||$123,859,856||8 wins||$15,482,482|
|New Orleans Saints||$120,563,179||10 wins||$12,056,317.90|
|New York Giants||$120,366,578||5 wins||$24,073,315.60|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||$115,851,500||4 wins||$28,962,875|
|Buffalo Bills||$113,896,047||5 wins||$22,779,209.40|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||$112,742,259||6 wins||$18,790,376.50|
|San Diego Chargers||$111,314,216||7 wins||$15,902,030.90|
|Arizona Cardinals||$111,195,058||9 wins||$12,355,006.40|
|New York Jets||$109,942,148||6 wins||$18,323,691.33|
|Houston Texans||$108,726,924||2 wins||$54,363,462|
|Cleveland Browns||$106,774,368||4 wins||$26,693,592|
|Carolina Panthers||$98,838,833||10 wins||$9,883,883.30|
|Washington Redskins||$93,813,287||3 wins||$31,271,095.70|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||$93,290,977||4 wins||$23,322,744.20|
|Oakland Raiders||$93,170,522||4 wins||$23,292,630.50|
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