Athletes in the National Football League, NFL include some of the highest paid athletes in the world. The average annual salary is usually the determining factor in ranking the highest paid players in the NFL and this is constantly changing as new deals/trades are made and contracts signed.
This is a list of the top 12 highest paid players of NFL and their salary ranking. They are;
Ben Roethlisberger; QB, STEELERS
Ben Roethlisberger, nicknamed “Big Ben” is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of NFL.
He was drafted by Steelers in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
He has achieved some feats in his career so far, some of which are being awarded Super Bowl Champion twice
Subsequently, he became Pro Bowl six times, NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and MAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Ben earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and became the youngest Super Bowl winning quarterback in NFL history.
Leading the Steelers, in only just his second professional season to a 21-10 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL at age 23.
He has been one of the most effective passers in NFL history.
He currently ranks 9th all-time in NFL passer rating and he is also one of the six quarterbacks in history of NFL to have beaten at least 31 of the current NFL teams.
Roethlisberger wears the number 7 in honor of John Elway a quarterback Ben grew up idolizing.
Ben earns an average annual salary of $21.85 million and a guaranteed sum from his contract of $32.25 million.
Russell Wilson; QB, SEAHAWKS
Russell Carrington Wilson plays for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.
He was drafted in 2012 by the Seahawks in the third round of the NFL draft.
He has also been a Super Bowl Champion, a four-time Pro Bowl and Pro Bowl Offensive MVP among others.
In 2013, he led the Seahawks to their ever first Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos, and also led them in 2014 to their second straight Super Bowl berth.
Wilson is currently ranked the second highest rated NFL passer of all time behind Aaron Rodgers and has won more games than any other NFL quarterback in his first six seasons.
Wilson signed a four-year contract of $2.9 million with the Seahawks in 2012.
The contract was renewed in 2015, an $87.6 million extension making him the second highest paid player in the League at the time.
Currently, he receives an average annual salary of $21. 9 million and a guaranteed sum of $31.7 million.
He is currently married to Ciara, his second wife, a popular American R&B singer.
They both had their first child Sienna Princess Wilson in April 2017.
His net worth as of 2016 was $120 million.
Aaron Rodgers; QB, PACKERS
Aaron Charles Rodgers is an American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.
He was selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Packers.
He has gotten some awards in the course of his career like being a two times NFL Most Valuable Player.
In addition, he has been awarded Associated Press Athlete of the Year and two times NFL passer rating leader.
He also has multiple NFL records like the Highest career passer rating in regular season with a minimum of 1,500 passing attempts.
In addition, he is the 5th highest possession passer rating Best touchdown to interception ratio in NFL history.
One of only three quarterbacks to have a passer rating of at least 110 in multiple seasons and so on.
He is currently Danica Patrick a former race-car driver.
Aaron currently earns an average annual salary of $22 million dollars and a guaranteed sum of $54 million.
Joe Flacco; QB, RAVENS
Joseph Vincent Flacco is an American Football quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL.
He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He has won the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, ECAC Player of the Year, Super Bowl MVP and CAA Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
Flacco has proved himself as an outstanding player and is known for having one of the strongest arms in the NFL.
He made the Top 100 Players list in 2013 ranking at an impressively high position of 58.
Flacco signed a five-year contract on July 16, 2008 worth $30 million with a guaranteed $8.75 million.
He then signed a six-year contract worth $120.6 million in 2011, a record high for a quarterback at that time.
Currently, Flacco earns an average annual salary of $22.13 million and a guaranteed contract sum of $44 million.
Alex Smith; QB, REDSKINS
Alexander Douglas Smith is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins.
He had been with the San Francisco 49ers after being drafted in the first overall pick of NFL 2005 Draft.
Subsequently, he signed a six-year $49.5 million contract with the 49ers with a guaranteed sum of $24million.
Smith became a free agent following the 2011 season.
He then signed a one-year $5million contract with the 49ers again followed by another three-year $24 million contract to remain with them.
After some quarterback controversies that season, Smith was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013.
He went on to lead them to their eleven game winning spree in 2015 and their first playoff since 1994.
This was a feat only Tom Brady and Russell Wilson had accomplished at that time. Smith was subsequently traded to the Redskins prior to the 2017 season.
