NFL's 25 highest-paid players



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    Listing the NFL's highest-paid players is an inexact science. Jimmy Garoppolo's contract with the 49ers when he signed it, for example, made him the league's highest-paid player ... in terms of average annual salary. Some might argue total guaranteed money at signing is the only number that matters in an NFL contract.

    For the purpose of this list, though, Sporting News will stick with average annual salary as the determining factor in ranking the NFL's highest-paid players. The list, as always, is subject to change.

    Tip of the cap to our friends over at Overthecap.com for the contract figures.

    1. Olivier Vernon, DE, Giants

    Average annual salary: $17 million

    Guaranteed: $40 million

    2. Fletcher Cox, DL, Eagles

    Average annual salary: $17.1 million

    Guaranteed: $36.299 million


    3. Ziggy Ansah, DE, Lions

    Average annual salary: $17.143 million (franchise tag)

    Guaranteed: $0

    4. Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Cowboys

    Average annual salary: $17.143 million (Franchise tag)

    Guaranteed: $17.143 million

    5. Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars

    Average annual salary: $17,483,500

    Guaranteed: $26.5 million

    6. Case Keenum, QB, Broncos

    Average annual salary: $18 million

    Guaranteed: $25 million

    7. Von Miller, OLB, Broncos

    Average annual salary: $19.083 million

    Guaranteed: $42 million

    8. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins

    Average annual salary: $19.25 million

    Guaranteed: $21.5 million

    9. Sam Bradford, QB, Cardinals

    Average annual salary: $20 million

    Guaranteed: $15 million

    10. Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

    Average annual salary: $20.5 million

    Guaranteed: $28 million

    11. Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons

    Average annual salary: $20.75 million

    Guaranteed: $42 million

    12. Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

    Average annual salary: $20.76 million

    Guaranteed: $41 million

    13. Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

    Average annual salary: $20.813 million

    Guaranteed: $37.5 million

    14. Eli Manning, QB, Giants

    Average annual salary: $21 million

    Guaranteed: $36.5 million

    15. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

    Average annual salary: $21.85 million

    Guaranteed: $32.25 million

    16. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks

    Average annual salary: $21.9 million

    Guaranteed: $31.7 million

    17. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

    Average annual salary: $22 million

    Guaranteed: $54 million

    18. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens

    Average annual salary: $22.13 million

    Guaranteed: $44 million

    19. Alex Smith, QB, Redskins

    Average annual salary: $23.5 million

    Guaranteed: $55 million

    20. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts

    Average annual salary: $24.594 million

    Guaranteed: $47 million

    21. Drew Brees, QB, Saints

    Average annual salary: $25 million

    Guaranteed: $27 million

    22. Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

    Average annual salary: $25 million

    Guaranteed: $40 million

    23. Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions


    Average annual salary: $27 million

    Guaranteed: $60.5 million

    24. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers

    Average annual salary: $27.5 million

    Guaranteed: $48.7 million

    25. Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings

    Average annual salary: $28 million

    Guaranteed: $84 million

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