With the news of Aaron Rodgers new contract coming out today (speculating around 25 million annually), I am left reminiscing in retrospect about this years Super Bowl. For the last five, six years, we have been flooded with the media mindset that teams need an "ELITE" quarterback to win Super Bowls. The word was thrown around consistently. This year, Joe Flacco and basically-rookie Colin Kaepernick competed in the Super Bowl. Flacco made around $6 million last year, with Kaepernick accumulating under $600,000, both well below the presumed "elite" price-tag.
So this I ask you. We constantly witness change in the NFL. It was just recently where the 100 Million dollar quarterback became necessary. Every team in the league who has a franchise quarterback is locking them up in relation to the pay scale, and every team who doesn't have one is looking for one. Last year we saw two guys who were making a fraction of what those "elite" quarterbacks make, and they both played very well. Are we going to see the short-lived, five-year period of the elite quarterback reigning the NFL come to an end?
One very interesting fact I stumbled upon while developing the argument to myself: Only one quarterback working under a 100 million dollar contract at the time has won a Super Bowl - our boy Eli Manning. Yes, Brees, Peyton, Brady, and Flacco have all won Super Bowls, but they raked in their 100 million dollar contracts following Super Bowl wins. They have yet to bring their teams back to the title since signing their new deals.