In 2014, Smith and the Chiefs agreed to a four-year contract extension.
On one occasion in January 30th, he was again traded to the Washington Redskins.
The trade became official on the first day of the new league year, March 14.
Smith is married to former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Elizabeth Barry.
He currently earns an average annual salary of $23.5 million with a guaranteed sum of $55 million.
Andrew Luck; QB, COLTS
Andrew Austen Luck plays quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL.
He has received awards like the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Two times and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2010, Luck emerged one of the top players of the nation.
He was drafted by the Colts in 2012 and was taken first overall.
On July 19, 2012, Luck signed a four-year contract with the Colts worth $22 million.
Subsequently on June 29, 2016, Luck signed a six-year extension worth $140 million with $87 million guaranteed making him the highest paid player in the league at the time.
His average annual salary is $24.594 million with a guaranteed sum of $47 million.
Drew Brees; QB, SAINTS
Drew Christopher Brees is an American football quarterback for New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.
He got drafted to the San Diego Chargers in 2001 and became a free agent.
He then signed a six-year contract of $60 million with the New Orleans Saints in 2006.
In 2012, The Saints and Brees agreed to a 5-year $100 million contract.
It had the largest guaranteed money contract in NFL history of $60 million.
$40 million of the contract sum was paid the first year.
On the 13th March earlier this year, Brees signed a two-year contract extension of $50 million with the Saints.
$27 million was guaranteed. He currently earns an average annual salary of $25 million.
Derek Carr: QB, RAIDERS
Derek Dallas Carr plays quarterback for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
He was drafted by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
On June 22nd 2017, Carr signed a five-year contract extension of $125 million with $40 million guaranteed, $70 million total guarantees and a signing bonus of $12.5 million.
This deal surpassed Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck’s contract as the league’s highest paid player in terms of average money per year.
He currently earns an average annual salary of $25 million and a guaranteed amount of $40 million as stated earlier.
Matthew Stafford; QB, LIONS
John Matthew Stafford is an American football quarterback for the Detroit Lions of the NFL.
He was drafted by the Lions first overall in the 2009 NFL Draft.
He signed a six-year contract with the Detroits in 2009 with a guaranteed $41.7 million.
That was the highest amount guaranteed to any player till 2010, when the record was broken Sam Bradford.
He also signed a 3-year contract extension of $53 million and a guaranteed sum of $41.5 million through to 2017 when he signed a $135 million extension with the Lions making him the highest paid player in NFL history at the time.
He receives an average annual salary of $27 million and a guaranteed sum of $60.5 million.
Jimmy Garoppolo; QB, 49ERS
Jimmy Richard Garoppolo, an American football quarterback plays for the San Francisco 49ers.
He was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots and in 2017 was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
On February 8, 2018 Garoppolo signed a 5-year contract worth $137.5 million with a guarantee of nearly $90 million in the first three years.
He has an average annual salary of $27.5 million and a guaranteed sum of $48.7 million.
Kirk Cousins; QB, VIKINGS
Kirk Daniel Cousins is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL.
He was first drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
After many impressive seasons with the Redskins, He was ranked 94th on the Top 100 Players of 2018 of NFL.
On March 15, 2018 Cousins signed a contract with Minnesota Vikings on a fully guaranteed three-year contract worth $84 million.
This is currently the first fully guaranteed contract and highest paying contract in the history of NFL.
He earns an average annual salary of $28 million.
Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
Matthew Thomas Ryan nicknamed “Matty Ice” is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.
Ryan was drafted by the Falcons with the third overall pick in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
He agreed to a six-year contract of $72 million in 2008 with Atlanta Falcons and a guaranteed money of $34.75.
This contract made him rank number four of the highest paid quarterbacks even without having played a professional game yet.
In 2013, Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $103.75 million with the Atlanta Falcons.
After the 2014 season, he was ranked 77th on the Top 100 Players of 2015.
And on May 3, 2018, Ryan signed a five-year contract with the Falcons worth $150 million with $100 million guaranteed making him the highest paid player of NFL.
His average annual salary is placed at $30 million.
There you have it! The top 12 highest paid NFL players and their salary ranking.
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