We’ve all heard the term “overpaid.”
And we all know the answer: the Pittsburgh Steelers, with their historically awful defense.
With only three of their 10 wins coming by 20 points or fewer, they’ve been the most expensive team in the NFL in terms of total defense.
Their cost is staggering, even for a team with a historically awful record.
They’ve spent a combined $17 million on their defensive line over the past two years.
This is a huge problem.
The Steelers are only one of the 11 teams to spend the most money on their defense over the last two years, according to Football Outsiders.
That’s a whopping $6.5 million on the offensive side of things, which includes over $8.7 million on offensive line and $4.7 on defensive tackle.
But that’s not all.
Over the past few seasons, the Steelers have also spent over $1.3 million on defensive ends.
This year, the team is only one-third of that amount, so it’s not entirely clear how much of that has to do with injuries and what the team wants to do at other positions.
But it’s hard to ignore how much money the Steelers are spending on the defense.
In 2017, the Pittsburgh defensive line spent $1,849,000.
That was the fifth-highest spending in the league.
The defensive end spots are filled with players who don’t have much experience at the position, like Antonio Smith, Lawrence Timmons, and Lawrence Timonium.
So how much does this money cost?
It’s hard for us to know, because we don’t really have a way of estimating it.
But according to Spotrac.com, the median annual salary for defensive end in the 2017 NFL season was $6 million, with $6,700,000 of that coming in the top five.
That means the Steelers average their salary for 2017 to be just over $6-million per player, which is more than half of what the average salary for a defensive end is in the entire NFL.
It’s a bit surprising that the Steelers, who are currently second in the AFC South behind the Indianapolis Colts, are the only team that spends that much on the line, but that’s just how the game is played these days.
The team is one of five teams to average more than $5 million per player on defense, according