The National Football League, otherwise known as the NFL is a multi billion dollar industry, and the players who are out on the field are putting their physical health in jeopardy with every practice and each game they play. Injuries are common in the NFL, but the glory for the best players is immense. The most successful players in the sport can also practically write their own paycheck when it’s negotiation time and some of them move on to another team if they don’t feel that their contract provides enough financial compensation and benefits. You might be shocked to find out what the highest paid football players make. Here are the 20 richest NFL players for the 2019-20 season.
20. Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos – $18.5 million
Joe Flacco is the quarterback for the Denver Broncos who received a $24 million signing bonus in the extension that will be divided into three payements of $8 million over 2018, 2019 and 2020. His base salary for 2019 is $18.5 million and when you add the extra $8 million for the delayed payment of the signing bonus, he would have been bringing in $26.5 million, however, not this year according to sources.
19. DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys – $21.5 million
Lawrence is the Defensive End for the Dallas Cowboys. DeMarcus signed a five year contract for $105 million. For 2019 his base salary is $1.5 million with a $4.6 million roster bonus and a $25 million signing bonus. He’ll bring in $21.5 million for 2010 with a $16.9 million guaranteed base for 2021, a $17 million base in 2021 and in 2022 a $19 million base.
18. Eli Manning, New York Giants – $21.7 million
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning signed a five year contract that guarantees a base salary of $11.5 million for 2019. It’s enriched with additional bonuses in the amount o $6.2 million for the prorated bonus, , another for $5 million for the roster bonus and $500K for workout. The total amount he’s expected to bring in for the 2019-2020 football season will be $23,200,000.
17. Nick Foles, Jacksonville Jaguars – $22 million
Nick Foles, quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars signed a mega for year $88 million contact as a free agent along with the stipulation of a $50 million guarantee. Throughout the contract there is also another $14 million he could acquire through the various incentives that are offered based upon performance, merit and ranking, especially if he makes it to the level of the elite top positions within the incentives categories. It’s definitely an incentive to get out there and do your best.
16. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams – $22.5 million
Defensive End Aaron Donald signed a contract that brings in a base salary of $9.01 million for 2019 with an increase to a $17 million base in 2020 and the following year, a whopping $19.892 million for 2022. He’s guaranteed an average total salary of $22,500,000 per year and by 2022, he’ll qualify for an additional $5 million per year in roster bonuses.
15. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers – $23 million
Rivers is the quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers who signed a 4 year contract. His base salary for 2019 is $11 million with a bonus of $5 million for roster and a cap of $23 million. His prorated bonus is $4.5 million for 2019 for a total contract value of $23 million.
14. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – $23.2 million
Cam Newton will enter the fourth year of a five year contract that he signed to play for the Carolina panthers. As a part of the contract for the 2019-2020 football season, the quarterback will receive a base pay of $16,200,000 in salary. His prorated bonus will be $6,500,000 and his workout pay will be $500,000 with a $23,200,000 cap, according to OTC. For the 2020-2021 season his contract stipulates that he will receive an $18.6 million dollar base salary, a $2 million dollar prorated bonus with the same workout for a total of $21.1 million.
13. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – 23.2 million
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger signed a contract for 2019 and beyond that gives him a base salary of $12 million for 2019 along with a $5 million roster bonus with a prorated signing bonus of $6.2 million.
12. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins – $23.5 million
Alex smith is the Washington Redskins quarterback who just received an extension on his contract. For 2019, his base salary which is fully guaranteed is at $15 million with $16 million for 2020. The extension gave him an average annual salary of $22.5 million per year and with bonuses, the 2019-2020 season should bring in $23.5 million for Smith.
11. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears – $23.5 million
The Chicago Bears Offensive Line Backer Khalil Mack signed a six year contract in 2018 for $141 million over the course of the agreement. At the signing, $60 million was guaranteed. For 2019 he will receive a $2.3 with a $200k roster bonus and a restructuring bonus to the tune of $13 million. million base salary. The contract also gave him a $34 million signing bonus an an average annual salary of $23.5 million.
