9. KYLER MURRAY, ARIZONA CARDINALS – $24.1 MILLION:
Murray, along with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, has been tasked with rebuilding the embarrassing Cardinals from the ground up. The Heisman-winning quarterback out of Oklahoma was drafted with the team’s first overall selection in the draft this year. Arizona traded Josh Rosen, another QB whom they traded up to select in 2018, for comparable scraps in order to make room for Murray.
The pressure is on, and not just because of those topics but also his contract. Murray signed a four-year, $35.16 million deal after being drafted, $24.1 million of which will be paid this year.
Patience could be thin in the desert, so Murray will have to recreate his collegiate magic quickly.