Jan 7 (The Sports Xchange) – With their top-ranked defense meeting expectations against a rookie quarterback making his first career start, the Houston Texans cruised to a 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an AFC wild card playoff game in Houston on Saturday.
Raiders quarterback Connor Cook looked every bit like a third-stringer pressed into emergency duty, completing 18 for 45 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. With starter Derek Carr (leg) and backup Matt McGloin (shoulder) out, Cook was the lone option.
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Jason McCourty —Tennessee Titans
Cap Hit: $8.8 Million
The Rutgers alum enters the fifth year of a six-year contract that pays out $43.04 million overall. He received an overall signing bonus of $9 million and earns a base salary this year of $7 million.
Jason Peters — Philadelphia Eagles
Cap Hit: $9.74 Million
Position: Left Tackle
Although Fletcher Cox boasts a six-year, $102.6 million contract — the highest among the Philadelphia Eagles — Jason Peters has a higher cap hit. Peters’ contract carries an $8.05 million base salary this year, with a $1 million signing bonus. Next year, his base salary jumps $1.9 million, with an $11.2 million cap hit in 2017.
Malik Jackson — Jacksonville Jaguars
Cap Hit: $10 Million
Position: Defensive Tackle
After four years in the NFL, Malik Jackson inked a six-year, $85.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the cheapest NFL team to watch live. The NFL player will earn an $8 million base salary this year, with a jump to $13.5 million next year. He has a cap hit of $10 million.
Adrian Peterson — Minnesota Vikings
Cap Hit: $12 Million
Position: Running Back
Widely considered to be one of the greatest running backs of all time, Adrian Peterson has a net worth of $30 million. The 2007 first-round draft pick signed a three-year, $42 million contract that pays him a base salary of $7.75 million this year.
Ndamukong Suh — Miami Dolphins
Cap Hit: $12.6 Million
Position: Defensive Tackle
Ndamukong Suh’s net worth of $40 million is supported by a six-year, $114.38 million contract. His deal includes a 2016 base salary of $3.49 million and an annual signing bonus of $5.1 million.
Marcell Dareus — Buffalo Bills
Cap Hit: $12.69 Million
Position: Defensive tackle
With a cap hit of $11.51 million, Marcell Dareus earns a base salary of $6.04 million and a $5 million signing bonus this year. The payments are part of a six-year, $96.57 million contract.
Gerald McCoy — Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cap Hit: $13 Million
Position: Defensive tackle
First-round draft pick Gerald McCoy has a cap hit of $13 million and a net worth of $20 million. He earns a base salary of $6 million this year off a six-year, $95.2 million contract, which includes an overall $2.5 million signing bonus. Although Tampa has been plagued by losing seasons in recent years, McCoy was selected for four straight Pro Bowls.
Andy Dalton — Cincinnati Bengals
Cap Hit: $13.1 Million
Andy Dalton enters the NFL season with a $13.1 million cap hit, with a $10.5 million base salary and $2.4 million signing bonus for the year. His individual net worth is estimated at $15 million.
Kelechi Osemele — Oakland Raiders
Cap Hit: $13.2 Million
The fourth-year guard is in the first year of a five-year, $58.5 million contract that pays him a base salary of $6.7 million this year. Although he’s been named by ESPN as one of the top 100 NFL players, Kelechi Osemele has an otherwise unimpressive contract.
Joe Haden — Cleveland Browns
Cap Hit: $13.4 Million
Joe Haden signed a five-year contract with the Browns, earning him $67.5 million over five years. This year, he earns a base salary of $10.1 million and a $3.2 million signing bonus. The six-year veteran defender has a cap hit of $13.4 million.
Tom Brady — New England Patriots
Cap Hit: $13.76 Million
Arguably the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, Tom Brady boasts six Super Bowl appearances — and has a net worth of $180 million. His cap hit is $13.76 million, and his two-year, $41 million contract includes an overall $28 million signing bonus. His base salary this year, however, is an unimpressive $765,000.
Trumaine Johnson — Los Angeles Rams
Cap Hit: $13.95 Million
Although Trumaine Johnson failed to secure a long-term contract, he enters the season with a one-year, $13.95 million contract. As a respected cornerback in the league, he’ll undoubtedly be watched closely during the Rams’ inaugural season in Los Angeles.
J.J. Watt — Houston Texans
Cap Hit: $14.5 Million
Position: Defensive end
The 2011 first-round draft pick signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Houston Texans, earning him a $10.5 million base salary and $2 million signing bonus. The NFL player boasts an estimated $13.97 million cap hit.
Demaryius Thomas — Denver Broncos
Cap Hit: $15.2 Million
Position: Wide Receiver
Demaryius Thomas is optimistic about 2016 despite playing for one of the worst passing offenses in the league. He received a $2.2 million signing bonus on top of a base salary of $13 million. His net worth is estimated at $9.5 million and his cap hit is $15.2 million.
Colin Kaepernick — San Francisco 49ers
Cap Hit: $15.89 Million
Colin Kaepernick, who stoked a firestorm of controversy by refusing to stand for the National Anthem during the preseason in protest of police brutality, has a net worth of $25 million. His six-year, $114 million contract pays him a base salary of $11.9 million and includes an overall $12.33 million signing bonus.
Philip Rivers — San Diego Chargers
Cap Hit: $16.5 Million
Philip Rivers, 2004 first-round draft pick, signed a four-year, $83.25 million contract, which pays a base salary of $10.5 million on top of a $4.5 million signing bonus. Rivers, who has a net worth of $50 million, has a cap hit of $16.5 million.
