Monday, September 26, 2011

What do Frank Gore, DeAngelo Williams, and Chris Johnson have in common?

RoI, or Return on Investment.

These guys are pulling down a handsome $64.5 million in guaranteed money, not counting bonuses and escalators.  But are their teams getting what they paid for?  How about no.

These three superstar running backs have combined for 307 yards on 132 carries resulting in 2.32 yards per carry and 1 touchdown.  Sprinkle in 26 receptions for 173 yards at a clip of 6.65 yards per reception.

These guys certainly have the ability to turn things around and give something to the teams that are paying them so richly, but what if they don't?

Let's have a little fun speculating...

We will give these three the numbers they are on pace to produce, then we will find out exactly what these Panthers, 49ers and Titans RoI yields.

Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball against Brian Urlacher (L) and Tommie Harris #91 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
Chris Johnson is currently on pace to have an electrifying 63.0 all purpose yards per game, at this pace he can certainly scratch a thousand all purpose yards.  With 1,008 all purpose yards we can stop calling him CJ1.3k and just affectionately start calling him CJk.  So much easier.

Frank Gore Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers loses his helmet while tackled by Anthony Spencer #93 of the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Irving, Texas.
Frank Gore, you football warrior.  You were mad they wouldn't pay, now they should be mad that you won't play.  I mean, you are going through the motions, but 61.3 yards per game rushing and receiving are just not going to cut it.  You have at least registered 1 TD, but you also put the ball on the ground once, so it's a wash.  Total yards from scrimmage, 981.

DeAngelo Williams The defense of the Denver Broncos tries to stop DeAngelo Williams #34 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 14, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** DeAngelo Williams
DeAngelo Williams, my favorite amigo.  Your "production" has been epic, 35.6 all purpose yards per game is amazing.  Amazingly bad.  Not only are you stealing from the Panthers, but you are stealing from your teammate Jonathan Stewart.  Not only is Williams per touch average awful, but his 3.1 is less than half of Stewart's 6.6 yards.  Yet they continue to literally split the touches 34/36 in Carolina.  Williams is not only on track for an unreal 570 all purpose yards, but you are vulturing 5-10 touches per game from Smash, who hypothetically could raise his production from 76.7 yards per game to at least 109.7 all purpose yards.  Only a real jerk would steal hypothetical yards.

So who are the winners and loser's in this episode of Bang for your Buck?

Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, and DeAngelo Williams.

San Francisco 49ers are shelling out $3,440.36 per yard to financially fit Frank.
Tennessee Titans are paying CJk $4,960.31 for every yard he gains.
Carolina Panthers are the biggest losers, forking over $7,368.42 per measly yard that DeAngelo figures to gain this year.

Come on DeAngelo, it's my turn!  I wanna play!

All numbers were based on their guaranteed money divided by the contract lengthy, then divided by their hypothetical year end production.

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