May 17, 2024
NFL Highest Paid Players

The NFL is known to be one of the highest-paying leagues in any sport in the world. It has made the pursuit of free agents into an offseason spectacle, and the reasoning behind this is obvious.

For the sole purpose of becoming a Super Bowl champion, NFL teams spend hundreds of millions of dollars on players every March. The total value of NFL contracts has increased alongside the salary cap as well. That is why the highest-paid athletes are constantly changing.

Let’s take a look at the top 5 highest paid players currently playing in the NFL, along with their contributions and a sneak peek into their personal lives. Unsurprisingly, all of these players play at the quarterback position, which is considered to be the most important position on any football team.

#5 Deshaun Watson

Deshaun Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2017 NFL Draft and quickly established himself as a reliable quarterback for the team. In 2022, the Houston Texans traded quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for first-round picks in 2022, 2023, and 2024, as well as third- and fourth-round selections in 2023 and 2024, respectively, and received a fully guaranteed $230 million contract.

Watson has had a total of six appearances over the past two seasons. After being accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists, he was suspended for the first 11 games of the 2021 season for breaking the league’s personal conduct policy.

Upon his return, Watson’s form was quite wobbly. In those six games, the Browns went 3-3 while he completed just 58.2% of his passes for 1,102 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions. He was outplayed by Cleveland’s starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett through the team’s first 11 games, but it is important to remember that Watson had not played in nearly two years before making his return. 

Deshaun Watson is said to have a strong relationship with his mom and three siblings. His father left when he was young, and they have not remained in touch He is seeing the singer, model, and internet personality Jilly Anais right now. They have been a couple since 2020. 

#4 Russell Wilson

The Denver Broncos acquired Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks last year, and handed him a staggering deal worth an annual salary of $48.5 million. However, the Broncos are regretting their decision, as Wilson hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since joining them.

Wilson had a career-low 60.5 percent completion rate while leading Denver to a 4-11 record in his starring role, throwing for 3,524 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

Russell Wilson was born in Cincinnati, and grew up in Richmond. He was married to his high school girlfriend, Ashton Meem; however, the couple went their separate ways in 2014. Russell then married famous singer Ciara in 2017. Together, they have a son named Win. Russell also has a stepson from his wife’s previous relationship.

#3 Aaron Rodgers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is currently the third highest-paid player in the NFL. Rodgers won the league MVP in the years 2011, 2014, 2020, and 2021. His career took a step-down after the 2021 season; in 2022, he completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 3,695 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while leading the Packers to an 8-9 record.

Aaron Rodgers has a contract with the Packers worth an annual salary of $50.3 million. The 39-year-old quarterback is dating Mallory Edens, daughter of the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Wes Edens.

#2 Jalen Hurts

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts recently signed one of the most spectacular deals in NFL history. His new deal involves a reported 5-year extension worth $255 million, of which $179.3 million is guaranteed money. It also includes incentives that can extend the total amount up to $274.3 million through 2028.

This staggering contract comes following a standout season from the 24-year old, in which he completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns to six interceptions. He also led the Eagles in rushing with 760 yards and 13 touchdowns as they went on to win the Super Bowl.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is currently dating Bry Burrows, a Political Science graduate whom he has known since his college days.

#1 Lamar Jackson

At the top of the list is the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson. Just a week after Jay Hurts became the highest-paid NFL player, Jackson signed a five-year deal that took over the top spot, one that will earn him an astonishing $260 million over the course of the contract. Of the $260 million, $185 million would be guaranteed.

The 2019 MVP has missed five games in each of the last two seasons, succumbing to various injuries. Despite being sidelined quite often, Jackson still managed to throw for 2,242 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions in 2022.

Widely considered the fastest and best quarterback in the NFL, Lamar seems to be very secretive about his family. His girlfriend, Jamie Taylor, is known to be a groomer in Los Angeles, and not much more is known. Lamar and Jamie have a daughter together; however, her photo has been shared on social media only once.

And there you have it! These are the 5 highest-paid NFL athletes. Who else do you think should have made it to the top 5? Let us know in the comments section.

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