There Will Be a Half Billion Dollars In Talent on the Field in Tonight’s Vikings-Rams Game
Minnesota and Los Angeles have $448,269,294 invested in players in Thursday night's matchup.
If this NFL season was a game of Texas Hold ‘Em, the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings would be all in.
After making the playoffs last season, both teams spent like drunken sailors in the offseason and handed out contracts, with tons of guaranteed cash, like it was going out of style.
The end result of that is when the teams face off tonight on Thursday Night Football, there will be $448,269,294 worth of NFL talent on the field.
For Minnesota, free-agent signing Kirk Cousins is their highest-priced asset after he signed a fully guaranteed $84 million contract to bring his quarterbacking skills to the Vikes. The Vikings also spent big to keep defensive end Danielle Hunter and receiver Stefon Diggs in town
For Los Angeles, it looked like the four-year, $60 million contract ($45 million guaranteed) running back Todd Gurley inked during training camp would be their biggest signing, but that was not to be.
Los Angles also spent big on defensive tackle Aaron Donald to end his holdout and brought him in on a six-year extension worth $135 million ($87 million guaranteed).
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (one year, $14 million) and wide receiver Brandin Cooks (five years, $81 million, $50.5 million guaranteed) also got good chunks of change to play in LA.
Money doesn’t win championships, but it is going to win one of these teams tonight’s game.
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