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October 4, 2012
Alex Smith: No. 7 in passer rating, No. 20 in salary

Alex Smith currently ranks seventh among his fellow quarterbacks in passer rating (98.1) but 20th in salary. In fact, the only quarterbacks earning less this year than Smith either are backups or starters who are playing on their original rookie deals. Here are the 19 ahead of him:

1. Drew Brees -- $20M
2. Peyton Manning -- $19.2M
3. Tom Brady -- $18M
4. Eli Manning -- $16.2M
5. Michael Vick -- $16M
6. Matt Schaub -- $15.5M
7. Philip Rivers -- $15.3M
8. Jay Cutler -- $14.7M
9. Ben Roethlisberger -- $14.7M
10. Mark Sanchez -- $13.5M
11. Sam Bradford -- $13M
12. Aaron Rodgers -- $12.7M
13. Kevin Kolb -- $12.4M
14. Matthew Stafford -- $12.3M
15. Tony Romo -- $11.3M
16. Matt Ryan -- $11.3M
17. Carson Palmer -- $10.8M
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick -- $9.8M
19. Matt Cassel -- $9.7M
20. Alex Smith -- $8M

Source: NFL Players Association

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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