- Ryan Tannehill ($38.6M) has the highest salary cap hit among NFL QBs.
- Four QBs have cap hits over $30 million.
While cap space isn’t the end all be all to having success in the NFL, having money to work with and spend certainly helps a team’s NFL playoff odds and NFL odds overall.
Committing a large salary, which can include dead cap hits, to one player can limit spending at other positions, including wide receiver and tight end, which is why it’s so important to capitalize when having superstar players on rookie contracts.
When it comes to the quarterback position, obviously, some of the best players are the ones with the highest cap hits (all according to Spotrac).
What is Matt Ryan’s Salary Cap Hit With Colts?
Early in the offseason, Matt Ryan had a $48.7 million cap hit for 2022 with the Atlanta Falcons, the highest in the entire NFL.
But, then Ryan was traded to the Colts.
Once Ryan joined Indianapolis, he restructured his contract to help the team with cap space. The Colts converted $12 million of his contract for 2022 into a signing bonus, creating $6 million of cap space.
The quarterback has a 2022 salary cap hit of $18.7 million.
Ryan, 37 years old, was the starter for the first seven weeks of the season, but following nine interceptions and 11 fumbles, the organization made the decision to start Sam Ehlinger.
Aaron Rodgers Contract for 2022
Rodgers is back in Green Bay for another season and received a massive contract.
The 38-year-old signed a three-year, $150 million deal with just over $100 million guaranteed. With that being said, his cap hit for 2022 is only $28.5 million. That is well down from the $46.7 million before the new contract.
Rodgers’ best receiver Davante Adams was dealt to the Raiders, likely due to Green Bay not having enough money to give him the money he wanted.
The Green Bay quarterback has struggled early in the 2022 season, with the Packers struggling to get any momentum going on both sides of the ball.
I'll never understand how Aaron Rodgers fit this ball in…pic.twitter.com/svgKdbrz1W
— Eli Berkovits (@BookOfEli_NFL) March 11, 2022
Full List 2022 NFL QB Cap Hits
|Ryan Tannehill||Titans||$38.6 million|
|Patrick Mahomes||Chiefs||$35.8 million|
|Kirk Cousins||Vikings||$31.4 million|
|Jared Goff||Lions||$31.2 million|
|Aaron Rodgers||Packers||$28.5 million|
|Carson Wentz||Commanders||$28.3 million|
|Lamar Jackson||Ravens||$23 million|
|Dak Prescott||Cowboys||$19.9 million|
|Derek Carr||Raiders||$19.4 million|
|Sam Darnold||Panthers||$18.9 million|
|Matt Ryan||Colts||$18.7 million|
|Josh Allen||Bills||$16.4 million|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||49ers||$14 million|
|Matt Stafford||Rams||$13.5 million|
|Kyler Murray||Cardinals||$12.7 million|
|Tom Brady||Buccaneers||$11.9 million|
|Joe Burrow||Bengals||$9.9 million|
|Deshaun Watson||Browns||$9.4 million|
|Daniel Jones||Giants||$8.4 million|
|Trevor Lawrence||Jaguars||$8.4 million|
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