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    Which Offenses/Defenses got most bang for cap buck/Sando

    Which offenses got most bang for cap buck
    By Mike Sando

    The $26.7 million in salary-cap space Indianapolis committed to offensive players in 2012 was the smallest amount in the NFL.

    It was less than half what the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins allocated -- a testament to the role Andrew Luck played in carrying the Colts to an 11-5 record.

    The race for offensive rookie of the year has long been settled in Robert Griffin III's favor. Griffin commanded 29 votes. Luck was second with 11. The Seahawks' Russell Wilson was third with 10. All were legitimate candidates for various reasons.

    We've sought ways to quantify each player's performance.

    An earlier chart showing how Wilson and Luck fared against eight common opponents provides one example. The chart below lists teams by offensive EPA in relation to salary-cap commitments. The Colts were 12th in production and 32nd in salary-cap commitment. The plus-20 differential between those rankings was first in the NFL.

    I've shaded NFC West teams for quick reference.

    Seattle, having paid high prices for free agents such as Sidney Rice and Zach Miller, had the fifth-most cap space allocated for offensive players. The Seahawks ranked seventh in offensive EPA, meaning the team got what it paid for, pretty much.

    Cap space in a given year isn't a perfect measure of a team's investment. Teams can often manipulate the numbers, choosing to absorb specific cap charges in specifc seasons. The figures can nonetheless help produce a feel for where teams stand in their development.

    Weak production is never good; it's especially bad in the face of high cap charges. Six of the seven teams at the bottom of the chart fired head coaches, general managers or both.

    Bang for the Buck: Which Offenses Outperformed Salary Cap Allotment

    OFfense 2012 Cap Allotment Cap Rank Offensive Rank Ranking Diff.
    Indianapolis Colts $26,273,261 32 12 +20
    New York Giants $43,611,971 28 8 +20
    New England Patriots $51,509,499 20 1 +19
    Dallas Cowboys $42,519,198 29 13 +16
    New Orleans Saints $52,862,464 18 3 +15
    Denver Broncos $54,067,904 16 4 +12
    Minnesota Vikings $46,956,257 24 14 +10
    Washington Redskins $55,870,820 12 2 +10
    Pittsburgh Steelers $43,795,123 27 18 +9
    Green Bay Packers $54,271,500 15 6 +9
    Cincinnati Bengals $45,573,122 26 19 +7
    Oakland Raiders $35,544,502 31 25 +6
    Baltimore Ravens $47,592,039 23 17 +6
    Buffalo Bills $46,204,075 25 20 +5
    Cleveland Browns $42,106,567 30 26 +4
    Miami Dolphins $50,167,332 22 21 +1
    San Francisco ***** $56,148,995 11 11 Even
    Houston Texans $56,954,903 9 9 Even
    Seattle Seahawks $58,882,082 5 7 -2
    Atlanta Falcons $64,515,110 3 5 -2
    Carolina Panthers $58,691,289 6 10 -4
    New York Jets $51,080,038 21 29 -8
    Philadelphia Eagles $52,788,265 10 27 -8
    St. Louis Rams $55,214,735 14 22 -8
    Detroit Lions $62,306,882 4 15 -11
    Chicago Bears $56,805,512 10 23 -13
    Kansas City Chiefs $53,818,853 17 31 -14
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers $78,735,646 1 16 -15
    San Diego Chargers $58,540,168 7 24 -17
    Arizona Cardinals $55,363,001 13 32 -19
    Jacksonville Jaguars $58,191,862 8 30 -22
    Tennessee Titans $68,479,806 2 28 -26
    Source: ESPN Stats & Information

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    Which defenses got most bang for cap buck
    By Mike Sando

    ESPN.com - Which defenses got most bang for cap buck

    The Seattle Seahawks ranked seventh in defensive EPA last season. That was very good, but it was even better given the team's No. 30 ranking in salary-cap space allotted for defensive players. By that measure, Seattle led the NFL in bang for the salary-cap buck.

    With the New York Jets clearing cap space by cutting five players, including three on defense, this seemed like a good way to see which teams could feel best about getting a return on their investments. I've started with a look at defenses.

    The plus-23 differential between Seattle's No. 7 performance ranking and No. 30 spending ranking left Seattle atop the NFL in bang for the salary-cap buck on defense. The Seahawks, led by a young back seven featuring recent draft choices signed to modest contracts, had $40.3 million in 2012 cap space wrapped up in defensive players.

    In contrast, the San Francisco *****' more veteran defense cost a league-high $69.1 million in cap space.

    Seattle and San Francisco both performed at a high level on defense. So did the Arizona Cardinals. The St. Louis Rams weren't bad, either. As the chart shows, some teams got more from their investments than other teams got from them. Kansas City ranked only 30th in defensive EPA despite ranking fifth in salary-cap space allocated for defense.

    Bang for the Buck: Which Defenses Outperformed Salary Cap Allotment
    Defense 2012 Cap Allotment Cap Rank Defensive Rank Ranking Diff.
    Seattle Seahawks $40,385,662 30 7 +23
    Houston Texans $45,805,256 25 5 +20
    New England Patriots $43,257,909 29 9 +20
    San Diego Chargers $43,976,610 28 10 +18
    Arizona Cardinals $50,175,257 19 3 +16
    Atlanta Falcons $48,623,797 22 11 +11
    Chicago Bears $56,625,501 11 1 +10
    Tennessee Titans $36,816,688 32 24 +8
    St. Louis Rams $49,495,779 20 14 +6
    Washington Redskins $44,199,331 27 21 +6
    Miami Dolphins $49,359,431 21 16 +5
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers $44,917,391 26 22 +4
    Denver Broncos $65,808,782 4 2 +2
    Cincinnati Bengals $59,787,578 8 6 +2
    Oakland Raiders $39,494,273 31 29 +2
    Pittsburgh Steelers $63,205,982 6 8 -2
    Carolina Panthers $53,331,193 17 19 -2
    Philadelphia Eagles $57,599,461 23 25 -2
    San Francisco ***** $69,122,594 1 4 -3
    Green Bay Packers $55,799,415 12 15 -3
    Minnesota Vikings $53,474,859 15 20 -5
    Baltimore Ravens $62,517,937 7 13 -6
    Cleveland Browns $57,859,884 10 17 -7
    Jacksonville Jaguars $46,479,424 24 31 -7
    Indianapolis Colts $51,795,567 18 26 -8
    Detroit Lions $53,963,811 14 23 -9
    New York Jets $68,667,419 2 12 -10
    New York Giants $66,119,305 3 18 -15
    Dallas Cowboys $54,272,758 13 28 -15
    New Orleans Saints $53,359,128 16 32 -16
    Buffalo Bills $59,171,401 9 27 -18
    Kansas City Chiefs $65,199,202 5 30 -25
    Source: ESPN Stats & Information


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    Re: Which Offenses/Defenses got most bang for cap buck/Sando

    Expect the Seahawks defensive salaries to soar after next year when Sherman is allowed to re-negotiate his rookie deal. He was a 5th round pick in 2011, so he is dirt cheap, but I guarantee he is going to want to be paid like one of the best CBs in the league as soon as he is allowed to re-negotiate.

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    Re: Which Offenses/Defenses got most bang for cap buck/Sando

    And the most expensive unit (offense or defense) goes to the Jets defense at $68.6m?! ouch.

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    Re: Which Offenses/Defenses got most bang for cap buck/Sando

    A #1 Overall Pick from the previous Rookie wage "scale" and a Steven Jackson contract will set you back a bit in this measurement. Not to mention the money thrown into our O-line.

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