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40 NFL Stars With The Largest Guaranteed Salaries

Darren - July 9, 2020
NFL

40 NFL Stars With The Largest Guaranteed Salaries

Darren - July 9, 2020

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17. Julio Jones

In 2019, Jones signed a three-year, $66 million extension with the Falcons. His lucrative deal will see him earn close t0 $23 million this year alone. Analysts rate him as one of the best receivers in the history of the NFL, so you can see why the Falcons rewarded him.

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Coming off of a season in which he finished second in the league with 1,394 yards despite missing a game, Jones will be a favorite to lead the league in that category next season. In short, he’s one of the finest in his position in the league right now.

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16. DeForest Buckner

The Indianapolis Colts’ defensive tackle is on a very lucrative contract. After the 49ers traded him to the Colts, he signed a four-year, $84 million extension with $44.4 million guaranteed. This year, he stands to make a tidy $23.4 million.

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Buckner is a very exciting talent. The 26-year-old stands 6-foot-7 with a massive wingspan and has all of the physical attributes his role requires. He also played a key part in the 49ers’ exciting playoff run last year so the Colts hope that he can have the same influence this season too.

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15. Khalil Mack

The Chicago Bears are paying Khalil Mack an astounding amount of money. He will see a guaranteed $24 million this year. He has a huge deal but has to prove he deserves it.

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Mack has yet to win a playoff game with the Bears. Furthermore, he was not half as dominant last season as he should be with the money he is commanding. In short, Mack needs to step it up and maximize his potential if he really is a top-five defensive player.

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14. Teddy Bridgewater

He was arguably once the best backup quarterback in the NFL but now Bridgewater will be a starter again. After departing from New Orleans, Bridgewater will replace Cam Newton for the Carolina Panthers. He will also make a lot of money this year too.

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The Panthers will pay Bridgewater $24 million this year as part of a three-year deal worth $63 million. In short, the 26-year-old has the chance to be a starter again after a frustrating time in New Orleans where he was never going to dislodge Drew Brees.

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13. Drew Brees

A veteran still playing at the highest level of the game, Brees genuinely expects to contend for the Super Bowl in what could be his final season this year. Like Tom Brady, Brees also signed a two-year $50 million deal this offseason. The New Orleans Saints offered him an extension which he gratefully accepted.

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This will make him one of the highest-paid players of 2020. The 13-time Pro Bowler won the Lombardi Trophy in 2009. The Saints have come close to replicating their victory since then, but have narrowly missed out on several occasions in the playoffs. Will this be their year?

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12. Philip Rivers

Rivers’ departure from the LA Chargers didn’t get the same attention as Tom Brady leaving the Patriots, but it was the end of an era in its own right. After 17 seasons, Rivers and the Chargers decided to part ways. Now the 38-year-old will lead the Indianapolis Colts.

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They offered him a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $25 million. Some believe that this is a big risk because the Chargers and Rivers were awful last year. But the veteran wants to prove that he has gas left in the tank as he pursues a new challenge.

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11. Tom Brady

Anybody who wanted to sign Brady had to pay him well. In short, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were willing to do that, offering him a two-year deal worth $50 million. He’ll earn $25 million alone this year, while there is a no-trade clause in the fine print.

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This is all great news for Brady, who enters the twilight of his career on a high. After a staggering 20 seasons with the Patriots, he has a fresh challenge at the age of 42. The Bucs wanted him for his brand as much as for his abilities on the playing field.

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10. Jimmy Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback will bring home over 25 million dollars this year alone in guaranteed pay. He will enter his third season of a lucrative five-year contract worth $137 million. It’s a staggering amount of money but some analysts have criticized it.

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To sum up, Garoppolo needs to prove that he deserves an elite quarterback’s salary. His passing and decision-making under pressure must improve because it was off at various key moments of the season. We saw that in the Super Bowl’s final quarter. This is a big year for the former Patriot.

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9. Byron Jones

The Miami Dolphins cornerback will have a very lucrative year. They signed the star defensive back to a five-year, $82.5 million pact with $54.4 million guaranteed. Furthermore, he will earn a cool $26 million this year alone. That puts him as one of 2020’s highest earners.

