Let's get one thing out of the way from the get-go: football players make a ton of money--probably more than anyone should earn for playing a sport. But this article won't be arguing the merits of such high salaries, or what they say about our society.
Instead, let's investigate how well certain teams do with their own investments. No, they aren't buying stocks--they are deciding how much to pay for players. As with stocks, there's no guarantee how well a player will perform in the future, but there are lots of statistics that can be used as data points to make those decisions.
Earlier this month, the Chicago Bears made a decision to sign quarterback Jay Cutler to a very lucrative contract. Motley Fool contributor Brian Stoffel has crunched the numbers, and he thinks the Bears are making a big mistake. Watch the video below to find out why.
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