Good news for cord-cutters in the U.S.: you can stream this year’s Super Bowl 50 without a cable TV subscription. The Panthers vs Broncos game kicks off at 6.30pm ET/3.30pm PT on Sunday 7th Feb, and watching it on your Apple device is as simple as downloading a free app or using the live web player …
Only eligible Verizon customers can stream via mobile data, but you’re probably not going to want to do that anyway given the way it would burn through your plan.
While watching the game may be free, things are rather more expensive for the teams. CBS has an interesting feature on just how much each team spends on each position, starting with the Quarterback and Running Back.
Cam Newton has the second-highest cap number on the Panthers. The five-year, $103.8 million contract extension (with $60 million in guarantees) he signed during the offseason gave the Panthers almost $1.7 million of cap relief. Newton’s 2015 cap number prior to the new deal was $14.666 million, the salary of his fifth-year option.
Carolina is fortunate Newton signed an extension. He would be in a position to surpass Aaron Rodgers as the NFL’s highest-paid player at $22 million per year if he had played out his rookie contract. An exclusive franchise tag, which currently projects to $25.94 million for the 2016 league year, would have been necessary. The exclusive tag and his MVP type season would have given him leverage for a long-term deal averaging more than $25 million per year with more than $70 million in guarantees.
Peyton Manning has Denver’s biggest cap charge. This is after taking a $4 million pay cut in the offseason to lower his salary from $19 million to $15 million. Manning earned back $2 million of his $4 million salary reduction with Denver winning the AFC Championship. He will get the other $2 million with a Super Bowl win where he plays at least 70 percent of Denver’s offensive snaps.
There’s a huge discrepancy in how the teams invest at running back. Jonathan Stewart signed a five-year, $36.5 million extension (including $23 million guaranteed and worth a maximum of $41.5 million through salary escalators) in 2012. He has the fifth-highest running back cap number this season at $8.3 million. Carolina has the second-highest fullback cap number with Mike Tolbert at $3.425 million. He is one of two NFL fullbacks playing on a contract averaging at least $2.5 million per year. The Panthers also have $4,333,333 in dead money, which is a cap charge for a player no longer on the roster, from releasing DeAngelo Williams last March.
Broncos leading rusher Ronnie Hillman is making $770,000 in the final year of a four-year rookie contract worth $3,000,832. He splits carries with C.J. Anderson, whose $595,018 cap number wasn’t included in the calculations.
Check out the rest of the tally over at the CBS website.
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