NFL Salaries By Team And Position, Where Did The Saints Spend Their Money?
In 2011, the New Orleans Saints set an NFL record for offensive yards from scrimmage with 7,474. In 2012, the Saints last-ranked defense allowed 7,042 yards, more than any defense in NFL history.
One might think the Saints spent much more money on offense than defense. One would be wrong.
New Orleans actually paid $53.9 million in salary to their destitute defense, and $53.1 million in salary to their explosive offense. Over $15 million was spent on the linebacker position alone. Sometimes you don't get what you pay for. The Saints also spent $3.8 million on special teams.
New Orleans ranked 16th in the league in money spent on offense and defense, and ranked 17th in money spent on special teams. One might think that balance would result in a balanced football team. If only it were that easy.