No. 5 – Quarterback
$22,497,500 (11.4% of 2020 cap, 15th in NFL)
In 2020, the amount the Minnesota Vikings spend at the quarterback position is middle-of-the-road, or 15th in the NFL. Naturally, this is almost all Kirk Cousins‘ contract sopping up the spending along with a comparative smidgen allotted for backups Sean Mannion and Nate Stanley.
Cousins’ contract is the topic of incessant savagery, even after he restructured this past offseason. He is slated to make $21 million dollars in 2020, and this makes him the 14th highest-paid signal-caller for the upcoming season. If Cousins made his “customary” $28 million per season that was like bees-to-honey for scrutiny, it would still not make the quarterback position the highest-paid spot on the depth chart.
His contract will escalate yearly going forward in terms of cap hit, but for the purposes of 2020, Cousins and the quarterback room are the fifth highest-paid bunch on the team. For perspective, the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks are paying their respective quarterbacks north of $30 million in 2020.