10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – $24.5 million
Quarterback Andrew Luck signed a contract with the Indianapolis Colts in June of 2016 that guaranteed $47 million of a contract for $122,970,000. The average for his annual salary is $24.594 million. This makes him one of the top ten paid players in the NFL.
9. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – $25 million
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is back for the 2019-2020 season with a contract that was negotiated for $22.7 million and with bonuses, it is estimated that the total annual salary he’ll bring in will be a cool $25 million. If makes the choice to put off retirement and stay on with the New Orleans Saints for a few more years after the upcoming 2019-2020 season, his salary cap is set for $15.9 million for 2020 and $5.4 million for 2021 and should he decide to retire, he’ll be leaving the Saints with these salary cap figures.
8. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders – $25 million +
The Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is getting a bump in his pay for the 2019-2020 football season. According to a report issued by Field Yates of ESPN, Carr’s 2019 salary for the full amount of $19 million is guaranteed. This was good news since it was rumored that John Gruden was considering Carr’s relocation to another team, but it’s official and he’ll be back in the fall for yet another season of NFL action and a nice base salary with bonuses that put his annual income in the neighborhood of $25,005,000.
7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – $27 million
Tom Brady is the New England Patriots Quarterback. According to heavy.com sports, his contract for the upcoming season includes a base pay of $14 million along with bonuses in the amount of $13,000. Here’s the real kicker though. There are five major categories where players can excel and for each one that Brady comes in as one of the top five, he gets an extra $1 million in incentive pay, so he has the opportunity to add up to an extra $5 million.
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – $27 million
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford is going to bring in a base salary of $13.5 million for the 2019-2020 NFL football season. He’s getting a signing bonus of $10 million along with a roster bonus of $6 million with a cap hit of $29.5 million with an average annual salary of $27 million. In 2020 base will be $15 million with a signing bonus of $10 million, a roster bonus of $6 million and a $500K workout bonus with a cap hit of $31.5 million. His contract also extends through 2022 with a $30 million cap hit for 2021 and a $23 million figure for 2022.
5. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers – $27.5 million
Jimmy Garoppolo is again the San Francisco 49ers quarterback and he signed a contract with an extension on his 2018 agreement that gives him $137.5 million over a five year period with a $29 million roster bonus and a $7 million signing bonus. After all of the negotiations were completed, his cap it dropped to $19.35 million for the 2019-2020 season with bonuses he’s standing at $27.5 million for the season.
4. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings – $28 million
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins signed a contract in 2018 that gave him a $3 million dollar signing bonus with the traditional five hundred grand in workout bonuses. In 2018 his base salary was $22.5 million and for the 2019-2020 season, it is going to be $27.5 million and with the workout bonuses, he’ll get a tidy $28 million for the season. In 2020 his total is expected to be 2020.
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – $30 million
The Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is going to bring in an amazing $30,000 for the 2019-2020 football season with a salary cap charge of $15.8 million and a cash payout of $21.5 million. The total value of the contract that he signed for the season is $150 million with a full guarantee of $94.5 million and an annual contract value of $30 million.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – $33.5 million
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the second richest NFL player in the world today. He just signed a new contract that granted a four year extension valued at $134 million. With the new deal that he agreed to for the upcoming season, he will bring in a total of $33.5 million for each season of the next four years. He’ll bring in a $20 million base salary for 2019 and when all was said and done, he ended up with a signing bonus of $57.5 million and a guarantee of $100 million.
1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – $35 million
The distinction of being the richest NFL player in the world goes to none other than Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. There were a few tense weeks for fans of Wilson when negotiations were taking place as the rumor mills were alive and well. He signed with the Hawks with a 4 year contract for $140 million with a signing bonus of $65 million. His average salary will be $35 million a year. This makes the super bowl winning quarterback the highest paid football player in the National Football League. Wilson is known to donate much of his time to children’s hospitals with regular visits. He’s also philanthropic in his philosophy and he and his wife are generous with their donations to charity.