The 2013 NFL All-Best-Contracts Team: Defense

For a breakdown of how this works, check out last week’s 2013 NFL All-Best-Contracts Team: Offense. In brief, contract quality measures how much a player’s performance outperforms (or under performs) other players at his position, relative to how much more (or less) he is paid compared to other players at his position. Data is for the 2013 NFL regular season, for players who played 25% or more of their teams’ snaps. Player grades are from Pro Football Focus; salaries from Spotrac.com. Enjoy!

The 2013 NFL All-Best-Contracts Team: Defense

Position Name Team Contract Quality
4-3 DE Robert Quinn STL 4.94
4-3 DE Greg Hardy CAR 2.38
3-4 OLB Justin Houston KC 3.04
3-4 OLB Jerry Hughes BUF 1.74
DT/NT Jurrell Casey TEN 2.66
DT/NT Damon Harrison NYJ 2.65
3-4 DE J.J. Watt HOU 5.12
3-4 DE Cameron Jordan NO 1.61
4-3 OLB Lavonte David TB 2.8
4-3 OLB Von Miller DEN 1.43
ILB Brandon Spikes NE 2.2
ILB Sean Lee DAL 2.07
CB Tyrann Mathieu ARI 2.7
CB Richard Sherman SEA 2.35
S Will Hill NYG 2.94
S Devin McCourty NE 2.65

Position Averages

Position Average Grade Average Salary
4-3 DE 2.12 $3,951,495
3-4 OLB 4.56 $3,951,155
DT/NT 6.33 $2,659,400
3-4 DE 9.71 $2,942,473
4-3 OLB 1.61 $2,220,254
ILB -4.43 $3,157,462
CB 0.16 $2,683,442
S -1.37 $2,381,485

Player Breakdowns

Position Name Team Grade Rank (of) Average Salary Rank (of)
4-3 DE Robert Quinn STL 77.2 1 (52) $2,359,013 27 (52)
4-3 DE Greg Hardy CAR 27 3 (52) $693,946 42 (52)
3-4 OLB Justin Houston KC 31.8 1 (42) $696,562 38 (42)
3-4 OLB Jerry Hughes BUF 19.7 8 (42) $1,950,000 26 (42)
DT/NT Jurrell Casey TEN 36.1 4 (69) $683,109 52 (69)
DT/NT Damon Harrison NYJ 34.8 5 (69) $482,333 68 (69)
3-4 DE J.J. Watt HOU 111.6 1 (45) $2,809,375 17 (45)
3-4 DE Cameron Jordan NO 34.9 4 (45) $1,932,850 23 (45)
4-3 OLB Lavonte David TB 26.4 2 (35) $867,933 24 (35)
4-3 OLB Von Miller DEN 40.3 1 (35) $5,250,095 5 (35)
ILB Brandon Spikes NE 9.8 5 (55) $800,000 37 (55)
ILB Sean Lee DAL 8.7 7 (55) $872,500 35 (55)
CB Tyrann Mathieu ARI 15.5 3 (109) $717,230 77 (109)
CB Richard Sherman SEA 12.4 6 (109) $555,606 96 (109)
S Will Hill NYG 15.7 2 (85) $480,000 81 (85)
S Devin McCourty NE 18.7 1 (85) $2,000,000 32 (85)
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