The Highest Paid NFL Players Of 2018-2019 Season  

By on September 19, 2018 in ArticlesEntertainment

The NFL season is underway and we're already seeing some surprises on the gridiron. Something that isn't a surprise is how well paid many NFL players are. Teams will go out of their way to ensure that their top players remain with their franchise and aren't lured away to their rivals. Of course, every NFL team has a salary cap and must stay under that. However, because of the way contracts are structured in the NFL, there's really no easy way to say, "these are the highest paid NFL players of the year." So, we are taking a look at the 5 NFL players in three categories:

-The 5 NFL Players Who Will Make The Most In 2018

-The 5 Largest Base Salaries

-The 5 Largest Average Annual Salaries

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The 5 players who will be paid the most in 2018

#5. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins — $40.0 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $94.0 million

#4. Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams — $40.9 million

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 6 years, $135.0 million

#3. Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears — $41.0 million

Position: Linebacker

Contract: 6 years, $141.0 million

#2. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $42.6 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

#1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — $66.9 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $134.0 million

The 5 largest base salaries

#5. Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars — $15.0 million

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 4 years, $60.0 million

#4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks — $15.5 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $87.6 million

#2. (tie) DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys — $17.1 million

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 1 year, $17.1 million

#2. (tie) Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit Lions — $17.1 million

Position: Defensive end

Contract: 1 year, $17.1 million

#1. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins — $22.5 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 3 years, $84.0 million

The 5 largest average-annual salaries

5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions — $27.0 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $135.0 million

#4. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers — $27.5 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $137.5 million

#3. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins — $28.0 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 3 years, $84.0 million

#2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons — $30.0 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 5 years, $150.0 million

#1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — $33.5 million

Position: Quarterback

Contract: 4 years, $134.0 million

Articles Written by Amy Lamare
Amy Lamare is a Los Angeles based writer covering business, technology, entertainment, philanthropy, and pop culture. She spent 8 1/2 years covering the entertainment industry for www.hsx.com. She has written for Los Angeles Magazine, Your Tango, Thinknum Media, and various airline magazines. Follow her on Facebook. Amy's favorite self-made billionaire is Sara Blakely.
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