More evidence to support my case
The more I see what Brady was getting paid by the Patriots it increases my awareness of how well managed the Patriots’ pay structure was to keep them at the top of the game throughout this period.
In earning his fifth Super Bowl ring Brady received $14.8 million that season or 14.7 of the just over $100 million spent on that year’s starting lineup for the Patriots.
A measly 2.2% of these salaries went to the running backs, emphasizing once again that you need not spend big in this area to achieve the ultimate success.
In what was the most evenly spread salary of the last five Super Bowl winners, the Patriots used 19.2% of the budget on the receiver corps.
And again spreading the wealth literally, the Patriots gave the starting five offensive linemen 20.4% of the total starting salary budget.
Defensive front seven
In trademark Bellichick fashion the defensive front got the biggest chunk of the budget, but even they only got a 21.7% chunk of the pie.
A further 17.8% went on this unit.
Kicker and Punter
And finally, the oft-neglected special teams guys got 4% of the starting salary expenditure.
As I have gone through my research for this piece and written it, I feel there is a pretty compelling case for not overspending at QB, and thus ensuring you are strong across the roster as much as possible, if you want to go deep into the playoffs and ultimately get your hands on the Lombardi trophy.