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Chargers: Most Super Bowl winners didn’t need a franchise running back

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos rushes with the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 11: Running back C.J. Anderson #22 of the Denver Broncos rushes with the ball in the first quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 11, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as he is defended by Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 13: Sony Michel #26 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as he is defended by Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the second quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Chargers and running back comparisons: Salaries

Contracts were compiled using Spotrac.com. Salaries represent what the running back was making during that year. A running back playing in the 2011 Super Bowl would be on his 2010-2011 contract, not his 2011-2012 contract (for those who fact check).

  • Pierre Thomas, 2009: $460,000
  • James Starks, 2010: $420,300
  • Ahmad Bradshaw, 2011: $6.5 million (thanks to $5.0 million signing bonus)
  • Ray Rice, 2012: $17 million (thanks to $15 million signing bonus)
  • Marshawn Lynch, 2013: $7.0 million
  • LeGarrette Blount, 2014: $1.85 million
  • C.J. Anderson, 2015: $585,000
  • LeGarrette Blount, 2016: $1.5 million
  • LeGarrette Blount, 2017: $1.25 million
  • Sony Michel, 2018: $1.75 million (cap hit)

Average: $3.83 million

Of those last ten Super Bowl winners, just one of them remains with the team they won the championship with: Sony Michel, who was just drafted last year by the Patriots. Of the entire list, only two remain employed by NFL teams: Michel and C.J. Anderson (Lions).

It may have not been correct to include those signing bonuses, but imagine how much smaller the average would have been if they were not?

Cut the list down in half if it seems unfair to include a player from the early part of the 2010’s as a part of the average. The result: The last five Super Bowl-winning lead running backs make an average of $1.39 million per season.

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