That's the total
the Ravens paid to defensive stalwarts Ray Lewis, 33, and Chris McAlister, 31,
who missed half the season because of injury.
That's what a
relatively underpaid Peyton Manning made in '07.
The Bears paid three quarterbacks ( Brian Griese, Rex Grossman and Kyle Orton)
between $2.5 and $3 million each last season. The average salary for the eight
Pro Bowl quarterbacks was $6.6 million.
That's how much
the Cowboys paid their three highest-paid players: Terrell Owens ($9.7
million), Tony Romo ($8.9 million) and Flozell Adams ($7 million), the
cornerstones of the league's No. 3 offense.
Even though only two wins separated them from the Rams, who finished 3--13,
Miami was 40 times less efficient. As part of the rebuilding, the Dolphins'
biggest salaries from last year are either going ( Jason Taylor, $9.6 million)
or gone ( Zach Thomas, $8 million; Chris Chambers, $7.3 million).
VALUE VS. PRICE
Landing Randy Moss for $3 million was a steal and Tom Brady at $7.35 million
was a bargain, considering his historic season (48 TD passes). New England's
highest-priced player was now-departed cornerback Asante Samuel ($7.8 million),
whose salary was the result of being named a franchise player in 2007.
THE VERY BIG
At $6 for 24 ounces, the Superdome brews the cheapest beer in the league; add
in tickets, soft drinks, hot dogs, parking, programs and caps, and only
Jacksonville and Buffalo cost less.
AVERAGE SALARY BY
Teams pay most for quarterbacks ($1.98 million average) and those who protect
them and sack them.