Until recently, MLB and the NBA guaranteed the most lucrative salaries in American pro sports. But this week, Patrick Mahomes’s ludicrous new contract worth up to half a billion dollars has blown everybody out of the water.
There are no guarantees in the brutal world of football. All it takes is one injury to ruin your career or one poor decision. Today, we’re going to take a look at the 40 highest-paid NFL players in 2020, focusing on guaranteed pay for this year alone. This means there are a few shocks on this list, but not surprisingly, many of the names are among the best starting quarterbacks.
Some big names and salaries like Christian McCaffrey’s, actually miss out. Meanwhile, the number one name for guaranteed salaries in 2020 may surprise you. Check out the highest-paid players for 2020 via CBS Sports below.
40. Chandler Jones
A Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots in 2014, Jones has enjoyed a great NFL career. As well as winning a ring, Jones also the Pro Bowl four times as well as back-to-back All-Pro appearances. When the Arizona Cardinals had the opportunity to snap him up in 2016, they didn’t think twice. Jones signed a mega-deal to play for the franchise until 2021.
His $82 million pact swells his bank account with a guaranteed $16 million per year excluding bonuses and incentives. With a young quarterback and big ambitions, the Cardinals hope that Jones’s winning mentality will help them push forward and take the next step. The outside linebacker enjoys one of the biggest contracts for his position.