The Steelers rank last in the NFL in total players salariers, 2005-2011. The Steelers have spent 621 million. The Buccaneers are the next lowest but 60 million away. For a long time, the low salaries have not impacted performance. The Steelers have been to 3 superbowls and won two of them. It looks like salaries aren't affecting the Giants, which spent $695 million and had the 3rd lowest total. That means that the steelers and Giants have won 4 out of the 7 superbowls in this period with the lowest paid players on average in the NFL.
Minnesota and Oakland had the two highest spending teams. The additional 30% in salaries did not translate into more wins or more superbowls. In fact, the opposite. The Vikings and Raiders have made the playoffs only once in the past 7 years.
New Orleans and Indianapolis were the 3rd and 4th highest salaries and the extra pay paid off with a Superbowl each. I know the Packers complain about being in a small market, but they have the 6th highest salaries. They got a Superbowl title as well.
What does all this mean? First, the Steelers know how to run a mean and lean operation, similar to Romney at Bain Capital. They are getting the most value for their money. Secondly, it says that money does not buy success. You need the right people. The highest paid players are not always the most best.
Finally, the Steelers maybe should start to pay to acquire for proven vets. It's obvious the Steelers are lacking in depth on the Oline and at LB's. They addressed those positions in the offseason. It takes awhile to work the 1st year players in the starting line up.
Then you have injuries. This is the biggest culprit to the Steelers success. The Steelers need more depth. If the starters get hurt, no matter how much Tomlin talks about the standard, the standard precipitously drops off.
1. Minnesota Vikings $808.4 million
2. Oakland Raiders $797 million
3. Indianapolis Colts $786.7 million
4. New Orleans Saints $782.2 million
5. San Diego Chargers $771.7 million
6. Green Bay Packers $768.6 million
7. Dallas Cowboys $760.7 million
8. Houston Texans $760.4 million
9. Miami Dolphins $760.3 million
10. Baltimore Ravens $750.2 million
11. Cleveland Browns $748.6 million
12. Arizona Cardinals $747.4 million
13. Atlanta Falcons $746.5 million
14. Buffalo Bills $744.4 million
15. Jacksonville Jaguars $746.2 million
16. New England Patriots $742.4 million
17. Philadelphia Eagles $741.2 million
18. Carolina Panthers $737.8 million
19. St. Louis Rams $737.5 million
20. Washington Redskins $736.8 million
21. Chicago Bears $733.5 million
22. Cincinnati Bengals $732.2 million
23. Seattle Seahawks $731.1 million
24. Tennessee Titans $718.6 million
25. San Francisco 49ers $718.3 million
26. Kansas City Chiefs $716.7 million
27. New York Jets $702.9 million
28. Denver Broncos $701.5 million
29. Detroit Lions $697.2 million
30. New York Giants $695.9 million
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers $682.4 million
32. Pittsburgh Steelers $621.3 million
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