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Jones is a highly effective cornerback who is also a capable safety. It’s even possible that he could play in the latter position this year. In 2019 quarterbacks only threw at Jones 62 times, or 3.8 times per game. Meanwhile, they just completed 29, resulting in a feeble three touchdowns.

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8. Frank Clark

Clark is a true outlier on this list because he doesn’t play one of the most fashionable positions. However, the defensive end played a massive role in Kansas City’s Super Bowl success. First of all, he had the second-most tackles by any player in the playoffs.

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Then he became one of only six players ever to have five sacks in the postseason. In short, that’s why the Chiefs rewarded him. Clark will take home a staggering $27 million in 2020. But Chiefs fans will definitely think those numbers are good value after their first Lombardi Trophy in 50 years.

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7. Dak Prescott

One man who will benefit from Mahomes’s new mega-deal is Prescott. The Dallas Cowboys guarantee him almost $29 million on the franchise tag this year, but contract negotiations rumble on. Now that Mahomes has changed the game, Prescott may push for even more money than before. Prescott will certainly be seeking one of the biggest salaries in the NFL.

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Only time will tell what effect the Kansas City star’s new contract will have on the sport, but you can guarantee every elite QB in the NFL will point to it. Prescott is definitely a very good player, however, he isn’t at Mahomes’s level just yet. This will be interesting.

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6. Jared Goff

The Los Angeles Rams quarterback scored a massive extension last offseason. It’s worth a total of $134 million. Furthermore, it includes a $21 million roster bonus in 2020. If you add that to the guaranteed $31 million that he will bring home, you can see this is a lucrative deal.

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At the age of just 25, there is still room for Goff to improve. Furthermore, he says that his close work with head coach Sean McVey has helped him to improve as a player. In sum, the hope is that they will emerge as the next Belichick-Brady duo, but they have a lot to prove before that.

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5. Ryan Tannehill

Some people think that the Tennessee Titans are taking a big risk with Tannehill. He is undoubtedly a very good quarterback, but the question begs, is he an elite player?  They did reward him for a brilliant season, where the NFL awarded him Comeback Player of the Year. Still many aren’t sure he deserves one of the top salaries in the NFL in terms of quarterbacks.

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In short, they offered him a very lucrative deal which will see him make a tidy $37.5 million in 2020. This comes after he signed a four-year, $118 million extension in March. However, some critics think they should have waited a year to see if he can do it again and prioritized Derrick Henry instead.

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4. Carson Wentz

After Mahomes’s new deal, Wentz’s contract suddenly looks like a bargain. He has entered the second season of a four-year, $128 million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles. It will guarantee him just shy of $40 million this year, a ton of money.

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His lucrative deal is one of the biggest in the league but maybe he’ll wish he waited before signing. After Mahomes’s record contract, the NFL will never be the same again. In sum, this was a watershed moment for football’s elite players and the amount of money they can command.

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3. Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings guarantee Cousins one of the highest salaries of 2020. This will probably come as a surprise to NFL fans, but he is incredibly well-paid in the short-term. He signed a two-year, $66 million extension with Minnesota in the offseason.

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Some feel the salaries Cousins has demanded are a bit overstated. He’ll take home about $40 million this year. This just goes to show how highly the Vikings think of him, with many fans ranking above Packers QB Aaron Rodgers at the moment. If he can have the same influence as his Packers’ compatriot on the Vikings, it will be money well spent.

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2. Patrick Mahomes

The Kansas City Chiefs QB is a generational talent. In short, that’s why the Chiefs rewarded him with the biggest contract in the history of the NFL. In sum, Mahomes signed a 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, with $477 million in guarantees. Meanwhile, Mahomes also has an exit option.

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However, if you look at the figures, Mahomes will not be the highest-earner in 2020, at least not where guaranteed take-home pay is concerned. While he will definitely make about $48 million without bonuses, it’s not enough for him to top this list.

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1. Russell Wilson

Wilson remains the highest-paid player in the NFL on an annual basis. Mahomes obviously has a much bigger overall contract, but Wilson will take home more money in the short-term. His contract guarantees him a massive $53 million this year.

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The Seattle Seahawks QB signed a four-year extension in 2019 worth $140 million with $107 million guaranteed. This will make him one of the most motivated players in the league as he hopes to lead Seattle to another Super Bowl. What a staggering amount of money that is.

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