|Team||Dollars, in millions||Wins/5 Seasons||$ Spent Per Win||Playoff Wins|
The chart above ranks all 32 NFL teams in total money paid out to players from 2004-2008 - that's salaries and bonuses.
We got the original money numbers from NFL.com and I went ahead and added in the wins over the last five seasons (And now that I look more, NFL.com already did that too), money spent per win and finally playoff wins from 2004-2008.
After the jump, I check out the good, the bad and the ugly of spending money in the NFL over the last five years.
I know you guys are going to kill me on this (don't shoot the messenger) but the San Diego Chargers are one of the most efficient teams when it comes to churning out wins for the lowest cost possible. The Chargers $8.99 million spent per win is third only behind the Colts and the Patriots.San Diego also has the fourth highest win total from '04 to '08.
I know, I know. I hate talking about it too. But you have to give it to the Chargers - they're smart about when and where they spend their money.
And who else would you expect to be on this list? The Patriots, Colts and Steelers of course. All three teams spent less than $10 million per win and have twenty-one playoff wins combined.
The Eagles and Giants are another pair of standouts. Despite spending about the sam eamount per win as the Jaguars and Broncos, Philly and New York have nine combined playoff wins compared to the former's two combined playoff wins. The Eagles and Giants are spending approximately the same amount of money as the Jags and Broncos and getting much better results.
For the Chiefs, it's a sad situation with a caveat - we didn't spend a ton of money compared to the rest of the league!
Those that did spend without success - Dallas, Washington, Houston - really should be embarrassed. With one combined playoff win, those three teams made up three of the top six highest spending franchises. For nearly $100 million more than the Chiefs, the Redskins got six more wins.
The Oakland Raiders and the Detroit Lions really are in a league of their own when it comes to spending money on crap. Both teams are over $24 million per win in the last five years, an absolutely atrocious number compared to the rest of the league. Stats like this really confirm what we've known all along - Al Davis and Matt Millen really have no freakin' clue what they were doing.
Take a look at the numbers and let us know what you think.