Spending top-dollar on hand-picked players typically pays off for NFL offenses, but these moves can occasionally backfire.
Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Steelers, their high-priced offense is one of the best in the NFL. Unfortunately, this is not the case for some of the other offenses ranked within in the top 10 in money spent.
Just as a few of those franchises mentioned here are bound to surprise, some of the league’s most successful offenses won’t be seen on this list. Let’s just say only one of the teams that played in this past February’s Super Bowl will be covered here.
Each NFL team is working to make the most of its salary cap and to eventually finalize to a 53-man roster. This leads us to explore the 10 most expensive offenses heading into 2017.
All salary and cap numbers are provided by Spotrac.
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell make for one of the most powerful offensive trios in the league.
— Simon Chester (@SimonAChester) June 7, 2017
The Steelers boast the most expensive offense in the league, topping nearly $100 million. Big Ben’s offensive line eats up nearly $40 million annually. Center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro are the highest paid and each earn $11.05 million per year.
As for the receiving corps, wideout Antonio Brown just signed a grand new deal that occupies $13.62 million of that $20.48 million on the pie chart. Brown more than earned his keep before the Steelers emptied their wallets into his bank account.
Bell occupies $12.12 million of the team’s salary cap for now. But, he is due for a long-term deal that could come before he is forced to play this year out under the franchise tender.
The Steelers as a whole made it to the conference championship this past season. Now the clock is ticking to get to the postseason once again before Roethlisberger calls it quits altogether.