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Green Bay Packers: Salaries 2012


The Packers’ top two money-makers together at the Pro Bowl in February 2012.
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I bet you thought that Aaron Rodgers was the highest-paid player on the Green Bay Packers’ roster in 2012?

Think again … it was Charles Woodson. The recently-released Packers cornerback, who missed more than half of the 2012 season, made $11,562,500.

Charles Woodson has bowed out as a Packer, but he most likely will command a nice salary with whomever he signs.
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Rodgers? Well he came home with a sweet $9 million even.

These numbers, provided by Fox Sports, break down individual salaries and where they stand among all 53 men on the roster.

Rodgers was second among those on the 53-man roster, but considering the 51 bone-crunching sacks he experienced last season, there’s no question in my mind that he earned every one of those American dollars.

Last year’s Green Bay Packers payroll situated the team just about in the middle of the pack among all 32 National Football League teams. In fact, the team was fourteenth with a total of $107,837,787.

Don Barclay earned every penny of his salary in 2012.
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While Woodson and Rodgers led the way last year in individual salaries, the lowest paid Packers were Jarrett Boykin and none other than Don Barclay, the offensive lineman who ended up starting at right tackle for much of December and into the Playoffs. Boykin also saw spot time in December after WR Jordy Nelson went down with a hamstring injury.

Interestingly enough, three of the top 10 players earning the most for the Packers have already been (Woodson, Jeff Saturday) or will be (Greg Jennings) removed from that list. No doubt much, if not all of the money paid to those three players will be utilized in re-signing Rodgers, B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews. Questions surrounding whether A.J. Hawk and Jermichael Finley will stick with the team should be answered sometime this offseason. Hawk and Finley were also among the top 10.

So, by the time next season rolls around, this list will most likely be vastly changed.

 

Here’s the top 10 for your review:

PACKERS 2012 SALARIES
RK PLAYER SALARY (US$)
1 Charles Woodson $11,562,500
2 Aaron Rodgers $9,000,000
3 Greg Jennings $7,322,500
4 A.J. Hawk $6,550,000
5 Tramon Williams $6,300,000
6 Ryan Pickett $5,737,500
7 B.J. Raji $5,455,000
8 Jermichael Finley $5,250,000
9 Josh Sitton $4,550,000
10 Jeff Saturday $4,000,000

A few of the most productive players who didn’t crack the top 10 included Jordy Nelson (11), James Jones (12), Clay Matthews (17), Bryan Bulaga (18), and Randall Cobb (27).

In addition to Cobb, who probably brought the team the best value for his pay scale, there were others who saw the field a lot, but didn’t see much in their paycheck. They included Brad Jones ($630,063), Casey Hayward ($601,750), C.J. Wilson ($502,588), M.D. Jennings ($465,833), Jerron McMillian ($465,146), and Dezman Moses ($391,166).

And as a side note, take a look at where Mason Crosby sits … I’ll let you insert your comments here …

Team salaries

When looking at total team salaries, it’s clear that money always doesn’t buy success.

Consider the team with the highest salary total in 2012. Well yes, the Kansas City Chiefs will also be choosing number one in this year’s NFL Draft. The Chiefs top-rated team salary was a whopping $128,051,400.

Right behind the Chiefs? Da Bears … $126,358,124.

The other teams in the NFC North: The Lions were #4 ($116,478,991) and the Vikings were right on the Packers’ heels at #17 ($105,263,631).

Consider also that of the five teams with the lowest total salaries, four of them were Playoff teams:

28 Patriots $96,393,528
29 Seahawks $96,177,975
30 Bengals $92,477,712
31 Raiders $90,432,050
32 Colts $80,801,342

And the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens? They were ranked 25th ($98,730,030).

By the way, the other Super Bowl-qualifying team, the San Francisco 49ers, were rated third ($124,707,285).

Of course, the best value out there was the Indianapolis Colts. The Playoff team that surprised everyone came in with a measly team salary of $80,801,242. Now, that’s a success story.

Below you will find the Packers complete list, followed by the team total lists.

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The charts below are courtesy of Fox Sports.

 

PACKERS 2012 SALARIES
RK PLAYER SALARY (US$)
1 Charles Woodson $11,562,500
2 Aaron Rodgers $9,000,000
3 Greg Jennings $7,322,500
4 A.J. Hawk $6,550,000
5 Tramon Williams $6,300,000
6 Ryan Pickett $5,737,500
7 B.J. Raji $5,455,000
8 Jermichael Finley $5,250,000
9 Josh Sitton $4,550,000
10 Jeff Saturday $4,000,000
11 Jordy Nelson $3,825,000
12 James Jones $3,100,000
13 Mason Crosby $2,400,000
14 John Kuhn $2,400,000
15 T.J. Lang $2,360,000
16 Donald Driver $2,300,000
17 Clay Matthews $1,980,000
18 Bryan Bulaga $1,847,000
19 Jarrett Bush $1,433,333
20 Nick Perry $1,363,500
21 Phillip Merling $1,260,000
22 Cedric Benson $825,000
23 Tim Masthay $780,000
24 Brett Goode $776,000
25 Morgan Burnett $758,775
26 Erik Walden $750,000
27 Randall Cobb $729,414
28 Jerel Worthy $717,855
29 Brad Jones $630,063
30 Casey Hayward $601,750
31 Alex Green $601,250
32 Marshall Newhouse $577,462
33 Evan Dietrich-Smith $565,000
34 Sam Shields $542,500
35 Davon House $540,145
36 Tom Crabtree $540,000
37 Robert Francois $540,000
38 Graham Harrell $540,000
39 James Starks $515,075
40 D.J. Williams $514,500
41 C.J. Wilson $502,588
42 D.J. Smith $490,788
43 Ryan Taylor $479,794
44 Jamari Lattimore $466,667
45 M.D. Jennings $465,833
46 Mike Daniels $465,146
47 Jerron McMillian $465,146
48 Brandon Saine $465,000
49 Terrell Manning $432,870
50 Sean Richardson $391,667
51 Dezman Moses $391,166
52 Don Barclay $390,000
53 Jarrett Boykin $390,000

 

NFL TEAM PAYROLLS
RK PLAYER SALARY (US$)
1 Chiefs $128,051,400
2 Bears $126,358,124
3 49ers $124,707,285
4 Lions $116,478,991
5 Chargers $115,116,022
6 Jets $113,868,878
7 Giants $113,836,940
8 Broncos $113,611,222
9 Jaguars $111,153,183
10 Steelers $111,016,166
11 Buccaneers $110,548,704
12 Falcons $109,150,977
13 Panthers $108,668,521
14 Packers $107,837,787
15 Dolphins $106,519,214
16 Saints $106,102,029
17 Vikings $105,263,631
18 Bills $104,920,583
19 Redskins $104,305,244
20 Eagles $104,069,640
21 Texans $103,440,468
22 Cowboys $102,805,104
23 Titans $100,497,782
24 Cardinals $100,388,354
25 Ravens $98,730,030
26 Browns $97,251,684
27 Rams $96,758,634
28 Patriots $96,393,528
29 Seahawks $96,177,975
30 Bengals $92,477,712
31 Raiders $90,432,050
32 Colts $80,801,342

 

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