NFL QB Cap Hits 2022: Updated Rankings Following Multiple Moves

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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable Mar 25, 2022, 1:41 PM

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?

A few weeks ago, Matt Ryan had a $48.7 million cap hit for 2022 with the Atlanta Falcons, the highest in the entire NFL.

But, Ryan is no longer a member of the Falcons as he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts.

Once Ryan joined Indianapolis, he restructured his contract to help the Colts 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 will be 37 years old next season and he hasn’t won double-digit games since 2017. 

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.

Other Big QB Cap Hits For 2022

The top five have changed significantly of late.

It currently has Ryan Tannehill No. 1 ($38.6 million), Patrick Mahomes No. 2 ($35.8 million), and Kirk Cousins No. 3 ($31.4 million), Jared Goff No. 4 ($31.2 million) and Rodgers No. 5 ($28.3 million).

By way of comparison, Joe Burrow’s 2022 cap hit is $9.9 million, Justin Herbert’s $7.2 million, and Mac Jones $3.5 million.

Full List 2022 NFL QB Cap Hits

QuarterbackTeamCap Hit
Ryan TannehillTitans$38.6 million
Patrick MahomesChiefs$35.8 million
Kirk CousinsVikings$31.4 million
Jared GoffLions$31.2 million
Aaron RodgersPackers$28.5 million
Carson WentzColts$28.3 million
Jimmy Garoppolo49ers$27 million
Russell WilsonBroncos$24 million
Lamar JacksonRavens$23 million
Tom BradyBuccaneers$20.3 million
Derek CarrRaiders$19.9 million
Dak PrescottCowboys$19.8 million
Baker MayfieldBrowns$18.9 million
Sam DarnoldPanthers$18.9 million
Josh AllenBills$16.4 million
Matthew StaffordRams$13.5 million
Matt RyanColts$18.7 million
Kyler MurrayCardinals$11.4 million
Nick FolesBears$10.7 million
Deshaun WatsonBrowns$10 million

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a copy editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”