An average of 38 touchdowns were scored per week in the NFL in 2013. Out of 1214 TDs this season 804 were passing touchdowns. The NFL continues to be a passing-dominated league, and with only a few teams like the Vikings and Chiefs being defined by their run games, more and more quarterbacks are putting up large numbers.
In the last ten years the NFL single season record for passing touchdowns has been broken three times, once by Tom Brady (50) and twice by Peyton Manning (49, 55). In 2011 Drew Brees broke Dan Marino’s record for most passing yards in a single season with 5476. This year Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles threw for an NFL record 7 touchdowns in a Week 9 blowout against the Oakland Raiders. As the NFL’s passing records continue to fall, the running game is becoming more and more of a luxury for many teams.
In recent years only a couple of running backs have broken or gotten close to breaking any major rushing records. While there are only a handful of elite running backs in the league, sports media outlets are constantly naming their top ten or top fifteen quarterbacks every year. And while there are arguably only four or five truly elite quarterbacks in the NFL, new names are constantly being thrown into the discussion, while those running backs who have established themselves as elite at their position have been set in stone as such.
There has been a shift in the balance of power in the NFL. The passing game has replaced the running game as the way to go for most teams, and because of that we are seeing more and more explosiveness at the quarterback position. With that being said, here are he top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL per touchdown thrown in the 2013-14 regular season.
10. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – $201,923 per TD thrown
Chad Henne started 13 games for the Jaguars in 2013 after the team benched former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert in Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams. Henne started off slow in 2013, managing only 4 passing td’s in the first 10 weeks of the season. He finished strong though, throwing for 9 touchdowns in 7 weeks and finishing with 13 passing tds and 14 interceptions. Despite Henne’s late season efforts, the Jags still ended up finishing 4-12. Holding the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, the Jaguars are expected to pick a QB for the second time in 10 years, and Henne’s long-term future with the team is clouded.