Notebook: What does a win cost?

The NFL web site revealed some interesting numbers on how much teams spend on players. The Vikings were committed to spending money in the last five years, but how did that translates in the cost per win? Plus, the Vikings have another Hall of Fame candidate, although it may be a long shot, and more proof of Percy Harvin being a Wildcat contender.

NFL.com took their assessment of how much teams commit to player salaries over the last five years and broke it down to cost per win last week. While the Vikings finished fifth in spending with owner Zygi Wilf's commitment to improvement, he wasn't rewarded in the win column as highly. The team ranked 18th in the league with $12.85 million per win. Not surprisingly, the Patriots led the list, spending $8.14 million per win. The Colts had as many wins (63) as the Patriots over the last five years, and they also came in second at $8.44 million per win.

The Bears led the NFC North, ranking ninth overall at $11.01 million per win since 2004, and the Packers were right behind them at $11.15 million per win. The Lions only finished ahead the Raiders. Detroit averaged $24.04 million in committed cash to players per win over the last five years.

Here is the list from NFL.com

Team / Wins / Committed Cash / Cost Per Win
1.) Patriots / 63 / 512.31M / 8.14 M
2.) Colts / 63 / 532.77 M / 8.44 M
3.) Chargers / 54 / 485.46 M / 8.99 M
4.) Steelers / 56 / 516.69 M / 9.22 M
5.) Broncos / 47 / 485.40 M / 10.37 M
6.) Giants / 47 / 497.63 M / 10.58 M
7.) Jaguars / 45 / 480.06 M / 10.66 M
8. ) Eagles / 46 / 495.75 M / 10.77 M
9.) Bears / 45 / 495.57 M / 11.01 M
10.) Packers / 41 / 457.16 M / 11.15 M
11.) Panthers / 45 / 516.09 M / 11.46 M
12.) Ravens / 44 / 507.05 M / 11.52 M
13.) Titans / 40 / 465.28 M / 11.63 M
14.) Bucs / 38 / 449.00 M / 11.81 M
15.) Seahawks / 45 / 552.42 M / 12.27 M
16.) Falcons / 41 / 493.07 M / 12.07 M
17.) Cowboys / 46 / 566.89 M / 12.32 M
18.) Vikings / 41 / 526.87 M / 12.85 M
19.) Bengals / 38 / 491.05 M / 12.92 M
20.) Jets / 37 / 502.53 M / 13.58 M
21.) Bills / 35 / 483.71 M / 13.82 M
22.) Chiefs / 32 / 451.58 M / 14.11 M
23.) Saints / 36 / 518.49 M / 14.40 M
24.) Redskins / 38 / 547.37 M / 14.40 M
25.) Cardinals / 34 / 505.30 M / 14.86 M
26.) Dolphins / 31 / 500.56 M / 16.14 M
27.) Texans / 31 / 522.23 M / 16.84 M
28.) Browns / 28 / 506.43 M / 18.08 M
29.) Rams / 27 / 502.08 M / 18.59 M
30.) 49ers / 25 / 486. 40 M / 19.45 M
31.) Lions / 21 / 505.04 M / 24.04 M
32.) Raiders / 20 / 513.21 M / 25.66 M


ANOTHER HALL CANDIDATE

In January, Vikings fans were excited for the possibilities of wide receiver Cris Carter, defensive tackle John Randle and guard Randall McDaniel all being finalists to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McDaniel finally earned that elite honor on his third try and has been making arrangements for his speech and induction ever since.

But there is one lesser-known (at least in the modern era) former Viking that will be up for consideration again in this next cycle of Hall of Fame candidates. Former Vikings founder Ole Haugrud is one of 80-plus nominees that the senior committee will consider when they convene on Aug. 25 to begin the process of paring down for next February's election.

Those 80 under consideration by the senior committee will be whittled to two candidates, according to Joe Horrigan, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's vice president of communications.

The Duluth News-Tribune had a supportive editorial about Haugrud's candidacy, which detailed Haugrud's contributions to the NFL.

"Haugsrud grew up in Superior, where the university's football field still bears his name. He went to high school there with Ernie Nevers, an All-American in football for Stanford University. In the summer of 1926, Nevers was pitching for baseball's St. Louis Browns and Haugsrud was the owner of a National Football League team in Duluth. But the NFL was in trouble. The "Galloping Ghost," Red Grange, had started a rival league. The NFL needed a player who could bring in fans the way Grange could," the editorial detailed.

"Haugsrud landed his old friend, Nevers, a coup that caused NFL President Joe Carr to announce to Haugsrud that, ‘Young man, you've just saved the NFL.'"

The Duluth Eskimos helped keep the NFL on the public consciousness during the Great Depression, but Haugrud is one of five co-founders of the Minnesota Vikings in 1960 – they started play in 1961.

Haugsrud was a finalist for the Hall of Fame in 1973, but he'll get another chance this year taking the senior route. The seniors committee is made up of nine veteran members of the overall selection committee and will be charged with naming two nominees from the pre-1985 era to be included on the final list of 17 players, coaches and owners.

MORE HARVIN TALK

Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian reiterated on NFL Network recently what other observers have been thinking and saying – Percy Harvin will have to change the way defenses approach the Minnesota offense.

"The good thing about Percy is that we're going to try and put him inside in the slot and let him move around. He'll also be used in the Wildcat, at QB and in the backfield," Berrian said. "He's also able to stretch the field, because he's so fast. So we can do multiple things with him. Either way, it's going to force defenses to decide who they want to double-team, or if they want to stack the box against us."


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