Jay Cutler — Chicago Bears
Cap Hit: $17 Million
Jay Cutler’s net worth is estimated at $40 million — a low estimate considering the 10-year veteran signed a seven-year contract that pays $126.7 million through 2020. He has a $16 million base salary this year and a $17 million cap hit.
Darrelle Revis — New York Jets
Cap Hit: $17 Million
Darrelle Revis is among the best cornerbacks in the NFL. He has a net worth of $30 million and is in the second season of a five-year, $70.12 million contract that pays him a base salary of $17 million this year.
Drew Brees — New Orleans Saints
Cap Hit: $17.25 Million
Fifteen-year NFL veteran Drew Brees enters the season on a one-year contract with New Orleans. Earning a base salary of $1 million is overshadowed by an overall $30 million signing bonus. Ranked by Sport’s Illustrated as the sixth-best quarterback, Brees has an impressive $17.25 million cap hit.
Andrew Luck — Indianapolis Colts
Cap Hit: $18.4 Million
Andrew Luck’s net worth is $20 million, which he’ll certainly add to thanks to a base salary of $12 million. He received an overall $32 million signing bonus off a five-year, $122.97 million contract. That contract lands him a top spot among the highest-paid players in the NFL.
Russell Wilson — Seattle Seahawks
Cap Hit: $18.54 Million
Russell Wilson has a net worth of $45 million. He landed a four-year, $87.6 million contract in 2015, earning him a $12.34 million base salary this year.
Justin Houston — Kansas City Chiefs
Cap Hit: $19.1 Million
Position: Outside Linebacker
Justin Houston’s six-year, $101 million contract includes an overall $20.5 million signing bonus. The 2011, third-round draft pick has a base salary of $14.9 million this year, with a modest bump to $16.35 million next year. Unfortunately, this season lands Houston on the physically-unable-able-to-perform list for at least six weeks, after his trainer reported he is rehabbing from an injured anterior cruciate ligament.
Aaron Rodgers — Green Bay Packers
Cap Hit: $19.25 Million
Aaron Rodgers brings in an average salary of $22 million on a five-year, $110 million contract. This year alone he’ll earn $11.5 million in base salary on top of a $6.65 million signing bonus.
Cam Newton — Carolina Panthers
Cap Hit: $19.5 Million
MVP and Super Bowl 50 quarterback Cam Newton led the Panthers to a 15-1 record and earned himself a spot among the league’s most marketable players. He has a $19.5 million cap hit and earns a $13 million base salary this year as part of a five-year, $103.8 million contract. His net worth is estimated at $45 million.
Kirk Cousins — Washington Redskins
Cap Hit: $19.95 Million
Kirk Cousins is under contract for just one year, earning him a base salary and cap hit of $19.95 million. He did not receive a signing bonus. The quarterback has an estimated $2 million.
Carson Palmer —Arizona Cardinals
Cap Hit: $20.13 Million
A 2003 first-round draft pick, Carson Palmer has a net worth of $60 million. After signing a $24.35 million contract in 2016, Palmer’s base salary is $7.15 million. He was awarded a signing bonus of $6.75 million and has a cap hit of $20.13 million. The veteran player says he will finish his career with the Cardinals.
Tony Romo — Dallas Cowboys
Cap Hit: $20.84 Million
Tony Romo — who nearly landed on injured reserve — has a cap hit of $20.84 million. His six-year, $108 million contract pays out a base salary of $8.5 million this year, along with a $5 million signing bonus. Among the highest-earning football players, Romo’s net worth is estimated at $60 million.
Matthew Stafford — Detroit Lions
Cap Hit: $22.5 Million
With an estimated $15 million net worth, Matthew Stafford makes a good living off the Detroit Lions. He’s on a three-year, $53 million contract that pays out a $17 million base salary and $5.5 million signing bonus this year.
Joe Flacco — Baltimore Ravens
Cap Hit: $22.55 Million
Joe Flacco, whose cap hit is $22.55 million, signed a three-year, $66.4 million contract with the Ravens, earning him a base salary of $4 million this year. The eight-year veteran played well during the preseason, considering he tore his ACL in November 2015.
Matt Ryan — Atlanta Falcons
Cap Hit: $23.75 Million
Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million contract that keeps him on the Falcons through 2018. With a cap hit of $23.75 million, his base salary is $15.75 million.
Ben Roethlisberger — Pittsburgh Steelers
Cap Hit: $23.95 Million
Twelve-year NFL veteran Ben Roethlisberger has a net worth of $70 million and is currently in a contract that pays $87.4 million over four years. His base salary is $17.75 million with an overall $31 million signing bonus. Although many parts of his game often go overlooked, several analysts place Roethlisberger among the top quarterbacks in the game.
Eli Manning — New York Giants
Cap Hit: $24.2 Million
Eli Manning’s net worth is estimated at $100 million. The 12-year veteran was drafted first overall in 2004 and is currently bound by a four-year, $84 million contract with the New York Giants. That contract earns him a base salary of $17.5 million.
Net worth figures are indicative of assets versus liabilities. All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.comunless otherwise noted.
The Texans, who led the NFL in yards allowed for the first time in franchise history, showed Cook no mercy.
Making their first postseason appearance since the 2002 Super Bowl, the Raiders did not eclipse 100 total yards until their first possession of the fourth quarter, doing so on a 10-yard pass from Cook to tight end Mychal Rivera that also marked their first third-down conversion after an 0-of-11 start.
By that point, the Texans led by 20 points behind a solid performance from quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler passed for 168 yards and a touchdown and turned a 1-yard bootleg into a 27-7 lead with 12:28 to play.
In guiding the Texans to a 20-7 halftime lead, Osweiler posted a 110.0 rating and did not commit a turnover.
The Texans will face New England or Kansas City in the divisional round next. (Editing by Andrew Both)